Posted by: Louise | February 29, 2012

What does compassion look like in a four year old?

It was hard not to stand out as we walked along looking for a shaded, quiet spot beside the river.


Three expatriate ladies with a brood of 10 children between us. 10 precious, lively little lives, aged 7 months to 7 years. It’s not unusual to picnic at the graveyard here, but I’m not sure I’ll ever be totally comfortable with the surroundings. But that day the company was very comfortable. We shared our picnic mats and our picnic food. Each friend bringing their own treats and snacks to offer. There was tropical fruit, shelled peanuts, cookies, chocolate from the UK…. and sticky hands, spilt juice, a crawling baby who desperately wanted the chocolate that was off limits to her… there was excitement, delight and lots and lots of pleasant noisy noise that only 10 children aged 7 and under can create.

In the middle of all of this exuberant display of life I felt truly thankful to the creator of all things. For each little child around me, many of whom I had held just hours after being born, for their mothers who have encouraged me along this missionary and motherhood journey and for the stunning creation in front of me.

Most of the children ran ahead to take a closer look at the river and I remembered to take out my camera and snap a few photos.


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Just after this snap the children ran off in different directions and I was left feeling so blessed.

It was then I noticed the two kindred spirits striding towards me, hand in hand. They had that look of purpose, that only four year old girls who are on a mission can have. “Can we share our cookies with them?” Her blue eyes and her words pierced my heart. I knew who she was talking about, I had seen them out of the corner of my eye, the Lola (Grandmother) with the two small children.

I stood convicted and challenged by the compassion of my four year old, who had noticed the needy in the middle of her fun, excitement and joy.


Compassion that was not stifled by her normally “shy with new people” character, but compassion that said “I’ll hold your hand and together we can be brave and do what’s right”.


Compassion that wasn’t prompted because she was told to share, but compassion that reached out because deep down she knows that ” It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35)


Praise the LORD! How joyful are those who fear the LORD and delight in obeying his commands…. They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. Psalm 112: 1+9

Posted by: Mark | January 28, 2012

The old Joneses visit

Earlier this month Granny and Granda came to visit their grandkids 🙂 As a picture says a 1000 words enjoy this short book 🙂

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Posted by: Mark | December 19, 2011

Ewan stop growing up


Louise only gave birth to him yesterday but apparently in a few weeks he turns 6 and he is already shedding his baby teeth. How on this earth did that happen?

He is so chuffed with himself and proud that he is now becoming a big boy.

Ain’t he cute handsome 🙂




Posted by: Mark | December 19, 2011

Adoption Update – sorry for being so slow

Firstly, a big apology for not letting those who have not heard another way what happened when we went to court two weeks ago. Let’s just put it down to one of those fortnights 🙂

Long story short we had our day (25 minutes) in court all in one day, for which we praise God. After going through the process we now are a little more aware of how it is going to work. After our hearing our lawyer had 5 days to submit some papers and then the government lawyer 5 days to review those. At this point the judges ruling can be given. I think that there is a time limit from the court date of 60 days for the final ruling to be given though we hope it comes a lot quicker than this.

Unfortunately the courts closed here on Friday (Dec 16th) and won’t open again until January so unless God has some other amazing plan we will not now know anything until January. Our lawyer is estimating mid Jan for us to hear something.

Please continue to pray for us as we go through this journey and await the decision.

Thank you.

We were all happily listening to Christmas music and excitedly pulling decorations out of the box when Ewan gave a sudden yell.

Wondering what the drama was about, we all ran over and seen this little guy, hanging out in our box of decorations 🙂


Mark swiftly caught him and transferred him to a more appropriate (and less creepy) home outside.


None of us were as keen to dig deep in the decoration box after this little guys appearance, but it did make a unique Christmas memory 🙂  


Merry Christmas everyone! I hope that those in Northern Ireland are enjoying the snow!

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