"to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faithin me." Acts 26:18

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Health Update

As we have driven all around the country, we have been so filled with gratefulness to hear how many people have been praying for us.  Specifically, how many people have prayed for Benaiah's asthma and Katelyn's back.  What a blessing!

::Benaiah

I took Benaiah to the pulmonologist for a recheck on his asthma and adenoid removal.  He is doing so so well!  His lung function has improved dramatically. So she said we could try to drop his asthma meds for a trial basis!!!  His sinuses are still a bit swollen and stuffy, so she gave him some antibiotics to help clear him out and hopefully he will stay clear.  All in all though, we have seen a huge improvement in his energy levels, his ability to learn, and his ability to run, jump, swim and play like a normal boy his age.  Praise be to God!  As you know this has been such a huge burden for so long, it's hard to believe that this trial is most likely coming to a close!  He will have a recheck on his lung function one more time before we head back to Uganda.  So please pray that this improvement continues!

::Katelyn

Katelyn's back is healing up very nicely.  Her two compression fractures are completely healed.  Her two pars fractures are still there but stable.  She was given the go-ahead to start Physical Therapy, which we did last week.  She has also been able to start running again and picking up more and more activities. While she still often uses a donut pillow to sit on (thanks to the pars fractures), she doesn't wear her back brace any longer.  She still has days where she gets tired and sore, but overall we thank the Lord for his healing.  We are praying for continued improvement and a good push in the right direction with re-strengthening her core before we head back to the not-so-friendly-to-a-sore-back roads of Uganda.




::Dianna

I haven't ever really written much about my health stuff here.  For years I've had Hashimotos Hypothyroidism and what we previously thought was Addison's Disease....both auto-immune disorders.  It seems, with more recent testing (MRI and blood work), that my troubles with my adrenal glands aren't actually auto immune.  While I have adrenal insufficiency, we aren't quite sure what is causing it.  On January 23, my case is going before a board of Doctors at Duke University.  We would really appreciate prayers for clarity, so that we know how to best treat it.  In the mean time, we've been educating ourselves and the kids on what it means to be steroid dependent and how to use my emergency injection if I were to ever need it.  I also got a medical alert bracelet.  At the beginning of the new year I had chosen the word "HOPE" as a word to focus on this year.  Psalm 42:5 "Hope in God, for I shall yet praise him!" and I Corinthians 13:7 "Love...hopes all things."  So, when I saw a bracelet with the word "hope" on it, I knew it was for me...a continual reminder for the next few months to hope in the Lord...our rock solid foundation that we can trust in.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Great Way to Start the New Year

Today was a great day.  Today we legally gained a daughter and sister in full.  No more foster parenting, no more guardianship...today was Adoption Day!  And it is here, that we can raise our "Ebenezer" and tell you how great our God is for bringing us to this point!!  We trust him to continue to make it a full reality in all our hearts... no longer an orphan, but a daughter... it's just so beautiful, isn't it? 


Our judge was great!  He did a superb job.  He even let Benaiah be a judge for a day.  All rise for the Honorable Judge Benaiah Tuininga. ;-)

He signed the papers and then had Denise press the fancy gold seals at the bottom.  It's official!!


The younger members had a great time noticing the courtroom policy.

Especially points two, three and five (thank you Judge Benaiah)...

What a crew... love them so much!

We loved having the cousins around to witness it too.  Only that one group was sick today so they couldn't all come. :-(

I love this picture on so many levels.  These two... if you remember the post of our family pictures, it might remind you of one.


Praise the Lord with us!  He has done GREAT things!!

Monday, December 26, 2016

December Photo Project: Day 25

Christmas morning.  All was quiet.  I enjoyed the few moments to reflect on the reality of Christmas...Christ with us.  God coming to us because he loves us and desires a relationship.  Everything else yesterday...the fellowship, the food, the Christmas tree(s) found on the side of the road in Hyde County...they are just the icing on the cake.  

Merry Christmas, dear ones!!


Saturday, December 24, 2016

December Photo Project: Day 24

These pictures are a bit out of order, but I wanted to get them on the blog.  On our last day of the family reunion, we went to Jamestown Settlement.  It was a great time. 

In Uganda, we had been studying Phoenician glass blowing and in turn, the kids (especially Denise) had become interested in more modern glass blowing too.   Jamestown had a glass blowing shop, so it was really exciting for them to be able to see it in real life.





At the fort, the kids tried on armor.


And saw lots of fun demonstrations.





December Photo Project: Day 23

The place that we stayed had a lovely indoor pool.  Lots of great space for lots of kids to get lots of energy out! 









December Photo Project: Day 22

Wednesday night we had a dinner in honor of Dad and Mom's 40th wedding anniversary.  It was a lovely night to reflect on how gracious God has been and the fun (and funny!) memories.








Eric and Matt did another edition of "Hyde County Hijacks" (It's a skit that they have done at other family functions)

December Photo Project: Day 21


We were able to take family pictures this week.  Such a fun group that the Lord has blessed us with.  We also had an anniversary dinner this night, but I'm putting those pictures on my next post.  We were super thankful for the local PCA church referring a person to us who was willing to take all the pictures.


The kids made hilariously awesome faces for this picture.

Grandparents and all their grand kids.

 Eric's parents, siblings and spouses.

Our family:

Next in line is Eric's sister, Janine. (Number 7 is due this spring)

Then his sister Carla (number 8 is due very soon!)

Then his brother, Matt:

Then Elyssa:


All the grand kids in birth order:

Love this group!

A few candids while we were taking the pictures.






Auntie Lis is such a good friend to all her nieces and nephews and absolutely adored.