Thursday, July 28, 2016

We're still here

We're still here, just chugging along.
Ana is doing well. She is patiently tolerating this summer of hot weather and no school bus rides. I am looking forward to seeing her excitement when school starts again.
Aside from an RV trip to a friend's wedding, we have had a quiet uneventful summer. 

Papa and I celebrated our 9th anniversary (with baby girl along for the ride).

Baby sister is growing up fast and is a delight to all of us.

Ana participates in building projects, with appropriate PPE, of course :-)
I just love Ana in pink headphones :-)

Friday, May 20, 2016

3 things

Yep, I haven't updated in forever...

1. Ana-- she's doing great!! She's finishing up her first semester of school. She loves riding the bus and she loves her teacher. We say she is the world's happiest junior high student.

2. We have a new littlest munchkin...

This little lady was born last month. She has been a sweet blessing to our family!

3. Our family keeps growing...

We are committed to adopt "Owen"...
He lives in Ana's old orphanage, and Papa met him two years ago when he visited Ana. Please keep us in your prayers throughout the process!

Saturday, February 20, 2016


I owe a real Ana update but that will be a lot of work so instead here are cute pictures :-)

Ana can finally reap the benefits of her hip surgery and can sit up on the couch!

Oh golly. Cutest face ever?
"Are we done, mama? Lifting my head is hard!"

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pleven update courtesy of Maureen

Hello All,

Many of you have likely already seen this on Maureen's blog, but for those who have only known the name "Pleven" through our family, please take a moment to read this post. It gives an excellent summary of the current state and the current needs. Please do pray for this place where for so long evil sat unchallenged. Praise God for the Bulgarian staff that is taking good care of the kids, for the director, and for the outside support they receive. Please pray for the workers and the kids.

Especially Owen. More on this another time.

In Christ,

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Over a year

It has been over a year since Ana came home to the USA.

We ran into the Pucketts in the PHX airport, having last seen them in the consulate in Sofia. It's a delightfully small world.

Cub shouted the whole ride home from the airport "NANA! NANA!"  Took was asleep.

Our best friends were with us, having carved out several days from teacher-schedule in TX to come meet Ana and help out.

We sang the Doxology when we got to the house. It has remained one of Ana's favorite songs.

And then we began life with Ana.  It has been a blessing, a challenge, a joy. Tomorrow, we go to meet with school people. It's pretty wild to think that the timid little fledgling who sat next to me and held my fingers on the car ride from the orphanage to Sofia will step out (or wheel out) into the world just a little. We are praying it is a good transition, that she will like school, and that there will be good people to work with her.

Much has changed in our lives, as the boys grow, Ana grows, Mama and baby#3 grow, and I rearrange things to accommodate seminary. God is faithful, and we are thankful for your support and prayers. Christ has conquered sin and death, and sends his Spirit on his people. We have much to be thankful for.

In Christ,