I know I have shared before about my love of Veggie Tales. I can't wait for the next one to be released, "It's a Meaningful Life". My kids like them too but I don't know if they "love" them quite like I do. I hope you enjoy the song playing right now, it's from the new movie. In light of our journey to our children this song holds such special meaning to me. We are all so meant to be, He has no accidents or plan B's, it's all as he devinely appointed.
My dear sweet friend Stacy is weeks from bringing her son home, that is once they raise the last $5000 they need to pay the in country expenses of the adoption. Please check out the raffle to bring Solomon home. They could use all of our help and prayers right now. They have been fundraising like crazy and are nearly there. Not only have they been fundraising for their family but have also been reaching out to others families that need ideas, support and encouragement in fundraising. They are a blessing to so many, let's bless them back!
People need to understand, children with special needs don't have an illness, so there is no cure and it's not contagious. They only want what we all want, to be accepted.
There are currently more than 2100 children waiting on the China Waiting Child list who need a loving family. There are more than 143 million orphans around the world. Do you have room for one? Can you help a family bring an orphan into their home?
Not all are called to adopt, some are called to support adoptions or sponsor an orphan but we are all called to do something.
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27
There was a very large batch of LOAs that arrived in the US today but ours wasn't in it. I am trying to stay hopefull for later in the week as next monday marks 60 days for us. Praying for good news later in the week.
M had a bit of a rough day today. By 8:15 this morning she had had two bloody noses and had petechiae on her cheek. Usually the petechiae is on the roof of her mouth so I didn't think we had low platelet issue when I dropped her off at preschool after her first bloody nose but asked her teacher to let me know if her nose started bleeding again. Sure enough, I hadn't even made it to work and had a call from her teacher. I checked in a little after 9 to see how she was doing and was told her bleeding had stopped a few minutes before but she wasn't acting her normal self. Our standing order had expired at the lab so I waited for her hematologists office to call back and then headed out to pick her up for a blood draw. She is such a trooper when it comes to blood draws. As we were driving to the hospital she told me if one doctor (phlebotomist) came in the room she wouldn't cry but if two came in she was going to cry. The last draw she had a month ago she did great with one so I hoped and prayed they wouldn't send in two. Thankfully, we only had one and she did perfect. The good news, her platelets came back in the totally normal range, she just has a virus and is already feeling on the mend after an afternoon of resting.
As a mom to kiddos with medical conditions I am always amazed at how well kids do with medical procedures and how it becomes a part of life to them. It is also sad that blood draws, trips to the hematologist, urologist, vascular specialist, bone marrow tests, etc. will be a part of normal life for my kids but they all seem to do so well with it. We don't know yet how S will do with it all but my guess is she will take it in stride and not let it get her down. Shortly after we get home S will have to have an MRI for us to know more about her hemangioma. This will be the first MRI that our kids will have had so I don't know what to expect, I'm sure she will have to be sedated or at least I hope so in order for her to stay still. My husband had an MRI and I know how loud they are and that would totally scare her.
Now if our LOA could just get here so we can get another step closer to baby S.
The weekends seem to be the hardest when you are waiting for something to happen in International Adoption. During the week you have some hope that you might here something about the next step but the weekend you know all bets are off. Officially we are at day 54 tomorrow waiting for our LOA. No new pictures of Sophia and no idea of next week will be our LOA week. Our coordinator has been on vacation and will return tomorrow so maybe we will hear a small morsel of an update on our dossier status through the process in China.
What did we do to keep ourselves busy. Well I had the van oil changed bright and early on Saturday. Hurried home and picked up the kids to go to my sisters house to do some painting, she is renting a house that wasn't loved by the last occupants. While the big people painted the little people played some, argued a lot, and watched a couple movies. Watching E and P fight makes me think that in the end E will like being the only son in this family. The ended with a trip to Costco, that is always an exhausting adventure!
M lost had lost her voice on Saturday morning when she woke up, could it be from the yelling and tantrums she has been doing a lot of lately! Daddy is leaving for work very early each morning and it has really been hard on her. She is a child that likes predictable routine and is use to having Daddy help us get ready in the morning and help her into the van. We will get use to it but right now it is not bringing out the best in her early morning disposition.
Sunday has been a lot quieter. M wasn't feeling good, her voice is still gone, so she spent the morning with JoJo while we went to church. We came home from church, ate some flat bread pizza and then naps for all. The evening is going to have to be a little more motivated with laundry and a little houseworker before our busy week starts.
In a couple weeks E starts soccer and they will both be starting their first year of Awana. Personally, I am so excited for the Awana's, I grew up with Awana from my very early preschool days when my mom was a leader long before I was old enough to be in the club. I hope it brings the lasting memories for them that it did for me.
I have met a wonderful person and friend, Anne, through our journey to Sophia. We were both up on June 21/22 you could say late into the night or early into the morning hanging out together via email. I have no idea how many emails went back and forth between us as we waited for a call from our China Coordinator. We notified each other immediately upon our matches and have been hanging out together through the process since. This is one lady I truly hope to get to travel to China with. Unless something happens almost immediately with our LOA that may not happen but I am praying we can spend a week together in Guangzhou getting to know one another and enjoying our beautiful baby girls.
Anne and family are fundraising families just as we are. They have some great fundraisers going on right now. Please check them out here. I know our girls will be wearing some of the cute clippies that her friend at Yogi & Cecils' Clippy Creations are making for her fundraiser. This picture is a small representation of the beautiful items they have. Please help Anne and her family bring Ellie home.
I am an avid follower of A Place Called Simplicity and love what Linny does to advocate for the orphans. They are living the ministry of orphans no more and are encouraging to all that they too can change the lives of orphans.
We were matched with Sophia on June 21st almost immediately after we were DTC. Our baby "S" has a large hemangioma on her leg, bottom, and possible internal. Like most international adoption medical reports hers are very vague and we won't know a lot about it other than she is our daughter. We go into this with a lot of unknowns but we have been blessed with a wonderful Christian doctor that will help us find the answers. We do know that once we get home she will need an MRI so that we can determine if it affects her spinal cord or any internal organs. Best case scenario it will go away or reduce as time goes by, worst case we have no idea but I do know that He will equip us to handle it. Regardless of the unknowns we felt the moment our phone rang and it was our China Coordinator that she knew who our child was and we were about to find out.
This journey began with a lot of unknowns and I know it will end with the Lord blessing us with our baby "S", the child he has ordained to be part of our family. One thing that has been really hard in this adoption is the unknowns. The journey started with a special little girl in our hearts and will end with us loving a different child to the end of the earth. It also began with us wondering where the funds will come from to pay for this adoption. We were blessed with the funds to get our documents to China when our dossier was ready and I know deep in my heart that the Lord will provide for the rest of it. We have had our bumps and our trials in this journey emotionally and financially but I pray that they are molding us into the parents and the advocates of orphans that Jesus plans for us to be. We are still short about $7100 of our in China expenses as well as the airfare to China and back for Sophia and myself.
Please pray for us that the we will hold strong with the fundraising and not allow the enemy to defeat his plan for our family. May he give me the inspiration to sew the things that catch others eye and help me find things in our home that we can sell that may help provide those much needed funds. Please check out our auction blog Bringing Sophia Home, I would appreciate any advise or ideas you have to share. Fundraising has been a very humbling experience, much harder than I ever anticipated and I expect an experience Jesus wanted me to have. While the journey may be long and hard, our children will always be worth it and so much more.
There are two organizations that are very dear to my heart. E's life was changed and made so much better by both organizations and we will be forever grateful to them.
E went to live at Philip Hayden Foundations Shepherd's Field Childrens Village when he was 15 months old. The earliest picture I have of him is the day he arrived at SFCV. He came to them such a tiny little guy and they showed him the love of Jesus until he was matched with a family and had to return to Jiaozuo two weeks before we arrived. He then went and stayed with a wonderful organization Eagles Wings China where he stayed until I arrived in Henan.
Both of these organizations do wonderful work in China for children that would otherwise be forgotten in an orphanage. They work so hard at earning the support for these children as they pay 100% for their day to day support as well as raising the funds for the medical intervention these children desperately need. It's amazing how much they do for the children on very limited budgets, glass eyes for children who are missing an eye, open heart surgery for children who wouldn't be able to make it without surgery, cleft lip/cleft palate surgery, and encouraging the orphanage directors to prepare the childrens file for adoption that there is a family out there waiting for the child. Won't you consider improving the lifes of orphans in China through one of these organizations. There are many ways to help, sponsor a child, sponsor an ayi (nanny), one time gift giving, corporate sponsorship. Both organizations are working on big projects and could use your help. Eagles Wings is planning a school not just for orphans but for special needs children in general living in Jiaozuo, a family will be able to send their child to school when they would not be welcome in the standard public school. Philip Hayden is working on a vocational training school to teach job skills to those that may not be elligible for adoption. They could both use the help of all of us!
Adoption is not something that every family can do, I hope that I have shared with you something you can do to make a difference in the life of an orphan. You may not have a heart for China they way that I do so I would like to encourage you to look into a ministry that does speak to your heart. We support both Philip Hayden and Eagles Wings and feel very blessed that we are able to continue to help those that have not joined their forever families.
In the world of adoption it is a never ending cycle of hurry up and wait. I am an avid follower of China Adopt Talk better known as Rumor Queen. RQ got me through the wait for M when the wait started to get longer and no one knew why. Kept me informed when we were journeying to E. And now it is my lifeline or better yet my scary movie as we wait for Sophia. By scary movie I mean the one where you don't want to watch but you can't help it. I checked in many times today as the LOAs rolled in wondering if we would be in this batch.
After many hours of waiting and watching I followed the advice of a dear friend and called our agency. Until I made that call I was able to live in the hope that maybe today would be our day. Unfortunately, it wasn't. Maybe next week.
On another note I have to say we have some of the most awesome big kids that live in our neighborhood. They are of the age that they could easily tell the littles that live in our house and next door to go away but they are so good with them. E told me last night that he loves one of them. Of course she told me how cute he is, as in cute as a puppy kinda way. I just love how good they are to all the littles in the area. I really need to write the parents of the two sets of siblings a thank you for raising such awesome kids!
Thank you to everyone for participating in our followers giveaway. The winners are.....
Ashley - A Cup Quite Full Creations bag
Amy Murphy - your choice of Just Love Coffee
Ashley - Mary Kay Satin Hands set (email me your selection)
morekids4me - Wild Olive tshirt of your choice (email me your selection)
ourchinagirls - Scared by Tom Davis
Please email me with your address and full name so I can get your prize on the way to you. We appreciate all your support to help us bring Sophia home.
Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer.He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer he called out, "Good morning! What are you doing?" The young man paused, looked up and replied,"Throwing starfish in the ocean." "I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?" "The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don't throw them in they'll die." "But, young man, don't you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can't possibly make a difference!" The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said-"It made a difference for that one."