Waiting for her big sister!
Keniston and Madison holding Joyce’s banner!
Well it seems life has slowed down enough that I can take a moment to
Thank you to everyone for coming and making this day even more special! And thank you Aunt Lisa for these pictures!
update everyone. Joyce has now been home a little over two weeks now. She has already had many firsts that she was able to share with her sister Rwenzori. So far she is doing better than any of us ever expected. We have had some meltdowns but I was expecting those. She did wake up mad this morning for some reason and has only spoken two words to me, but that’s okay. I asked her if she could tell me the reason for her being upset this morning and she just shook her head. I then asked if she knew why she was upset and she shook her head no. I told her it was okay, sometimes we are just in bad moods, and that’s okay. This dreary, nasty, weather sure isn’t helping anyones mood.
She is so beautiful!
Our sweet neighbor Grace has been doing Reading and English lessons with her a few hours a day. She really enjoys learning and actually wants to go to school. And her English is much better than we all thought it was. We had some testing last week and she will meet with the ESL teacher this week from Western Union and after we hear all the results and everyone’s opinion we will most likely be enrolling her in school sometime in April.
As far as the rest of the family is doing with this new adjustment, we are getting there. You can definitely tell a difference in Faith, and I’m sure it’s a combination of her age, and adding another sister to her life that she now has to share a bedroom and toys with. Most days are really pretty good, but I really lost my temper last week and literally had to apologize to the kids and ask for their forgiveness. The first thing Faith told BiBi that day was, “Mommy said she was sorry, because she got mad.” On the bright side at least she knew I was sorry. Joyce is such a huge help with Zori. And Zori just loves Joyce and laughs at her constantly, it’s so sweet to watch.
Joyce loved the Beach! She ran out into the ocean fearlessly with no concern whatsoever about the freezing cold water! And Rwenzori slept on the beach most of the day and then we took a walk and she got to look and see everything.
The Love Family is Complete! At least for a while! =)
Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Airport to greet and welcome home Joyce. She really did great with that too. She went up to everyone and let me introduce them. We cannot thank everyone enough for all the support, gifts, and visits to welcome Joyce home!
We love you all!
I wanted to share part of my devotional this morning. It spoke to me and hope it will speak to you if you are going through something. Dane and I were just talking yesterday on our ride home from the beach that we feel like we are finally seeing fruit from all we experienced the past year and a half. When I read this it was confirmation of that feeling.
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heartwhen he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline),then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! 10 Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
Our sweet neighbors Martha and Jean had this made for Joyce!
Her first time seeing the ocean!
Joyce and Rwenzori got to share their first Beach Trip together!