Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Bump in the Road

We never know what life holds just around the curve in the road. What is coming over the next hill or lingering on the horizon? God asked us to move to Bulgaria. We are certain of that. We have struggled with the timing of it all, though. Now, God has allowed some obstacles to be placed in our path that we simply cannot ignore.

First, Marty's Mom has been ill for a little over a month, now. We very nearly lost her. Since then, it has become apparent that she needs to live in with us or with Marty's brother. The plan, right now, is to share Nana, a few months at our home and a few months with our brother and sister in law. I have struggled with this more than anything else God has ever asked of me. There have been tears, frustration, stretching like never before. All along, God brings Isaiah 58 to mind, where He speaks about the true fast. Part of that is being available to our family when they need us. Marty's Mom needs us here. She needs to live in a home where she can see healthy relationships and learn about loving Jesus. My heart longs to go to Bulgaria, but God requires more of me. He is teaching me about being compassionate, kind and loving, even when especially when I don't feel like it. This is what our faith does. It says, "Yes, Lord, use me" even when the answering is hard and requires more than we want to give.

Second, I had a phone call, today, with our pediatrician. We have been praying and have only shared with a few people that Klemi has a heart condition. The news from our pediatrician was not great. Another bump in the road. If what her report from the Cardiologist in Bulgaria says is true, we're looking at a heart surgery, shortly after her arrival here in the USA. Please, pray that the hole in her heart is not beyond repair and that the pulmonary hypertension it's causing is reversible. Really, just join us in praying that the Healer of broken hearts will mend her little heart, before she ever steps foot on American soil. Klemi will need to be followed by a heart surgeon for quite some time after her repair.

I type this and I think, "Why God?" It's not for us to question, though. God asked, we responded and maybe that's all He was looking for? Willing hearts. Were we, are we willing to walk away from our cushy American lives and GO wherever He calls? You bet we are. Is this the end of the road to Bulgaria? We don't believe it is. We simply believe the journey just got a little more difficult and a lot more interesting. Either way, we'll walk this road as long as Jesus is walking with us. We have found more often than not, that this is where He meets us, on the road less traveled.

For now, we're going to put our fundraising on hold. The funds that have already been given will be going to another missionary, adoptive family. If you've made a donation and you'd rather us not forward that on to them, please, send me a message and we'll get your money back to you. Thank you, friends, for your prayers and your support. We'll keep sharing our journey here and hopefully, one day soon, we'll be back on the road to Bulgaria, with 5 beautiful healthy kids in tow.

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Hidden in Christ,


  1. Oh Mandy I am praying for you. I am praying for Klemi and that God will touch and heal her little heart. I know that though I did not have a heart condition my heart was dying and black and through God's awesome love it is now new and he dwells in it! So he can do all things! I pray that he guides your family on the journey you are taking, and I know that wherever it leads your family will be happy and know Jesus love! From your little sister!

  2. UGH, Bumps in the road are SO PAINFUL. What BEAUTIFUL surrender your family demonstrates. Even now. Praying behind you for a peace that only He can give. Praying for your precious miracle girl, Klemi, and that as you await more miracles, you can see her in His hands. Praying for you and your family to sense His presence in this detour- His precious presence that strengthens us at just the right time to actually have the ability to feel joy in the midst and be able to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, Lean not unto your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths." It's clear that you know this, but Im praying that during the low times, He lifts your heart with Hope. I can hardly wait to hear what the outcome of this detour will be..."no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him." Praying you sense Him minute by minute on the long days in such a way that you will look back on this valley as a place of treasures.

  3. God's timing is ALWAYS perfect. I will be praying for you All as God's hand guides and uses you & Marty to bind up the broken,be His hands extended and impact their lives for HIS Glory. Love to all, Aunt Shelby