Count of Chicks for Children

God's Plan For Us

This is our journey - God's incredible plan for our lives. When we followed the moving of the Holy Spirit, He opened the windows of Heaven and poured out upon us blessings we never dreamed of! Indescribable joy!

" For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Evelyn Xiaoyun and Enya Li

We got home in May of 2010 with our new daughter Elli. By July, conversation was already ongoing about going back again. It took a bit to convince all that we should look into adopting another child. God placed people and devotions into our lives (again) that made it evident that that is what we should do. We had to wait until Elli's six month post placement visit with the social worker before we could update our home study and start the process again. While waiting, we were looking at China's Waiting Children's List and searching for our next daughter. We found Enya Li, who is six months younger than Elli, and received pre-approval on November 3, 2010. Her files were almost three years old, and when we received new ones we discovered they are exactly the same height and weight! She waits for us in an orphanage in the province of Heilongjiang - the northernmost province of China. We thought we'd be getting Enya sometime around the end of summer, but again God had other plans. On February 11, I read a posting from a wonderful lady who advocates for children who are harder to adopt because of health or who are 'aging out' (which means they are turning 14 and will no longer be eligible for adoption and thus all hope of a forever family are gone). She was making a plea to at least look at this girl's file. Now, we had no intention of adopting more than one at this point, definitely not a teenager, and whoever adopted her would have to have all their paperwork completed in three months (a VERY short time frame). Despite all that, I felt led to email and ask to look at her file. When my husband got home from work I shared with him what the file said and we both agreed that the Lord was saying "This is also your daughter". Many prayers, and much support, some from people we may never meet this side of Heaven but who share our love for orphans, have led us to see God move mountains to make it possible to bring both girls home very soon. Our paperwork is being pushed through the system quicker than normal because we do not have much time left before Evelyn Xiaoyun's birthday. Our agency has been incredible and have been such a blessing, as have so many others and we are so grateful. We are blessed indeed!!!!We look forward to having a house full of girls soon!!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Elli's Prayer

Elli's prayer tonight:" God bless you and I love my Mama and my Baba and my Emmy, and thank you for my sisters we're going to get Enya and Evelyn soon and for Enya's eye doctor and take Evelyn to doctor and everything else and God bless you." Pretty incredible for a little girl who spoke no English 10 months ago and as far as we know, knew nothing about God.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happy 7th Birthday Enya Li!

Happy Birthday Enya! This is the last birthday you will have to spend without family surrounding you. How we wish you were already here to wrap our arms around you and tell you how much you are loved by so many people. We're coming for you and your sister soon!!!!