"We are all handmade people created by a God who is not safe or small." Rend Collective Experiment

Thursday, April 28, 2011

2Peas in a Pod~

(Picture by Em our Sweet Pea)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

1Peter 1:3-4~

We had a blessed day celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus. It's such a miracle and a joy to know Him and worship Him, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is so good and so gracious to us.

We had an amazing time of worship and praise at church and then had some family and friends over for a casual lunch a a fierce game of kickball.

My brother Tony and his wife Alexis were with us for the weekend and they were so much fun, and we laughed so much (Mostly at my brother....kidding. Sort of. Ha!)

I hope your Easter was filled with worship, love, and laughter.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Here are some answers to questions I have had. I hope Y'all are having a BLESSED day!

Jennifer asked-
Were your older children as adventurous as your little ones? I'm enjoying the photos of them in action.

Our older children were just as adventuresome. Our eldest Nick, broke the mold on adventuresome, and they all have followed suit. Noah is our most cautious child. There for a while he would "Die Factor" everything wanting to know if he could die from any activity..even truly harmless things. He seems to have outgrown that, and is now a jumping, climbing, skateboarding boy just like the rest of the children.

Grateful for Grace
Q: why do you have to have a blood test?

China has a very specific medical exam form for adoptive parents. They require adoptive parents to be tested for HIV, Hep B, and want info on blood counts and liver enzyme levels.

Grateful for Grace
Are you kidding? I thought I remembered you saying your boys know how to get every ounce of meat off a chicken bone.

YES! Eben and Joel would actually eat the bones themselves when they came home. It's very common in West Africa. In their early days home meat=security to them and they were so tiny and needed to grow, so we let them eat meat as they willed (even though we had eaten vegetarian for years). We never thought they would give up their meat, but last May they decided to go veggie and haven't looked back.

(Joel enjoying a lettuce wrap from a knock off PF Chang's recipe)

Kathy C asked
Is it hard for him being on a different diet than the others?

It is a little bit. We have been able to find GF/CF treats for him for specail occasions, and he is a very adventuresome eater. Our son Eben (Our wonderful son who loves to cook) has come up with some really good recipes using rice flour and that has really helped.

Anna said-
We also have one son who has been on this diet about 6 weeks too! Do you tend to cook 2 meals or same for everyone? We're trying to find a balance...

We tend to cook related meals. If we are having pizza he will have a veggie filled pizza with no cheese on a rice flour crust. If we are having beans and rice he will have avocados instead of cheeses. We have found rice pasta to use in pasta dishes, and potatoes are a favorite of his.

How is your son doing? We have seen some really positive benefits.

Anonymous asked
What do you think about adopting boys older than young pre-verbal girls already in the home? I have been told it is too risky, but I wondered what you thought, would you mind sharing?

It is something that must be taken very seriously with young children of both sexes and all ages. Prayer and counsel from your Social Worker and Adoption Agency are very crucial as well as some precautions. There was a great discussion on this topic here It is best to be fully aware and well read on all scenarios.

Laurel said
-Wow! Your big kids really are runners. That's awesome. My kids all love to run, but I don't know how and when to get them started doing 5k's. Would love some tips. :)

Two years ago we did the Couch to 5K plan together. Now we like to follow Hal Higdon's Training Plans. We have a lot of fun running together. Our older 7 have all done 5K's and Hailey and Joel did an 8K with me in February. Last week Eben ran 7 miles "with me" and beat me soundly by a good 7 minutes. He said he wasn't even really that winded. I love running with our kids. They are so much fun and encourage their old Mama so much to do more than I think I can.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We are vegetarians..

but we won't be without a ham this Easter...

Oh, we love this boy so much!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Our son Johnny has been on the Gluten Free Cassein Free diet for about 6 weeks now. He is doing really well on it. Last night as I was fixing his plate he looked at me and said, "This is why every one should have a Mama.." It was such an unexpected statement and it brought me to tears of gratitude that I can fix a plate of food for my sweet boy. He is such a blessing to me and I am so thankful God has allowed me to be his Mama.

My next thought was of this little boy.. Oh, he needs a Mama so badly. He needs a Daddy and a family. His time is quickly running out. PLEASE pray mountains will be moved and that he will have his miracle. Pray that a sweet Mama will have the blessing of fixing him a plate of food, the opportunity to tell him he is the best boy ever, and the honor of singing him good-night songs.

Perhaps you are Vanya's miracle. Please go to the Link and read about him and look at his precious face.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

We have had such a blessed week. Jim's sister and her husband and their three adorable children were here. We had so much fun. Beach day, park day, pool/water park day, fun times, beach day, and today was a pirate and princess party.

Happy times with family. It doesn't get much better than this.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Proverbs 17:22~

Our dear sweet girl. She is such a blessing to me and such a joy. She always makes me laugh and is a great helper. She is wonderful with the little ones and is an expert baker and the resident seamstress.

Last week was of course, April Fool's Day. In past years I have had so much fun playing tricks on the children. This year I was pretty immersed in adoption paperwork and it really just flew under my radar much to the kiddies disappointment.

Our Sweet Girl however, pulled off the April Fool's Day trick that will go down in our family history as the one to beat. We woke up on April 1st and found she had stealthily sewed one of her brothers to his sheet. Oh, my! It was so funny. And we all had a good laugh over it (Including Nathanael the victim who was chosen because he sleeps like a rock).

So thankful, for the joy and laughter the children give to us.

A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:22~

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Thank You!

Thank you ALL so much for your sweet thoughts and prayers!

Here is our Little Guy's hand. Isn't it so sweet? I am not sure when I will be able to share pics online, but trust me he is just adorable. This must be the *thing to do* with Chinese children. I have seen so many pictures on the Lists of children from itty bitty toddlers to teens doing the "Victory Sign" (I read that's what it was). It makes me smile.

I thought I would try and answer some of the questions we are being asked.

Our Little Guy is a "Waiting Child" in China which means he has a special need. There are so many waiting children in China. Their special needs range from missing limbs to more serious conditions to just being an older child. They are all beautiful and in need of families.

China may issue a waiver for larger families adopting children with special needs. We had to submit financial information and pictures of our home and family as well as a care plan to see if we could be accepted into their program. We are so thankful for this opportunity.

Our Little Guy has a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. He was very ill and they performed open heart surgery on him in China. He has recovered nicely and is doing really well.

We have a wonderful Pediatric Cardiology Group here who has treated both our Noah and our Benjamin. One of the Dr.'s has even adopted a little girl from Ethiopia.

Yes, it is a another boy! LOL! We really do love girls and boys. All of our adoptions we have gone into without a gender preference, as we have both girls and boys. The Lord keeps blessing us with sons, which is wonderful. There are so many boys of all ages on China's Waiting Child Lists.

Our children are all so very excited. When we told our oldest two children about what we were considering they both were so enthusiastic. They couldn't wait to share with their friends and are just chomping at the bit to post his pic on Facebook. The other children are so happy too. Eben and Joel are experiencing for the first time this side of adoption. The day I had to get my blood work done Eben came to me and asked if I had to do that for his and Joel's adoption too. He could hardly stand the thought of us having to give blood (He really hates needles). I assured them it didn't hurt and we were happy to do it. Our little guys are so excited to add another little one to the little kid club. They all have so much fun together. Such sweet children we have.

Thank you so much for your prayers.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

2Corinthians 4:18~

The journey of 7,600 miles (or so) begins with one step..

We are making the leap..

We are taking the plunge...

We are diving in..

And giving it all we have..

We are taking a leap of faith..

Knowing that Jesus will be with us..through it all..

As we go the distance........ to bring our newest son home from China!!!!!!!!!!

On March 22, we received Pre-Approval from the People's Republic of China to prepare our dossier for a sweet little 4 year old boy on the waiting child list.

Please pray for us and for our sweet little guy.

We are all so very excited to have this little one in our family! We serve an AWESOME GOD!

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2Corinthians 4:18~

Friday, April 01, 2011

The other night we were cleaning up from dinner when I asked the older kids to put on a Wiggles song for the little ones to dance to. Nick and Eben both balked and assured me that they had something they would like much better....

and they put on the Newsboys. Great hilarity and funky dance moves abounded. Too fun!