About Us and Adoption

About Us

Adam and I (Suzanne) live in San Antonio, TX with our 3 year old daughter, Grace, our newly adoption 8 year old son, Anthony and our two cats (Isabella and Ellie). Adam is a staff scientist doing blood research for the U.S. Army and I am a part time Pilates instructor (after spending eight years in politics, it was time for a change). 

"A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families"   
(Psalm 68:5-6a)

Adoption is our calling and God’s plan for us.  It all began with a strong desire to have a child to love and to use our strengths and spiritual gifts to teach and raise up children for the Lord.  After many years of trying to get pregnant, God began to work in our hearts helping us to realize that He had children for us that would not grow inside my body, but rather in our hearts.  Our children were and are waiting for us across the world.  God first brought our two and half year old daughter, Grace Lihua, into lives and she has brought us more love and joy than we could have every imagined.  Now, God has brought He Jian You (or “You You”, pronounced Yo-Yo) into our lives.  Again after much prayer and guidance from the Lord, we believe You You is the next child He has for us, growing our family from three to four.
         
There are so many children, particularly in China, who never get the chance to live in a home where Christ is revered as Lord and savior of all mankind, and we count it a special blessing, honor and privilege to be a part of that educational process in a child’s life.  Just as He adopted us because of His great love for us, so He has called us to take part in the same beautiful expression of love as we expand our family and are afforded the opportunity to share His love.

But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a virgin, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying ‘Abba! Father!’ Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. (Galatians 4:4-7)

“Adoption is perhaps the most powerful depiction of the Gospel found in the Bible. We are all orphans, born under the curse of sin. By the sheer grace and mercy of God, those who come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are adopted as sons. Redeemed sinners are adopted as sons ‘through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise and glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.’” (Ephesians 1:5-6) (Albert Mohler http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/02/03/adopted-for-life-and-death/)

"Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." (James 1:27)

"Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow." (Isaiah 1:17)

Recommended Adoption Resources

Check out these websites to help you better understand the attachment journey, whether you are adopting or walking the journey with adoptive parents :

Dr. Karyn Purvis' Book, The Connected Child, is a must for parents adopting children.  

Empowered to Connect is an amazing Christian study guide to be read along sideThe Connected Child.  I highly recommend using this study guide as you read, The Connected Child, with a few friends so you can discuss.  Additionally, the Empowered to Connect website has numerous helpful videos and resources for parenting and attaching to children from unknown and/a difficult backgrounds.

Irving Bible Church has a extensive adoption and foster care ministry with numerous resources and conference called Tapestry

Finally, check out this Christian Adoption Blog Link-up!






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