A Full Tank

I love when I am driving and look down to see that the gas gauge says full.  I know I won’t have to worry about running out of gas any time soon so, I can relax and enjoy the ride.  That is the same feeling we have as we return from furlough.  We have full tanks.  Love tanks that is.

The time we spent with family and friends is priceless.  All four of us felt loved on and spoiled.  I enjoyed watching my children have many different “American” experiences for the first time. My top favorites were watching Jackson’s excitement as he rabbit hunted with his cousin for the first time (even though I had to eat said rabbit) and watching Lilly’s joy in attending a VBS for the first time (she ranks it up there with Six Flags).

God blessed us with many a gift while in the U.S.  The greatest of these was the week we weren’t supposed to be there. As many of you know, our flight back to Uganda was delayed 5 extra days.  This week was full of pleasant surprises.  If you would like to hear more about it, you can read what John’s mom wrote by clicking this link: Days of Miracles

So, like I said, we are back.  Jet lag is rocking our world right now.  We have unpacked and are settling in.  The next days and weeks for us hold some major changes in our ministry here.  One is welcoming in new team members, The Kelley Family.  Another is Jackson, Lilly and Bobbi joining school/work at Tyler International School. Lastly, (and couple of months away) is saying goodbye to Natalie, our long-term missionary friend (currently our only American team member) as she prepares to leave Uganda for good.

Thank you to all of you who poured into our hearts while on furlough.  We love you and we thank God for you.  It is because of you that our tanks are full and we are able to not only continue on our journey here, but also to relax and enjoy the ride!



Jackson enjoying his kill while I feel like my sister’s face in the background.


Lilly loves horseback riding.


My nephew’s graduation.


Lilly got Baptized by John (the Baptist).


Six flags over Georgia.


Fishing at Uncle Stan’s


Enjoying some books at Aunt Nancy’s


No words needed. Mmmmm!


4 thoughts on “A Full Tank

  1. We are so sorry thAT we were unable to do see you, but know that we love and pray for you. Jim and Helen.

  2. God is faithful!!! Loved reading John’s mother’s “Days of Miracles” and seeing the pictures of your stay in the U.S.

  3. At the moments when I feel like God is quiet and I am struggling to understand why, I just read through your blog, emails, and daily notes on the calendar and I am very quickly reminded that God is ALWAYS there, He is ALWAYS good, and He is involved in ALL things. Thank you so very much for your prayers and miracles with us. It is such an inspiration to hear how God has walked through so many situations right beside you, even when you may have felt like He was being quiet. ~ thoughts, love and prayers always.
    Tabitha Varner and family

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