a month in Uganda for all of us, then one of us will stay behind if necessary

We'll all be in Uganda for a month.

Our hope - and this will only be possible if everything sails through quickly and without hiccups - is that we'll ALL return together on November 12.

We know families who have managed to do that, but they are the exception rather than the norm. If our newest three aren't cleared for travel yet, then one of us (probably me) and our three current kiddos will return on November 12 while the other parent stays until Patience, Philip, and Patricia can return.

We're praying we can all return at once, but we're preparing for either possibility. We're trusting God that the timing will be perfect, whatever the schedule will be.

Many of you have asked how you can serve us now and when we return (and let me just say that I am so touched by those requests!), and I'm working on a post for practical helps once we're home. For now, we're up for playdates for Robbie to keep him out of my hair occupied this week, assuming he is doing well enough with recovery from having his tonsils and adenoids out last week. Zoe has therapy here during the day every day and still naps a lot, so I don't think that would work for her. Also, I have heard that the orphanage could use cloth diapers, so I'll be accepting donations (used or new) for those. They mostly have toddlers rather than babies, but any size will be helpful. Finally, anyone want to pet sit a bearded dragon for a month? He eats greens, though if you're up for live prey, he's a fan of crickets, which you can buy at most pet stores. He lives in a 40 gallon tank with lighting and a timing on the plug so his lights cycle on and off in his natural cycle.

He's friendly and likes to be held, but that is NOT necessary!

Also, are you willing to serve any Sundays at 9:20 or 11 in special needs ministry at Providence? Or at BLAST on Sunday evenings? We'll need subs just in case someone is out at 9:20, we have gaps to fill at 11 on all the Sundays we'll be gone (October 13, 20, 27, and November 3, 10 and 17), and one or two gaps each of the Sunday evenings we're gone (October 13, 20, 27, and November 10 and 17 - no BLAST on November 3).

But our biggest request? Prayer, prayer, and more prayer. Reminders of Bible verses and passages to keep us centered on the One orchestrating all of this. Encouragement.

And more prayer.