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Category Archives: right now

:: here and now

One of the most precious gifts of my time in Uganda was an unexpected friendship. She was even busier than I was, but somehow every now and then, we each managed to escape our homes for an hour, meet at that corner by the blue boxcar, and walk together down by the Nile River. Sometimes […]

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  • LaurelLee S - Wow….amen….!! This post blessed my heart greatly…I will need to read it over often!! Thank you for sharing your heart!!
    His blessings to you as you desire to be used by Him wherever He places you!!ReplyCancel

  • Annie Coppedge - this is beautiful. thanks for writing!ReplyCancel

  • Kaleigh Anderson - Once again- Thank you for this! Just what I needed to read right now :) ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Milton Hollaway - I always remind myself to be ready to bloom where God puts me. it may not be where I thought I wanted to be but before long he shows me how he always has my best interest at heart. There are days when I do forget to invite Jesus into me and then realize why I am not being the best I am meant to be. Especially on those days I do not physically feel well.ReplyCancel

:: never once

The past few days have been full of good news, miracles, and unbelievably fast turnaround on things that usually take days or weeks… BUT …with every piece of good news, it seems there is one more thing one more piece of paper missing one more day we need to wait one more change of our […]

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  • JoshandKimberly Bonham - This video was amazing. Made me cry!ReplyCancel

  • A Nielsen - Will be missing your blogs. But it has been a very inspiring trip. I hope to soon go myself, for the rest of my life.

    Have a great reunion with your many friends, and thanks for the many great blogs.

    Take care,
    AllanReplyCancel

    • MandieJoy - I’ll still be blogging here even though I’m in the US now. Stay tuned for an announcement on what’s next! :) ReplyCancel

  • cathy - Well-was struggling with the what and what not of life – went to my friends blog and watched this- now celebrating in tears and joy with the ‘what and what Now of God’. Thanks for your work- someday I am going to get there!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - Truly what an AMAZING God we serve! Thank you for the peek into the journey these young hearts have been on this year — finding love for the first time, and people to hold them near! Love you lots.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Crane - Blown away as I watch this. What a time it’s been, and what a story He’s writing still. Praying, praying. Wishing more than anything that we were all getting on a plane together tomorrow, but I think He’s got a bit more of the story on this side of the world for you to witness and be a part of. Cannot wait to look back on it with you. Let’s both keep this song on repeat for this next little bit k? LOVE YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley @ It's Fitting - This was so beautiful… Seeing Lily with Nate and his family makes me so happy… God works in great and wonderful ways.ReplyCancel

  • Suzy - So true: HE IS FAITHFUL!

    Love you, love Him, love those babies! :-)

    Thankful for your life in Jesus!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Oh my. No words for this.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - What a beautiful year. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

:: sunrise

Alinda Rose Morrow’s first sunrise as an official daughter. Overlooking the Nile River, a hippo grunting nearby. Eden Hannah Doyle’s first sunrise as an official daughter. Acacia trees overhead. Ugandan crested cranes running around leaving their tiny forked footprints in the wet sand. These two babies and I have seen many sunrises this past year. […]

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  • :: over and over again » :: Mandie in Africa Update - [...] Months after those two reunions, on October 7th, Rachel and I bathed and moisturized our last two babies. We put them in clothes that had been laid out days in advance. We topped them off with bottles to make sure they wouldn’t be fussy. The driver called to say they were just entering Jinja and the butterflies in my stomach started. We waited outside for the blue gate to swing open. Their faces at first sight of their daughters were worth all the sleepless nights, all the missing that would follow. And then, November 6th: the night when they came back, bringing daddies who had not yet met their daughters. We surprised them at the airport just a little after midnight. Another moment I will never forget. Handing daughters to their fathers…forever. [...]ReplyCancel

  • Misty - I feel like I know you because I have heard your name from Anne a thousand times! Those photos are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing and for taking such sweet care of Ali Rose. With love from Nashville, MistyReplyCancel

:: little moments

we’re enjoying the little moments this week not a lot to do we decided it would be more fun if the mamas just stayed with us in our house so we’re getting to experience all of these new mama’s “firsts” with them first crawl by Ali Rose first bottles first baths first trip into town […]

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  • Tammy S - LOVE this post! Praying for you always and I hope to meet you when we come to UG to bring home our little ones!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - I was blessed by stumbling upon your blog today. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Christina - These are remarkably beautiful moments and I am praising God for these new mama first moments! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - just precious. praying!ReplyCancel

:: making

When your favorite season is fall and you live in Uganda, you just have to make fall happen. The weather doesn’t change here so we can’t wear boots and scarves, but you learn to make do. I kick the dry leaves on a walk into town and stand on the front porch early and soak […]

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  • Molly - Mandie Joy,
    You don’t know me but we are connected through Anne. I want you to know that your blog has encouraged me, amazed me and challenged me to look outside of my “normal” life for what God has in store. Thank you for giving your life to these children and carrying out God’s love on a daily basis.
    MollyReplyCancel

  • love - love and miss you already, AR!! [and you, too, MJ. miss you already.]ReplyCancel

  • Kim - This post has me smiling!! And the diaper as a pot holder has me cracking up!!! And the beautiful babies.. ahh! They have me melting!ReplyCancel