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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

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Update from the World's Worst Poster ;-)

It has been a while since the blog was updated. Between recovering from my back surgeries and Enya’s second lip repair it has been a busy summer.  (Oh, and did I mention we're in the midst of paperwork to bring home two more daughters!!!! More about that to follow) We were able to take the girls to the beach (my parents live there), and show them the ocean for the first time. They were so excited and awed by it all. To see their faces and watch them dig their toes in the sand and run into the waves, was such a joy for us! We had them take swim lessons before we went (they were all afraid of the water), and by the time we came back home, they were all swimming! Their pride at accomplishing this was a wonderful thing. We were also able to take them to the lake with Virgil’s family. They enjoy being around extended family so much, and had a blast catching fish with their older brother, Zeb.

I thought I’d update you on each one individually so you might have a snapshot of who they are and who they are becoming:

Xiaoyun – It has been an amazing transformation with Xiaoyun. In the year she has been home, her confidence level has soared. She has went from being considered unwanted (in China), to almost celebrity status here. She’s been the ‘featured woman’ in our local newspaper, been interviewed live at our local radio station, has spoken to a group of middle school girls at a youth camp, and has raised more than $41,000 for the kids living in the slums of India (so far that has provided around 7500 families with a pair of chickens!!!!!). She now goes with Virgil and helps him with community programs that he might have. Between advocating for orphans, raising money for India, and her miracle surgeries for her back, she is very well known around town. She held a yard sale, and between donations and sales, she raised $1000 toward more chickens, with enough left over to help a little girl from her province be placed in foster care for a year. (We had many people to donate items / money/ and their time. The girls also got rid of many toys – some they really loved – because they knew it would help other boys and girls.)  Xiaoyun’s puppy, Sammi, has been the best physical therapy she could ever have. She went from being pretty sedentary (healing from surgery and with the brace on) to running, playing, and taking care of Sammi. Her brace came off two days after she got Sammi, so the timing was perfect. She has so much fun with the dog and has taught her quite a few tricks.

Elli – now home two years- is our little scientist. She is so inquisitive, loves learning new things, and has her life planned out. She plans on being a doctor (and going to help older orphans who need medical care), a seamstress (so she can sew clothes for orphans), and a mama. She wants to get married when she’s 25, have 5 years of ‘just time with her husband’ ( her own words!), and then she wants to adopt 2 kids and give birth to 2 kids. I’ve never heard a child plan their life like she does. Her memory is incredible and she really thinks about the things she hears and sees. She plays doctor all the time, and it works out well because LiLi wants to be a nurse. Elli is still a bit introverted, though she has decided she wants to try dance again this year (she skipped last year). Her hip dysplasia is doing better. For a while we were afraid she would require a very painful hip surgery, but when she went back in May it showed her bone in the hip socket was beginning to turn down, so the doctor feels no surgery will be needed. Elli loves to watch science shows, particular those with animals. She has really taken off with her reading, and it is so fun to listen to her read a book.

I have never met a more compassionate child than LiLi. She is also so incredibly thoughtful. For example, she’ll come in the bathroom and watch me get ready in the morning. The other day, when I went in there, my toothbrush was sitting out – with toothpaste already on it, my contact case and cleaner, and the hair brush was laid out. She had also organized all the drawers in the bathroom.  She looks for ways to help – without being asked. She prays daily for her ‘little brothers and sisters’ still in the orphanage. When we inquired to see if there were any girls from her orphanage that were on the Waiting Children’s List, they said no. When we told LiLi this, she replied ‘That is so sad’ and it bothered her quite a bit. Her plan is to be a policewoman or a nurse, and when she is older she wants to bring all her ‘brothers and sisters’ and her ayi (nanny who cared for her since she was a baby) here to live with her. She is an early bird who wakes up with a smile and goes to sleep with one. She told me the other day she wanted her lip to look like mine (as well as her eye). It broke my heart. I tried to explain we are all created differently and she is beautiful just as she is, but even more than that, her heart is beautiful (which is what truly matters). I did tell her she would be having more surgery next year, and then again in another two or three years, and she was glad to hear that.

Elli and Enya play so well together and are inseparable. They can play for hours in their bedroom, and I love hearing them pretending with their baby dolls and Polly pockets. How quiet and predictable our life would be without a house full of wonderful girls!!! We are truly blessed!