Wednesday, March 30, 2011

TA!

Wow!! A lot can change in just a few hours!

Learned this morning that our Travel Approval came, and our flights are being finalized for next Thursday, April 7!!! Our consulate appointment in Guangzhou is Thursday, April 21. We will return the night before Easter.

Gotta run! Much to do!

We're going to China!!!!!!!

Still here.......

In more ways than one......;)

Life has been extremely busy these past few weeks.

Between the grief of losing a parent, the work and emotional load of organizing and sorting their lifelong belongings, and the anticipation of adoption and travel to China, I think I'm living in the "margins" of my life right now.

We are working beyond what we would normally *think* are our time and energy limitations in hopes that when we return home with our precious darlings perhaps it will be calm, normal (what's that?)or at least a new normal, and stable around here.

God is so faithful and teaching me to live day by day, sometimes hour by hour ;).

We have enjoyed celebrating a few things around here, such as Bigger Brother turning 13, Zheng Zheng turning 4, and Little Sister losing a top tooth.

We were so blessed again by our sweet friends at church as they gave us a baby/adoption shower. These dears have been unbelievable in their show of love throughout our many fundraisers, their support after Daddy's passing, and then with this fun and very helpful shower.  We are blessed beyond belief with a church that values children and their arrival, whether the child is your first, your tenth, by the miracle of birth, or by the miracle of adoption.

In adoption news, we have now been waiting two weeks for travel approval. Hopefully, we will be getting a call soon!  We are waiting in hopeful anticipation to see how the Lord continues to write our story.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Article 5 #2!

Today Hai Hai's Article 5 was picked up!  Now we are officially waiting for Travel Approval!  Woo hoo!  We're coming for you soon, sweet sons!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Specks of Light in the Darkness

Grief is hard.  There is no way around it.  The sadness that weighs my heart is heavy.

But God's grace is always sufficient.  And He is faithful.  Maybe soon I will be able to share how His grace has sustained me in these hard days, but right now I am still walking through it.

I do want to testify of His amazing hand in our adoption journey.

As many of you know, we have been counting on the Lord to move mountains as we prepare to bring not just one precious boy home but two precious boys home.  For we started this process a year ago with about half of what it takes to complete one adoption.  The Lord has taken the insufficient amount that we had and multiplied it in His sufficiency to complete not just one adoption. . .but two!

In the past week or so, we have received a $500 donation, a $1000 grant, and our tax refund! :-)

God has moved the mountains for both our boys!  What a testimony the Lord is building in our sons.  And He has used many of you to write the story.  When I look in their faces I will always be reminded of His faithfulness and of your love and compassion.

To God be the glory.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Seeing Through the Glass Dimly

Today was a very bad day for my family. My daddy died.



Today was a very good day for my daddy. His faith became sight.

"For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face.  Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known" (1 Corinthians 13:12).