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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

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Happy Gotcha Day Xiaoyun!

Today marks two years since Xiaoyun became our wonderful daughter. She is such a blessing to us all, and I'm so thankful that we received an email a little more than two years ago that introduced us to an incredible young lady who came so close to not getting a forever family. We are blessed to be her forever family!!!!!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Happy Gotcha Day LiLi!!!!

Happy Gotcha Day LiLi!! Today marks two years since I received my first hug and kiss from one of the sweetest girls ever. We celebrated tonight with some Chinese food and ice cream. Lili had never had ice cream until she was adopted, so our meal was a nod to the past and the present. It is hard to believe that within a month we will be celebrating 5 Gotcha Days – all within the last three years. LiLi is such a joy to be around. She’s rarely still (unless she’s asleep!) and can play for hours with a small handful of toys and Elli. They are an inseparable pair, and it is a delight to hear them laughing and playing together. We are truly blessed!!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

TRAVEL APPROVAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have several things I've been meaning to post, but they'll have to have to wait for another day - but I had to share this great news. Two beautiful pieces of paper with our names, NiNi and Ximi's names, and the words that said come to China!!!!!!! Counting down the days!!!!!

Monday, April 1, 2013

If I Had Three Wishes - by Xiaoyun

Xiaoyun takes classes once a week with other homeschoolers. Her homework this week included a 'quick write' with the topic " If I Had Three Wishes". Below is what she wrote. What a tender heart!!!

If I Had Three Wishes

 If I could have three wishes, the first thing I would wish for is that when I am older I could influence people to help others in need. That way people in need would have a better life. Their children wouldn’t have to go without food and clothing. When the children grow up, they could find good jobs, and then there would be no more poor people. Then hopefully everyone would treat each other fairly

My second wish would be to be a doctor who could take care of any health problems. Not just a doctor who can take care of the spine, or the heart, or other things, but that can take care of any problem a patient has. I could go to China, where the orphanages don’t have the money to take care of the kids and I could do the surgeries for free. Most people adopt healthy children because they can’t afford to pay the medical bills, so I would take care of the health problems so people would adopt them.

My third wish is to work in an adoption agency. I could help other people in different countries understand about adoption. I could explain what to do for an adoption, and help the people that are afraid to adopt older kids. I would also tell the older kids it will be ok to be adopted.

These are my three wishes.                                                                Evelyn Xiaoyun Willoughby

Easter Pic and LiLi Update

Gorgeous group of girls if I say so myself!!!! Easter was a joyous time of celebrating Christ's resurrection, and then gathering with family after church. I don't think the girls enjoy anything more than being with family and close friends.
LiLi had another lip repair this morning. As usual, she was a real trooper, and our biggest problem is keeping her from running around and playing. She's really put out that she can't have solid foods for a week. I've said before that I think the surgeon has the easier job ;-) . Hopefully this is the last surgery for her until after she goes through the braces stage.