Fall 2016 and Upcoming Uganda Trip


What an enjoyable October we had.  It seemed like every weekend we were traveling to pick apples, attending a wedding, or celebrating birthdays. My first baby, Faith Hope Love, is now 5 years old!  And my youngest baby is now 3 years old!

Celebrating Faith and Zori's Birthday's at Great Wolf Lodge.

Celebrating Faith and Zori’s Birthday’s at Great Wolf Lodge.

How quickly time flies. These were much needed and sweet distractions for some personal hardships the previous month, not to mention the struggles we were facing in Charlotte the month of September.  Or even, the tumultuous presidential campaign we have all witnessed.  However, our pastor finished out the book of Philippians yesterday, and it was like a soothing balm to my anxious soul.  He preached on Philippians Chapter 4 verses 10-23;

10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

14 Yet it was kind of you to share[a] my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.[b] 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.

23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

No matter what your struggle is right now, or maybe you are in a time of abundance, God is teaching us contentment in all times.  Contentment no matter who wins the election, contentment in the midst of bad health, contentment in good health.  We aren’t to let our struggles DEFINE us but GROW us to be more like Christ.  This brings me great comfort, and convicts me of past struggles, that I more than likely “wasted” by wallowing in whatever hurt or pain I was feeling.  The reason I’m sharing this, is so that, hopefully, you can also be encouraged in the midst of whatever struggle you are facing.

While I’m sharing, I will go ahead and ask for prayers for Dane’s upcoming trip to Uganda.  He will be gone for two weeks.  This will be a challenge, but one I know we can manage with the Lord’s help.  Please pray for financial provision, safety, health, changed hearts, and my patience level with the girls while Dane is away. Below, is Dane’s support letter.   We would be grateful for your consideration in partnering with our family in this mission.  As always, we so appreciate your thoughts, support, and prayers.


Uganda 2017

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, …”  Ephesians 4:11-15

The above passage embodies the Christians work of discipleship.  It’s clear from Paul’s writing to the Ephesian church that he expects them to grow in their faith.  To “grow into the fullness of Christ” and to be “mature” and attain a deep “knowledge of the Son of God”.  This is the work of the Christian Church.  It’s not enough to simply preach the Gospel, we must “equip” believers with sound doctrine that grounds them and sets them on the solid rock of Christ.  We must aim to, by God’s grace, see them to full maturity, that they may not be “tossed to and fro by the waves” of our crooked and twisted generation.  The Church is God’s instrument to display His glory among the nations.  He equips each believer with unique gifts, designed specifically to aid in the function of the “body of Christ”.

It’s not as though God needs us, Christians, to perform this function.  He’s gifted us, by his sovereign grace, with the opportunity to participate in HIS mission.  As I write this letter, I feel the weight of this “gift” and I’m excited to play whatever role he has for me, as I seek to grow to “mature manhood” in the “fullness of Christ”.

As many of you know, Uganda is an important place for my family.  We’ve spent much of the last several years cultivating relationships and developing lifelong friendships all over the tiny nation.  Meggan and I have decided that I should return to Uganda in January of 2017, for 2 weeks, to assist a small team with the equipping of a church near the town of Kisoro, in the southwest region of the nation.  We’ll be working with a small people group, called the Batwa, seeking to aid them by furthering their growth in the Christian faith.  Over the past 3 years, our ministry (Fuel Uganda) has relocated over 6 families of Batwa, out of the slums, to their own 1 acre plot of land.  Many of these families have become Christians, however are still struggling in their faith and their understanding of how God fits into their daily lives.  There is a strong church in Kisoro, with great leaders, and it’s our hope that with this trip we can encourage them to, in unity and love, bring the Batwa believers into their congregations and help them grow into “maturity”.  This, historically, has been difficult because many Ugandans view the Batwa as less than human.  As a people group, the Batwa have had difficulty adapting to a modern society and thus have been marginalized by many of the other Ugandan ethnicities.

There’s much more to tell, however that isn’t the purpose of this letter.  For more information on the Batwa please visit:  http://fueluganda.com/kisoro.html or https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15672/UG

The aim of this letter is to request the help of the saints in funding the $3,800 cost of this trip.  I wish I could fund the trip myself, but the rigors of caring for a family has prevented me from being able to save like I could in the past.  If you do consider supporting our efforts amongst the Batwa, please know that every dollar that you give will go directly to our work in the field and is tax deductible.  If you’d like to give, you may do so online at: https://purecharity.com/dane-loves-fundraiser-for-kisoro-uganda.


Our little Belle, Cat Witch, and the Fairy Godmother for Halloween.

You can also mail a check directly to me (message me for address) and I will send it in for you.  Please make the check payable to: “e3 Partners Fund at Pure Charity” and be sure to write “UG17C41985” in the memo line.

Thank you for your consideration and please be sure to pray for Meg and the girls while I’m gone.


Dane Love


The Most Magical Place…


Hello to all my family and friends out there!  It has been a while since my last post, it seems that this is becoming a common theme.  To catch everyone up we have settled into our new home, lots of D.I.Y. remodels, got Joyce situated in a new school, Faith started pre-school, and we are still off and on trying to get Zori to go on the big girl potty (sometimes more successful than others, but over the last two days we’ve thrown away 2 pairs of underwear)!  The girls were also honored to be flower girls in their Uncle Joshy’s wedding in December.  Zori technically didn’t make it down the isle with her flower petals and ended up locking herself in a room by the end of the night, but it was a beautiful wedding, and I now finally have a sister! So from my last post to the end of 2015 we have had many changes and lots of fun.



I started to name this, “The Most Magical Place on Earth” but then I thought there are still so many other “Magical” places I would love to go.  So, for now, we will say Disney World ranks as “The Most Magical Place in America”, in my book anyways.  So there you have it, the Love family made our quest to Disney World this January over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, and I have to say, with BiBi’s help, we conquered it!  I have to give credit where it is due; myself and BiBi  have some amazing clients that gave us tons of great tips and information to help plan.  Not to mention letting us use their family time share, borrow strollers, etc!  Did I mention, I love my job, and my clients?

Knowing how helpful it was for me to get the inside scoop on Disney for planning, I decided maybe I could do the same thing for others on the blog.  First, I have to say that we were more non-conventional, opting to stay outside of the park.  With a family our size and knowing that Zori would never sleep if we were all in the same room together, we decided it would be best to have a town home or condo somewhere close by so the kids could have their own room, BiBi could have her own room, and myself and Dane could have our own room.  JaJa originally planned on going but my Dad had a really bad wreck a few months before and she still needed to be with him.  So we missed her but hope JaJa and PawPaw can both come with us next time.  I have to say it was such a blessing to have BiBi with us.  She would keep Faith and Zori occupied with a snack, going to see another characters, or finding a playground, while we took Joyce to ride the big rides.  It was good to have one adult per child.  And if you have family volunteering to come with you, let them.  And yes, I was the Mom that made her child wear a harness.  Zori is a runner, and although she got by with not wearing it the first day, she did have to wear it for brief periods every other day.  It was hysterical when we met Princess Tianna on our last night, Zori was wearing the puppy harness and in her best southern drawl voice Tianna says, “well, oh my, she has a dog on her back”!  We also took two strollers, an umbrella stroller, and one slightly more durable for Faith.  This was the best decision because most days we were putting in about 20,000 steps, occasionally more.  When Faith insisted on being independent and walking, we just had a stroller to put our bags in, no big deal. And I promise you would rather take one if possible rather than rent one from Disney because they charge about $30 a day.


Our Amazing View of the Parade!  Having to hold Zori back! =)

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My favorite…Ariel!

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Princess Tianna and Prince Naveen.

First of all I need to say I think one of the best places to get your tickets is at https://www.undercovertourist.com.  I called them several times and they are so helpful, and courteous.  I got my tickets in just a few days after ordering them.  They are one of the best prices around, and you have to be careful because there are a lot of scams out there with Disney tickets.  You can also sign up for the MouseSavers Newsletter at http://www.mousesavers.com/sign-up-for-the-free-mousesavers-newsletter-and-optional-hot-deals-emails/.  They occasionally sale Undercover Tourist Disney Tickets at an even greater discount, although I heard it was only a few dollars difference.  I also did a good bit of research from, “the Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2014” by Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa.  I didn’t read it cover to cover but hit the highlights and it was very helpful.  There are also Disney facebook groups you can join that give helpful tips for people who are planning and those that are already there.  Also, I found that it was extremely beneficial to go ahead and make an account on https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/plan/my-disney-experience/. This is where you will enter all your ticket info, and then link that up to dining reservations, or other entertainment reservations, which by the way you can reserve with a credit card before you even have your tickets (which is what I did for Tusker House and Akershus).  The website can take some time to figure out, so I was glad to have done this several months in advance.  You can also start reserving fast passes up to 60 days before you travel and I think 90 days before travel if you stay in the park.  If you stay in the park you automatically get a magic band when you purchase a ticket, but out of park guest do not.  You can purchase them, and it is convenient if you have the extra $12-15 per person, but when you are on a budget we didn’t mind pulling out the regular tickets for everything.  BiBi was very generous and bought the Memory Maker package which if you do at least 3 days before you go, you save $20.  This way whenever we saw a Disney photographer (they are everywhere) they would take our picture, scan our card, and it was automatically uploaded onto our MyDisney account.  It was amazing not to stress so much about getting the perfect picture because theirs were always better than anything I could do.

The place we stayed was called, The Fountains at Champions Gatehttp://www.fountainsatchampionsgate.com/.  It had a full kitchen, living room, 3 bedrooms, and 2 and 1/2 baths.  It was an amazing resting place for our crazy week.  And it was only a 20 min. drive to the parks! We decided to save as much money as possible, so we pre-cooked and froze meals, brought them in a cooler, then unthawed and baked.  We had four of these meals prepared along with sausage cheese balls, and sausage cheese muffins.  We spent a little less than $200 on additional groceries to make a breakfast casserole, and snacks to take into the park.  Which you are allowed to take in a cooler bag and we had it packed with pb&j’s, crackers, waters, capri suns, lunchables, etc.  This saved us tons of money, because it cut down on our snack money in the parks. We took down about $1,000 for gas, groceries, eating out, and souvenirs.  Dane actually brought some money home.  My mother-in-law came up with a great idea before we went.  She started getting the girls to help her around the house when they were over and she would give them a little money as a reward.  Before the trip they had earned, $50 so she got a Disney gift card with this and took it down.  She also got each one of the girls a $25 Disney gift card to use while we were there. The girls spent half of that our first night at Downtown Disney on candied Mickey Mouse apples, Anna and Elsa rice krispie treats, and other sweets.  They spent the remaining balance our first day in the park, really our first five minutes in Hollywood Studios, getting their faces painted.  The workers did such a great job we gave them a small tip, and then they told us if we kept the receipt the girls could have free touch ups done the rest of the day.

Some people suggest taking a day in between the parks to have a pool day/rest day.  We did the opposite.  We left at 3:30am on Saturday hoping the kids would sleep the majority of the way.  This plan did not work out so well.  We only got about an hour and a half of napping out of each kid the entire 11 hours in the car, and all at different times.  But they were very well behaved minus the last 30 mins in the car.  It took us a little longer because I was trying to be spontaneous and adventurous so out of the blue I told Dane to take a detour to go see the Fort in St. Augustine.  I remembered loving this as a kid.  Well, first off we ended up at Fort Mose, which is not where I had planned but ended up being pretty cool.  It apparently was the fist free African American community. http://www.fortmose.org/ .  So there was a lot of great information about Africa which Joyce enjoyed.  Then we headed to Fort Matanzas, where I had originally intended.  We pulled up, the kids played on the huge beautiful trees, then I saw the next ferry ran at 12:30pm and it was 12:15pm. I thought, perfect timing as I’m walking in to buy our ferry pass.  When I get in, the man at the desk tells me the ferry just quit working and there would be no more trips the rest of the day.  So, I put on my happy face and went out and told the kids we would just have to look at the Fort from across the water.  I kept thinking, oh no, is this an impending sign for the rest of the trip, much like most of our travel has gone the past several years.  If you kept up with the blog, you know what I’m talking about.  But truthfully, it was as if Tinkerbell had sprinkled fairy dust on all of us the entire trip.  I have been known to complain about things not going my way, but on this trip I’m delighted to say it was the opposite.  Even the kids had some type of magical trance put over them with their nearly perfect behavior.  And I digress, back to my original thought…

We finally ended up getting there around 3:30pm, so 8-9 hours went to 12hours.  So that night all we did was unpack, and Dane took the kids to the pool while BiBi and I went grocery shopping.  Sunday we slept in then had a fabulous breakfast and for lunch Dane and I met up with friends that live in Florida, while BiBi took the kids to the pool.  That night we went to Disney Springs and had a blast.  We had a 2 hour wait to get into RainForest Cafe but we were able to walk around and see a dance performance, shop, and partake in a dance contest all before dinner.  Monday was our first day in the park and  we went to Hollywood Studios.

PhotoPass_Visiting_Disneys_Hollywood_Studios_7582403076 (2)I was pleasantly surprised by it because there was way more to do than I had remembered.  Joyce got to ride her first Roller Coaster and we realized quickly she is a thrill junkie.  She got to ride Tower of Terror three times that day.  BiBi and I went with her once, and I have to admit Joyce and I were dying laughing at BiBi freaking out on the ride!  And we, of course, went back that night to see the Fantasmic show, which was as mesmerizing to me as it was to my 11, 4, and 2 year olds.  Tuesday was Animal Kingdom day, and we had our character breakfast at Tusker House in Africa.  We had a 10:40am time and it was perfect because they had started to put a few lunch items out on the buffet, and it was African cuisine so Joyce loved it.  Tusker House was by far, to me, the best atmosphere and great time with the characters (Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy).

After a long night at Hollywood Studios it was nice to get home early that day (Animal Kingdom closed at 5pm and we stayed until they kicked us out).  Wednesday was our first day at Magic Kingdom!  And I got to meet Ariel with my girls!  If you have known me for any amount of time you would know how monumental that moment was since I can quote/sing the entire movie and am basically obsessed with all things Little Mermaid.  They also have The Enchanted Tales with Belle and all the kids and Dane were selected to help Belle tell the story.  That was very exciting.  And The Festival of Fantasty parade was amazing, we got a great spot and the characters kept waving to the girls.  We took a break around 3pm and headed back to our place.


I would try to get the girls to nap everyday while we made dinner, but they were just too excited and jacked up.  We went back to Magic Kingdom that evening and stayed past 9pm, (technically when non-Disney park guest had to leave).  We watched the backside of the fireworks that night and ran around trying to ride as many rides as we could before they kicked us out.  By Thursday we were all starting to get tired.  We took our time at Epcot and we had our Breakfast with the princesses that morning.  It was a lot more expensive than I thought it was going to be, but since we had made so many meals we were okay.  They had a buffet for pastries and cold items but the main breakfast food was served family style, so you don’t get as much for the money.  But the time with the Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, and Snow White was worth at, at least once in a lifetime.  We did purchase the Disney Passport for the girls to get them stamped in every country.  The girls started to loose interest so I was running around trying to get them stamped for them.  We didn’t go back that night for the show at Epcot because we were so tired and we wanted to make our last day at Magic Kingdom count, and we did!

Sadly, Friday was our last day.  As everyone at home was bundled inside for the snow/ice storm, the Love family went big at Magic Kingdom.  We finished riding all the rides on our to-do list, Faith and Zori both rode their first roller coaster on Goofy’s Barnstormer and had a blast.  Faith just screamed the entire time while still having this goofy smile on her face, it was hysterical.  And after Zori rode it the first time, she got off saying, “Again, Ride it Again!”, so we did!  Oh and how could I forget, we started our morning off heading straight to get in line to meet Anna and Elsa because I could never get a fast pass for this.  The wait time said 45 mins but we didn’t wait more than 30, and it was so worth it.  This was probably Faith and Zori’s favorite thing the entire trip.  And we made sure to get a good spot for the Electrical Parade and the Fireworks show that night, and they didn’t disappoint.  The kids just stood heads up in amazement watching Tink fly through the air then the fireworks going off.  After that we ran over to meet Tianna, then we got to end our night meeting TinkerBell then Mickey Mouse.  And this Mickey did a card trick and talked to us!  This may have been one of Joyce’s favorites. She couldn’t get over Mickey talking.  It was the best way to end our trip, for sure.

I will try to wrap this up, as I’m sure I have already lost some of you with my long windedness.  Make sure you sign up for your fast passes as early as possible so you can start planning your day around those things.  By the end of the trip we realized if we had a fast pass for something and the wait time was less than 20 minutes then we would just go through the regular line and then switch our fast pass.  This became a challenge for Dane because we were able to be so much more productive.  I would say this was one of the best times of the year to go.  The crowds were really not bad at all.  We had a few chilly days but we were prepared, so no big deal, and we weren’t there for the pool so that was okay too.  Also, make sure you try the pineapple dole whip if you are a pineapple fan, it was amazing.  We had this while we watched the parade.  Also the BBQ Fries in Frontierland are at an outdoor stand, and were so good!  I hope these tips help and you enjoyed reading about our family quest to Disney World.  Dane says he is good for at least 5-10 years to go back, but I’m hoping to convince him that 3 years would be reasonable. =)  Happy Planning!



I cannot believe it has been five months since I have last written with an update. But then again, I guess I can believe it.  I actually started this post on Easter Sunday and it has taken that long to finish.  There has been a subject weighing on my mind for some time now. I feel as though I have not had the words to express it, but while celebrating Christ’s Resurrection today, I believe the Holy Spirit can help me.

I feel I need to apologize to so many people for two and a half years of having a pessimistic, complaining, and down-trodden attitude. My mother-in-law and Dane have a joke between the two of them about being “Bottom-Locker” people. Dane jokes that I came to the “Bottom Locker”  when I married him (not anything against him, just his bad luck). This meaning, if things can go wrong, then they will go wrong. For example; you wait in line at the Social Security office for over two hours to see how to get your daughter’s number (because of course they will not give this information over the phone) only to be told when you get to the front that the U.S. Embassy didn’t request a card on her behalf as you had checked off in the correct box on the correct paperwork when you were in her native country over a year ago. Therefore, even though she’s been home you cannot claim it on taxes. Another example; it is pouring rain outside while you are driving in your car, it finally stops, only to then have it literally rain inside of your car because apparently there are tubes in your car that can get clogged so it will no longer keep the water from coming inside your car. Another example; you go to take a picture of your childs first snow and are only two feet from the door when you fall and break your wrist in two places and one fracture. These are just a few true stories that have happened very recently.  And lastly one very costly example; you back into your husbands Jeep in your own driveway causing a few thousand dollars worth of damage.  Of course there is also our two adoption stories that are filled with many bottom-locker incidents. I have let my trials and circumstances make me more bitter than joyful, more frustrated than grateful, and more sad than happy. This is where I need to beg forgiveness, most importantly to my Heavenly Father.

Do I really think I am the only person that feels they are “Bottom-Locker”? How self-centered am I? I have seen how differently much of the world lives than the majority of  Americans.  And yet, I still lament over my half-homeless state for the past six months. But let us truly think who in history really had a Right to feel “Bottom-Locker” and yet died on a cross for you and me. Our timeline of history is based on His birth and after His death yet the world mocks him. He was born in a manger that had at one time been filled with slop, how is that for “Bottom-Locker”. His brothers, best friends, and community betrayed Him to the cross. On the way to that cross He was beaten savagely, humiliated to the fullest, and yet He prayed for them in the garden hours before this and asked for their forgiveness while hanging on that cross and even had compassion and empathy for the thief hanging beside him. Sounds like my definition of “Bottom-Locker”. But that’s not the end of the story. Three days later this “Bottom-Locker” man named Jesus rose from the dead and conquered sin and death; Matthew 20:17-19

17 Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, 18 “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”

This man proved that He was the Son of God not the “Bottom-Locker” man they all believed Him to be.  God is starting to open my eyes to the fact that I am most certainly not the only human being that feels like they are in the “Bottom Locker” at times.  But the truth of the matter is that I am not, nor have I, or will ever be since the moment I gave my life to Jesus.  As a follower of Jesus I have been adopted into his kingdom and will one day be in Heaven with the one and only God who created the Universe!  It tells me this in Romans 8:14-17

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again;rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[a] And by him we cry, “Abba,[b] Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

That is not the Bottom Locker!  That is glorious and wonderful, and miraculous!  So, are you feeling like you are having a “Bottom Locker” day, week, month, or maybe even year?  We all have them.  There is a season for everything and I promise you are not alone.  The even better part?  There is a God who cares about you and your situation and longs to have a relationship with you.  Unfortunately, at times it takes us hitting rock bottom before we turn to the Lord.  Don’t wait that long.  As many bad situations I have been in, there have been as many miraculous moments and a sincere peace that passes all understanding.   Please don’t think I am down-playing any hardship or tragedy.  Your suffering is legitimate, but there is a purpose for it, and when you come to grips with that, everything changes.

Proverbs 8:17

I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

2 Corinthians 4:17

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.


So, I hope this was worth the wait. =)  The Loves are finally settling into our new home and just kicked off Summer break with a hiking trip and picnic to Morrow Mountain State Park.  Joyce and Faith will be starting dance next week so I will be excited to see how that goes, but not quite sure if I’m dreading Summer break or going to enjoy it.  Only time will tell.

Here is a picture from Mother's Day, which was actually really special and drama free this year.

Here is a picture from Mother’s Day, which was actually really special this year.


Ringing in the New Year


Many things have been celebrated since my last post.  Joyce turned 10 years old on December 22nd and we had her first Birthday party, ever, at Kate’s Skating Rink.  Joyce was a bit nervous since she had never skated before, but we could not pass up the free birthday party she won as her prize for winning a 5k race in the Spring (yes it was quite nice and convenient).  She did fall quite a bit, but so did all of her friends.  I think she was most excited about the smash cake that I got for her.  She insisted upon having a cake like Zori did for her party, and I agree everyone should have one smash cake once in their life, even if they are 10 years old.  Joyce was completely unashamed and unembarrassed as she smashed her face into that cake!  She even did it for us a second time, since we were so shocked and missed our photo opportunity.  Unfortunately, I don’t have that picture yet, I will post it when I do.  After the party we surprised her with a trip to the mountains.  This was not quite as fun as the party.  The trip was saved for the kids by the indoor pool, but it was more of a learning trip for Mommy and Daddy.  We learned there will be no sleep (at least for Mommy) with 5 people in one room, when one of those is a baby!  I’m guessing Zori just felt like it was a big slumber party so she was too excited for the “slumber” part.  Also, we tried to take them up the mountain on the big tram but it was so foggy you couldn’t see anything.  All in all, I learned we should just drive up to the mountains when it snows, go on a hike, and come home.  And we could have just gone to Great Wolf Lodge for the night and spent less money, but like I said, it was a learning experience.

Joyce's 10th Birthday Party!

Joyce’s 10th Birthday Party!

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

We also just had our first Christmas as a family of 5!  This was Joyce’s first Christmas with a tree and presents and all the festivities.  On Christmas Eve

morning as she threw sugar in my face (not in a playful way) I was wondering if this was the “Sabotage” moment I had just read about on Jen Hatmaker’s blog

(http://jenhatmaker.com/blog/2014/12/15/parenting-kiddos-who-sabotage-big-days ).  As most of you know, our relationship is fragile, but it has been a very good month.  Somehow she hit her reset button and it ended up being a great night with family.  When Dane came home Christmas morning from work, we finished setting everything up and watched our traditional John Piper video, then prayed for what the morning would bring.  We were both pleasantly surprised.  All the kids were beyond excited and happy about their gifts and were pleasant all day long.


In Christmas PJ's ready for Bed!

In Christmas PJ’s ready for Bed!

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Last night was New Year’s Eve. We spent the evening watching the movie, “Mom’s Night Out” with my Mom and the kids. By 9:00pm Faith actually told us she was ready to go to bed, and Dane took her to her room and she went right to sleep.  Joyce stayed up and finished watching the movie with us.  She was the most compliant she has ever been with going to bed after allowing her to stay up with us.  By the way, if you have not seen the movie, “Mom’s Night Out” it is a must see for all my mommy friends out there.  It was just what I needed after a day full of “Moments” for myself.

So I have a few New Year’s resolutions other than the normal cliche, “get fit”.  I am going to do my best to extend more grace to my kids, my husband, and myself.  Mommy guilt is a legitimate problem and can ruin you if you let it. It really is wasted energy fretting over never actually getting around to all those pins on pinterest.  I have spent most of 2014 complaining and frustrated and I’m so over it.  As mothers we need to be speaking God’s truth into our lives on a daily basis.  Yes, being a Mom is hard, one of the hardest jobs to have, but it is one of the biggest blessings.  Dane got me the book, “Mom Enough” for Christmas and it’s perfect for busy moms.  It is packed with life changing perspective to start your day, of course accompanied with the Bible.  I am also going to try to have more time to myself.  This sounds selfish, but I have found it essential to my state of mind and my perspective.  You cannot extend grace when you are depleted.  So whether it is running errands alone, going to try to have more time to myself.  This sounds selfish, but I have found it essential to my state of mind and my perspective.  You cannot extend grace when you are depleted.  So whether it is running errands alone, going to the grocery store alone, or really splurging and getting your nails done, this time away helps put our perspective back to where it needs, and should, be.

Sweet Sisters!

Sweet Sisters


Here is a brief paragraph from the book “Mom Enough”; “The good news is you don’t need to graduate from some elite mother’s training camp to apply the gospel in your life.  You need to believe.  Trust God.  Give thanks.  Laugh.  Believe, and that will feed your children.  Rest in God, and your children will learn to rest in God.  Extend God’s kindness to you, to them.  Forgive them the way God forgave you.  You have everything you need to spiritually nourish your children, because you have Christ.” (Rachel Jankovic).

I hope everyone has a Blessed New Year!  I’m hoping 2015 will be a little more calm than 2014.  We are currently still living in my parents house.  Hoping when Dane gets home from Uganda we will start to figure out something more permanent.  Please pray for Dane’s upcoming two week trip!

Doc McStuffins or Faith?

Doc McStuffins or Faith?

Joyce was beyond excited for her first Christmas at home!

Joyce was beyond excited for her first Christmas at home!

Zori's Chair was passed down from my great grandmother and we had it re-upholstered. I grew up sitting in this chair!

Zori’s Chair was passed down from my great grandmother and we had it re-upholstered. I grew up sitting in this chair!    

Baby Dedication for ALL the Girls


On Tuesday November 11 we dedicated all three of our beautiful girls to the Lord at our church.  It was a busy day filled with a four hour hair appt. for Joyce and Faith, lots of wardrobe malfunctions, and earrings tangled in hair.  But as we sat in the sanctuary and our video finally played it was all worth it.  Our video played last and Rwenzori was of course starting to get fussy but it was so sweet to watch Joyce and Faith get excited to see their pictures on the screen and hear Mommy and Daddy’s voices in the background.  I would like to share what we said to the girls in the video.

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I love her to the moon and back, and all the way around the world, and more!


Our sweet, sweet, Faith.  You have been and continue to be our amazing, gracious, funny, and sensitive daughter.  Your life verse was given to you in your name, Faith Hope Love.  The Lord gave you that name and the verse in 1 Corinthians 13:13 couldn’t fit you better.  “And now these three remain, faith, hope, and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”  Keep this verse close to your heart always remembering the source of that love will always come from Christ.  Other people or life circumstances may disappoint you but God’s love for you never will.

Rwenzori Grace Love, you were named after the majesticRwenzori mountains of

Never got an individual pic of Zori.  She is too busy!

Never got an individual pic of Zori. She is too busy!

Uganda where both of your sisters are from.  It means “mountains of the moon” and we pray that like these mountains your character will be constant, steady, and inspiring.  So with that we feel like Philippians 4:4-7 fit you and your growing personality and beauty. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

We had to take these individual pics on a different day.  There was too much going on to get good pics the day of!

We had to take these individual pics on a different day. There was too much going on to get good pics the day of!


Joyce Nabanoba Love, we love you so much and fought so hard to have you home. You are already so strong, brave, loving, and confidant.  We pray that you never forget your past because with the Lord’s help it will make your testimony even more beautiful.  Your verse was obvious to us because we feel like you exemplify these traits already.  It’s Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Always remember that no matter where life takes you or however far away you feel to those you love, God is always there.  Keep being strong and courageous and the Lord will do great things through you.
And lastly is the verse that we commit to the Lord and to you girls.  It is 3 John 4 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth.”  This is short and sweet but has the richest deepest meaning for us.  Our first role as parents is to disciple.  We know we will fail many times and have already done so, and you graciously forgive us.  Please know in our hearts how much our love is for all three of you.  But know that as much as we love you, God loves you infinitely more!  You all 3 are very loved little girls!
SAM_2848 (2)And tomorrow we will celebrate Faith’s “Gotcha Day”.  Dec. 1, 2012 was her first day home!  The past two years have flown by with her.  At times I feel I missed too much of her being a baby because I was in Uganda trying to get Joyce home.  She has grown up so fast.  She has become quite the comedian.  We have a book called, “Dog’s Don’t Wear Sneakers” and she thinks the concept is hysterical.  So, it is now her joke.  She will come up to me and say, “Mommy, let me tell you something, dog’s don’t wear sneakers” and then she laughs at herself.  She also prayed several nights in a row that she would be a good girl, Joyce would share, and that Mommy wouldn’t have ashy knees anymore!
Tomorrow also marks 9 months of Joyce being home.  I will be honest, most of it has been very hard.  But just a few weeks ago I feel like we had a breakthrough with each other and have called a truce.  I understand this may come and go, especially as she enters the teen years, but the past few weeks have been a breath of fresh air.  I was trying to download some pictures tonight and came across the video of Faith’s adoption and it was just what I needed.  I think it’s the perfect way to celebrate her “Gotcha Day” tomorrow and close out Adoption Awareness Month.

Mission to Karamoja


Dane will be headed to Uganda this coming January 2015.  It will be his first mission trip there since our first trip to Uganda over two years ago, that set the course for what our family has become.  It will be hard for him to be gone for almost 2 weeks, but all the minor frustrations of being a single parent for a few weeks dissolves when I think back of the beautiful village of Nakyot in Karamoja and thinking of little Kemaleyna (who is now young lady!).  I am copying his fundraising letter at the bottom.  Please pray for this trip as it will be different than all the rest.  Pray for safety and provision, and for us girls as we are at home.  And most importantly that Jesus will transform the hearts and lives of many.


Karamoja 2015

“God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshipers for Himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.  He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations.  Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with His, and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose.”  – John Piper

In January of 2015, I’ll be heading back to Uganda, with a small team, to work in the village of Nakayot, in sub-Saharan Karamoja.  I’ll be returning to the area where Meggan and I first fell in love with Uganda and its people, over 2 years ago.  This will be the 3rd and 4th trip to Karamoja for many members of our team, and in that time, we’ve observed two obstacles hampering the Karamojong, in Nakayot and its surrounding villages, from prospering as a people, and church.  Our team is committed to meeting these obstacles, and seeing God’s glory shine within, and through, the Karamojong, regardless of how long it takes.

The first obstacle is clean drinking water.  Historically, the Karamojong are pastoralists, moving from place to place herding cattle and living in small clans, constantly at war with each other.  Only within the past 20 years have the Karamojong been forced, by the Ugandan government, to give up their large herds of cattle (cattle is the primary source of conflict amongst the Karamojong people) and settle down in, what have been called, “peace” villages.  Karamoja is an extremely arid land, making clean drinking water very difficult to find, let alone enough to support an entire village.  Our team of partners have been committed, over the past year, to meet this need.  We’re working with several organizations to begin the process of drilling, and teaching the Karamojong to drill, simple hand-dug wells to meet their ever increasing water needs.

The second major obstacle, that we’ve discovered, is the lack of a solid Biblical foundation for the members of the new churches that have formed during our ministry in Nakayot.  The church that exists in Nakayot, was formed during the large campaigns of our past trips to the region.  We’ve seen some amazing and miraculous advances in the Gospel over the years, but much of the growth of the Karamojong church has stagnated do to a lack of resources and sound understanding of the essentials of the Christian faith.  This year we’ve downsized the size of our team and we’re focusing all of our energy on discipling some of the key national leaders and village elders that we’ve worked with in the past.  Our goal is to train these leaders in a basic understanding of the Christian faith and to leave them with some simple tools to continue that training with the members of their own village/church.  To be clear, our goal isn’t to teach our Ugandan brothers how to be American Christians.  We want to strengthen the Karamojong church, by investing in its leaders, and encouraging them to be Karamojong Christians.

As most of you already know, mine and Meggan’s journey in Uganda extends well beyond our recent adoptions.  We’re committed to Uganda, and it’s our intent to maintain a close link to the people and culture of two of our beautiful daughters.  With that being said, this is a fundraising letter!  So many people came together and supported our efforts to bring Faith and Joyce home, and it’s hard for me to ask for any more, but I believe that God still has work for my family in Uganda and we need support to accomplish that task.  If you feel led to give, please know that your gift isn’t going to pay our bills or support our lifestyle.  Every dollar goes directly to our work in the field and to cover the cost of travel.  My family and I covet your prayers and please feel free to ask any questions that you might have about our life and ministry.


Dane Love

You can give online at: https://purecharity.com/richard-loves-fundraiser-for-soroti-uganda


You can donate (all donations tax deductible) by mailing a check made payable to: e3 Partners Fund at Pure Charity, P.O. Box 1053 Searcy AR 72145-1053 (Please include 132UG15B363271 in the memo line).  Please notify me if you do mail a check on my behalf so I can add you to the prayer calendar and thank you for your generosity.  You can also mail checks to me at 1205 Salem Church Rd. Monroe, NC 28110, payable to the same place and I will mail it for you.

“And this Gospel of the Kingdom WILL be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matt 24:14, ESV)


Beautiful Kemaleyna!

Beautiful Kemaleyna!

On the way back from the daily hike for water.

On the way back from the daily hike for water.

Village of Nakyot.

Village of Nakyot.



(Most pics taken by Kristin Byrum).

P.S.  We had Baby Dedication for all three girls last night…post to follow as soon as I get back the pics!

Adoption Awareness Month


November is Adoption Awareness Month.  So for this post I was going to share my favorite adoption video and some articles that I just read that are extremely challenging and encouraging for all mommies.  As for an update on the Loves, we are now settling in to my parents house and they moved into my great grandmothers house, so we could have the place to ourselves.  I know, I have an amazing family! Joyce has now been home 8 months and loves going to school and loves to learn.  She really does love her family, but her and I are like oil and water.  We have good days and we have bad days.  I think the real problem is we are too much alike and both think we have to have the last word.  I’m learning to hold my tongue and recognize I am the adult and she is the child who needs an abundance of love and grace.  Some days I fail, some days I do okay.  Please continue to pray for us all through the continuous transitions!  As hard as it is though, I wouldn’t change a thing!

Happy Adoption Sunday!




We had a great time trick-or-treating with Dorothy, or Eskimo, and little Ladybug!

We had a great time trick-or-treating with Dorothy, our Eskimo, and little Ladybug!