Lonely no More:)
And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. Matthew18:5

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Prayers and Thanksgiving

Praying for our little Wren tomorrow on her Birthday!  She should receive a cake from us, and we are praying she is well, and has a fun party to remember as part of  her orphanage memories, and that she feels special and loved.  We also sent a cake to our little miss Iley, even though it's not her birthday.  I pray it makes her feel special and loved as well.   We are praying she is HOME on her birthday, so went ahead and sent her one too.  We also sent a photo album to both of the girls with pictures of  all of us, the outside of the house, the living room, kitchen and their bedroom........oh and the dogs. (hopefully they aren't terrified of them)  So I am praying that the pictures will bring them comfort, and not anxiety, and while I know that looks are not everything, and Love is all that matters.......since they don't love US yet......I hope they like the looks of us:)LOL!  We are also praying we get some really good pictures of both of them too!!!!  I'll post them as soon as I get them if I do.......never fear:)

Rejoicing today!  We just found out that we were awarded a $3,600 grant from the JSC Foundation!  YAY!   God is faithful!  We are getting close to having enough to cover all of our expenses.  This is due to the amazing out pouring of love and generosity of many people~  friends,  family,  and even folks we've never met.........but I hope I can thank all of you personally, some day when we meet in Heaven! 

Monday, January 30, 2012

Yes Lord

I wish I had some wonderful news to impart on the adoption progress!  But alas all is silent.......we just wait.......and wait........and wait.  Have I mentioned before.....I DO. NOT. LIKE. TO. WAIT! sigh.........

On a more edifying note.......I read this really good article.....same author as the last post, so if you enjoyed it, read this one.  As soon as I get some more information on the girls,.....or pictures, I will let you all know!  Until then let my motto simply be........Yes Lord.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Be Still

This post spoke to my heart.  I've linked this woman's blog before..."Jesus with skin on" This one is SO good as well.  Enjoy:)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Completely Random Happenings of not much interest

I'm sure the rest of you clean under your stove more often than I do.....but if I cleaned more often, we wouldn't have such interesting science experiments....I leave it for the kids....really.

The pen was found!  "What is this" she says.......""I don't know, he answers,  "but there is something big under here!"  "I will scream if it's a dead mouse" she says!  "That would be hilarious" is the typical male response!

This is a typical Sherman moment.......No one look, I'm going to do something.....He comes out looking like this, and announces that he is "in the band"  We tried not to laugh......really we did!  But when the "band member" is dressed in a graduation gown tucked in, and playing Mary had a little lamb, while battling his flowing sleeves, ............all i can say is......we tried.

Moving on..........Moving on.............
The next event was a group effort to make this cute little owl pillow for the girls room. Sherman started out stuffing the skinny little legs and gave it up...handed it to Kyndahl, and said you do this, and stole the foot she was working on.  He also stuffed the main body of it. 

 This room is a work in progress.  I had high hopes, and lofty dreams for this girl retreat....But.....the budget wouldn't allow it.....and ........I HATE stripping wall paper.......SO....we left the sailboats.....we are just ignoring them, acting like they aren't there.......I decided it kind of has an English country house look.....cobbled together over time you thought so too didn't you.  I knew you would get it.
The bedding is all stuff that i already had, and the curtain fabric and pillow was fabric I already had as well.  The foot stool at the end of the bed was in the living room at one time.  The bed frame is from Grandma Deaton, the bedside table on the right is from Great Grandma Knaus/Flora, the chest is from Great Granny.  Hopefully at 5 years old, they won't have too much fashion sense yet......I actually think it looks rather cozy!  Maybe not high end fashion.....but homey.

The curtains and chest from Great Granny.

Here is some detail on the birdcage in the corner.  Such a cute little Chinese dude holding a bird:) There are three of these that hold the bottom on the cage.

These toy bins go under a bookshelf that was built for Troy and his brother when they were little.  They are going to get a fresh coat of cream paint on the outside, with rasberry pink on the inside.  The shelves will be the same.....the bulletin board needs some help!.....stay tuned for an update.

All of these lovely treasures get to go in the freshly painted book shelves:)  We love books!

That's all folks.....told you it was random!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Failure and Hope

I have shed many tears, and wanted to stomp and scream!!!  I got my I800 back in the mail.  WHAT?? I went over that check list multiple times.  It didn't say anything about another $720.00 check to be included!!! Sigh......I guess it was on the original form the agency sent me on how to fill out this paperwork.    Soooo now i'm another 2 weeks behind schedule:(  Of course this happens on Friday, and i can't talk to the agency till Monday!!! This makes me feel frantic and like a complete failure!! My daughters are waiting because their mother can't get her act together!  But just as i'm agonizing and mom calls (don't ya just love mamas, I sure love mine:) and says look at the pictures behind the TV in the last update of Iley Xiaokui!!!!!!!  I think her foster parents must be Christians!!  Do look at them everyone, tell that a picture of Jesus with sheep, and some one kneeling in prayer in the other one?  Sure looks like it to me:)  I just bawled!!!  I had prayed over that paperwork, and went over the list a hundred times it maybe my little girl needs to learn about Jesus a little more... in a language she understands.......then hear it again in her new home. Thank you Lord for that whisper of hope, and thank you Mom for the call:)   I KNOW God has this in his timing.....but OH i'm so impatient!!!! 

Monday, January 9, 2012

I Love China Travelers.........

I just wish it were US!  A family traveling to bring home their darling, sent us  this picture with promises of more when they get back to USA and better internet service:)  Love this little face!

I finally got a cake ordered to send her for her Birthday.  She will turn 5 on Feb. 1st.  I ordered through a company in China.  They send the money to the orphanage, and the orphanage orders a cake from the cake people........then the orphanage  takes pictures and sends them to the the company that i ordered through (not the cake people), to prove that they used the money for what it was sent for (confused yet?) .......and.......I GET NEW PICTURES:).......AND.... my baby gets her first,  very own, just for her, Birthday cake....AND I get to see the pictures of her SMILE:)  It's an awfully cute smile if I do say so myself!  Not that I can claim it looks like mine:)

I just might feel another cake coming get another beautiful smile, from another beautiful baby........let's see, early birthday?  forever family celebration,? Just because? Who cares!
 I SAY.... "Let them eat cake!"

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

We Have LOA/LSC!!!

For those of you who are not steeped in the abbreviations of this crazy adoption jargon.......that stands for Letter of Acceptance, or Letter Seeking Confirmation.  It also means that China has approved us to adopt these two specific children, and are seeking confirmation that we accept........DUH!!!  Hurry up already!!  Now we send that along with the request to bring these two specific children into the united states, to the USCIS (united states customs and immigration service).  When we get that approval, we send it to China along with request for visas.  Or something along that line..........I'm a little confused myself at this point.  Thank goodness for an agency that spells it out as we go!'s confusing!  When we get a consulate appointment with the Chinese consulate.......we make travel arrangements.  This next part of the process usually takes 60-90 days:):)  Hopefully by the end of March we will be headed to CHINA!!!  In the mean time, we devour every picture we get.  Here are a couple of Wren, sent to me by a recent traveler.