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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Xiaoyun's surgery

Xiaoyun's surgery was today. We had hoped that it would only be a broken rod. However, once in there they discovered that a small area hadn't fused. They did a bone graft in that area, replaced her rod with an 'extra strength' rod, and put a drain tube in.  They put in a rod that had a gentler curve to it. Since the bone didn't fuse, she will have a 5-6 month recovery. No bending, twisting, or lifting. The surgeon said she wouldn't have to have a brace, but it was put on the orders, so we'll find out tomorrow if she'll have a brace again for a while. Her attitude was good prior to surgery, and she said she wasn't worried. She's still pretty out of it right now. We'll spend a night in PICU, then hopefully be home by Friday.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Our Newest Grandbaby

                                                        Zak, Zayden, Zeza, and Mandy

Our newest grandbaby, Zayden, was born Friday. He weighed 9 lbs and was 22in long!!! I think everyone was surprised by how big he was  ;-) . He and momma and are doing great. We are so glad we were able to make a quick trip down to see them before Xiaoyun's surgery (though Xiaoyun had to stay home with Emily, since the trip would have been painful.) He is precious and we're thankful he is here!!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tears for Xiaoshui and all those that wait

I held my granddaughter and cried last night.

 I have found out that Xiaoshui no longer has a family coming to get her. It has broken my heart. We have been praying for her for a while now.

As I looked down at my grandbaby, I shed tears for Xiao, and tears for all the other children out there who wait.

 I shed tears of sadness because Xiao will crawl on the floor and drag that leg around for the rest of her life- unless someone steps forward to open their hearts and home to her.

I shed tears for the millions of other little ones who are suffering and alone around the world.

I shed tears because it isn’t possible for us to bring her home.

I shed tears of frustration that there aren’t more that are saying yes to adoption and orphan care. (And yes, I realize that not all are called to adopt, but I also know that there are many more that should/ could that haven’t)

I shed tears because every child should be held and rocked and cared for and LOVED like the little one I was holding in my arms.

I told Virgil that I wish this concern were precious oil that I could rub on my hands, and as I went about my day, I could touch the hands of those I pass by and they would feel it too.

 Not just feel it, but    DO     SOMETHING      ABOUT          IT.

 That the sweet fragrance of this oil would permeate hearts and move people to action.

That people would no longer just be satisfied with “safe”.

They would step out of their comfort zones.

That they would discover love like they have never seen before – the love of a child who has waited years to have a mom and dad, and family to love. It too, is a precious oil that should be shared.

I have posted before about Xiao. Please look at that post.  (September 2013)  Pass it on. I’ve been told there is a doctor in Baltimore who specializes in repairing the type of leg Xiao has.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Another surgery for Xiaoyun

Xiaoyun has been complaining about her back hurting for a little while now. We thought it was just changes in weather and perhaps a little growing spurt. However, it got worse, so we went in for an x-ray. Below is a pic of her broken rod. Xiaoyun and I both had a good cry when we saw it. I really hate it that she has to go through more pain, and she is dreading the process. They did a CT to make sure the bones had fused. It does appear that they have. The surgeon thinks that since she doesn't have rods in her neck, that the movement put some stress on the rod and it eventually snapped. (the break is right in the curve of her rod) When she had the original surgery, they had tried to put hooks in the upper lumbar area, but the bone had crumbled so there was only one hook in the upper area. They will go in and scrape that area and visually check to make sure it has fused. If it has, they will put two more hooks in the upper area, graft around them, and replace the rod. If they find it has not fused, they will take bone from somewhere else on her spine to graft the non-fused area, then add two hooks and replace rod. The hospital stay will be about 3 days regardless. However, the recovery will be longer if it didn't fuse. Her surgery will be next Wednesday, April 30.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Elli and Enya- Believers!!!!

In the midst of handwriting and math, sitting at the kitchen table, Elli and Enya both decided to ask Jesus to be their savior. It was a joyful moment and we are thanking God that they have made the most important decision of their lives. Fittingly, they will be baptized Easter Sunday. Praising God for answered prayers!!!!!!