Wednesday, January 21, 2015

China Bound

I can't believe we leave in the morning!!!  Lots going through my mind right now.  Leaving my husband and children is one of the hardest things I have to do.



Here is our schedule!

Jan 24th  TOURING

Jan 26th  GOTCHA for Joshua

Jan 28th  GOTCHA for David

Feb 7th   HOME!!


If internet works well I will try to post daily about our travels!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy Family Day

One of my favorite parts of adoption is our "Family Day".  I know everyone celebrates "Gotcha Day" but I LOVE "Family Day".  So you are probably thinking, what is family day then?

Family Day is the day a new family is born at the airport.  The day when mom, dad, newly adopted children, and siblings are finally all together for the first time.  It's probably one of the most beautiful things you will see this side of Heaven.  So many raw emotions, fears, and excitement all rolled up together. 

Today is our 5 year Family Day with Grace and Sera!
 
We love you Grace and Sera! 
We are so blessed that you are a part of our family.
 
 




 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

My Word for 2015 is HOPE

When you tell someone they have value an amazing thing starts happening.  HOPE infiltrates every part of their life. 

God placed the word HOPE in my heart yesterday.  Immediately after a picture popped into my head.  This is my sweet Jacob when we accepted his referral 6 years ago.



This is a picture of Jacob they day we first met, four quick months after we decided to make him our son.

Do you see it?  Someone invested in Jacob.  Someone told him he had value.  He was wanted.  Jacob was given HOPE and he started to thrive. 


Now fast forward to 2014.  We saw a picture of a little boy who broke our hearts in ways we never thought possible.  A little boy who was told he had no worth. 

 

Then someone invested in him.  Someone told him he had value.  He was wanted.  He was given HOPE and he started to thrive.


In just 15 days I will travel to meet our two newest sons.  The first thing I will tell them is "They are wanted and they are loved". 

My word for 2015 is "HOPE".  I don't know what that is going to look like but I do know that God has placed it on my heart this year to #behope and #showhope to others.

Won't you join me? 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Reflecting on the Highlights of 2014

It's New Year's Eve and I am taking a nice long bath, thinking about 2014 and dreaming for 2015.





God has truly blessed our family this past year.


In January 2014 I made the decision that I needed to start taking better care of myself.  I started out with a goal to loose a few pounds.  I got so much more than I expected, 12 pounds lost, gained energy, and healthier skin.  Now I am doing something I haven't done since college.  This spring I started working out and lifting weights.






We were blessed with the opportunity to vacation with 50 of the best families you will ever meet. We attended our first ever Reece's Rainbow Reunion. 





This summer with the help our church, Southland Christian Church, and Carpenter Bus we were able to purchase a 15 passenger wheelchair bus.






Twice this summer I was given the opportunity to share how adoption has blessed our family.

 



This fall we fell in love with two little boys across the ocean.  Both have some unknown medical issues and severe malnourishment.  Due to their fragile health we were able to expedite their adoption.  They will be coming home January 2015.  What a great start to our New Year!


The first pictures we saw of the boys
 
 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

CyberMonday Shopping

I will have lots of updates to share this week so keep watch on our blog. 

We have set up an Amazon Associate account to help us raise the money we need for some items for our boys coming home in January.  If you plan to do some shopping online please consider using our Amazon link.

http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=thisidofete0f-20


Thank you!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

We are adopting!!!!

We recently started the adoption process to bring home two precious boys.  I will post pictures when we get approval.   For now I will be putting ALL adoption updates on our Facebook page.  I will post our travel log to this blog though. 



https://www.facebook.com/groups/1518744561700856/


Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Boy Behind the Secret Door


Disclaimer:  This is the story of one little boy but there are an undocumented number of children living in the same conditions.   This is not isolated to one child, one orphanage or one country. 

 The Boy Behind the Secret Door


In an orphanage on the other side of the world there is a secret door.  This secret door leads to a secret room, a room that no one wants you to know about.  One day a miracle happened and the secret door was opened.  This is the story of that day.

A group of women had been working in an orphanage for several days.  Every day they would hear screaming and noise but could not locate where it was coming from.  One day they saw some children hanging out of a window and began to ask questions.  They were told “those children are crazy”, “we cannot understand what they are saying”.  The women continued to ask about the children.  God moved mountains and they were lead to the secret door.  The door was locked and held shut by intertwined red and white pieces of scrap material. 

Behind that door they found a few very malnourished children, mostly older children.  It was unclear how long they had been locked in that room or if they had ever been out of the room.  One little boy really caught their attention.  His age was unknown.  There was something about this little boy so they begged to take him out of the secret room.  Their request was granted. 

He was so fragile that his legs quivered when they tried to stand him up.  His lips were drawn and he had wrinkles like an old man.  However, to everyone’s surprise he had the sweetest smile and the most infectious laugh.  He was so hungry.  When he was fed he would lunge towards the food for more.  It was obvious he had not been getting enough food. 

The little boy will never have to return to that secret room.   He will never again be hungry.  He will now know the love of a mother and father.   I know that it is only by God’s divine intervention that our son is alive today. 

No one wants you to know about the secret doors.  They don’t want you to know about the children who are silently dying behind those doors.  However, God sees them and he loves them.  One day God will judge each person for their actions or lack thereof.  I think of those children daily and pray that they feel God’s love even in the most destitute times.