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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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Xiaoyun- home 4 years

It is hard to believe, even now, the circumstances that brought Xiaoyun into our family.
Only God's guiding hand could have orchestrated the events that led a girl, just a few weeks shy of turning 14  (and forever losing her chance at a family),  to become our daughter.
Only God could have moved in a lady's heart (thank you Annie!), whom I have never met and only know through the internet, to advocate for a girl who had almost no hope of family left.
The first picture we saw of Xiaoyun

Only God could have put me on her mailing list, and only God could have moved Virgil and I to both say yes when we read about her. We had no plans to adopt another child. We were already in the process of adopting Enya.
Only God could have timed the events that led China to change the policy ( only a few months prior) that allowed two unrelated children to be adopted at the same time.
Only God could have moved in our caseworker's heart when she was against allowing two adoptions at the same time (as she said herself, " I was a mountain that had to be moved, and He has moved it".) He continued to move mountain after mountain to get all paperwork completed in time.
Only God could have brought a new daughter home, and 15 minutes after landing at the Louisville airport from China we sang happy birthday to her- 12 short weeks after we first saw her picture and read about her.

Xiaoyun is a joy. She is funny (even when she isn't meaning to be), considerate, and kind. She is also one tough cookie. She has endured 6 difficult surgeries in the four years she has been home. We are so thankful that God has allowed us the privilege of being called her parents.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Celebrating 4 years with Enya

Four years have passed since I laid eyes on our sweet Lili. We watched her Gotcha video today, and she seemed like such a little girl. As usual, I cried when I watched it. It stirs up so many wonderful emotions, and so much gratitude. She has come so far, in such a short time, but her specialness is still the same. She is ever loyal, friendly (never meets a stranger), quick to smile, and busy, busy, busy. I’ll never forget how she kept my mom and me on our toes during our time in China. Virgil couldn’t understand why we weren’t out shopping and sightseeing all the time – that is until we got home and he actually met our busy bee! When you allow a girl who is very inquisitive and has LOTS of energy loose from the confines of orphanage living- LOOK OUT! Pretty sure she touched everything she came in contact with. Keeping her from running into traffic, almost falling out of a 12th floor window, melting down in the Beijing airport (her and me-hah!), and checking out every squatty potty in China (not to mention hourly visits while on all the airplanes), left little energy for anything but surviving. I look back now and laugh- just like you forget the labor pains of giving birth, you also forget the tough spots and focus on the laughter and the joy. And she is a joy! Filled with life and laughter.


Our first day together. Only hours after meeting. She still has that million dollar smile.

She no longer wants to be Lili- as she’ll quickly tell you. She is Enya now, and that name is fitting for her. Enya isn’t a common name, and our Enya isn’t an ordinary girl. She is one of a kind, and we are so blessed that she is our daughter!!!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Family together for Easter

Front Row: Emily, Melody, Nini, Ximi
Middle: Xiaoyun, Elli, Virgil, Enya, Zeza
Back: Zak, Mandy, Zayden , Cindy, Zeb, Sierra, Dana 

This has been a special weekend. Of course, Easter is always special and a day of celebrating Christ rising from the grave and for that we rejoice!
Our rejoicing was even sweeter this Sunday for I had all my children worshiping with us. One of our sons and his family don't live near us, and we don't get to see them very often. Zak is in school in Florida and our daughter-in-law and grandbabies are in Minnesota living with her parents until he completes school. Friday Zak surprised us with a visit, and then the next morning as we were eating breakfast, Mandy and the kids walked into the house. They'd driven 12 hours to surprise us all (including Zak!). This morning we had filled and entire row at church. With the grandkids, and my mom and step dad, we had 18. It was such a joy to look to my right and left and see all the kids together!!!Afterwards, extended family gathered at our house for a large, boisterous dinner.
Thanking God for this day!!!

BTW- Many of us are wearing the same t-shirt.
On the front is James 1:27 "Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world."
Underneath is the mission statement of our church - Love God, Love Others, and Serve the World.
There is a movement called Forget the Frock that encourages people to purchase a t-shirt to help orphans instead of spending money on Easter outfits. Since our church supports an orphanage in Mexico, the church printed up shirts and the proceeds will be sent there. It was so encouraging to see so many shirts at the service today!!