we’re alive

I know, I know.

I owe, like, a bajillion posts and updates from the rest of our trip.

Here is the list of my totally
legitimate excuses in regards to my slackerdom:

We lost our Internet stick the last week in Uganda, so we couldn’t access the world wide webs.

Jet lag. (it’s evil)

We (well, Jane and Addy) jumped right into the middle of a summer swim league. Practice, practice and more practice. And swim meets. Dude.

Jet lag.

My parents sold my childhood home, so we took a last minute trip (literally….I was on the phone with my mom at 10:30 am, she asked if we could come home for one last weekend, and we were in the car by 11:30…super speedy packing skills, I say).

Addy dislocated and broke her elbow. It was a long and painful day/night in the ER.

The next day our basement flooded with some major grossness (aka, raw sewage) and has continued to do so every day since Thursday. Awesomesauce.

We want camping over the weekend with the young adult ministry from our church. Those are some seriously cool kids.

Aaand now I’m waiting for Addy to get out of surgery as I type this. Turns out, she chipped part of her elbow off and they’ve got to pin it back on. She’s in great hands with a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. I love Children’s Mercy. I didn’t cry one bit when they took her away.

Not one bit.
(who am I kidding…I’m her mother…I’m allowed to cry, okay?)


So…{sigh}…that’s been our plate for the past several weeks.


But I thought you might like to know that we made it back from Uganda in one piece.

We love it there.
We miss it already (especially Lucas).
We have many stories to tell.
Hopefully I’ll find some time in the near future to write them.

Stefanie - July 16, 2012 - 5:30 pm

Today? Why did I think her surgery was later in the week?!?
Oh my goodness, how are you doing? How is Addy doing?!? Praying for your baby girl, Co!!
Your friend who is tumbling towards senility

Frowl - July 16, 2012 - 10:04 pm

And Kampala misses ya’ll! Sorry about Addy’s arm…and the sewage basement….and the jet lag. Glad you are posting again though!!!

Red Stethoscope - July 16, 2012 - 10:11 pm

Oh goodness, praying for you guys! I lived in a house where the basement also flooded with aforementioned sewage and it was NOT OK. Plus, our girl’s arm is broken? So sorry…sounds like you’re making the best of it, though!

Christi - July 17, 2012 - 6:01 am

I just happened upon your blog and as I was reading through I realized that you know my good friends Jenny and Brad G. Thanks to Jenny I have a new found burden today for Uganda and Sixty Feet. I enjoyed perusing through your blog and reading the sweet story of bath time and looking at the photos you took while in Uganda. Thanks for taking the time to share.

Kelly Raudenbush - July 17, 2012 - 8:19 am

Oh my goodness. Totally forgiven for not filling us all in on the happenings. ugh.

Anna - July 17, 2012 - 10:02 am

You literally hit the ground running, ehh? That is the way it is though. Glad to hear everything went well. Praying for your baby today. Missed yeeeewwwwww! ;)

Kate Hawk - July 19, 2012 - 9:46 am

Hi Colleen! Girl, you guys have been through the fire…So glad that God’s got you all under his mighty wing! I will keep Miss Addy in my prayers as she recovers from surgery and her elbow and arm heels.

Sounds like it’s time for some ice-cold lemonade and a good book out under a large shade tree…with a hammock!!!

Hugs Colleen ~ kate

Bonnie - July 29, 2012 - 7:29 pm

I almost feel like I’m intruding; dropping in at the worst of times!I am so glad I happened along!
Blessings to you & yours!

Shelley Brown - July 30, 2012 - 1:26 pm

Hi there! We met in Uganda last fall and then again at Created for Care. ANYWAYS. My friend is living in Uganda and looking to adopt while there. She is 31, single American. Do you have any tips or advice I can pass along?


julia - July 30, 2012 - 7:46 pm

july is almost over and you only posted once. ;( i check almost every other day, and i so look forward to reading the things you have to say. come back soon! pleeaasseee!!! :)

missy @ it's almost naptime - September 19, 2012 - 8:05 am

Could you please, like, blog?

Jenna - September 30, 2012 - 9:10 pm

Hi My name is Jenna
Your kids are beautiful princesses, handsome prince’s, cute blessings, special earthly angels, and precious gifts and miracles.
I was born with a rare life threatening disease, developmental delays, and 14 other medical conditions.

Here is a new poem I wrote, it’s called it takes courage:
It Takes courage to love
Like a dove
It takes courage to fight,
It takes courage to do what’s right
It takes courage to stay strong,
When things go wrong
It takes courage to write a song
It takes courage to live
It takes courage to give
It takes courage to fight this beast
It takes courage to be brave
It takes courage to smile and wave
It takes courage to keep positive
Keep on fighting!
It takes courage to win!
I am hopping Addy’s surgery went well and she is on her way to recovery. Basement flood, not good, hopping and praying it all got cleaned up. Sounds like you had fun camping.

Rebel Judge - October 3, 2012 - 6:45 am

Good Morning –

Not sure if you will see this anytime soon… but I had to share the following…

I have been following your blog for a few years now – while you were prepping for the adoptions. I love your posts… humor and candor. I am a mother to 5 – 2 of whom are adopted – Indonesia and China. I really don’t follow many blogs anymore… but I always seem to gravitate back to yours to “check in”.
So – you will understand my amazement this morning when my husband and I were chatting over coffee and the daily paper. My husband is retired Army and is a professor at CGSC at Redstone. He was telling me about his day and mentioned an Air Force Officer that was a guest speaker yesterday… who had adopted 2 little boys from Uganda. I knew immediately that he had to have met your husband… sure enough, I pulled up your blog and he confirmed. ; ) I think that is so cool!

Small world!! Keep writing…

Cheers, Rebel

Melissa - October 18, 2012 - 2:06 pm

Really missing your blog. I am sure that surgery is long over by now and we would love to hear about the rest of you trip to Uganda.

Stacy - November 21, 2012 - 10:22 am

God layed your family on my heart again today and pray you are all doing well! Would love to read an update on your precious family!

Laura - January 6, 2013 - 12:15 am

Hi Colleen-

So I stumbled upon your blog on pinterest (yes you are on there if you didnt know), and I just love it! I got through the first few posts, but plan to read more later. AND I was even more excited to see that your kids are from Uganda! I am currently serving the Lord in Kampala at a school for kids with disabilities. Any how, wondering what orphanage you adopted from?


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