Friday, August 15, 2014

Meet Our 'Gem' Jackson!!

I'm so very excited for you to meet this little man!

He is seriously a true heart stealer.


Most readily understand,
care for a special needs gem is entirely 
different than those without significant need.

Due to this reality,

has created a "team" for each Gem
which will consist of several 
team members who contribute to their
Gem's care. 

Each team member will be sent 
regular updates, pictures and information
that will give each team member 
the joy of personally 'knowing' their gem.


This little guy just joined our home last week!

He's the newest addition to our 'Gem' family and we are so in love with him!

Meet our precious,


He is a pure Joy!

He may seem tiny at first,

but this little man has a big personality!

He loves to make noise and we affectionately call him our beat-boxer or our DJ!

He loves to play with his toys and to be cuddled.

He enjoys the outdoors and when not outside he is continually found near a window!

Jackson is hearing impaired and has several other special needs.

It is our prayer that our Jackson will heal and that he will be able to learn sign language.

He is working with our physical therapist where our goal is to someday see him walk.

We have no doubt God can heal him and we pray that someday he will even hear our voices.

We know nothing is impossible with God and we cling to that hope as we pray!

If you are interested in being part of Jackson's team,

please email us at:

Please make the subject:

"Jackson's Team

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Meet Our 'Gem' Shafik

I'm so very excited to introduce you to the newest addition here at



{pronounced Sha-feek}

When I first met Shafik at Watoto Baby Home,

 he immediately came over and greeted me with a hug!

From that moment on,

he had stolen a piece of my heart and was never far from my thoughts.

I continually would ask the staff after the initial transfer of our first 'Gems' 

how he was.

When I received news just last week that he indeed 

was going to be transferred from 

Watoto Child Care Ministries,

I was overjoyed!!

With his shy personality and his love for snuggles,

its hard not to fall in love.

He enjoys music and exploring the outdoors.

Even though he is the most mobile in our home,

he is always looking to be picked up and cuddled! 

Shafik has Autism and mild brain trauma.

It is our prayer that Shafik,

 will be healed and someday use his voice to communicate.

We are so in love with him and so very thankful that he has joined our 'Gem' family!

If you are interested in being part of Shafik's team,

please email us at:

Please make the subject:

"Shafik's Team"

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

One Month - 13 Gems and Counting!

I can hardly believe it's been only one month since we opened our doors

and welcomed our first Gems home!!

What an amazing month it has been!

Our hearts are overflowing with His faithfulness.

We went from opening on July 10th and welcoming eleven precious 'Gems' home.

Then just last week we received the joyful and exciting news 

that our home would be growing by four feet!

I was in awe and amazement that yet again we would be 

blessed with two more little boys!

Boy oh boy - 

I just love the way God works!

We have also grown as a staff to a total of 23!

Yet again I am reminded of His faithfulness.

I am so honored to serve alongside such Godly people,

 who deeply love Jesus and our 'Gems'.

Our staff was so very excited to welcome our newest additions to our "Gem" family home.

Even the rain couldn't stop our precious "Gems" from making their debut!

Meet our boys!! 

S & J 

You didn't think I was going to give you their full name did you?!

That my sweet friends, will just have to wait for each of their formal introductions.

But trust me, it was love at first sight!

We have finally made a Bakers Dozen and we couldn't be happier.

We are so excited to see all that God is doing and going to do through 

I am so excited to officially introduce you to S & J, 

beginning, Lord willing, tomorrow!

There is only one thing left to say,

Welcome Home sweet boys,

Welcome Home!