Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Oh How They Change (Part 2)

Apparently two trillion pictures cannot fit into one blog. Who knew? (Shrug...giggle).  If you haven't seen "Part 1", check it out!

Here is part two of our family pictures...oh how they change!

Our Boys 2013

Our Boys 2014

Our Boys 2015

The Next three are from 2016....and our reality (chuckle).


Our Girls 2013

Our Girls 2014

Our Girls 2015

2016 (Above and Below) 
Our girl group is growing.  Elizabeth joined our
family this year through marriage.  She is holding a 
picture of our Grace.  Sarah is holding a picture of our
Isabella (to be born to Sarah and Ivan in December).


This is a random picture we always take of our "triplets".
Rachel, Gabe, and Jael
Jael's birthday (2008) is the same day that Rachel and Gabe came home from Ethiopia in 2010.




2016 (Above and Below)


Our Treasures 2011 

Our Treasures 2013

Our Treasures 2014

Our Treasures (Above and Below) 2015

Our Treasures 2016 (Minus Ivan)


There were other moments of joy this July 4th too.  
We celebrated Jaels 8th Birthday.


We also had the joy of celebrating with friends.

The above is the younger generation that visited our house.  The below is Noelle (Ivan's sister) who 
is winning over Timothy.  Timothy LOVESSSSS Ivan, so now he has some competition.


So that's it for the review in pictures.  Yes, it is finally over.   Thank you again for
 joining us as our family grows and blossoms, prayerfully into what 
God wants us to be.

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31


Prayers right now are vitally important.  Please pray for our family.  If you would like to help bring Grace home financially, please know how much we appreciate it.  I'll put the info at the very end of this post.  This is a scary part for us, starting from scratch all over again.  Should it be?  No, but the humanness eeks out.  The current financial needs were due weeks ago, but our agencies have been patient.  Please pray that the funds come in this week for Grace's adoption and the humanness is kicked to the curb and replaced with what we know (confidence in that), that God provides.

Prayer Requests....
1.  Please pray for ease and protection during this current adoption process.
     It is not that our goal is comfort, but during Timothy's adoption, it was rough.  There were many
     health issues, emergencies, and really hard stuff.  We are just praying the road is smooth ahead. 
    We ALWAYS ask for prayers of protection.  God is our protector...our hope...our salvation.
2.  Please pray for Grace, that she is protected and ministered to. 
     She has another special need that (we were told) can be painful at times.  It's smaller, but we
     appreciate prayers for her.
3.  Please pray for speed of this adoption.  That Grace can come home sooner than we expect.
4.  Please, very specifically, pray for funds to come in this week (that we need) for this adoption.
5.  Please pray for our newlywed children, all of them have been married less than a year.  Please pray for continued blessing on their marriages.  We see beautiful things.  Please pray for the gift of health for Isabella (our newest granddaughter in utero) and Sarah (our daughter, Isabella's mommy-issues with Celiacs).  Please pray for the gift of a passion for God, treasuring each other, communication, and joy for our son Tom and his wife Elizabeth and for Sarah and her husband Ivan.
6.  Please pray for Timothy, his transition and understanding, as we wade through medical waters.

Thank you friends for joining our family and coming before the Lord on our behalf.

Oh, and a mini thing.  I over did it this week.  I feel like I've been hit by a truck (exhaustion).  It's not normal for me, but I appreciate prayers for energy and health.  Thank you!!!

Our immediate need for Grace is $6,685.  The YouCaring site will update the total as it comes in, or if it comes in another way, we will post an update on that site (and here). 

The YouCaring for Grace goes straight into a separate adoption account.  Thank you for helping bring her home!

If you would like to give directly through PayPal with no money being taken out, you can send directly to 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net .  The second a donation comes in, we will transfer it to our separate adoption account at the bank.

Thank you again guys!!!!

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 
                                                      1 John 5:4
(Grace's Verse)


  1. I love the pictures! Now I'm SO eager to see two little girls added next year! 😀

  2. These are really cute Images. Love these.

  3. Hi Kat, I love your blog and started reading it while you were in the "U" getting Ben, I cried so much and just fell in love! Thank you for following Jesus and saying yes when He calls.
    Is there any chance I could email you? I have a few adoption questions for you? Hoping to adopt soon and would love some input!


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