Saturday, October 4, 2014

Check out my guest post on No Hands But Ours

I was honored to have the opportunity to share a guest post on No Hands But Ours (NHBO) this week. If you are considering Special Needs adoption, NHBO is an incredible resource with some new exciting things coming soon. 

Head over (((HERE))) to check out my post "Stepping Out in Faith . . . God's Call to Adopt". Here is a sneak Peak:

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How many times have you been surprised by God’s plan for your life?
Have you ever been shocked by His plan?
Have you ever thought, seriously, Lord, surely you don’t mean me?
Wait, you want me to do what?
That’s not my plan, God.
Are you sure?
“Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, 
for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.’” 
(Joshua 3:5, NIV)
The roaring waters of the Jordan River stood between the Israelites and their promised land. Did God really want them to step into those cold waters in flood season, carrying their heavy yet precious Ark of the Covenant? Did they trust that He would do what He said He would do and part the waters the moment their feet were engulfed? Would they step out in faith as they considered all the past promises God had fulfilled?
Do we trust God when He asks us to step out into unknown turbulent waters?
Will we follow His call no matter the cost, trusting in His promises and plan over our own?

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Read the rest of my post (((HERE)))


Friday, October 3, 2014

Muddling through the adoption paperwork haze . . .

 "So tell me," a friend asked with some trepidation in her voice, "does adoption paperwork get any easier, I mean, you know, with your third adoption?"

"I wish!" I replied with a sigh. 

In fact, I this go around is the hardest yet! Yes, you would think it would all be old hat for me by now, but I find myself more frustrated than the last time. I know what each document needs, I know how long it can take, and all I want is to hold my baby in my arms. 
My child who is waiting for her forever family, not even knowing that at this very moment I am staring at her picture for the 10th time today with tears in my eyes. This is the reality of the adoption paperwork haze, friends.

So I have been struggling this third go around staying focused on God. He has provided for us at every step of each adoption, and it has always been in His perfect timing, so why do I doubt?

Lately, I had been praying, "God, please help us get these documents together quickly!" And then suddenly this week, I stopped my nonsense long enough to hear that whisper in my heart, "Suzanne, stop. Just stop, be still and listen. Be open to my plan and timing. I love Eva more than you can imagine. I am with her, protecting her, comforting her and preparing her heart. The same goes for you. Be still and know that I am God."

Wow, what a burden has been lifted. It doesn't mean that I won't still struggle but I feel a sense of peace now that surpasses all comprehension.

Praise God for His perfect plan!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

God is Always Good Giveaway!

It's Giveaway Time Again!! This week I have this sweet book from Tommy Nelson!

How often do we hear our precious children say "I'm scared, Mommy or Daddy"? It could from anything, right? From the car pulling out too quickly into the street where they are playing to the shadow on the bottom of the bunk bed. This sweet book is a wonderful tool for us as parents to use with our children to bring them the comfort that only comes from God. Each page of the book uses scriptures and words to remind them that God is always in control and that He will be glorified through every circumstance. He never changes and His promises endure forever. 

By Tama Fortner, Veronica Vasylenko (Illustrator)
Features & Benefits:

*Kids have lots of fears, and this book helps them feel safe
*Comforts kids by addressing needs and fears with Scripture and a soothing message
*Soft illustrations and sweet text make this message inviting for young children
*Padded Hardcover

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Check out my guest post . . . A Lesson in Trust

Head over to the Sparrow Fund Blog today and check out my guest post HERE

Here is a little preview . . . 


How many of us like to wait? 

I've always disliked waiting.  Even as a child, it was one of my least favorite things. I liked to know the ending of stories before I finished reading or watching them, much to the dismay of many family and friends (this is still true today, just ask my husband!).
I didn't like waiting for presents. As a child, I used to scour the house every year looking for my mom’s latest hiding place for presents which were typically neatly packed in a lovely flowered cardboard box. Sometimes I was successful in finding “the box”, sometime not. One year I came home from school, walked back to her room looking for her, only to discover the “present box” open on her bed! Pure bliss!

Now that you've had a glimpse into my childhood, translate this to my adult life. I’m sure you can imagine all the lessons God has had to teach me in patience and trust. 

Then, translate this again to the adoption wait. Nail bitingly difficult for me! 

Read the rest ((((HERE))))!!! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Grace's wants a little sister . . .

For months now, Grace has been talking about getting a little sister. Here are just a few examples of the cuteness inspired by this desire. 

"I will sleep on the top bunk so she can be safe on the bottom, and if she gets scared, I will hold her hand."

"I think I will save the rest of my cookie for my little sister."

"I will hold her hand so she is safe from cars." 

"I will share my toys and let her have some of them."

The list goes on and on.

I usually would laugh and say, "one day, baby, you will have a little sister, but we don't know when, so for now, it is probably best to finish that cookie." ;)

Well, the wait won't be too much longer . . .  

Because . . .


God has brought us Grace's little sister, and His fingerprints are so clearly all over the journey that it takes my breath away every time I think about it. 

Meet Eva (long "E"). Ok ok, I know there isn't a picture in that frame yet, but trust me when I tell you she is adorable! We can't share her picture with you yet but we will the moment we can! 

She is a year younger than Grace and from the Changsha in the Hunan Province of China. Just for fun, see if you can find it as well as Fuzhou (Grace's birth city) and Shanghai (Anthony birth city). 

She has Amniotic Banding Syndrome like Grace and has a club foot, again, just like Grace. Stop and think about the implications. How awesome is it that God found a sister for Grace who has the same deformities! They will have this connection and bond that no one else can ever have with them. I LOVE you, omniscient Father!  

We have received Pre-authorization to adopt her and working on the last pieces of the dossier so we can really get this adoption ball rolling. I'll have to write a post soon about the joys of dossier paperwork to refresh your memories. 

We are sharing this news because we covet your prayers for us through the process. The waiting is difficult (a post on this coming soon on The Sparrow Fund Blog ) so please lift us up in prayer as well as our sweet Eva. 

Blessings to you all! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Special Giveaway for the Man in Your Life!

In honor of my amazing husband's birthday week, I have a special giveaway! A devotional book made just for men! Adam read it and  provides us with thoughts as well, so this week it is pretty momentous. Not only did Adam have a birthday, but he will be a guest writer on my blog. My husband is an outstanding wordsmith, and I need to get him on here more often. He has made appearances in the past when we were in China and it is high time we get him on here again. So here's a little taste with hopefully more to come! 


Man Stuff by Josh Turner

Adam's Review! 

If you are a country music fan, the name Josh Turner probably means a lot more to you than it did to me. All I know of him is what I've seen in his devotional book, Man Stuff: Devotional Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood. 

The book is primarily a series of short stories recalled by Josh from different stages of his life, each of which is accompanied by a Bible verse and a fairly direct moral or application. There are some exceptions to this formula; for instance, Josh gives some movie recommendations (prefaced by Philippians 4:8) in one entry. On the whole, though, much of the book consists of examples of how we (as men) are to live our lives according to what the Bible teaches. 

The book is not intended to be a study devotional. It's very much a book that would be best in the hands of a new believer or someone who is struggling with some of the basics of the Christian walk. In other words, it leans heavily on a foundation of Christian beliefs without invoking "The Lord sayeth...." 

This book would be a great gift for the young high school, college, or even pre- or young-married man who might need a bit of help in knowing what it means to be a man of God (as we all did--and still often do!). A familiarity with Josh Turner (or Duck Dynasty--Jase Robertson from that show gives the foreword) would likely get this book's spine cracked as well!


*Provides much needed practical advice and spiritual encouragement for men and dads and the unique challenges they face

*Written by country superstar and father of three Josh Turner

*Features personal insights and true stories from a trusted role model

*Perfect gift for men, husbands, and dads of all ages


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Oh Happy Day! Jesus reigns as Lord in our children from China!!

I have very few words to say but Praise God and Hallelujah! The Holy Spirit worked in the lives of my children from China and they have given their lives to Jesus.


"Mommy?" Anthony asked with some trepidation in his voice. "Am I am a Christian?"

"Well, do you know that you are a sinner?"


Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and came back to life?"

"Yes! One night after we talked about what the Bible says and what Jesus did, I prayed in my room to God." 

"YOU DID!! That's amazing, Anthony!! You have the Holy Spirit living inside of you and you will spend forever in Heaven with God!! Why didn't you tell me?" 

. . . .  (What do boys tell their moms about besides the latest cavern they've explored in Minecraft?)

"Did you know that Jesus and the angels are rejoicing that you have been found! You belong to God!!"

"Really? They are rejoicing?!" Big smile on his face. 

As I was sitting at my desk, praising God about Anthony's salvation, a little voice piped up,

"Mommy, am I a Christian?"

My precious little one was listening as well. 

"Well, baby, I will ask you the same questions I asked Anthony. Do you disobey Mommy and Daddy sometimes?"

"Yes." Dejection detected in her voice. 

"Do you believe Jesus died on the cross for you?"

"Yes!! And He rose again and is alive forever and forever!"

"Do you want to spend forever with him?"

"Yes, yes!!!"

"Let's pray!"

So I took Grace on my lap and Anthony snuggled close by my side. I prayed, and Grace repeated the prayer and then asked to pray on her own. Her level of understanding is amazing for an almost five year old. Simple pure faith. 


I am beside myself with joy over this amazing and shared experience.

The Jesus Culture song keeps playing in my head as the angels and I rejoice. 

"Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
Oh happy day, happy day
I'll never be the same
Forever I am changed."

"Then Jesus told them this parable: 'Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.'" (Luke 15:3-7, NIV)


"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"

"For the wages of sin is death, 
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
(Romans 6:23, NIV)

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: 
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
(Romans 5:8, NIV)

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” 
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, 
you will be saved.
(Romans 10:9, NIV)

Do you want to spend eternity in heaven with our Lord and Savior? 
Please feel free to contact me!




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