4 Months


July 14 came and went. It marked 4 months since our princess flew to Jesus. Sadness didn’t really hit me until the evening when all the boys were in bed and I looked at the date on the computer. Many of you saw my post and this adorable picture on facebook, but here it is for those non-facebook people. 🙂

Princess Hannah

Her onesie says, “Daddy’s little Princess.” She definitely was. Something special happens to a man’s heart when he has a daughter. I’m so sorry that Aaron doesn’t get to dance with his princess…at least, not for a very long time.

BUT, we are 4 months closer to the day when God calls us to heaven. We will be reunited with sweet Hannah. Our Hannah-shaped heart holes will be healed. We will be whole, perfect and complete because we will see Jesus as He really is. My longing for that day increases as times goes on.

Our days are still busy hosting visiting staff, summer reading and math, and preparing for my parents’ arrival. To say that we are excited to spend 10 glorious days with my parents is an understatement. The boys are counting down the days!

Praise and Prayer Requests:

1.) Please continue to pray for Aaron as his responsibilities increase each time someone goes on furlough.

2.) Praise God that Noah has a new friend. Unfortunately, he is here for 3 short weeks. Noah is already dreading the inevitable goodbye. Please pray for him as his friend’s departure approaches.

3.) On the same note, please pray for us all as the Bemm family returns to the States for 5 months. Levi’s 3 best friends will be leaving, along with Noah and Jacob’s good friend. Please pray that we will cope well in their absence, and pray for the Amy and Chuck and their 7 children as they travel July 22.

4.) Praise God that Dana Jacobs’ health is improving. Continue to pray that the adoption of Hope will progress quickly and smoothly, that Dana and her family will experience the Skekinah kind of God’s presence that we felt during our trial, and that she will be healed this side of heaven!

5.) Please pray for Tenwek Hospital. Pray for righteous, humble wisdom for the administrators. Pray for spiritual and physical healing for the patients. Pray for the chaplains and the local churches who minister to the patients’ spiritual health. Pray for all the doctors, nurses, and staff. Pray that they will honor God in all they do.

6.) Please pray for my parents as they travel July 20-22.

7.) Praise God that the boys are behaving like normal children (rather than like monsters) this week. Thank you for your prayers. The weather has been just beautiful so they’ve been playing outside all day. Glorious days in Kenya!!

Levi and his friends


Colossians 1:9-12 “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”


4 responses »

  1. ‘Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?’ God placed this scirpture in front of me today and I can only praise him for mercy. I am so thankful we have a Savior who knows your pain and the lives you and your family have changed and continue to change through your ‘cup’ the Father has given you.May God’s great big hands to continue to show you a new day and a new soul who needs to learn from your ministry, not only in serving Him in Kenya but also through your great pain.
    Thankyou, praying for your family

  2. Hi! I recently moved with my husband and three year old to Nairobi and have found your blog very helpful! I would love to email you and ask you some specific questions! I cannot find your email on your blog, so would you mind emailing me? Thank you!

  3. Stephanie, your journey has touched my life, just as it has so many around the world. Yesterday, I preached a sermon in our church about Being a Woman who follows Jesus. One of the questions that I asked to our congregation is “where is your hope?” I told your family’s story and shared about what an inspiration your hope and faith in Christ is to me and so many others. So many tears were shed yesterday for your little Hannah and so many lives were challenged as a result of your faith. Here’s a link to the sermon just in case you’d like to hear it: http://www.districtchurch.org/media.php?pageID=14

    Many blessings on you and your family!

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