Thursday, November 22, 2007


WOW..... here I am.....I'm alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SO very sorry for being MIA....I have been MIM (Missing in Motherhood :)

It's been absolutely amazing, beautiful, fun, crazy, energy and joy filled, and hard to believe it's really happening!! It's also been challenging, tiring, scary, and hard. My first week home I was a zombie. I was so tired and out of it and fighting off a cold. My friend was praying for me and felt like she had a picture for me. She said she got a picture of me running a marathon and coming to the finish line only to find out that the finish line was the start of another marathon. This couldn't have been more true. After 3 weeks in Liberia fighting for our kids, riding this emotional roller coaster for 2 months and then picking up our kids...well, as you can imagine...I came home totally exhausted. I don't know what I would have done if my sister had not met me in Brussels to help me bring home the kids! Once we got home my cell phone died, our Internet was gone, and my husband was and is still at work in Uganda. BUT I have been SO blessed and supported here in Fort Collins!! Jeff and I have an unbelievable community of friends and family that have carried us through this whole journey and especially the last 2 weeks since Jeff has been gone. Our house was stocked with groceries, my friends and sis decorated the kids room with Welcome Home signs, and we have received cooked meals every night we have been home!!! WE ARE BLESSED!!!! I am so humbled by all the love, all the care, all the open arms of welcome for our kids! They are 2 kids who have been prayed for and loved by many people...YOU ALL!!

SO..... to all of you who have been with us through this whole thing....
I feel like words do not do justice for all that Jeff and I feel for you...
you have done so much for us and have been such a huge support for us...
we pray GOD would pour out His Love and blessing on all of you!!!!

Osobie and Fatu are doing great!! I have a million things to write and I don't know where to start....They are eating most everything I put in front of them, everything is "talking"...the microwave, the water, the stove, the coffee pot, etc.. They are characters for sure! They sing, dance, play the drums, and are always happy (well at least most of the time). They are very affectionate, extremely social, and of course very stubborn at times :)
It's quite amazing how God has knit our family together. Osobie and Fatu are our children! God has chosen them for us and it is as if they have been in our family from the beginning! We are so full of thanks!! I'll update more later...after Jeff comes home and we finally unite as a family!!

Now for some more pics!!!!


Tama said...

THANK YOU!!!! I have been checking at least twice a day! What cuties! So glad you have rested a wee bit. At least enough for the next Maraton (I like that analogy)! Hope Jeff makes it home soon and you can really get to be a family! We are so excited for you!

Tanya said...

I have been wondering when I would see pictures! What a great update! You are running the race very well...with your eyes on the heavenly goal. What beautiful children! Tanya

Brandi said...

Thank you, thank you! What sweet pictures! Her in that hat? Oh my dear! Too cute!


Charity said...

Katie!!!! Wow!! That is all I can say!!!!!!WoW!!

I am so happy for you guys, my heart is smiling! The kids are so beautiful and I can't wait for Jeff to get home already.

You are an awesome woman, friend, and mother~!!!!!


Lisa G said...

When I saw Osobie and Fatu in church I was speechless at the miracle of them "standing" here in our midst! They are beautiful beyond words, and Katie, you look pretty good yourself in the midst of this "marathon" :0) Lisa

DeniseinSC said...

How great, thanks for the update! You all are going to partayyyyyyy when daddy gets home! Love, Denise

Doug & Lily Bradley said...

I'm so glad to see you safe at home with your children!
Hopefully you will soon get the hang of the next marathon!

Alward Family said...

I am so thrilled to hear that all is going well and you are settling in as a family...pending your complete family when Jeff gets home.

Congratulations! And good for you for fighting to get your children home, what an amazing story!


Lori said...

We are so happy for all of you! What an amazing story you will have to share with your kiddos. Your family is beautiful. We can't wait to see photos of all of you together. We will continure to pray for Jeff's safety until you are all united. What a glorious day that will be.

Praising God With You,

adopting lady said...

We are so happy for you! I totally love the pic of you and the kiddos laying in the leaves!

adopting lady said...

P.S. if we get a girl you are going to have to help me with hair. I thought that Fatu's hair was super cute yesterday! You did a good job!

blessedmommy said...

Welcome Home!! Your children are beautiful. How happy you all look. Praise God everything worked out in His perfect timing. Praying that your husband arrives home safely. What a joyous reunion it will be.
In Christ,
Melissa Arnold (AOH family)

Stefanie said...

Katie I have been a faithful reader of your blog and I am so excited to see all you have made it through. You children are BEAUTIFUL. May the Lord richly bless you all.


Amy said...

I've been computerless for a couple months now, and I just got caught up on your story! :) Yay!!! What amazing work God has done in the last 2 months. I am SO overjoyed for you all. God is amazing. Congratulations.
- Amy

Donna Barber said...

What else can one say but CONGRATULATIONS! It was a long time waiting. Donna

Donna Barber said...

What else can one say but CONGRATULATIONS! It was a long time waiting. Donna

Jamie said...

Praise the Lord for working it all out at last!!! Looking forward to reading more updates!
Jamie from AoH group