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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 28, 2016

Nini and Ximi's 3rd Gotcha Days




The end of May brings us to the last of the Gotcha Days in the past month. Nini and Ximi celebrated 3 years home. These two rays of sunshine are about alike as Felix and Oscar of the old Odd Couple show :-)  . Nini would rather die than leave a crumb on the table, and Ximi looks like most of her food ended up outside of her plate. Ximi messes up the towel when she brushes her teeth and Nini comes behind and straightens it back up. But somehow, these two polar opposites make great sisters. Before we adopted them, we thought Ximi's vision would be a challenge, but in the end it was Nini's needs that proved far greater. They have both come so far in the last few years and have each- in their own special ways- been such a blessing to all who know them. They light up the room when they come in. Ximi bounds in with her infectious grin, and Nini quietly walks in with her shy smile. Two very different, and very wonderful little girls. We thank God for them!!
Nini and Ximi on Ximi's Gotcha Day

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Happy Birthday Xiaoyun!!



Xiaoyun is now 19. Can you believe it? She has grown into a beautiful young woman. 5 years ago we landed at the Louisville airport and sang happy birthday to her with all our family and friends who came to welcome her and Enya home. Time has flown and she has grown up so much. She is capable of running the household and keeping all her sisters in line. I never have to worry when I leave her in charge. If possible, she's a little bossier than me 😁.
I must confess that prior to adopting her a wondered how those teenage years would go. I shouldn't have worried. She is a blessing and is mature beyond her years. I'm so thankful that God blessed us with this very special girl!!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Ximi's 8th Birthday/ Mother's Day

I can think of no better way to celebrate Mother's Day than to celebrate it on one of our children's birthdays. Ximi turned 8 today. In true typical Ximi fashion, she didn't care what we got her for her birthday. She is so easy going and cheerful from the moment she wakes up until she goes to bed. Easy to please should be her middle name. Ximi just recently won student of the month at her school. She wins everyone's hearts after being around her a short time.

 

 We were both spoiled today. Virgil wouldn't let me step into the kitchen all day. He and the girls handled all the meals and cleanup. I was blessed to be able to worship in church today with many of my family. Virgil's mom passed away many years ago, so I know that it is an extra special thing to be able to have 4 generations together for the day. They all came over to the house for lunch and birthday cake. There is such joy in just sitting on the porch surrounded by so many people I love. It is not something I take for granted.
All the girls had made me a card, and had homemade gifts for me. They are a creative bunch of girls. Virgil bought me a necklace that Love Without Boundaries was selling to help raise funds for the cleft repairs they just completed in China. It was a special gift because not only do we have a child who had a cleft repair done before she came home (Enya), but we also have two children who were in foster care through LWB (Elli and Meimei) .
Though not all the kids were here, we did try to get a family photo. That is a tricky thing with this bunch. This was the best one of the thousand or so taken- lol!


 
Praising God for my family!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Elli's 6th Year Home




Our sweet Elli has celebrated yet another year home. A few months ago we mentioned that she had been with us half her life. She corrected us and told us the half way mark was Gotcha day, so from now on we can say she has been with us longer than she was without us.  Elli is such a deep thinker, but it took me by surprise that she had even thought about that. We laughed with her tonight watching the videos of our first days together. She seemed like such a baby then. She's grown up so much, and is truly a delight to all who meet her. Her gentle, quiet spirit is so nurturing to the other girls.  She's a little mama, but in a very tender way. She's by far our most introverted, but this year she has started to come out of that shell some and it is like watching a rose blossom.
When we look back at how far we've come in 6 years it's really quite unbelievable. Our world has changed, and we see things so differently than we did before we took our first trip to China. Truly we see life much clearer now than we used to. Priorities have shifted. Worldly things have lost their luster. God is teaching  us how to appreciate life more fully, and He is using the girls to help us learn that lesson. I'm so grateful that we've been given the opportunity to live the life we are living!