Now on with the inspiration...
Owen Mukisa Willis
This kid...is the definition of inspiration. He has overcome so much. Smiles so often. Belly laughs more than anyone I know. He truly loves life. He is not perfect (shocking, I know), but he really is a picture of God's perfect will. I have said it many times, but will say it again: God truly blessed us when he brought Owen into our lives. It isn't the other way around. We are so thankful to be his family.
Children's Adoption Follow Up Appointment Update:
Owen had a bone scan done on his hand to determine his age. It looks like he is closer to a younger 2 according to his bones. But, due to malnourishment, it may not be totally accurate. SO, we will wait a little bit and if his developmental age continues at the rate it is (3 year old) and his size (wow) continues to blast off, we will go with him being 3. "How old is he?" used to be such an easy question!
We are also going to be going to Scottish Rite for some concerns regarding his hips. I mentioned to the doctor that I felt like something wasn't right, we did an x-ray, and there is some bowing of his hips. This could be for several reasons and the best course of action is to go somewhere where the doctors know that sort of thing. Scottish Rite couldn't be a better place for it! We know that by experience!!! Between Owen and Gracie...they are going to know us so well now! Prayers are, of course, appreciated regarding this appointment! We will let you know what we find out...and are assuming it will take a while to get him in.
Grace Carolyn Willis
I was watching Gracie do her swim lessons this year thinking...about all that has changed in her life this year. A new (toddler) brother. Juvenile Arthritis. Shots. Sharing Mommy and Daddy. And lots more. And I am reminded, again, of how awesome she is. This kid...is such a lover. She has never met a stranger and just loves to love. She has the most amazing imagination and is growing up so much! I have so much fun just watching her. She tells me stories. And her prayers blow. me. away. She is such an awesome little prayer warrior. Here are some of the things she prayed for this week:
*that her cousin Elena's hair would grow back and she would be healffee (healthy)
*for these blessings (ok)
*that her brother would share, not hit, and not bite (hmmm)
*that her Daddy would feel better and have a good day at work (even if he isn't going there)
*that she would make good choices (nice!)
Prayer time is my favorite time with her. :)
The Little Elm Firefighters and friends
This injury has been hard on all of us for more than one reason. But...we have trusted that God will provide in all the ways needed. And He has. He has used so many people to do this. Josh always talks about his "brothers". And I (along with the other wives) know that this brotherhood is a big part of our lives, but we enjoy making fun of it more than anything. It is hard to do that when you look outside every other week and see one of them mowing your hard...or posting about a fundraiser for your family...or hearing the reminder that they are praying for you. They really do show what it means to be a family. We have really felt so much comfort and support from them. It really helps...and shows that family is so much more than blood relatives.
Vacation Bible School
We are more than half way into the week of VBS and I can honestly say...it is changing ME. I look at these kids...many of them unchurched...and think about what an awesome blessing it is to have the opportunity to share Jesus with them. And they want to learn so much! They are having a blast and our host and volunteers are so much fun. I really think we have a great team! We got to kind of modify a service project today and it almost brought me to tears talking to them about missionaries and Uganda. They used beads to make bracelets and they were SO interested in learning about mission work and orphan care. They are each praying for people who are in Uganda doing God's work right now! God is up to something this week!!! These little lives...inspire me...so much. As do the people working with them.
This long list of inspirations...keeps growing...so I will have lots more to share soon!
To Our Sweet Owen,
Son...I couldn't help but laugh at you today. You had a shirt on that needed to be washed so I took it off. You did NOT appreciate it. And you let me know that you were cold (in the 80 degree house) until I got you another one to put on. You do not like to be naked, dirty, or wet. You crack me up!!!
Love you more,