Sunday, December 30, 2012

Wouldn't You Love a New Tee?

Everybody loves a good t-shirt, and we have a few you might love!

Buy a tee and help raise awareness for adoption while you support our fundraising! 

Our dossier has been sent to Ch*n*, and our log in date was December 17th!  We are counting the days hoping for a quick LOA! 

I hope you will consider a tshirt!

You can see them at i Care for the Orphan

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

So Just How Many Pics Does It Take... get a photo for the Hixon Christmas card??
Too many that's for sure, lol.

 Mama:  Now, it's simple kids.  Just smile.  And keep
it plastered.  And don't forget, look at me the whole time.

Micah:  Jonathan, what's wrong?
Jonathan:  I don't feel so good.
Faith:  Uh, oh!
Gabriel:  What does this make, like the 63rd picture or something?
Josiah:  *very obedient*

Micah:  This is getting old.
Faith:  Mama, do you see Jonathan?
Jonathan:  I really don't feel so good.
Gabriel:  What's cheese?
Josiah:  *star student*

Micah:  Can we please stop?
Faith:  I really don't want to be standing right here.
Jonathan:  This is bad. . . .
Gabriel:  I quit.
Hannah:  Me, too, this is painful.
Josiah:  *still obedient*
Micah:  Faith, is it over?
Gabriel:  Where did Joshua go?
Benjamin:  Stand up and take it like a man.
Mary Grace:  How does he just keep smiling?
Josiah:  *unwavering*
Almost there. . . .
Gabriel:  Hey!  Who let the cat in?
Wait!  Where did Micah go?
Finally. . . . .
Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

We have a little "jingle" in our step today!


DTC, DTC, we're DTC today!
Oh, what fun it is to say
Our dossier's on its way--hey!!!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

New Blog: i Care for the Orphan!

November is National Adoption Month, and, as you know, that is near and dear to my heart! 

We are in process for two precious little girls who are currently waiting for us in China, and we are selling tshirts to help us raise the needed funds! 

I have added a new blog to handle this fundraiser, and I hope, in the future, this blog will grow to help orphans in even additional ways.

Sarah Kate
Please visit i Care for the Orphan at and consider purchasing a tee or two!  It will help us in this journey to our daughters!  Thanks!!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Immigration Approval (800a)

One step closer, girls!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Birthday Pics of Sarah Kate!

How exciting! 
Last week was our Sarah Kate's 2nd bday, so we sent her a birthday cake through Angela at Ladybugs and Love. 
Today I opened my inbox to 6 wonderful new pictures of our sweet Sarah Kate!


Look at that beautiful smile!

So thankful to also have pictures of her foster mama. 
This will be so special to Sarah Kate in a few years.

Because she has dislocated hips, she seems to use this little wheelchair often.

Such a pretty birthday cake and a sweet picture of her foster mother
helping her with the candles!

It is a tradition in China to put some of the icing on the birthday child's face!
I'm glad we don't do that here! ;)

We think she is just adorable!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Glimpses of Grace

Every mama has great kids. 
I know.  I have 9 ;)
Hannah would correct me.  11.
And ya know how sometimes you get glimpses into
what God is doing in their lives?
And even glimpses at how absolutely wonderful
you see your child is and how thankful you are
for what God is doing?
I get those glimpses with each of my kids.
Glimpses of encouragement.
Glimpses that give hope.

Recently, I received another such glimpse.
We were in church, partaking in the Lord's Supper.
Our church shares the Lord's Supper regularly, about 2 times a month.
And we are encouraged to take that time when possible
to teach our little ones about Christ, His death and resurrection,
and how communiun "remembers" what Christ has done.
So I am often explaining the cup and the bread to whichever little is sitting closest
and hoping it will etch spiritual lessons in their hearts.
Recently, Joshua and Josiah were sitting directly behind me,
and I overheard quiet whispers.
"This represents Christ's blood.  He shed His blood on the cross to pay for our sins."
"This repesents Jesus' body.  He died on the cross to pay for our sins."
My 13 yo Joshua was taking the opportunity to remind little Josiah
why we shared in the Lord's Supper and what this act of remembrance meant.
I was so pleased to hear him sharing what he knew.  The Word tells us to tell the
works of the Lord from one generation to the next (Psalm 78).  In faith,
I keep sharing and telling, praying His Word will not return void.
And what an encouragement to hear my 13 yo faithfully testifying
to his 5 yo brother! 
 How can we as parents do any less?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Jonathan's Knee Disarticulation--One Year Later

A year ago today, our Jonathan had his leg surgery. We are amazed at the difference a surgery, a 
prosthetic leg, and a year can make!  He has made so much progress, and we are so thankful!

Thank you, Lord, for your love and faithfulness to Jonathan and to us!

PS Don't ya love the boot?  ;)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sarah Kate's Update

We were so surprised and thankful to receive such
a quick update.  Even though, the SWI didn't exactly
answer the questions we sent, they did give a little update.
We also received this sweet little picture
and two rather long videos!
Isn't she precious?!!

I love her little smile and her beautiful eyes!  Sarah Kate is 23 months old. 
Her medical file states her special need is "dislocated hips and varus of knee." 
However, her update says she has "congenital absence of pelvis." 
 Anybody have any insight here?
Regardless, we did not expect her to be walking, and this little chair is a little
wheelchair.  We have an AWESOME orthopedic who has an AWESOME nurse at Children's Hospital and an equally INCREDIBLE hand surgeon over at St. Vincent's E., so I believe
whatever her situation, we are in good hands.
And the best hands of all belong to our Lord, the One who has given her to us! 
Thanking Him!!!
P.S.  Angela at Ladybugs n Love is the one we have used for all our care packages and updates.  She is wonderful!  I cannot say enough good things about her service! 

Monday, September 17, 2012

New Pics of Ruthanne!

We are thrilled to receive an update on our little Ruthanne!  We had heard that her orphanage didn't send updates too often, so I wasn't holding my breath. 

But tonight I opened my inbox to the most detailed update I've ever recieved from an orphanage, and some great pictures!

Just look at this cutie!

And look at this winning smile!


Her nannies seem to have a lot of positive things to say about Ruthanne.  Here is a little exerpt of how they described her:

"She is very beautiful. She has two black pearl eyes, has sweetest smile. She is simply beautiful. There is no doubt that she is a lovely and pretty girl. But the nannies even like her personality and good temper. Yan Ling is hopeful, extroverted, active and full of energy. Yan Ling is easy going, gentle, and affectionate. Yan Ling is really close to her nannies."
It is wonderful to read what the orphanage has to say about our sweet baby girl, and there were some encouraging notes that sound like she is hopefully bonding with her nannies.  We have much to be thankful for!
Ruthanne, we can't wait to come get you!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

What We've Been Up To in the Summer of 2012

This summer was the first in 5 years that we took
a significant break from school.
We decided to take all of July and August off
to give plenty of time to work in the garden.
Obviously, we took time to do a lot
of other fun things, too!
We shopped with friends!
Played outside!
Went to the zoo!

Gabriel went mobile!
Hung out with friends.
Recovered from hand surgeries.

And celebrated 4 birthdays!
Mary Grace turned 11.
Hannah, my baby our oldest turned 16.

Joshua turned 13.

Micah turned 3.

Micah's birthday was spent in the mountains!

We had a blast in the Smokies!

And just watched in utter amazement at how our kids keep growning and learning. . . .
Oh, and I've spent a lot of time filling out paperwork for our 2 new sweeties. . . . :)
It's hard to believe that next summer they will be home with us!!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Two Less!!!

Or is it "two fewer?"
Regardless, we have an annoucement!
We are over the moon excited that we have been
blessed with a second daughter! 
It feels very much like a miracle to be
given the privilege of this very wonderful honor.

Sarah Kathleen!
We will probably include part of her Chinese name,
and we plan to call her Sarah Kate.

She is almost 2 years old, so when we travel
(probably late spring) she will be 2.5 yrs old.
Her new sister

is now 13 months old, and she is
Ruthanne Yanling!

We will call her Ruthanne,
although the consensus around here
thinks "Ruthie" has a nice ring to it!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

You Must Read This

I know I need to share more about our little blessing, and I will very soon. 

Tonight, though, I wanted you to hop over to my friend Sonia's blog and read her recent post.  Sonia and her husband adopted 3 sons last year, all within about 9 months.  She has an enormous heart for orphans, but, most importantly, she loves the Lord. 

Her posts usually leave me cracking up, but this one in particular sums up so well why those who go to great lengths to bring home a waiting child do what they do.

Monday, August 27, 2012

One Less

One less waiting orphan. . . . .
And one more heartsmile in our family!  

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Second Round of Hand Surgeries

Yesterday Jonathan and Josiah had their 2nd round of hand surgeries.  All went well.

We are so thankful for our great hand surgeon.  She is an awesome doctor, not to mention that she loves the Lord and loves adoption! 

Both boys underwent surgeries on both hands.  Their hands will be wrapped for two weeks.  We are praying that they do not get them wet, which, as you can imagine, is quite an undertaking.  ;)
I have my support team here at home, helping me make sure all are tended to diligently.  Besides, we can always benefit from an extra crash course in compassion!

This should be Josiah's last surgery.  In addition to his hands, the doctor also released banding constriction on his foot that had been begun but not finished in Ch*na.  Between all the work, the doctor had to do a skin graft, so he may still be a little ouchey for a day or two.  But I am so proud of him; he hasn't whined any, even with the effects of the anesthesia, and hadn't even complained all day until at bedtime he quietly told me that his hands hurt.  Whoa!  This little trooper has come a long way in 16 months!  :)

Fortunately, Jonathan did not have any extra surgeries or work done except on his hands.  We expect one more surgery later.  He, too, has been a trooper! 

This morning I wrapped lots of medical tape around their bandages to give that extra measure of protection against dirt and any water.

This morning they watched a movie or two, but after lunch, they began to perk up and play in the living room. 

So glad they are already starting to feel better!