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Hey y’all. This blog community has hugely blessed me over the years. Many of you have walked along with me since the early Uganda days…now three years ago.  The last two years have been intense and for that reason, this blog space has been a bit quieter. The quiet isn’t over, but I needed to […]

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  • Julie - You are a remarkable woman. You are so special to me & my family. Praying for you & your precious daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Lara - Makes my heart so happy. Love you, friend.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Getz - I’m so excited for you, MJ! Will be praying that her adoption goes smoothly!! ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Burt - This is wonderful news. I am happy for you both. ReplyCancel

  • Suzy McCall - Wonderful news!! Can’t wait to meet your daughter! Jesus brings and holds all things together in His precious Name. Love you lots, SuzyReplyCancel

  • Roberta Fanelli Davis - WOW! Looking forward to your journey! God is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Embry - Yay Mandie Joy! What great news! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney-Ke Williams - That is wonderful news Mandie. If you would like I can see about donating a handmade blanket from our Orphan Nursery Project inspired by her heritage. Let me know.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Young Kremer - HOORAY! From what Sara & Nate have told me about you, you will be a tremendous mama. I’ll be praying for and following your journey. Thank you for listening to God’s call and being a quiet inspiration to me.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Drummond - Mandie! I am sooooo happy for you and little E. What blessings you’ll be in each other’s lives. Sending lots of prayers your way during this time of waiting and trusting!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Scott - What glorious news! I am overjoyed to be a small part of this journey with you.ReplyCancel

  • J'Vonne Cazador - Yaaaay Mandie! So happy for you and her! Love the print I selected even more now beyond personal reasons. God is so good!ReplyCancel

  • Sami - I love this! Praise God for His working. It is always good. Praying He blesses you as you take Him at His word!ReplyCancel

  • Esty - THIS. It’s just right.
    you’re my favorite in the history of ever.
    xxoo ~ the big sisterReplyCancel

  • Leslie Crosby - How exciting!!!! I look forward to watching God move! XoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Fairh - WOW! So happy for your new adventure among all the ones you have already experienced! You will be so blessed by this little one! Congrats!ReplyCancel

He started making eye contact a few days ago and when that happens, it’s impossible to not fall in love with the little boy whose big eyes stare at me over the bottle day after night after day. I tell him that he’s perfect, that someone is praying for him right now, begging that the […]

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  • Nicole Furth Hummel - Thank you. I am very impatient and needed to hear this reminder about waiting. ReplyCancel

  • Alice - Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Eunice - Hi Mandie! It’s been such a blessing reading your blog. Can I ask how you were able to narrow down your choices for foster care agencies? I live in Los Angeles, ca and there are about a billion :) okie no quite but too many. I heard your only able to choose one agency so my husband and I want to pick the right one… If you have any insight, please let me know we would be so grateful. Thank you and God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Annika Dietrich - Thank you very much for your text. Love from Germany.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney-Ke Williams - To embrace your mission in life the way you do is such a testimony of God’s love. When I was a child I prayed to God asking Him to teach me to love as He loves. Being in the field of connecting families and working with youth, God amazes me daily. What you do is so incredibly trying and yet you are filled with the strength of the Lord to focus on nurturing His children. May God continue to bless you and watch over your household. ReplyCancel

  • Anna Hite Walker - Oh this is so beautiful! Made me tear up this morning. Thanks for writing, MJ. And that Prayer-that they’ll have confidence it’s not forever? And they’ll feel loved? Prayed that so many times!ReplyCancel

  • The McKinnon Family - Oh, Mandie! You did this for my little ones too…took care of them when I was too far…made sure they got the affection and medical attention they needed. It was a total GODSEND at the time…bless you & all the angels ministering to kids while they wait.ReplyCancel

  • Erin Burdzinski Onesko - You are such a beautiful soul. I tell my Lily daily that she is an old soul and a beautiful soul. What a gift it would be if age turned out anything like you.ReplyCancel

  • Sami - Ahh, this went straight to my heart. We are waiting for agencies to work for our little boy to come to our home… After he has spent 3.5 years of not hearing he is loved, treasured and full of purpose. I am bad at waiting, but so confident that God is His protector. Praying, waiting, praying. Thanks for the encouragement!ReplyCancel

  • Helena Barradas - Hola, Mandie!

    Espero que estés bien. Siempre que leo tus textos, siento que tienes un espacio especial en el cielo. Tus palabras son divinamente inspiradas y creo que Él conoce tu corazón, tus deseos, pero está preparando lo mejor para ti, no importa en que area estés esperando. No te olvides nunca que Dios es fiel y que Su fidelidad es grande.
    Me emociona ver tu trabajo y lo tanto que haces por tantos niños y niñas. No dudes: aunque ellos encuentren una familia que sea por siempre suya, en sus pequeños corazones habrá una parte para ti, es lo que creo!

    un beso grande!ReplyCancel

  • Katy - Such a beautiful sentiment! I work in special education and I plan to eventually bring my experience to serve foster children with intensive needs. I hope that someday when I join my children in that “waiting” stage, I will remember to tell them how much they are loved and pray that they may know this is not their forever.ReplyCancel

  • Mandie Joy - I already know that Lily is going to do amazing things with her life. :)ReplyCancel

  • Mandie Joy - I thought about you and your waiting one when I wrote this. Praying he’s home soon.

**these sweet ones came to me 11 days ago and have already moved on to the rest of their lives. The day they came, I decided not to fall in love this time. Yesterday, I cried big tears as they drove away in someone else’s car. They are someone else’s babies, too. This season of […]

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  • Heather - I am so inspired by you! I found you through Anna Walker on IG, started following YOU on Instragram, and am now a follower of your blog. I cannot WAIT to read more! And check out your Etsy shop! I’m going to browse a little more around here and then will send you an email. :) I’d love to help support your shop on my blog like I did with Anna’s! There’s nothing better to me than seeing someone answer the Lord’s call and doing so faithfully and humbly. I can’t wait to get to know you better, MJ!

    Oh, and that last picture and caption in hysterical- gotta love the irony in that moment! 😉 Too cute!


  • Andrea Varga - Sounds so familiarReplyCancel

  • Patti Klindt Cummings - Thank you for your reminders of His grace and forgiveness. For a reminder that He loves me despite the way I feel like I fail Him and my family each day. God bless you for all you are doing in the lives of these kiddos!!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Ladd - i have really loved following you on IG and keeping up with your blog. you are such an encouragement with such a beautiful testimony!


  • Helena Barradas - Hola, Mandie!

    Nice text!

    Creo que eres muy bendecida. Sé que las luchas son muchas y grandes, pero con ellas vienen la paciencia, la amistad, el amor y, después, las victorias.

    Que Dios te bendiga aun más en todo lo que intentes hacer.

    Sé que irás muy lejos (geográfica y figurativamente hablando) y sé también que Dios te guardará en todas las caminadas que hagas.


  • Courtney-Ke Williams - I am longing to connect with you! What an amazing thing you are doing. How I would love to learn more! I am considering adopting a young child diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the future. I am waiting on God to open the door. He has already opened my heart. I pray that God heals your heart with the empty nests in your heart. He will fill them again with another child who needs your love and care. God bless you!


  • Mary Krause - I have loved following you on IG, girl.
    this must be SO very hard, yet SO very wonderful at the same time.
    you are an inspiration!
    your heart is just pure gold….and your talents amaze me.

  • Rebekah Jean - This post hit my heart. So many truths. And I can so identify with you. I night nanny as a job, and I know that feeling when a baby just won’t sleep. And that feeling when strangers ask why I sleep-deprive myself every night just to get up with babies that aren’t mine. And I needed the reminder that God does not see me that way :)ReplyCancel

  • Vertical Mom - Just precious…thank you for sharing such sweetness.ReplyCancel

  • Mandie Joy - Thank you for this sweet encouragement, Mary. Instagram has been such a fun place to connect with really wonderful people. :)ReplyCancel

  • Mandie Joy - Hi Courtney! I love that you are considering special needs adoption. There is such a need. Praying God flings doors open wide in His perfect timing. :)ReplyCancel

We so often look away at another’s bleeding — what do you say? how do you respond? – as evidence of our small view of God. We subtly believe His hands are tied against their pain that is unfamiliar to us, that He’s dumfounded, like us. But His hands aren’t tied.  And He doesn’t turn, He […]

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  • :: waiting » Seeing Joy - […] Mother’s Day this year, I tiptoed into the hospital nursery and scooped up one of the tiniest ones who was […]ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Such a beautiful post. You made me cry tears of joy. Thank you, MJ. :)ReplyCancel

  • Erin McNutt Sherrill - This is lovely. You have touched my heart with your words. Many times life doesn’t go according to our plan and we must embrace the challenge and seek the Lord for support. Your spirit is a perfect example of how to see the joys of life amidst the pain and rely on God where our own understanding ends. I am so glad I found your blog for inspiration, as my husband and I are on our own journey to parenthood. Thank you for sharing. :)ReplyCancel

  • Ally Middle - Oh my goodness, I just came across your blog and I’m in love! Ive read almost all your posts and you have literally hit the nail on the head for me. I have had this strong calling to be a foster parent for over a year now and after graduating college, I am finally in the process of doing so. Buy I’ve had my fair share of doubt. I am too a young, single God living woman and have the same questions and doubts. I can’t wait to continue reading about your journey. Thanks so much for putting your life out here for everyone to see.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Krause - you are an amazing mother. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.


  • On this Momma’s day… - […] and everyday. You are beautiful, you are strong, and you can and will do this. Please read this, this, and […]ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Summers Joyce - This was so so so lovely…thank you so much for sharing….ReplyCancel

  • Kaila Burkett - Just found you. As a fellow mama, photographer, chai tea lover, and trying to be a better Christ follower… I immedately fell in love with your blog… Looking forward to following you!ReplyCancel

  • jamela reifsnyder - i felt this way on my first visit to my church’s MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group, right after i got approved to be anfoster/adoption mama… but hadn’t had any babies placed in our home yet… felt like an imposter or poser but the mamas there welcomed me with open arms and were so helpful and prayerful during our 2.5 year journey with 7 sweet babies…

    God told us two were meant to stay… we just celebrated our 7th year adoption anniversary. our girl will be 10 this month and our boy will be 10 two months later. :0)

    we took a break in order to potty train and let our hearts heal as we were ready and willing to adopt all seven LOL :0)

    we’ve since moved and are praying about doing fost/adopt again! :0)ReplyCancel

  • Annie - This is beautiful. It is easy to feel like I’m just playing dress up or pretend by being a foster mom… Like it doesn’t really count. Thanks for reminding me it does count.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Crane - What beautiful words. Thank you for sharing. I love the healing He has brought for both of us and to hear it so beautifully from your words. He’s still making beauty from ashes and I see it all around me. Calling beauty and hope forth from places of sorrow and heartache. Thanks for being a living example of that to me. I celebrate you as a wonderful mom sweet friend!ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine Jones - Hi! I left a comment on your instagram. I found your blog through moments with love. I’m a foster mom and also have a deep love for Uganda as well. Would love to know more about your fostering experiences….sometimes it feels so lonely.ReplyCancel

  • Meredith Strickland - thank you for this. all day I have been feeling this ache. the ache of knowing that I was created for motherhood. that I have loved many children, but none of my own. I’ve loved babies in Uganda and many of my friends kids here. so thank you. for reminding me that God sees me today. He knows the longings of my heart, and He will not turn away from me either.ReplyCancel

  • Mandie Joy - Nice to meet you, Kaila. Thanks for introducing yourself! ReplyCancel