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

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Happy Gotcha Day Xiaoyun!

Today we celebrate Xiaoyun's 1st Gotcha Day!What a precious and incredible year it has been. We've seen many miracles throughout this year and received the greatest gift a parent can get - Xiaoyun's salvation. If you have followed the blog much at all, you can see what a heart she has for those who are hurting, for those who have no one to show them love. She is truly a blessing! I am so thankful for the foster parents who loved her and raised her with a compassionate heart. I'm thankful for that night, a year ago, when I was able to assure them she would be loved and cared for, and to sit and hold her foster mother and shed tears for all they were losing.

We are praising God for our wonderful daughter!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

 Happy Gotcha Day LiLi!!!!
A year ago today I laid eyes on the most energetic, empathetic, and friendliest child I’ve ever met. She gave me a run for the money while in China (and for a while after we got home). I prayed I’d have enough energy to keep up with her ;-) . This last year has been incredible! She is such a joy. She wakes up with a smile on her face, and goes to bed the same way. Every day is an adventure to her and meant to be lived to the fullest. She is generous and so concerned with the feelings of others. She is grateful for everything you give her, and says ‘Bye and I love you!’ every time I hang up the phone (though she has no idea who I’m talking to!) I am so thankful God chose us to be her parents! She is truly a treasure!
 LiLi, you are so very loved!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My Real Mama

Tonight after prayers, I went back into the girl's room to take Xiaoyun a heating pad. Once I got it adjusted, she put her arms around me, pulled me down to whisper in my ear, and started telling me what she was thankful for - me taking care of her, bringing her the heating pad, homeschooling her, playing with her family, sitting outside on the deck, going down to the country last fall to meet her baba's extended family (some of which I'd never met either), the visit Easter weekend we had with Zak, Mandy and Zeza, Zeb and Dana- a precious weekend where we all were together for 2 days (Zak, Mandy, and Zeza live in Minnesota), and  thankful she had a baba and a mama.

And then she said the most precious of things. Words that will forever be etched on my heart. 

"I've wondered about my real mama many times, and now I know my real mama is you. I will love you forever and ever and am so happy you are my mama."

What a gift to hear those words!

I am making one more plea for Naomi. The time is short.
Naomi may never be able to whisper those words in her mama's ear. She may never feel the strong arms of a baba who loves and protects her. She may never play outside with brothers and sisters who share the closest of bonds - a family. She may. however, continue to have problems breathing, and as she ages, her lungs will become even more compressed. Eventually her heart wall will start to thicken because of that lack of oxygen. One day she may go into cardiac arrest, having never known the love of a family, Nor had the surgery she so desperately needs. I realize older children adoption is harder, and that there will be a time commitment for the surgeries she will need. But still, Xiaoyun and I pray each night for a miracle for Naomi. Xiaoyun has broke down sobbing for Naomi and what she doesn't have and how difficult her life will be.
So today. will you ask God if she is meant to be your daughter - your  'real daughter'?