Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy. Proverbs 13:12

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Our new additions today, Hop and Bandit. 

We've had a fair number of furry new additions since we've stopped adopting children - for now. hahaha! 

We're going to take it slow and get back to blogging probably. 

We're still homeschooling.

Life has changed so much!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Charlie Brown Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day to me seems to be the day we get our income taxes mailed or e-filed each year. (Another paper filing again this year due to the forms we needed to send in.)

Michael is an old softie, and he thinks any season isn't complete without Charlie Brown. ;o)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Someone Had A Birthday In January!!!

Happy 6th Birthday,

Elijah Matthew-Liam Huashui!

My Lil' Stinker ...

Thank you, Lord, for sending us this little love.

A few things he loves:
Curious George
Anything to eat that doesn't him him first. :)
Peanuts and M&M's

What he does so well:
Skip counting by 2's, 5's, 10's
Reads like a champ
Hopping on one foot

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

We're still alive. I feel so disconnected from the world without my main computer that crashed a while back. We changed internet providers, also. Plus, we've been working on adjusting with our newest addition. Did I ever mention how much of a challenge it is with an older child no matter how perfectly behaved they are? I'm sure Hudson feels the same way in his shoes and parents that don't speak his native language. We still Google translate a lot with him. Our social worker thinks everything is going well. Honestly, we're fortunate Hudson is a great kid that wants to do well in everything he tries. The language barrier is drastically different for one so old. And, it makes for a lot of misunderstandings. ;o) I can't imagine the changes he's enduring going from a big city to this very rural place.

I'm working on photos and posting some. I miss reading my favorite blogs.

Needless to type, I lost my photo editing with the crashed computer. :(

A few shots of the kids with their anatomy project .. the heart and arteries. Yummy!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sometimes Miracles Hide - Alyssa's and Our Family Anniversary

Happy Forever Family Day, Our Princess Alyssa Holly!
(Delaney and Alyssa actually share the same Gotcha Day ... just years apart.)

You were a fabulous Christmas surprise referral years ago when I found an agency that stated your file was returned every time someone saw it. We couldn't figure it out. You looked fine to us. Good thing Baba (Daddy) here has a soft spot for little girls on waiting lists. :)

Daddy boarded a plane to you all alone to keep costs down to get you home. Which is really funny because he doesn't take to having "babies" all alone usually with diapers and bottles if you were still using those. We had no idea. He still packed his suitcases with diapers and bottles and headed for China to bring you home.

He got a second job just to meet the income guidelines so they wouldn't say no to us.  It was a rough transition with you, but you were only showing your independent and bright spirit that you didn't need too much "care" but just guidance. I've never met such a loving, bright, talkative child with such a sense of humor. You can carry on with an adult and leave the adult with a loss for words. A charmer for sure but with innocent motives. You're my sunshine, my "love child" that can make me smile no mater what is happening.

You are the daughter I didn't even know I was missing. I cannot imagine life without you. Only if we could've had ten of you!!!!

 Our Princess and love of our life .... Never a dull moment.

 I call you so many nicknames that describe you. My "Fancy Pants" .... what a glamour queen I'm sure you will grow up to be. I've never seen any child touch my father's heart like you do.

There isn't anything you cannot do. The dexterity you have is amazing! My lil' organizer and my shadow .... but so independent and clever.

The best thing is you love like no other and aren't afraid to show it. What confidence you have, my dear. Thank heaven above you are "you" and the other families passed on by that had your file first.
You've only been with us five short years.  Honestly, I can't remember when you weren't mine.  I often think of what your bio parents would say if they saw you. How proud they'd be to see the amazing child you've become. They must be very special people to choose life or to see you into someone else's arms for another purpose. I could never repay them for the priceless gift they've given us.

"But they held on to God's promise
Cause they were sure they both could hear
that Sometimes miracles hide
And God will wrap some blessings in disguise
You may have to wait a lifetime to see the reasons with your eyes
Cause sometimes miracles hide."

"Never forget for a single minute, Darling. You didn't grow under my heart, but in it."

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Grace of God - 9 years home

I thought today felt different when I woke up ...

Actually, we're preparing for our social worker to arrive today for Hudson's first post placement report visit and trying to do school while cleaning up around here.

We don't do "Gotcha Day" celebration really in the sense as some do. We do tell and remind the children with Gotcha / Forever Family Day month and about their trip home to us to remind them of God's faithfulness and goodness.   But, we tell them about their story all the time anyway.

In 2003, today we stepped on a plane heading to our Jiangmeng (Delaney) that wasn't even given to us when we arrived in Nanjing for another day or two because she was still in the hospital with an IV. They were very hush hush about this. We had no idea why ... some families would travel to pick up a child and then not take the child because the child was "sick". That never crossed our mind as a possibility. The next day when our guide came by to see us we got a phone call in the hotel room that the guide took (we didn't understand them) telling her that the doctor was in the lobby and bringing Jiangmeng to us to our room and we were prepared for her "being sick" but to lock all the windows and keep the door closed because she known for being a "naughty energetic little girl". At that time, she wasn't doing much but crying. She wasn't feeling well. It's a miracle we got her all the way home without an incident of needing further medical care in route. We went through several weeks of antibiotic injections for kidney infections and bronchitis, oral meds, tubes placed in her ears as soon as we could get her into the OR.

Our referral photo that drew me in ... that little one couldn't be left without a mama .... I meant it! :)

 This is the first week in China - in her Daddy's arms ...  even sleeping a lot there.  Her hair - love it ... they had it like that when they brought her to me.

"naughty" little sweet thing in China  ....  It was as if she stated, "I'll walk when pigs fly ... you can't tell me what to do."

It's okay ... big brother can handle me.  She's not heavy .. she's my sister.

At night, it always ended with Travis and Delaney in the same bed or she wouldn't sleep. She would let him do things she wouldn't let anyone else do. Trav did some potty breaks with her even because she was so comfortable with him.

 See these two ..... when we took Delaney back to the orphanage to tell everyone good-bye .... God was probably laughing at how He was getting ready to change our world.

Miss Xiyun (LiliGrace) and Jiangmeng (Delaney) together back then.

Wow ... how this day many years ago changed our life forever without us even having a clue what God can do when a heart is open to His leading.

 Forever Sisters by the grace of God .....

We always knew God didn't just give us two daughters from China, He gave these two each other.

Thank God for giving me you, my Precious Delaney. You are the best thing (along with all the others) that ever happened to your Daddy and me.  Thank God for infertility (He was working it all for our good as He promises) then or I wouldn't have "you" and no other child could ever be as perfect as you and the others the grace of God sent to us.  You're one of the most beautiful people inside and out that knows how to embrace life and always see the good in everyone. You've shown me more about living than all the 30 something years before I had you in my life. I've watched you face surgery after surgery, years of therapies, and never once a complaint or fuss .... the strongest and bravest soul I've ever met with faith that moves mountains. I always thank your bio mom for choosing life and for having the courage to let you go to the orphanage so I could find you.  May God let them them know somehow that you are loved unconditionally, happy and one of our most priceless gifts ever.  Now I know even more what the Bible tells about "a pearl of great price". So glad we did all it took to get you home no matter the cost.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A mealtime prayer through the eyes of a child ...

A parent can really learn a lot about how their life looks from the outside looking in when listening to a child pray. They take in so much from their environment and make their own conclusion about what surrounds them.

My five year old sat down at the table yesterday. I asked him to please pray for us before everyone starts eating. He folded his hands quite confidently and began as if he was talking to his best friend.

"Dear God, thank you for today and for our food. Please let the poor have food and help the sick baby girl get better. Help us be good so Mama's day isn't hard. Can you let it snow but there be no ice in it? Help Mama get skinny and let Daddy have a tractor ... or a goat. And, please, help my sister think. Thank you, Amen."

To have the faith and honesty of a child!

We've had a family member ask our children if they were still praying about a new little girl coming here. ;o) The children told them they didn't think so. Well, that family member told them to begin praying again because they wanted another one to come home to our house.  I do not take such for granted. It warms my heart to know there is family here that love these children from day one no matter where they came from or whatever their file may state about them.

I went to shop for groceries this weekend. A lady there stopped me and asked when we were going back for TWO more. They were told we were. :) Is this crazy or what? Funny, huh?

I'm so blessed to have good family and friends. Many of those friends are from the adoption community. I thank God often for all of you! :) We'd never made it through six adoptions without the emotional support from such friends.


Some of my favorite "new start" verses are below. :) No matter the lies that satan (sorry, just can't ever give him a big "S" because he's so small in my world)  tries to throw my way, God's Trurths are never failing. It's crazy we even get off course with our thinking when God's made it very clear to us no matter what the future holds, He holds us - period. I should be saying daily, "It is well with my soul. Not my will but Yours."  

Hope for the Future
    Jeremiah 29:11
    "For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

A New Creation

    2 Corinthians 5:17
    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Wait on the Lord

    Psalm 37:7
    Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don't worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
    Isaiah 40:31
    Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.  

God's Timing is Perfect

    Ecclesiastes 3:11
    He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Each New Day is Special

    Lamentations 3:22-24
    The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, "The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!"

    God has most definitely already spoken some amazing things for 2012. I've even begun to see blessings through heartaches when looking back. I can hardly wait to read and learn about everyone else's 2012. May it be bright with prosperity (not just money) but for every phase of your life, with good health, love, mercy, faithful friends, and anything else anyone needs.
    May God give everyone the confidence to greet every day with no worries at all.