Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Journey

November Sky

We're on a journey we've never been on before. It's a journey without explanations or timetables. The "how-to's" often elude us. Is there a better way to wait? I seriously don't know but I know I need to try to get out and move among the people of Nicaragua more. I am in near complete isolation. No bueno. 

So, while we wait for our adoption to be completed...

We've celebrated all four birthdays of the newest members of our family...

Our son has finally stopped trying to rub off our freckles (lol)...

The little daughter who was struggling to dare to connect is now the one to ask for an "abrazo" (hug) from every family member before bed and even sneaks in a couple extra during the day...

I now know how each younger daughter likes her hair and how to keep all the curls's a early in the day reminder to me to be slow and gentle...tangles come out of the hair AND heart easier that way. 

We have an established routine...

It's wonderful and glorious and hard and messy! We had not planned to be here this long, certainly not extending into Christmas. Our littles want to know when they get to go to the United States and we have NO idea. Our teens would love to know too; it is especially hard for them as they know what they are missing. We try to trust God who plans and knows all things, we wait, we fail, we mourn, we laugh, we love, we struggle.

My blog is called "Peaceful Gatherings." I know true peace is only found in living at peace with God, following his plan for my life. And that's my goal. I'd love to be that missionary hero that inspires you to greatness. But I'm me...trying hard but I'm messy. I'm going to try to be a little more detailed in my transparency here...for my own sake to remember later all that happened and the lessons here...and hopefully to encourage another who is trying hard but feeling a lot less than their favorite missionary hero to remember that God uses the weak things of this world to confound the strong and display His strength.


  1. Oh Karen, I totally feel for you with the "not knowing how long" blues. It completely stinks. I try to put a positive spin on things but in the end I think God allows us to feel this pain of waiting, of not knowing, of having to absolutely trust in and wait upon Him alone. I will definitely be praying that you hear something soon, that the Lord would encourage you and give you renewed hope. Hugs and love to you!!!

    1. Kristen, Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement. I am praying for you as well!!! HUGS and LOVE right back!

  2. I have just happened upon your blog today and I am unfamiliar with your story but this post spoke to me. Thank you. I am lifting you and your family in prayer.


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