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

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

We pretty much have China on our mind all the time lately. We received our I800 approval last week and our NVC letter yesterday. Our agency rep delivered our packet to the US Embassy in Guangzhou today!!. We hope to have our Article 5 in mid October (The Embassy is closed the first week of October) and then we will wait for our Travel Approval. I don't even know what language I am speaking anymore. HA! What I do know is we are another step closer. Thank you Jesus. We would love to travel in November, but it looks like it will be December. We are so excited!
Our lunch today and our current read aloud.
Eben helped me make lunch. He loves Chinese food. Eben and Joel's first meal in America was Chinese food with Jim in NYC.
I was so tickled tonight..we walked up to the park and he had brought his "Samuel" with him. So sweet. I hope he is as enamored with him when he comes home. The latest measurements we have put Ben-Ben and Samuel at the same exact size (Ben-Ben is 2 and Samuel is 5) Thanks for following along with us on this blessed journey!~

Monday, September 26, 2011

Psalm 24:1-2~

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. Psalm 24:1-2~ Jim blessed the older three girls and I (plus Katie's lifelong friend) at with an overnight trip away. We had so much fun playing in the ocean and the pool and the hot tub. We really suffered. HA! Seriously, it was such a blessing to get some time with these awesome young ladies. We played, window shopped, ate, watched movies, and played some more. They are really amazing young ladies who have such loving and pure hearts. God has created them each with unique and wonderful gifts and it is exciting to hear how He is planting desires in their hearts that will give Him glory.
I went for an early morning run on the first day of fall and God gave such a beautiful sunrise. At first it looked like the clouds were going to prevent a view of the sunrise, but as I ran along the sun broke through. It looked like a heart for the longest time. For God so loved the world that He went through the biggest storm imaginable..death and separation from the Father, and then He broke through it all. Sin, death, clouds, despair. He is so good to us.
Thankful.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sa-WEET!

We had a little Immigration update this week. Did I mention last time that Immigration could not locate our paperwork even though Fed Ex delivered it to the LockBox in Houston? I didn't because just typing that out gave me heart palpitations. This week they know where it is, thank you Lord, and the officer said late next week she should be sending us an approval. I love her. Much happier news..and I can stop my "Houston we have a problem..." freak out moments to Jim. Oh, and we were able to send our sweet boy in China a care package and a cake!!! Is he not the sweetest thing!!!??!!! We used http://www.ladybugsnlove.com/ and were very happy.
I love this picture. I do this all the time. Not really, but haven't you wanted to?
Sweet, sweet, sweet!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

AACk-Blogger is not letting my paragraphs stay. My apologies to your eyeballs. I hate that. It's been like forever. We had such a great summer. A lot of fun times and great memories were made. We spent many days at the beach just playing in the surf and the sand. The BEST part of the summer was spending time with family. We were so blessed to have so many of our family come and visit. We love and miss them all so very much. So many days I wonder why we don't all live together instead of spread out across the country. We just finished our third week of homeschooling already! We have had a great time. We always get asked what curriculum we use. We use a mix of curriculum. The hands down favorites this year thus far are Notgrass American History and the Apologia Science books. We also are really liking the "Jump In" writing program by Apologia. We were beyond thrilled to receive our LOA from China on August 18th. We filed our I800 and sent away for our visas to go to China. We have our visas back, but are still looking for any info from immigration. Patience, patience, patience. Yesterday after school we took a little trip exploring some history sites and walking some nature trails.
There are two not seen here. I haven't lost anyone at the grocery store, I promise. Nathanael's blue shirt can be seen behind Noah and Nick was doing ACT prep.
Wondering how many loaves of bread this oven can hold..Is our Immigration approval in there?
This hut was so cool. Is our Immigration approval lurking in there? I am not obsessing. At. All.
Is she looking out imagining what life must have been like for Early Americans coming ashore....OR wondering how long it would take her to swim to the mall from here. HA!
I love the look on Ben-Ben's face here. He is like "She forgot the Ergo (backpack)!!!???!! Amateur. " This trail was a mile long. They had signs along the way helping to identify vegetation and wildlife. It was all good until we reached one that warned of lurking rattlesnakes. I then had 4 small children and one 9 year old who wanted me to carry them the last 1/4 mile. They dug deep and pulled through just like the Von Trapp children did while crossing the mountains...kind of. Kidding. They did really great. My favorite little people.
SO thankful for fun days with them.