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Category Archives: my view

:: Christmas in Africa

Merry Christmas from Uganda! Yesterday, we received final confirmation that the Embassy would not process any more visas before the holidays. They deserve a break, for sure, so we can’t complain. The first thought to cross my mind yesterday afternoon was, “Wow, we get to spend Christmas here.” There’s no telling what the next years will hold. […]

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  • Ornela Surli - DIOS CUIDALOS, TENGO MI CORAZON CON ELLOS LOS AMOReplyCancel

  • Katie Fenska - I haven’t stopped by your blog in a little while and was SO overjoyed to see the beautiful pictures of you with your daughters! God is so good! It has encouraged my heart so much to see Him working through you. Thank you for following where He leads. He is always a faithful Father.ReplyCancel

:: a year to remember [part 2]

June 2011: The late summer of 2011 launched me into the wildest faith journey of my life, the details of which I cannot share here. From the moment each of our littles came into our lives, our desire was to see them in a family. God made it clear (in a special, different way for […]

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:: safari

After 15 months in Uganda, I finally made it on a safari. This country I have slowly grown to love is more breathtaking that I even imagined. The clouds here have always captured my attention, but on this day they were absolutely incredible. The heavens declare the glory of God. The expanse shows his handiwork. […]

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  • Sara - Mandie, Do you know they say you RARELY see lions on safari after the early-morning hours because of the heat? It makes this miracle even more tangible. Sister, He is so kind to you!ReplyCancel

    • MandieJoy - Sara, we know! It was such an unnecessary goodness on top of all the others. Oh, and did I mention? We saw three different rainbows!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Rudder - I’m consistently blown away by the breathtaking photos you have on your blog.

    It looks like your safari was a blast!

    And what a great way for God to answer your prayers with such a noble lion at the end.ReplyCancel

:: stop for the one

One of the most difficult parts of life in Africa is realizing that you cannot help everyone. You can’t even help most. The theme of our year here has been to stop for the one, a phrase the Twin’s parents live by as well. It can become easy, when you live amidst such intense need, […]

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  • carrie - i love it! the reminder to stop for the one is something i think we each need to be reminded of. ;) ekisa is such a blessing and the video really warmed my heart. thank you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Theresa - Wow! Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Chrystie DeSmet - This is a beautiful post & I love the video. So encouraging! :) ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - Thank you! This was perfect, needed and so appreciated. Stop for the One – I believe that is what God does for each one of us, because He loves us enough to tell us we are beautiful.

    Grace and peace!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Mandi, you have a gift with pictures and videos. I think through your talent, you will move many people to action!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - I’m sobbing and laughing at the same time… our God is sooo good. He made each of these children PERFECT.. so grateful for the hearts that are pouring into each of them every single day.ReplyCancel