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May 1, 2014

To all of you out there that follow my sign language ministry, I guess it’s time I gave you guys a little update, since it has been a while since I did.

Thank you all for praying for my deaf friend back in January when she was beaten by 3 men. I was able to go see her at the hospital and she looked so bad on the outside, but on the inside, there was a light that still shined bright. She was so happy to see me and I was so happy to see her. She is living two hours away now, so I rarely get to see her. Seeing her that day made my heart happy and sad. When I saw Rorysong, I told her that when she returned to her home village, she would be teaching with me. Rorysong, I learned later, may not be returning to the village. Her family may not let her. I asked some members of the church if they would like me to continue teaching and one lady told me, “We want to learn, because we want to move forward.”

Please pray for me as I continue to learn sign language as my foreign language in school. Pray for the people in the church where I am teaching, pray that they would stay committed. Pray that Rorysong will be allowed to return so that I can start teaching with her by my side. Pray for the deaf of Lesotho, that they may “hear” the gospel.

Until ALL have SEEN,
Grace

Ups and Downs of Life on the Mission Field.

Life on the mission field definitely has it’s ups and downs. There have been times were we have stood on the mountain tops and times where we have walked through the valleys. Through every circumstance God has proven Himself faithful to us. He has also received the glory in it all. The most recent up was a baby named Anna Grace. A old woman, in one of our villages, had a grandchild on June 25th. ‘Me MaBusa asked my mom to name the baby. We named her Anna Grace! One week later, when Jim, Sara Jo, and Abby were here, we went to the same village and on that day, July 2nd, Anna Grace’s mom accepted Christ!! It was a very happy day. That is one of the many ups.

The latest down happened on Monday, September 26th. I know Mom has already written about this, but here it is from my perspective.

My Monday, September 26th, 2011.

I planned to get up early on Monday, I needed to practice for a couple of test and do my devotion before school. When Anna and I woke up at five it was unusual because Mom and Dad were both awake too. As I got up, I was still half asleep, half awake. I heard mom rushing out the door and I went to see what was going on. One of the pastor’s wife had had a baby and the baby was not doing well at all. Malapo had been calling us since 2 that morning, but we did not get the calls. Mom went to check out the baby. When I saw the car pull in our driveway when she got back I wanted to rush outside, but I was stopped at the door by my dad who told me the baby had died. As I stood in disbelief I wondered why that would happen.

The night before we had watched Louie Giglio, at our family house church. His talk was about our lives being interrupted by things that happen. He said that way too often we ask the wrong questions when our lives get interrupted. We often ask God “Why is this happening to me?” “When is it going to be over?” He said that we need to ask “How are You going to get the glory?” “Is there something You want to do through me in this circumstance?” My life was definitely interrupted but not even close to as much as that pastor’s family.

A while later my Dad and I went to pick the family up to take them down the mountain to their home village. The only reason I was going was to get my braces fixed. As we were leaving, Malapo wanted to stop at the clinic that was about 5 minutes from our house. As he went into the clinic and we waited for him to come out I sat there thinking….why? Why would this happen? Then I remembered Louie’s sermon. I realized that we aren’t always meant to know why. I replayed the whole scene in my mind. I wondered, “If the phone would have been working would the baby have survived?”

When Malapo finally came out of the clinic, about 10 minutes later, he was carrying a box in his hand. When the mother of the baby saw the box, knowing that the baby was in the box and was dead, I could hear her crying. It absolutely broke my heart. As I rode four hours down the mountain, with a dead baby in the back of our truck, I sat in silence. I could see, out of the corner of my eye Malapo turning to look at the box. Every now and then I would hear him moan as he sat there in disbelief that he had lost his little boy.

After a long day, I was in bed and I was praying and I realized that there was nothing I or my mom could have done different. If God wanted that baby to live, it would have.

On Wednesday Malapo showed up at pastor training. I was so happy to see him there, but you could tell even through his smile that he was hurting deeply. He told us that his wife was not doing well, was in the hospital, and asked us to pray for her. That night we got a text message from him that said “Me Mary is out from the hospital. They said she must return Friday, but she’s better…but for me the picture of my son is always in my mind.  It is unforgettable.”

Our hearts hurt for that family, but we are praying that God will continue to ease the pain in their hearts and give them comfort. Thank you for all your prayer, and please continue to pray for Malapo’s family.

 

 It’s been a while since I last blogged, between school and ministry there is not much time.

The only reason dad blogs more often is because he stays up till MIDNIGHT blogging!
Anyway….a lot has gone on since Feburary. Which is when I last blogged.
I am going to tell ya’ll about my favorite thing that has happened. 
 About a month ago, went to a mission meeting where everyone in our part of Sub-Saharan Africa gets together and
has a huge meeting. Okay the parents have meetings, the kids do VBS amd the youth have there own thing.
Anna and I were in the youth group this year.  We had alot of fun!!! I mean TONS!!
We has the coolest volounteers. There names were Will, Nick, and Melody.
Will, basically led all the Bible studies. He was so nice and so much fun to hang out with.
After Bible study we would break up into 3 groups.
The guys 7th to 8th grade would go with Nick.
All the girls went with Melody.
All the rest of the guys went with Will.
We did a study on the Disciples, and how their live compare to ours on the mission field.
At group time we went over questions about the lessons and  got to know eachother a little more,
and we had a prayer time as well.
My favorite time was the group time with the girls. Everyone was so nice and we really got close to eachother.
The last day we were suppose to answer 3 questions. The last question was we had to talk about what ever else we thought we needed to.
We pretty much got that one covered. We talked the entire time. We sang Vegetales songs and we drew on eachothers arms. It was really a good time.
We really had alot of fun. Everyone was so nice and they really kept us laughing.
The entire youth class, about 21 of us, all agreed that Will, Nick, and Melody come back next AMTM
and rhe next…and the next…and every single AMTM.
So Will, Nick and Melody thank you for such a fun week.
The Wedding…by Grace Flora

February 7, 2011

I think I will list the top ten things about the wedding that I liked, ending with my very favorite…

10-dancing…dancing…and more dancing

9- “the dance”-the one that Anna and I had to do

8-the music…two guys played the keyboard and 2 ladies blew whistles ( a lot)

7-the singing-it was all about Jesus! My friend Lucy, has a beautiful voice, and she sang a song about God being faithful-everyday and every hour of every day

6-the bride…she was so pretty!

5-taking “de photos” with the family and being included as part of the family

4-Tsepo and his gold suit

3-the grand entrance with the horses!

2-my dress…I love my dress! It is long, sparkly shoes, sparkly jewelry, sparkly hair….sparkly sparkly sparkly

1-being chosen to be a part of such an amazing worship service/wedding was an honor. I love Tsepo for choosing me to be in it.

I know this blog may be a little out of date. Finding time to blog is a little hard. Keeping up with school and my guitar practice, but I finally found the time to write a blog during school.
As you know just last month we a a team of  University Students from Botswana come and stay with us for a week.
They were so much fun!! They did a great job on helping and teaching in the villages.They sang songs and
even taught me one of the song. They were constantly making us laugh! We pony treked into four new villages.
When they first got here it was kinda weird. We did not know anyone except for a girl named Keely Hart. She is a journeygirl and she works with the students. Everyone else were total strangers, but not for long
by the next day we were all like brothers and sisters. On big family!! It was so neat to see African
national sharing the gosple with other African nationals. To top it all off the weather was great!
I loved having the Botswana students here, but most of all I loved seeing them in the villages.
Special thanks to the Botswana Team…Andrew,Michael,Wazer,Walker, Noma, and Keely.
I miss you guys and you guys are awesome.
Can’t wait to see some of you again in May.
 
Following in His footsteps until ALL have heard
 
Daddy and me…going on a date!
 
Top Ten Things I Love About Being a TCK in Africa!
June 9, 2010
 
 
  1. The Kids!
  2. The beautiful country
  3. The animals, except chickens
  4. Seeing women carrying things on their head
  5. The food…papa, chicken, and greens-I could do without the greens.
  6. The HUGE mountains
  7. The round, rock houses and the way the people paint the walls inside
  8. Telling children stories from the Bible
  9. Helping people
  10. The Basotho blankets…they are pretty.
Winter is Coming!

April 28, 2010

Hey Friends and Family!

Winter is coming to Lesotho and boy am I excited. Mom says I am excited most days about something. Just a few days ago there was snow at the pass, it wasn’t a lot of snow, but still….SNOW IS SNOW! The only bad part about winter coming is that it is very cold and we are cooped up inside all day. Other than that things are great!

I would love to hear from you guys. Here is my email address:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 5, 2010
 
Anna and I STANDING on the Tropic of Capricorn…can you believe it?
February 17, 2010
Homeschool
Mom is planning on homeschooling us through the month of May.  At the end of May, my oldest brother Jim, is coming…then…no more homeschool until August!  This week in English, we learned how to put stories in sequence.  Mom made Anna and I write the directions or steps to milking a cow…the problem is, neither of us knew how to milk a cow. Mom and Dad thought mine was hilarious.  Let’s see what you think…
This is How You Milk a Cow…even though I don’t how to.
1.  First you make sure you and the cow are comfortable with each other.
2.  Next you sit by the cow and keep it calm.
3.  Then you get a bucket and squeeze the little thingie under the cow.
4.  Last take the milk inside, boil it, and enjoy!
 
Another assignment we had in our English class was to write a cinquain.  For those of you who have no idea what a cinquain is, it is a poem that has five lines.  The first line is the title written in one word.  The second line has two words, describing words, line 3 tells about the subject, the 4th line is a sentence telling about the title, and finally the last line is word telling about the title again.  Here is mine:
 
Basotho
hopeless            lost
caring    loving    exciting
All lost without Jesus.
Dying…
 
 
 
November 23, 2009
If I was President…
 
If I was President I would want the country running perfect.  I would want the Vice President to do my nails, my hair, give me a massage and clean my room.  I would love to make a law that kids have to go to bed on time, which would be about 8:30.  I would love to make a law that the shows on television would be ok for kids to watch.  If I was President….
VOTE FOR GRACIE!
 
 
What Pets do MK’s Have When There is NO Pet Store?
October 9, 2009
     Most kids I know like pets.  In America the most common pet is a dog, but in Africa it’s a little different.  After living in Africa for 7 months, we now have a wide assortment of God’s creatures.  We thought long and hard about names for our creatures, because they are so special.  Here is a list of their names, can you guess what they are?….
Muffin
Lottie Moon, Lottie for short
Calvin
Arlene
Slow
Poke
Speedy
Sugardaddy
Junior
Colonel Klink
Moe
Larry
Curly
Bob
Lizzie
Archibald
Prince
and finally Sebastein
Ok, your time is up.  Muffin is the family weiner dog.  Lottie is my dad’s goat dog-Border Collie, Calvin and Arlene are our chickens, Slow, Poke, Speedy,Sugardaddy, and Junior are snails we caught in our yard.  Moe, Larry, Curly, and Bob are silkworms that we brought home from a friend’s house in South Africa…we are waiting for them to grow through one more stage so that they will spin a silk cocoon.  Archibald is a red, hairy caterpillar with a very bad attitude that mom found in the backyard under a rock.  Colonel Klink is our locust pupa, Lizzie is a beautiful lizard that was climbing on the rock wall.  Sebastein is a crab we found at the river…today he crawled out of his bucket and we lost him for about 15 minutes.  Me’ Thato our house helper was hysterical….she was hiding and hopping around the house.  Last but not least is Prince.  Prince is a tree frog that is a beautiful shade of green and believe it or not I actually found it and caught it myself.  So, wouldn’t you call that a wide assortment of pets?  If you ever get to come to visit us in Africa, you might want to be careful…we might catch you and put you in a jar and call you our pet!
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
Gracie is going to LOVE the goat ministry!

Gracie is going to LOVE the goat ministry!

Just 3 Questions…August 11, 2009

Where has God brought us?  Why are we here?  What are we doing?

Hey guys!  What’s Up?  As you can see, I have 3 questions in my title.  Where has God brought us?  Why are we here?  What are we doing?  Well, God has brought us to the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, Africa.  We are here because God called us to tell the Basotho about Jesus, and we are reaching the Basotho for Christ’s Kingdom.  One of my teachers when we were at our 40/40 orientation in Zambia taught me that God didn’t just call my parents, He called me too.

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I Am…Grace Flora

 I am a Christian and a Missionary.

I wonder if everybody in Lesotho will become a Christian.

I hear the stars singing at night.

I see the stars dancing at night.

I want the nation of Lesotho to know Jesus.

I am a Christian and a Missionary.

I pretend I am an actress.

I feel like a princess.

I touch a white pony.

I worry about the Basotho.

I cry because the Basotho don’t know Jesus.

I am a Christian and a Missionary.

 I understand Jesus is the only way.

I say I know Jesus.

I dream about seeing Jesus.

I try to live for Christ.

I am a Christian and a Missionary.

 Loving Africa

June 2, 2009

Where has God brought us?

Why are we here?

What  are we doing?

Hey guys, what’s up?  As you can see I have 3 questions in my title.  Where has God brought us?  Why are we here?  and What are we doing?  Well, God has brought us to the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, Africa.  We are here because God called us to tell the Basotho about Jesus, and we are reaching the Basotho for Christ’s Kingdom.

Special thanks to “Aunt” Johanna for teaching me that God did not just call my parents to Africa, He called me too.  (For those of you who do not know Aunt Johanna, she was my fun and very sweet teacher at 40/40 in Zambia.

Thank you for all your love and prayers.  Love you all, Gracie

 Sitting on Top of the World

 Lately, my parents like to go on drives in the mountains.  They are trying to find people and things like villages, farmers, children, and shepherds.  A few days ago, it felt like we were on top of the world.  We almost went to the very top of a mountain.  Cool, huh?  We fed shepherds and threw little kids some candy.  Oh how I wish you could have seen the smiles on their faces.  It has been a blast!  I am so glad that we answered when God called our family to Africa.
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 Gracie and Her Katiba

 

 

 April 8, 2009

I am loving Africa!  It is a blast.  Every morning and every night so far, I hear my mom and dad practicing their Sesotho words.  It is pretty funny to hear my dad correct my mom and then she corrects him.  It is really funny to watch and listen.  I have met many new people.  Today I am going to a friend’s house.  Her dad is a pilot with Mission Aviation Fellowship.  While we are playing with our friends, my mom and dad are going to a village to tell people about Christ.  Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that I have climbed 2 mountains so far.  I LOVE AFRICA!

Gracie Learning to Play the African Drum

Gracie Learning to Play the African Drum
The Most Important Things... 

There are lots of important things in life.  Some things are more important than others.  Here are a few of the most important things in my life…

Jesus

Bible

Family

Friends

What makes all these things so important to me?  Jesus is important because He died on the cross for my sins and He first loved me.  The bible is important to me because it tells me about Jesus and His love for all sinners.  I love my family.  They are important to me because they love me, take care of me, and most importantly love God first.  Friends are important because they care about me, are always there for you, and are fun!

Only 12 days and we leave for Africa!  I can’t wait! 

My Testimony

 When I was 6 years old I became a Christian.

It began by me telling my dad I wanted to be a Christian,

he said okay, go get your mom.

She was upstairs folding clothes.

I said mom we need to talk, she said okay.

So they talked with me, then prayed with me and

I became a Christian. Now I am going to the mission field

Iam going to be a missionary in

LESOTHO,AFRICA!

GOD HAS DONE AMAZING THINGS!

 

My Feelings…

When I am at home sometimes I feel happy, sad, upset.  I miss my family, my church, my friends, and my house.  I want to be 2 places at the same time.  Home and Richmond, VA.  I like it here but I like it more in Missouri because that is where my family, friends, and church are.  And my favorite food places. 🙂

What I’m Thinking…

Yesterday we flew to Richmond, VA.  Flying is FUN!  Flying is COOL!  When we got to the ILC (International Learning Center) I got off the bus that brought us from the airport to where my new home is.  We grabbed our bags and took them into our “quad”.  Anna, Bekah, and I set up our room.  In our room there are 3 beds, 1 bunkbed and 1 twin bed for Bekah.  I get to sleep on the top!  Tomorrow, I start school at the Children’s Resource Center.  Mr. Dustin is my teacher.  He used to be a missionary.

Tomorrow night is GA’s at Hamlin.

Hi GA’s!  I got to measure myself against a poster of Lottie Moon.  It was her actual size. She was little!  Allison, Lottie was about as tall as you are. I miss you all!

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I’m a MK!

Being a missionary kid is going to be…

fun

exciting

oh my goodness!

different

I am a GA.  I have been a GA for 4 years.  I have read a lot about MKs.  I have learned a lot about MKs.  I never dreamed that I would actually be one!  Things are a little bananas at our house!  When I look around I see empty rooms, boxes, and suitcases.  This Sunday will be our last day at our church.  This makes me kinda sad and kinda happy.  Sad because I will be leaving my friends.  Happy because I am going to Africa!

My friend, Addison
My friend, Addison
It is hard to say good-bye…
This week has been lots of fun!  I have been able to spend time with some of my favorite people.  These people are very special to me.  I will miss them so much.
Sunday Evening-Dinner with the Dales
Bekah took my family out to eat after my parents spoke at Glenstone Baptist Church.  I love the Dales!
Claire Dale
Jenni Dale-oops! Wessley
Bekah Dale
Debbie “Mardel” Dale
Thank you for loving me!
Tuesday the Clinton’s Came!
I love the Clintons!  On Tuesday, we met them for lunch and then they came and spent the night with us.  Taylor has been a very special friend to me since we were 5 years old.  We are only 2 weeks apart in age.  We are both “preacher’s kids” and have spent LOTS of time at church.  It is always fun when we are together. I also like Douglas and Jackson, most of the time.  🙂  I always love Rhonda and kinda like Doug :).
Wednesday, I went to Willard to spend the day with Stephanie!
I love Stephanie!
When we first came to Hamlin, Stephanie was waiting for me!  We loved each other from the very start.  I love to go to her house.  I love to play outside in her yard and play on the hay bales.  Her Aunt Karen is my GA leader.  Her grandma and grandpa let me call them grandma and grandpa.  I love her mom Ralene and her dad Steve.
Today was Story Day!
I love the STORY family!
Addison is my littlest, bestest friend (not including family of course!)
Erica is my favorite church buddy.  She always has time to talk to me and to listen to me.  Grant is a lot like my dad.  He likes to talk about the bible and church stuff.  (bor-or-or-ing).  We love to have them come to our house. 
Friends are very important.
Friends are always there.
Friends love at all times.
Friends have fun together.
Friends are forever.
I will miss my friends very much, but I will make new friends.  I wonder if it will be easy.  I wonder if I will love them as much as I love you. 
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If I could give the children of Lesotho anything for Christmas I would give them…
  •  a Bible so that they could learn about the wonderful miracles that Jesus Christ has done!
  • a family to the orphans
  • clothes so that they could stay warm
  • Polly Pockets, so that they could have something to play with
  • a pillow and blanket…I love mine!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Love, Grace

 
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The Top Ten Things I Will Miss When I Move to Africa…
  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Church
  4. Church Family
  5. WalMart
  6. Library
  7. Dairy Queen
  8. McDonald’s
  9. CiCi’s Pizza
  10. Pizza Hut    
  1. This is me...

Lots and lots of people have asked me, “So, what do you think about going to Africa?”  Here it goes…this is what I think…

I think moving to Africa is going to be LOTS of fun!

It will be a fun adventure.

It will be hard leaving my friends, my family, and my church.

I look forward to meeting new people, and sharing Jesus in the Maluti Mountains.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
April 5, 2010
 
Anna and I STANDING on the Tropic of Capricorn…can you believe it?
February 17, 2010
Homeschool
Mom is planning on homeschooling us through the month of May.  At the end of May, my oldest brother Jim, is coming…then…no more homeschool until August!  This week in English, we learned how to put stories in sequence.  Mom made Anna and I write the directions or steps to milking a cow…the problem is, neither of us knew how to milk a cow. Mom and Dad thought mine was hilarious.  Let’s see what you think…
This is How You Milk a Cow…even though I don’t how to.
1.  First you make sure you and the cow are comfortable with each other.
2.  Next you sit by the cow and keep it calm.
3.  Then you get a bucket and squeeze the little thingie under the cow.
4.  Last take the milk inside, boil it, and enjoy!
 
Another assignment we had in our English class was to write a cinquain.  For those of you who have no idea what a cinquain is, it is a poem that has five lines.  The first line is the title written in one word.  The second line has two words, describing words, line 3 tells about the subject, the 4th line is a sentence telling about the title, and finally the last line is word telling about the title again.  Here is mine:
 
Basotho
hopeless            lost
caring    loving    exciting
All lost without Jesus.
Dying…
 
 
 
November 23, 2009
If I was President…
 
If I was President I would want the country running perfect.  I would want the Vice President to do my nails, my hair, give me a massage and clean my room.  I would love to make a law that kids have to go to bed on time, which would be about 8:30.  I would love to make a law that the shows on television would be ok for kids to watch.  If I was President….
VOTE FOR GRACIE!
 
 
What Pets do MK’s Have When There is NO Pet Store?
October 9, 2009
     Most kids I know like pets.  In America the most common pet is a dog, but in Africa it’s a little different.  After living in Africa for 7 months, we now have a wide assortment of God’s creatures.  We thought long and hard about names for our creatures, because they are so special.  Here is a list of their names, can you guess what they are?….
Muffin
Lottie Moon, Lottie for short
Calvin
Arlene
Slow
Poke
Speedy
Sugardaddy
Junior
Colonel Klink
Moe
Larry
Curly
Bob
Lizzie
Archibald
Prince
and finally Sebastein
Ok, your time is up.  Muffin is the family weiner dog.  Lottie is my dad’s goat dog-Border Collie, Calvin and Arlene are our chickens, Slow, Poke, Speedy,Sugardaddy, and Junior are snails we caught in our yard.  Moe, Larry, Curly, and Bob are silkworms that we brought home from a friend’s house in South Africa…we are waiting for them to grow through one more stage so that they will spin a silk cocoon.  Archibald is a red, hairy caterpillar with a very bad attitude that mom found in the backyard under a rock.  Colonel Klink is our locust pupa, Lizzie is a beautiful lizard that was climbing on the rock wall.  Sebastein is a crab we found at the river…today he crawled out of his bucket and we lost him for about 15 minutes.  Me’ Thato our house helper was hysterical….she was hiding and hopping around the house.  Last but not least is Prince.  Prince is a tree frog that is a beautiful shade of green and believe it or not I actually found it and caught it myself.  So, wouldn’t you call that a wide assortment of pets?  If you ever get to come to visit us in Africa, you might want to be careful…we might catch you and put you in a jar and call you our pet!
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
Gracie is going to LOVE the goat ministry!

Gracie is going to LOVE the goat ministry!

Just 3 Questions…August 11, 2009

Where has God brought us?  Why are we here?  What are we doing?

Hey guys!  What’s Up?  As you can see, I have 3 questions in my title.  Where has God brought us?  Why are we here?  What are we doing?  Well, God has brought us to the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, Africa.  We are here because God called us to tell the Basotho about Jesus, and we are reaching the Basotho for Christ’s Kingdom.  One of my teachers when we were at our 40/40 orientation in Zambia taught me that God didn’t just call my parents, He called me too.

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I Am…Grace Flora

 I am a Christian and a Missionary.

I wonder if everybody in Lesotho will become a Christian.

I hear the stars singing at night.

I see the stars dancing at night.

I want the nation of Lesotho to know Jesus.

I am a Christian and a Missionary.

I pretend I am an actress.

I feel like a princess.

I touch a white pony.

I worry about the Basotho.

I cry because the Basotho don’t know Jesus.

I am a Christian and a Missionary.

 I understand Jesus is the only way.

I say I know Jesus.

I dream about seeing Jesus.

I try to live for Christ.

I am a Christian and a Missionary.

 Loving Africa

June 2, 2009

Where has God brought us?

Why are we here?

What  are we doing?

Hey guys, what’s up?  As you can see I have 3 questions in my title.  Where has God brought us?  Why are we here?  and What are we doing?  Well, God has brought us to the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, Africa.  We are here because God called us to tell the Basotho about Jesus, and we are reaching the Basotho for Christ’s Kingdom.

Special thanks to “Aunt” Johanna for teaching me that God did not just call my parents to Africa, He called me too.  (For those of you who do not know Aunt Johanna, she was my fun and very sweet teacher at 40/40 in Zambia.

Thank you for all your love and prayers.  Love you all, Gracie

 Sitting on Top of the World

 Lately, my parents like to go on drives in the mountains.  They are trying to find people and things like villages, farmers, children, and shepherds.  A few days ago, it felt like we were on top of the world.  We almost went to the very top of a mountain.  Cool, huh?  We fed shepherds and threw little kids some candy.  Oh how I wish you could have seen the smiles on their faces.  It has been a blast!  I am so glad that we answered when God called our family to Africa.
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 Gracie and Her Katiba

 

 

 April 8, 2009

I am loving Africa!  It is a blast.  Every morning and every night so far, I hear my mom and dad practicing their Sesotho words.  It is pretty funny to hear my dad correct my mom and then she corrects him.  It is really funny to watch and listen.  I have met many new people.  Today I am going to a friend’s house.  Her dad is a pilot with Mission Aviation Fellowship.  While we are playing with our friends, my mom and dad are going to a village to tell people about Christ.  Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that I have climbed 2 mountains so far.  I LOVE AFRICA!

Gracie Learning to Play the African Drum

Gracie Learning to Play the African Drum
The Most Important Things... 

There are lots of important things in life.  Some things are more important than others.  Here are a few of the most important things in my life…

Jesus

Bible

Family

Friends

What makes all these things so important to me?  Jesus is important because He died on the cross for my sins and He first loved me.  The bible is important to me because it tells me about Jesus and His love for all sinners.  I love my family.  They are important to me because they love me, take care of me, and most importantly love God first.  Friends are important because they care about me, are always there for you, and are fun!

Only 12 days and we leave for Africa!  I can’t wait! 

My Testimony

 When I was 6 years old I became a Christian.

It began by me telling my dad I wanted to be a Christian,

he said okay, go get your mom.

She was upstairs folding clothes.

I said mom we need to talk, she said okay.

So they talked with me, then prayed with me and

I became a Christian. Now I am going to the mission field

Iam going to be a missionary in

LESOTHO,AFRICA!

GOD HAS DONE AMAZING THINGS!

 

My Feelings…

When I am at home sometimes I feel happy, sad, upset.  I miss my family, my church, my friends, and my house.  I want to be 2 places at the same time.  Home and Richmond, VA.  I like it here but I like it more in Missouri because that is where my family, friends, and church are.  And my favorite food places. 🙂

What I’m Thinking…

Yesterday we flew to Richmond, VA.  Flying is FUN!  Flying is COOL!  When we got to the ILC (International Learning Center) I got off the bus that brought us from the airport to where my new home is.  We grabbed our bags and took them into our “quad”.  Anna, Bekah, and I set up our room.  In our room there are 3 beds, 1 bunkbed and 1 twin bed for Bekah.  I get to sleep on the top!  Tomorrow, I start school at the Children’s Resource Center.  Mr. Dustin is my teacher.  He used to be a missionary.

Tomorrow night is GA’s at Hamlin.

Hi GA’s!  I got to measure myself against a poster of Lottie Moon.  It was her actual size. She was little!  Allison, Lottie was about as tall as you are. I miss you all!

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I’m a MK!

Being a missionary kid is going to be…

fun

exciting

oh my goodness!

different

I am a GA.  I have been a GA for 4 years.  I have read a lot about MKs.  I have learned a lot about MKs.  I never dreamed that I would actually be one!  Things are a little bananas at our house!  When I look around I see empty rooms, boxes, and suitcases.  This Sunday will be our last day at our church.  This makes me kinda sad and kinda happy.  Sad because I will be leaving my friends.  Happy because I am going to Africa!

My friend, Addison
My friend, Addison
It is hard to say good-bye…
This week has been lots of fun!  I have been able to spend time with some of my favorite people.  These people are very special to me.  I will miss them so much.
Sunday Evening-Dinner with the Dales
Bekah took my family out to eat after my parents spoke at Glenstone Baptist Church.  I love the Dales!
Claire Dale
Jenni Dale-oops! Wessley
Bekah Dale
Debbie “Mardel” Dale
Thank you for loving me!
Tuesday the Clinton’s Came!
I love the Clintons!  On Tuesday, we met them for lunch and then they came and spent the night with us.  Taylor has been a very special friend to me since we were 5 years old.  We are only 2 weeks apart in age.  We are both “preacher’s kids” and have spent LOTS of time at church.  It is always fun when we are together. I also like Douglas and Jackson, most of the time.  🙂  I always love Rhonda and kinda like Doug :).
Wednesday, I went to Willard to spend the day with Stephanie!
I love Stephanie!
When we first came to Hamlin, Stephanie was waiting for me!  We loved each other from the very start.  I love to go to her house.  I love to play outside in her yard and play on the hay bales.  Her Aunt Karen is my GA leader.  Her grandma and grandpa let me call them grandma and grandpa.  I love her mom Ralene and her dad Steve.
Today was Story Day!
I love the STORY family!
Addison is my littlest, bestest friend (not including family of course!)
Erica is my favorite church buddy.  She always has time to talk to me and to listen to me.  Grant is a lot like my dad.  He likes to talk about the bible and church stuff.  (bor-or-or-ing).  We love to have them come to our house. 
Friends are very important.
Friends are always there.
Friends love at all times.
Friends have fun together.
Friends are forever.
I will miss my friends very much, but I will make new friends.  I wonder if it will be easy.  I wonder if I will love them as much as I love you. 
nativity 
If I could give the children of Lesotho anything for Christmas I would give them…
  •  a Bible so that they could learn about the wonderful miracles that Jesus Christ has done!
  • a family to the orphans
  • clothes so that they could stay warm
  • Polly Pockets, so that they could have something to play with
  • a pillow and blanket…I love mine!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Love, Grace

 
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The Top Ten Things I Will Miss When I Move to Africa…
  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Church
  4. Church Family
  5. WalMart
  6. Library
  7. Dairy Queen
  8. McDonald’s
  9. CiCi’s Pizza
  10. Pizza Hut    
  1. This is me...

Lots and lots of people have asked me, “So, what do you think about going to Africa?”  Here it goes…this is what I think…

I think moving to Africa is going to be LOTS of fun!

It will be a fun adventure.

It will be hard leaving my friends, my family, and my church.

I look forward to meeting new people, and sharing Jesus in the Maluti Mountains.

Graice and Anna teaching a song to the children of the village of Mapaleng

One of my favorite things to do each day is to check my email…please write and I promise to write you back! 

Responses

  1. Graci Goo, I love you! Although I will miss you more than words can express, I can express how proud I am of you and your choice to embrace your new mission. This is an opportunity of a life time for you and one I know you will relish in. Remember, Aunt Codi is only a phone call and a plane ride away!

  2. We are so proud of you and your family. I want you to know that I am praying for you and your family. God bless.

  3. It is hard to believe that you are already so mature in your understanding of what being a MK involves. Be sure and let me know of your adventures and what the people in Lestho are like. I love you and your family soooooooooo much.

  4. Gracie,
    I will so miss you, but I know you will “Go Forward” for Jesus. I am so excited to have my own personal MK’s. You make me proud.
    I love you.
    Karen

  5. Gracie, I have seen you change from a hyper, silly, little girl, to a loving, compassionate, follower of Christ! What a plan God has for your life. From India to America to Africa! God has chosen you to tell Africans about his love. That’s really cool! The Clinton family is praying for you everyday! — Doug

  6. hey, i just want to say i love you and were praying for you…..see you at christmas!!!!!!

  7. Gracielacie I love more then words can describe. It is hard for me and you knowit since I will be the only one even close to my age. But at least I have my family I know it is really hard on you guys right know and I llove you so much hey and email me your email adress again please:)

  8. Gracie Lou,

    You are an amazing young lady. You have made me laugh so many times. It will be so neat to see you learn and grown in Christ. You are going to rock as an MK. I’m excited to hear about how God will use you in this new venue of your life.

  9. Gracie, That first time I saw you, little did I know.You were a little, bitsy puny baby girl. I was so happy to have you. Now as you have grown up, my what our Lord has in store for you. I believe that it was His plan all along. You had to come to mommy and daddy so that you could grow and be ready to do the work He has for you. I do not think He will be disappointed. You have grown into the lovely young lady He meant for you to be so that you could do the job He has for you. I love you and will miss you, but I know that the work ahead for your family is the most important thing now. Love, Grany

  10. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I know you will do your best to make sure the Lesotho people have all things you want to give them.

    Love you,
    Debbie Mardell

  11. Gracielacie I love you too and I am going to miss you sooooooo munch. When it comes into my head that you are leaving I get teary eyed. I told you about the story when I was taking a math test at school and started thinkng that you and anna wouldn’t get to come to my house and I wouldn’t get to hug or talk to in person besides just over the computer I got teary eyed and it is a miricle I got a good grade on that math test. OHHHHH how I will miss you but remember this song always Friends are friends forever. I love you. And guess what I am getting my own email today YEAH

  12. Gracie what an amazing young girl you have become I love to hear you laugh Believe me with your heart and love for Jesus you won’t have any problem making friends but remember the friends God has blessed you with here will always be in your heart God makes room for you to love more.
    You will always be in my heart
    I love you
    Deb

  13. Gracie, You are my birthday buddy. I will miss not seeing you and how you are growing into such a beautiful young lady. Every year I will put an extra candle on my cake to remind me of you. You are in my prayers each day. Remember that you will always have my prayers and love.

    I love you.

    Lynna

  14. It is Ms. Rhonda~

    Gracie Poo I love you! I am so glad to have you as part of our family! You are so special to us and we love you more than words can say! We miss you so much but can’t wait to hear how God works in your life in Africa! We will be coming for a visit indeed! Love you!

  15. Gracie–one of my best Sunday School friends
    You will have an awesome experience in the “purple” mountains telling about Jesus. Don’t forget to do some crafts for me. I love you. You are in my prayers.
    Be good, do your math and ride that horse into the mountains.

  16. I can bearly see the key board because tears are making my eyes bleary dont forget to call tomorrow i love You GracieLacie

  17. Gracie –

    I still remember the first time I met you…boy you were so cute!! What happened? Just kidding…you know I love you!
    Can’t wait to climb those African mountains with you…you better not leave me.
    We’re all going to miss you so much…not sure if Africa is ready for you?? See ya!

  18. Hi Gracie!
    It was great seeing you and Bekah and Anna and your parents last night. I hope you had fun. I know I had tons of fun!! Thank you for all the hugs! I love you!
    Dalia
    P.S. I hope you didn’t eat all the lollipops last night! 🙂

  19. Hi Gracie it was awsome to meet you your blog is so neat! hailie

  20. Hi Grace! You know how to make a woman cry, girlfriend! You have grown into such a beautiful young lady. I can’t wait to see what God has for you in Africa!

  21. Gracie Lou,

    How are you? I miss you! Student Ensembles won’t be the same without you and Anna! It is pelting down sleet right now! We already know that we don’t have to go to school tomorrow before Wheel of Fortune came on! How is Virginia?

    Love,
    Susie

  22. Hey, how is Richmond are you driving the people crazy? Ha, ha, ha!!! Willard and Springfield are out of school because of snow, sleet and ice…you would need to be dressed like the picture above. Stephanie, Hannan, Karen and myself played outside for awhile. They went sledding, and we walked to the pond and to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s. While we were there we feed the horse and the cows for Grandpa. Stephanie sure wanted to see you one more time and kept waking up Sunday night thinking about if you were getting up, heading to the airport yet, etc…
    She feel a little better because of the webcam, although I’m not sure when we’ll get one especially because of the weather. We’ll let you know. Love and miss you.

  23. Gracie,
    We will not be having GA’s tonight. As Ralene said, we are out of school because of ice, sleet and snow. I will print off your message to read to them in case they don’t read it on their own. So glad you got a top bunk!!! Pray for you daily.
    Love you.
    Karen

  24. And I thought I was short, but guess not compared to Lottie Moon. Have fun at school and don’t give your new teacher too much trouble.

    Love you and miss you,

    Debbie D

  25. Gracie, so glad things are going well for the new MK on the block (or is it the quad). Let us know about your new school experience and new friends.
    Were you surprised at how small Lottie Moon was? Just remember size doesn’t matter when you are serving your Master. Lottie showed
    all of us that. You go girl!

    I think your bunk would get a little crowded for a sleep-over, bet we could sleep on the floor tho. I’m glad you have your own bed.

    Keep blogging and sharing. Your friend, DeDe

  26. Hey Gracie,
    I was really happy being able to hang out with ya’ll one more time!! I pray for you and everyone everyday!! I am really going to miss all of you 😦 especially during the hosanna project! Well love you guys!!

  27. Gracie,

    I don’t think I ever thanked you for calling Brandon on his birthday. That was so SWEET, just like you!!!! Keep learning and growing at school. Let us know how God is moving in your life.

    Love,
    Susie

  28. Gracie Lou,

    I passed you while running today! OK, it was on the WiiFit, but it was exciting! I really enjoy working out and seeing my little friends! You help me get motivated to exercise! Thanks! It also helps me think about when you made your characters and the fun we had.

    Love,
    Susie

  29. Hi Gracie,
    Do you like your school? I hope you will like Lesotho, Africa. I miss you,

    Love,
    Keela

  30. Hi Gracie,

    How are you? GA’s is good. We miss you!

    Love,
    Jordan

  31. Dear Gracie,

    Hi, how are you. I miss you very much. I hope you come see us again.

    Love,
    Caroline

  32. Hey Gracie,
    I guess you noticed. We’re letting the GA’s write e-mails and then we will send them to you. We’re going to try to let them to that once a month. It was Ms Glenda’s idea. She’s so good.
    It’s normal to have mixed feelings about happy to be their but missing things here. It will get easier, but more than that you will get stronger. “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and give you peace.”
    I love you my MK sister.
    Karen

  33. Hey, Gracie Lou! Brandon is auditioning for Mulan tonight at Little Theatre. This Saturday, he was invitited to come to God & Country Theatre in Branson to learn and perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Valentine’s Day! He has to be there at 8:30 in the morning and then will perform it that night! He’s been busy!

    How is school?
    Love,
    Susie

  34. Dear Gracie,
    I miss you so much! GA’s isn’t the same without you. Also, I can’t believe that Lottie Moon is as tall as I am. What do you think about your new home and school? Do you have some new friends? Did you have a Valentine party at your new school? I am sending you a Valentine in the mail. You should get it next week.

    Love,
    Allison

  35. hi gracie! remember me? i ate lunch with you last saturday? remember?? MICHELLE AND HER TWIN OLIVIA. i had a great time. you guys are great!!!!!!!!!!!I wish I could see you.

    love michelle

  36. dear gracie, do you remember me? i was one of the girls you ate with on saturday. how is school?
    do you ever do school like math and stuff? or is it all missionaries stuff? do you homeschool?
    how is school? maybe we could talk to each other through this. it’s cool. love olivia

  37. hey gracie! remember me? its me michelle? remember? the email address didn’t work so i went here. you have a looooooooooooot of friends. hows school? I really liked how everything looked in the school when i was up there. i wish i could live there. remember? WAKE FEILD BAPTIST CHURCH?? we ate lunch with you. sorry it took forever! please write back.
    love michelle harrison

    p.s please take some pictures while your in AFRICA.

  38. Hey grace do you rember when you went down in church to say you were a Christin and your Dad said” I’m going to ask Stephanie, Gracie”s good friend, to come down with here with her”. I miss you so munch! See you on Skype!!!
    Stephanie

  39. Hi Gracie, How is it going? Sounds like you are making lots of new friends and staying busy learning new things too. Miss you and love you. Hugs to you and your family.

    Debbie Dale

  40. Grace,
    I miss your hugs. I am glad to hear that you are liking school and I absolutely loved reading your testimony. You are becoming a mature young lady in Christ. I am very proud of you. I love you.

    Jenni 🙂

  41. Gracie,

    Cynthia was so excited to get to see you and talk to you on the webcam at Stephanie’s.

    Are you getting really excited about being in Africa in a few short days?

    Keep a diary each day, and someday you will have a wonderful book to write.

    Love,

    Martha Templeton

  42. Gracie, Gracie, Gracie, I just read your mother’sblog about your trip to Washington, DC. I am soooooo proud of you. You are already not just an MK, but a missionary. To share your faith with a stranger on the metro was really showing God how much you love Him and care about telling everyone you see how He loves them too. I was so happy when you phone me from wal-mart. To hear your voice made me happy and sad all at the same time. I’m happy you get to go to Africa, but sad I won’t see you for a long time.
    I pray for you girls and your parents everyday asking God to protect you, keep you healthy and to be able to love and share ‘the good news’ with all your new friends in Lasotho.
    Love you lots, Delinda

  43. Grace! Thanks so much for the note you sent Chris and me! I was so surprised to get it and it made my day! I love you and your note will stay on my fridge until I get another one (hint hint) Be looking in the mail for one from me!!
    —Jenni 🙂

  44. Gracie,
    You blessed me the other day when I got your note. That was so sweet for you to think of me. I love you so much, and miss you like crazy. I hope things are going well. I can’t wait to come over there and see your beautiful country!

  45. Hi Gracie! I miss you and like looking at your pictures! Mommy tells me you are doing some fun things! It would take me forever to climb a mountain 🙂 Love you! Mommy says “HI”

  46. hello do u remember me gracie? If u dont well my grandparnets r lynn scott and mark scott. Whats africa like? Ive always wanted to go there so is it pretty? Do u see africen animals? How tall were the mountains when u climed them? I miss u a lot, even though i never see u at church, well i see u sometims! i miss u, from Elisabeth

  47. Hi Monkey,
    I am so proud of you. I cannot believe how you have grown. You are a beautiful creature in Christ. I have always thought you were special. But you know that. I wish I could have spent more time with you. But we have eternity right!
    Keep on being in love with God and you will soar.
    Love you sweetie.

  48. Not sure what day it is where you are but it is almost your birthday here and we just wanted to let you know we are thinking about you. Sounds like you are seeing a lot of interesting things and getting to do things most of us can only dream about.
    Hope you have a happy birthday and remember we love you. David and Lora

    Skype us sometime.

  49. You were definitly called. You are my special MK and I know without a doubt you are going forward for Christ. Love you oodles and gobs.
    Tsamaea le Molimo hantle!

  50. hey gracie i miss u sooooooooo much. im very happy for u and ur family. i enjoyed seeing u on webcame @ stephanies party.miss u and hope @ hear from u soon. love ya! 😉 :^) 😛 (lol)
    cynthia

  51. GracieLacie wow church is not the same without seeing u it is like the church has a hole without u dont forget to email me every chance u get. Dont forget Freinds are friends forever no matter where they go and if your Gpd is my God we are never alone I LOVE U my GracieLacie!!!!

  52. Gracie,
    I love you so much and love knowing you painted the fingernails of the little girls in Africa. Someday I’ll be there right next to you with new colors and we’ll do them together. God can work through nail polish!
    Bekah

  53. Gracie, I’m a friend of your Aunt Codi and I just want you to know you are on our prayer list. I was very impressed when I found out that y’all have a NAIL SALON set up for the little girls. I can just hear their giggles as they get their nails “done up!” and what a wonderful way to have an opportunity to share God’s love for them.

    1 Corinthians 3:9 ~ We are God’s Co-workers ~

    Nancy Stewart, FBC Highlands

  54. Dear Gracie–I am so thankful your finger is ok!!!
    You are getting so grown up, but I
    have a favorite memory of that day
    in Springfield when we figured out
    how to put “My Little Pony” on your
    computer!!! Fun times!!
    I love you!!!!
    Mam-Maw

  55. Hi there,
    How ae you doing now? Sounds like you all are
    having a wonderful time. Love to hear your exploits. Beauty Salon Wow! I remember how much you liked hand lotion. So Becca has taken over on that end now eh.
    Love seeing your picture, you have grown so much.
    Love ya monkey. Adopted grandma Pat

  56. Hey Gracie,
    I cried when I read about your recognition service. I am so proud of you. I miss you and I love you very much.

    Go Forward!!
    Karen

  57. Hey Gracie,
    I enjoyed reading your posts. I hope you enjoy some of the things we sent you. We love and miss you!

    Nokie and girls

  58. Hi Gracie,
    You all have all kinds of pets! I’m glad your mom isn’t the squeemish type. I remember “collecting” all kinds of creepy crawlers for Charlie and Sam when they were younger and putting them in jars so they could examine them up close. Then we’d release them. I also had an ant farm for my Kindergarteners when I was teaching. It was cool to watch the ants working together. One can learn a lot from an ant! Love you girls, Dalia

  59. Stephie and I just read your blog. Yeah. We are kind of slow. She is staying at our house tonight. We love your pet story. Stephie wants to know if you have horses and what are their names? We know you have ridden some. Loved the picture of you and the goat. Jeff has wanted to get goats here for a long time to clean up our brush. Let us know how it goes for you when the goat ministry starts. Still praying for you.
    We love you. Aunt Kay Kay and Stephie

  60. Dear Gracie – I just want to tell you how much I enjoy your blog..I check it nearly every day……I love your pictures and your thoughts..it’s the nearest thing to actually seeing you right now. You are lookking so grownup. I love you and I’m sending a great big hug!!! Be sweet!!!!Mam-maw

  61. Hi my name is Austin I am ten years-old. I am a christain and I was baptized when I was 9. What do you like to do? I like to play soccer,basketball,& baseball. I have a practice Saturday Nov. 21,’09. Then right after that I have a game in Mt. View tomorrow to. Please write back to me? Your friend,

    Austin

  62. I would definitely VOTE FOR GRACIE.

    love you,

    Debbie

  63. I would gladly help you with scientific notation but there is a great distance between us. I Love Math!!!!!!!! I enjoy reading the stories about how you are having fun with the other children. Keep us posted on your experiences.

  64. I miss your face, Grace!

  65. Gracie, I just taught some of my tutor kids how do do cinquains and I am working on one for Stephie for her birthday(at least some poem.. not quiet sure) As far as milking a cow. I never had to do that since our farm was beef cattle. Sorry I am no help there.
    Love you.
    Karen

  66. Dear Grace–I am loving your Cinquain–it is very well written and has a truth far beyond your years…I loved the cow milking–you did a good job–I can only add that you have to milk all four of those “little thingies”–(there are four sections and each has to be milked separately)..I wish I were there so I could add music to your studies–I would teach you to play the piano-Love, Mammaw

  67. love you guys soooooooooo much!you are the best cuz ever!

  68. Hi Grace,
    I enjoyed reading your page!! I can’t wait to see you in July. Both my girls will be coming too!

    Love you,
    Angie

  69. Standing on the Tropic of Capricorn!! What an amazing thing to do!! And look at those beautiful feet — just yesterday they were little — now they are getting all grown up!!! I love the girls they belong to!!

  70. Gracie Lou! I miss you! It was good to hear you in church Sunday morning. We love you!

  71. Gracie–have a very Happy Birthday! I miss you but I am so glad to hear of the wonderful things you are doing in Africa. I can’t wait to see you someday and hear of all your adventures, especially about all the people you have told about Jesus. Love to all of you.

  72. Hi, Gracie!
    Well, you finally got some snow, even if it wasn’t much, just enough to keep you from your dentist appointments!

    I love seeing the pictures, and how you are inter-acting with the people there.

    Are you keeping a daily journal? I could see it becoming a great book someday.

    Love, Gene and Martha

  73. At the risk of showing my age, what is a TCK — my first guess was “Teen Chick” — but you are not quite a teen — and you said you don’t like chickens — so, ?????? — if it has something to do with those little things everybody is punching buttons to another little thing that someone else is absorbed in — spelling as I have always known it is in serious trouble!!!! Please explain —

  74. Gracie,

    You are such a wonderful young lady. It sounds like you are going to have a fun year of learning. I can’t wait to hear about the exciting projects you do for school.

    Love,
    Susie

  75. I’m glad everything went well in Johannesburg — I guess you were glad to get back home to the mountains — As I told Anna — I miss seeing you and playing “spoons” or other games — I love you so much!!!! Hugs & Kisses — Mam-Maw

  76. Hey Gracie Lou! I miss you SOOO much! You are the best friend anyone could ask for….. just sayin. I love you lots! Tay

  77. Gracie,

    You are beautiful in the wedding pictures. Was it much like an American wedding? The bride was very pretty. I’m anxious to see more pictures!

    We love you and pray for you every day.

    Martha Templeton

  78. Gorgeous!!! You are making a lovely teenager!!! Red has always been “your color” — I know Tsepo must consider all of “family” to include you in his wedding — I love you!!! Mam-Maw

  79. The pictures of the wedding have been so special. It is neat to see you guys having such great friends over there and being a special part of their lives. You guys are such a special part of ours so we guess we’ll share you! 🙂 You looked beautiful in your dress.

  80. I love you and miss you my GraciLacie but im so proud of you!!!!

  81. I get to see you soo soon you will always and forever be my best friend! Love you bunches!

  82. Hi, Gracie.
    I have being talking about your family and ministry to children in Puerto Rico. They’re excited to know about young missionaries. It would be interesting for them to see a recent photo of you. Could you post one for me to show them?
    God bless you! We’re praying for you!


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