Sunday, April 12, 2015

New Photos of Eva!!

We received more photos of our sweet girl from Chinese New Year! Candy, anyone?! LOL









Prayer requests for us and our sweet Eva:

1) Be praying for her heart. From all the pictures and videos, it is obvious that she is well cared for by her foster family. They live in apartment on the orphanage grounds. It is always a difficult transition, but imagine how it will feel to a four year old who is pulled from the only family she ever known into a family that (mostly) doesn't even speak her language. Praising the Lord that Anthony has been working on specific things to say to her to will help us understand each other.

2) Prayer that we will be quickly knit together as a family.

3) Prayers for us as we prepare over the next few weeks to travel in mid May.

Blessings to you all,





Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Precious Video of Eva!


As I was preparing to head to our Good Friday service and reflect on Christ's sacrifice for us, I heard a ding on my phone. I opened my email it to discover we had finally received some more precious videos of Eva (Long Han Ting). Now I will always remember that it was on Good Friday, the day God gave us His most precious gift, His Son, that God gave us another gift to lift our spirits as we wait for sweet girl. 

These videos give us another glimpse of our girl. It was taken on Chinese New Year. We paid for a party for her and her foster family. We are hoping to receive pictures as well! This video depicts her foster mom giving them red envelopes with money as is Chinese custom on New Year. Anthony translated it for us as best he could. You can hear her sweet voice saying "Thank you, Mama" in Chinese. ;)

We are coming sweet Eva!  God is good.

Have a blessed Easter!


Sunday, March 29, 2015

March Giveaway! Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies!



I've talked before about my love of lambs! I especially love Really Woolly and am always excited when I get to share all their cuteness with my children. If you have known me for a while, you have probably at some point received a Really Woolly card via mail or email. ;) So as March draws to a close I am thrilled to give away a copy of the sweet, precious and perfect for bedtime devotionals Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies!
















Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies
*ages 2-5
*Encourages child to spend time with God at bedtime and have a peaceful night sleep

*Teaches little ones about God's many loving attributes, through Bible verses and prayer starters

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Blessings,

Monday, March 16, 2015

Waiting is Hard, Y'all! Read my Guest Post at the Sparrow Fund!

Writing what's on my heart these days as we wait to bring our sweet girl home!

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As a child, I remember the excruciating wait from Christmas Eve to Christmas morning. I would lie awake for what seems like hours wondering how I was ever going to fall asleep and what the morning might hold. 

Now as I lie awake at night, gone are the visions of sugar plums dancing in my head. Instead, my heart is on the other side of the world, as I think about my sweet girl who is waiting too. Waiting for a family she can call her own and who will love her forever. 

Waiting for an adoption is hard, y'all. When I was young, I thought that one night of waiting for Christmas morning was tough. I had no idea what was to come.

Read the rest of my post {{{HERE}}} on the Sparrow Fund's blog, We Are Grafted In, where I work as an admin. 





Additionally, I'd like to share some prayer requests with you.

1. Please be praying for the heart of our sweet girl, Eva, as her world is about to completely change.

2. Please pray for Anthony and Grace as their world is about to change as well.

3. Pray for us as we become a family of five.

4. Pray that the remaining paperwork would come in a timely manner so that we can travel to China on April 17 and have family day on April 20. Based on work commitments, if we can't make those dates, then we will have to wait until mid May. She has been waiting for us for so long and we want to bring her home in God's timing, of course!

Blessings to you all,







Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Max Lucado's Treasury of Bedtime Prayers Giveaway


This month I have a precious collection of 200 prayers to share with you for your children. Classic prayers, along with new ones written by Max and Denalyn Lucado, and beautiful illustrations make this book an excellent bedtime tradition.   

Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers by Max and Denalyn Lucado
*ages  4-8
*Collection of 200 prayers is a wonderful resource for families to use at bedtime

*Includes brand-new prayers for little ones written by Max and Denalyn, along with classic prayers which have been updated for little ones to understand
*A lovely keepsake gift for new moms, baptisms, dedications, and holidays
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Blessings,


Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Glimpse of Eva! (Yes, there are videos!!)


Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year!!! It's been a busy and exciting few weeks and I have some fun things to share! 




First, we officially received our letter seeking confirmation or letter of authorization from China to adopt our precious Eva. Next step is U.S. immigration!  

Her Chinese name is Long Han Ting and she is waiting for us in Changsha in the Hunan Province. She had amniotic banding syndrome like Grace and she has deformities in her fingers and a club foot. Not only will my two sweethearts have this in common to bond them, they also will only be 13 months apart in age! We are so excited to see their sisterly love develop and grow! 








Then we celebrated Valentine's day.  Celebrations are hard knowing my third child is waiting across 1000's of miles for us, but God timing is perfect and hopefully in 6-10 weeks we will be holding her in our arms!


























Now for the really fun part!!! We have two videos we can now share from the birthday party we threw for her from afar plus some pictures!! In one video they sing Happy Birthday in Chinese and in the other they sing Happy Birthday in English! Just precious and as you can imagine, we have watched them over and over. 

Additionally, we were able to send a cake for Chinese New Year and will be getting pictures and videos soon!!! 

Ok, ok, enough of the exclamation points! ;)



 



Blessings to all,




Friday, January 30, 2015

Check out my Guest Post on No Hands But Ours

Check out my guest post on No Hands But Ours today!



Will You Love Me Forever?

"Excitement, curiosity and fear of the unknown filled the eight year old boy’s mind as he entered the cold, stale room. His eyes landed on some smiling faces that looked vaguely familiar. Yes, these were the same faces that had smiled at him from the pages of the photo album he carried in his backpack, the faces of his new family. Who were these people that looked so different from him? Would they be kind, or heartless, as he was told? Would they send him back the moment he did something to upset them? Would they like him, maybe even love him? Wait, what were they saying? If he couldn’t understand them, how would they understand him? In that moment, as reality set in, uncertainty and excitement gripped him. When he looked in their eyes, he knew all would be ok. What could he do but follow them and leave all he had ever known and loved behind for a new life, a new family, a new world. In that moment of anxiety and anticipation, he simply had to believe that they would love him."

Read the rest of my post {{{HERE}}}!!! 

Blessings,


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