As we drove across the northern part of the country we met some of the sweetest, kindest, most amazing friends! Their love for the orphan, the Gems, for others, for our family, for the broken – absolutely incredible.
When people drive for hours to come to a gathering, I don’t take it lightly. Many of you have stopped by “Our Place Called Simplicity” for years and it is a thrill to finally(!), finally(!), finally(!) hug your neck, see your faces and hear your stories. I have been very moved by some of the things you all shared with me and I have been praying diligently for valleys that you are walking through. Together we will choose to trust our great God who is always astoundingly faithful.
Thank you for the privilege of spending time with you – these are memories that I will always carry with me.
Jolene, who is part of The Knee Team, heard it was Nehemiah’s birthday and even made him a cake! #sweetestblessing
This crazy-couple above drove from Charles City, Iowa – EIGHT hours one way, (what???) so I could hug their necks! What a blessing they are and what a joy to my soul!
Janet & Kevin’s tribe mixed up with our pile….all adopted….except one.
Two of the gatherings were held in barns – we loved it!! Two were held in churches. All were such a blessing!
It was wonderful spending time with our friends, Tracy and Clay, in Michigan. They welcomed us into their home and the kids had a blast!
At the Michigan gathering we had a special treat of meeting two of the children who were at the same baby orphanage as Elijah, Elizabeth and Ruby! What a sweet time!
Once orphaned but now thriving in families = Best sight ever!
Longtime (and old just like us) friends, Janet and Kevin, also welcomed us into their new home – such a treat! We always make special memories when we are together…and the laying on the floor thing…well it’s a long story, but I had to include the picture this time! We laugh and laugh when we get together and each time we have to get another “laying on the floor picture” to add to our little collection!
Thank you friends who came to all the gatherings – you made my year! For those who I didn’t get pictures of, please forgive. I really tried.
For those on our “return” route, stay tuned. At the moment, we are hunkered down at the Old Home Place for a little fun in the
cold clouds with family and childhood friends!! So good for our souls. Dw is currently sitting on the porch talking to one of his old buddies. And yes, the current high is 78…which is actually FORTY degrees colder than when we left Phoenix!! I have been shivering, wearing old flannels and keeping inside more than out. I’m a wimp and I readily admit it. But it does feel soooo good to be here! We love this Old Home Place – filled with memories and making new ones!