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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

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Introducing Erin and Ettamei- our two daughters who are waiting

Now that we have that coveted piece of paper- LOA!!!!!!!- I'd like to formally introduce  you to our two new daughters waiting in China.

Erin Qinglian is 12 years old and currently lives in Beijing in a wonderful foster program called Bethel. If you go to their website she is called Katie.  Bethel cares for orphans who are blind or have a vision impairment. Erin has been blind since birth. She attends the Beijing School for the Blind. She has run the Beijing mini marathon, and plays a percussion instrument at her school. She was told last week that she has a family coming for her. She lives in an apartment with three other girls who are also part of Bethel, and we've heard that two of the other girls also have families coming for them.

Our other daughter waiting is Ettamei Zijui.
She will be the baby of our family.
She is 6 years old and is part of
another wonderful foster care
program called Love Without
Boundaries. She lives with a
 foster granny and grandpa who
obviously dote on her. She
likes the color pink and her
foster granny bought her
some flashy pink shoes. The
foster grandpa walks her to
school each day. She has mild
 CP that doesn't seem to slow
her down any. Her file makes it
seem as if she is quite the
social butterfly. As far as we
 know Meimei has not yet
 been told she is being adopted.
Our paperwork was sent this week for our I-800, so our next big thing we are waiting on is our travel approval. Once we have that, we'll be in the final stages of waiting to travel. It will probably be 8-10 more weeks before we head to China. We were given a gift that will allow Elli to travel with us. She is so excited to see places in China she never saw while living there, but she is even more excited to meet her newest sisters. We think it will be comforting, especially for Erin (since they are almost the same age) to have someone a bit younger there with us.
Soon there will be two less orphans in the world!!!! Hallelujah!!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nini and Ximi's 2nd Gotcha Day's

May 26, 2013
May 24, 2015

We have just celebrated our last two Gotcha Days of this past month. Nini was adopted May 20 and Ximi was adopted May 26, 2013. As usual, we sat down both days to watch videos of our first few days and weeks together. As usual, emotions flood through me. What precious gifts each of our children are!!

Nini went through a disruption before we became her parents. A woman came to adopt her, and saw signs of CP and decided that that was more of a need than she could handle. Less than a day after meeting Nini she decided not to continue with the adoption. Nini does indeed have CP, along with a variety of other health issues, but they do not define her. They have served only to show how resilient a child she is and how God is in the miracle business. Her MRI shows a child who should not be able to walk or communicate much at all. The hydrocephalus was never treated and did a great deal of damage. When the neurosurgeon looked at the images of her brain, he wanted to know what she was even capable of doing. Yes, Nini is delayed, but she is capable of learning and thriving. To be able to speak English alone is an incredible thing! She has some short term memory issues, but it doesn't slow her down. She does learn slower than other kids her age, and that is ok. She is a 'Barnabas' (in the New Testament Barnabas was known as the Encourager). She is quick to compliment and cheer others on. Never in my life have I been told I am beautiful so many times. She is ever grateful for all that she receives. I am grateful that we didn't know her diagnosis before she came home. It would have scared me. But we fell in love with a little girl, who just happens to also have some medical things to deal with. There are days that we struggle, and that's ok because she is worth it. She is truly a gift!!

I'll never forget our first moments with Ximi. We had been told she was losing her vision, and when she was brought into the room, one look at her eyes made us think she was already blind. However, it took about a second after they put her down on the floor before we realized she could indeed see and that she was fearless! She immediately began scoping out the room and checking out everything she came into contact with. From the beginning we have seen her inquisitive nature. She loves to explore and learn. Her ability to hear a song and start humming it instantly is something to behold. She is a bundle of joyful energy, who is smiling when she gets up in the morning until she goes to sleep at night. She is the best little snuggle bunny you would ever meet. She has asked about her eyes, and I have told her God made her with special 'dancing eyes'. I think she feels sorry for the rest of us because our eyes don't dance :-) . Her nystagmus is pretty severe, as is her corneal scarring, but she compensates in amazing ways. She and Nini share a special bond, which is fitting for two beautiful girls who came into our family just a few days apart.
Happy 2nd Gotcha Day Nini and Ximi!!!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Elli's 5th Gotcha Day

Yet again, I find myself crying over gotcha videos and precious memories. As we watched Elli's video tonight I found it hard to believe how much she has grown.

A few hours after gotcha
No longer the little girl we tried to hug in the Civil Affairs office (she wasn't having anything to do with that!), she has become a young woman with such a tender heart. Her emotions are still guarded, and she thinks quite a while before she speaks, but when you get her talking about something that interests her, her face lights up like the noonday sun, and the words gush out. She is so fun to watch and listen to when she has something she really wants to share. She becomes so animated when she is telling us about an animal she has learned about or a recipe she wants to try. She is so patient with her little sisters and nieces. She is Enya's voice of reason, and a little mama to Nini and Ximi. We thank God for our sweet Elli Chun!!