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kellyvia

kellyvia Daily pursuing the life God created me for. Doesn't quite look like what I expected, but isn't that just like God... Home is Uganda. From NC, USA. http://www.thevias.com/?p=1835
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@kellyvia

kellyvia
Snow in uganda for christmas?
maybe with the right recipe of christmas spirit, a good fairytale, and a wild imagination it just might happen...
40 270 2 weeks ago

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kellyvia
It's crazy that our boy is here already...11 months! we are starting to see a bit of his temper these days😬...but he is still a sweetheart. he is crawling everywhere, and can even pull up to standing. his favorite place to be is in water. he is not a big fan of food; he'd rather not be bothered with the idea of eating...but then he gets grumpy when he's hungry. he still prefers a bottle over everything else. (he adamantly weaned himself about a month ago 😞) he says "more" in sign language, and "yay," "dada," "cana (nā-na)," and "kia." he also loves clapping his hands and throwing his arms in the air to celebrate. he "sings along" to music, especially at church. he loves pillows. when he sees one, he automatically smooches his face all in it. it's adorable.
happy 11 months, baby corban, aka "the boy," "corbs," or "corbano."
7 154 2 weeks ago

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kellyvia
November 29, 2011. seven years ago today. it was our first scheduled ugandan court date for "legal guardianship" for our daughter chloe. it would be cancelled and rescheduled 2 more times before our case was heard, five long months later. little did we know that this was just the beginning of the nearly 7 year adoption journey he had written out for us. for her.
in the midst of every setback, every cancelled court case, every delay, every silent waiting period...i can remember the days drudging by. i can remember the days feeling like weeks & the weeks feeling like years. i remember the lows. but i also remember the highs. oh, how he has taught us so much in the waiting. .
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i am thankful for it all. i would not be the person i am today without the refining process god took me on through our adoption journey. our family is stronger for it. and our little girl has a family. and our family has our chloe. .
i'd still do it all again for you, chloe laiti. .
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📷 taken at @arise_africa children's center; her home for the first years of her life. full circle. god's redemption. .
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⬅️swipe left: photo from our rescheduled ugandan court date for legal guardianship, april 2012.
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#adoption #adoptionawarenessmonth #thearchibaldproject
#adoptionrocks #nationaladoptionmonth #adoptionjourney #showhope #adoptionstory
14 301 3 weeks ago

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Tulewamu?
we were in the village and karis was trying hard to make friends and play games with the local kids. but, in this village many of the kids were overwhelming, and just...somewhat difficult. but there was a small group of girls that karis befriended while we were there. and, i watched from a distance as she worked to move their interaction from "staring at the mzungu (white girl)" to "befriending the mzungu (white girl)." karis lowered her annoyance at their desire to touch her hair, and they began to get acquainted. then i noticed karis take off her bracelets, one by one, and give one to each new friend, as a way of showing kindness and sealing the friendship. then, i caught this moment where she locked eyes and smiles with her newly-made friend...and i can't know exactly what she was thinking, but in my mind she was asking..."tulewamu?"
it's a lugandan word meaning..."are we together?" "are we on the same page?" "are we understanding one another?" like karis was wondering..."have i made myself clear here? let's be friends. tulewamu?"
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because everyone needs some inspiration and motivation behind the camera, i have connected with a group of talented friends to challenge and push ourselves in the simple things... not only to be inspired but to perhaps be an inspiration to others.
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the theme for #ourlooptyloop this week is "together". up next is the beautiful @ancaclivetz.
47 259 3 weeks ago

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kellyvia
We believe god has great things planned for 2019 here in uganda, and we are so blessed to be a part of it. but can i be real raw and honest with you? i'm looking at our finances and i'm laughing to myself asking, "how are you going to do it this time, lord?" listen, i know he provides. he has provided for us these last 5 years & i believe he will continue to. maybe in 2019, he's going to provide for us through you?
on this giving tuesday, i am humbly asking you to pray and consider joining our 2019 support team. we simply cannot do what we do here in uganda without a solid support team behind us. i believe he is already working in the hearts & minds of people, nudging them to be a part of taking the gospel to the ends of the earth in this way. maybe in 2019, this includes you? would you pray about it today? .
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if you are interested or would simply like to know more about joining our 2019 support team, send me a quick message. include your email address please. .
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#givingtuesday #givingtuesday2018 #missions #uganda
2 209 3 weeks ago

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Big sis letting little sis help roll out the pumpkin pie crusts. and then my heart melted into a puddle like alllll the butter we've cooked with this week. ❤
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*more pics from thanksgiving prep in my stories*
29 179 4 weeks ago

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"can i help you make, daddy?" our three year old asked at breakfast. then 4 more voices spoke up as well, all with their plans of cooking and baking and making all-the-things. .
today was a "yes" day. i tried to delegate out every job i could possibly manage to help us with thursday's thanksgiving day menu...without caring over spills, or imperfections, or messy fingers, or do-overs. and it was such a sweet day. .
i found myself just standing back and soaking in the day, feeling my heart just overflow with thankfulness and joy. (just look at this sweetness? can it get any better than this?)
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we may not have a gourmet spread on thanksgiving day, but i can guarantee every dish will be handmade with love, together around this table and in this kitchen. and for that, i'm truly thankful.
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🦃 okay friends, which color/b&w edit do you like best? i had the hardest time choosing. leave a comment below and let me know!! 🦃
46 202 4 weeks ago

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Nearly everything will be made from scratch this year as we prepare for our thanksgiving feast. last year we were in the states; cooking was easy, with canned ingredients and quick runs to the superstores for anything forgotten. and, while it was fantastic being in the states with family, we kind of missed our slow week of scratch-made goodness in our little african kitchen.
so, we have begun. turkeys are in the brine, and we are now prepping the dough for the pie crusts. music is playing; excitement is in the air. so is the delicious smell of turkey stock, simmering on the stove. it's beginning to look like the holidays here in uganda.
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*see my stories for more thanksgiving prep fun*
41 244 4 weeks ago

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I was challenged to make a self-portrait representing me. honestly, i (over)thought through it for days, and then i almost decided to not participate. because...how can i represent who i am apart from my husband, my kids, and my ministry? plus, i'd much rather be behind the lens rather than in front of it. .
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then it hit me. i wanted to capture the real, the raw, 30 something...me. so i decided to (under)think it. after a long day, i literally asked my husband to park the car and snap a few shots of me on the dirt roads that lead us to our home. .
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it's not perfect. i'm squinting. i didn't pose myself to hide my imperfections. my braid is a mess. but here i am. real, raw, uniquely me. and no, i didn't part with my camera, but at least i looked into one lens while finding a way to also be behind one, lol.
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#thisisme .
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because everyone needs some inspiration and motivation behind the camera, i have connected with a group of talented friends to challenge and push ourselves in the simple things... not only to be inspired but to perhaps be an inspiration to others.
the theme for #ourlooptyloop this week is "this is me". up next is the beautiful
@adridelacruz_photographer.
68 375 5 weeks ago

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kellyvia
Malaria. i can truly say i hate this disease. but i am so grateful that we have access to quality medical care to help our baby girl heal quickly, unlike so many people in rural uganda.
this week has been exhausting. my husband (smooth) came crashing down with malaria on sunday. now, just as his clinic visits were coming to an end, our kia (age 3) has contracted it for the first time ever. she was so scared and so brave all at the same time. .
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since she was a baby, kia has rubbed her "taggie" on her nose to fall asleep or to calm herself down. at the clinic, as she quietly listened to nurse rachel explain her medication, i noticed her doing just that, and snapped this very imperfect but meaningful picture.
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this isn't a super happy memory. but it's a sobering one that i want to remember. life in uganda may be beautiful, but it is also hard. but as kia reminded us as we were leaving the clinic today..."god is taking care of us." yes he is, baby girl. yes, he is."
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please pray for a quick recovery for our sweet kia (kaliyah) and also a full recovery for smooth as he is taking long to fully recover from his malaria & bacterial infection.
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While i may want him to stay little just a wee bit longer, he is determined to grow bigger in a hurry. he is crawling everywhere, testing out new environments, and trying to copy all the big kids...all while waving a happy "goodbye" to his sedentary baby days. .
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but, even though he can hang with the big kids for a while these days, those eyelids get heavy and, as hard as he may fight, eventually he must give in to the dreaded naptime.
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#babyvia6 #kotl_cozy
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"well, it's clearly a boy..." to be honest, when i first heard those words i was so excited, and then a tsunami of emotions flowed over me. how would this "girl momma" do raising a boy? what do i do with a boy? fear tried to sneak it's way in, but i tried my best to push it away and embrace this new season of our family...our 5 princesses welcoming a prince (other than their daddy) into our family. .
here we are, 10 months later, and i am so glad we said "yes" to "one more." 😉 and i'm so thankful god completed our family with a boy. i am absolutely smitten; he's a momma's boy and i'll take all the cuddles and arms out for momma as long as they last. oh, and that dimple (seen clearly in the second pic) that dimple melts me❤. swoon. .
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#corbansoveralls .
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