The fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. Dueteronomy 14:29

~ Silas and Naomi are HOME from Uganda ~

18 August 2011

The View from our Couch

A few pictures of our first days and months here at home as a family of 6!

Despite the struggle, the pain, the desperation we have felt at moments during this journey...God has been ever present, gently leading, carrying us in His mighty arms, and always reminding us He is forever faithful.

We see those glimpses of Him in their faces, in their love for one another, through their patience with us as we trip through the days together.  He is G.O.O.D.

(More to come soon - except for the last 2, these are all April and before)

First moments on the couch at home the night we arrived.

First time to play in bubbles!  And there were LOTS of them!

Scrub-a-dub-dub...3 Vander-Kids in the tub!

Much heavier load for this horsey!
(Notice the remnant of the African-beard)

Our Precious Naomi-Girl

Playing in Spring snow

sweet days!  2 little bakers...making cookies for the first time!

Simple JOYS...catching snowflakes on his tongue

Daddy's favorite thing...sleeping baby on his chest

That's right!  They are cleaning the walls!
Always finding ways to keep those little hands busy.

Easter Sunday...yup these are the best shots we got!  Silas' head never stops moving and poor Noah could hardly contain the wiggly one in his arms.  But it was a rainy day and beggar's can't be choosers!

Sweet Brothers!

Yes, those are Silas' toes shoved into those fluffy pink high heels...and he is giving hair "cuts" while he wears them.

A full couch!

He did that ALL by himself!  No kidding!

80's look out!  Head band and slap-bracelets are coming back!

There she is again!

A little fuzzy...but that is the blankie and bear we sent him for Christmas last year.  He still keeps them with him and sleeps with them every night.

Our little pink that 1st position?
(Haley come home...I need someone to play dress up with!)

Beautiful Girl on her first road trip!
Can you believe those lips!!!  People pay big bucks to get those!

1st Grade here he comes!


  1. 10 days and counting... Halie would love a little sis to dress up- she already does it with her brother;) Love and miss you ALL tons!! Can't wait to see all 8 playing!

  2. So glad you posted - I've been keeping your family in my prayers.