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Trying to Love Like Jesus
Photo taken by  Ellis Illustrations

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This excerpt is a journal entry I wrote in 2014 when we were in Uganda spending our first few days with JuJu and Moses, my two youngest.  It was a difficult time and their's was a difficult background.  The Lord has been faithful to our family and we are celebrating the finalization of the adoption this week!  Praying for God’s hand of favor on these two little ones, daily.  Since this was written, JuJu has put her faith and trust in Jesus and is doing exceptionally well in school as well as in her own young faith walk.  We are praying for the day when Mo receives the Gospel and puts his trust in Jesus and His Gospel.  JuJu is in second grade and Moses in Pre-K.  Praise the Lord for his goodness and grace in our family!

 
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We are learning a lot on this journey.  Adoption is always hard.  Adoption is always worth the fight.  We didn’t come in here with any preconceived or romanticized ideas.  We knew it would be hard :the long days of waiting for the next appointment, the attachment issues, the task of giving love to someone who has never experienced it, and may not always want it.  But as the saying goes, “The reward is worth the risk."

This evening, our new daughter was standing alone in the yard, in the dark, crying softly.  Kilby found her, and brought her to me.  As I held her and stroked her hair and gently wiped her tears, I told her the things I would tell either of my other daughters.  “I love you”.  “Jesus loves you”.  “It will be okay”.  I spoke Psalm 23 over her, made up a song, and sung to her.  And then it dawned on me… "You can cry as long as you want to." You don’t have to stop crying.  In a culture of survival, I wonder if she has ever felt the freedom to cry.  Or, maybe, she has spent a lot of nights crying herself to sleep.  I don’t know.  I don’t speak the same earthly language as her, and I am not sure she would have given me answers to those questions even if she could.  The language barrier was shattered by gentle hands, soft words, and tight squeezes, and hopefully the love of an earthly father that reflects a God she will soon know.  After half hour, Little took her to her bed, and rubbed her little scarred belly and arms, until she slept.  Now, she is peacefully resting, and I hope and want to believe feeling a little more secure. 

Loving someone who doesn’t understand your love is as good a picture of the Gospel as I have ever seen. 

 

 

Holloway Nation 2.0

Every fall, we try to do a Holloway Nation photo shoot.  It is a lot fun, and also a great way to watch these guys grow from year to year.  Thought we’d share a few of these pics with you.  Little and I are so blessed to be in our twenty-second year of marriage together.  It has been an amazing journey and I am so grateful to The Lord for the family he has blessed us with.  I love these guys like crazy. Plus see how much they've grown from last year. holloway_8651

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A couple weeks ago, my assistant, Caroline Smith, came by and took some pictures of me and my family.  If you know anything about our life here, you know how hard it can be to nail all of us down at one time.  It's even harder trying to get us to all look at the camera at the same time.  That's why we love that Caroline was able to just come over to our home and take photos of us while we were hanging out.  It feels more real for our family that way.  If you're interested in using her as a designer or photographer, you can check out her work here.

Welcome Back

photo This year has been crazy.  If you’ve followed my facebook updates, you’ll know that Little and our 2 oldest traveled back to Uganda to bring JuJu and Mo home at the end of May, right in the middle of our summer staff training.  Holloway life isn’t easy or calm, but JuJu and Mo have fit right into the chaos. While we still have to go through the United States adoption process, I plan to update you guys on how things ended up on the Ugandan side of things throughout the next month.

I can’t begin to express in words how overwhelming the support our family has received throughout all of this has been.  I’m so grateful for each of you.

Our SWO14 summer was great, and I’m excited to have this website up and running again.  As most of you know, things don’t really ever slow down for us here—I love it! We’ve already had a couple retreats and one conference.  Most of you are already back in the swing of school and work.  As you get into a rhythm this fall, I want to leave you with this resounding truth in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”  In the busy-ness of work, Scripture is sufficient.  For the single mom trying to make ends meet, His Word is enough.  College student, the Bible is alive and applicable for your circumstances.

It’s easy to let our situations dictate our thoughts, emotions, decisions, etc.  I challenge you in this new season to establish yourself in the Truth.  Abide in His Word, daily, and let it change you.

 

‘til the whole world hears,

brody