Life is good. Life is very good!

Saturday, July 10, 2010


Three years ago today, we entered the civil affairs office in Kunming China. It was a dark office with limited office type furniture. I appeared as a vacant apartment might look. Adam and I walked in. Our hearts were racing and our anticipation heightened. We were about to meet our daughter.
Then we saw her. She was down the hall. A sweet waddling toddler in a denim dress, holding the finger of a nanny. They walked her to us. She looked stunned and confused. They pointed to us "mama" "baba". She began to cry and we held her. We started to play games and sing songs. We began with a play phone, saying "Ni Hao" and answering the play phone. She began to giggle and then seemed to be OK with us.
Daughter. Our daughter is our miracle. She is bold, intelligent, sweet, kind and compassionate. She is sensitive. She is ours. We are forever indebted to our daughter's birth mother who chose life and gave her the opportunity to be found and cared for.
Daughter. This most special day was three years ago, and many of the memories are foggy, but the one true fact remains, that three years ago, you came into our arms and our hearts and became family. You became our daughter.
We love you Sophie!

Friday, April 30, 2010

A plea from my great friend

My friend, who I admire so deeply, is walking in faith and adopting a little boy from China. Her family has findraised COMPLETELY for this adoption and God has been FAITHFUL. This sweet littleboy that they are adopting has a best buddy who is NEEDING a foerver home. PLEASE check out their blog at
http://www.mycupoverfloweth.blogspot.com/ for details. Could you be him family?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

God's Heart

God has CALLED Christians to care for the widows and orphans (James 1:27). God has been MOVING in our hearts, calling us to obey and asking us to step out in faith. Tune in soon!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Sophia had her first round of ballet and tap and she STOLE the show - absolutely BEAUTIFUL! She is our dancing princess! You make mommy and daddy smile sweetheart!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mother's Day TEA

I was able to be BLESSED BLESSED BLESSED! My little man hosted (with the help of his fellow Kindergarten pals and teacher) a fabulous Mother's Day brunch and tea! What fun! My handsome fella sang his precious songs and MELTED my heart! Where has the time gone? Thank you Lord for making me a mommy! My children are the most precious gifts ever and I thank the Lord for how much they add to our family! They shine the Lord daily and I LOVE THEM with all of my heart! My little guy made my Mother's Day extra special this year!

We will miss you Friend

Our doggie went to be with TOP DOGGIE in heaven and we will miss our pal! Percy, was by far - thee best dog. The kids adored him and he made our lives fuller because of how wonderful he was to us. Percy YOU WILL BE MISSED!

MOTHER - I so LOVE you!

We had a VERY special Mother's Day at My parents with the kids massaging the mama's stinky feet :) - and then our men all cooked us BRUNCH - move over country club - MY MAN CAN COOK! We had a BLAST! I am so blessed to have a mother who I love so much! I also thank the Lord for making me a mama! This is the role of a lifetime! Being a mommy is the best!

Life's a BEACH!

We had THEE best time on Mother's day celebrating with Adam's Mom at the beach! What a PERFECT day to let her know that she means THE world to us!

You held her under your heart

Just two days past Mother's day, I feel this strong desire to say thank you to Sophia's "tummy mommy". Thank you for giving my daughter life. Thank you for holding this precious child in your womb and giving her the chance to live. Thank you for her sweet smirk and bright loving eyes. Thank you for giving her a silly sense of humor and quick whit. Thank you for giving her the best chance ever when you allowed her to be found instantly at a police station out of your village. Thank you for holding her and kissing her sweet head the moment she breathed her first earthly breath. Thank you for your courage and strength. I pray that even though we will never meet face to face, that you feel the love I have for you. I can not imagine a better gift than the gift I have in my children. I hope you know that you too are our family - someone that we love and pray for - someone that we wish abundant peace and the power of the Lord in your life. I love my little girl and I will raise her knowing what a huge sacrifice you made to give her life. She was born under your heart and she was born in my heart. We are forever weaved together in the life Sophia has and will live. You gave her life and I will be the one to hold her hand throughout her life journey. Words can not express how much you mean to me. Woman to woman, I see you as a rock in your strength. I love you.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Goodbye Dear Friend

What a day. Today, we had to put our best friend to sleep. Our Percy, our fabulous BLACK LAB - one in a million dog - was sick with a cancer that had spread throughout his body. He was by far, thee best dog we have ever seen! He let the kids love on him with every ouce of LOVE that our children have (which can be hard for a doggie to do). He was always barking at suspicious sounds and coming to us for love and hugs and wet slobbery kisses!
This loss has rocked our little world. Our children are feeling very sad - lots of questions - WHY WHY WHY?
We went to the vet today and let our Percy lay in our arms as the vet administered the sleeping medication and he quickly and peacefully went out, almost as he lived here!
We have had a day of tears and disbelief. We feel like we have lost a family member.
Please pray for us.

Friday, May 01, 2009

ALMOST DONE....or is it just BEGINNING.....

So Adam and I are almost done with our PRIDE training which includes MANY hours (40) pf training and CPR/HIV and First Aid training - these classes have been jammed pack with information from how to transition a child who will go back to live with their birth parents to attachment. Some of this seems repetitive since we went through training for Sophia's adoption - but always helpful to brush up on! Plus this will be a FAR different journey for us - revealing different things that the Lord has for our lives and the lives of our family. I have been SO blessed by the wonderful people who have embraced and have given us such love during this time. So many people have already been touched, we have been even able to share about what we know already and have a couple of families that are interested about fostering....it is all about planting a seed - LIFE IS LIKE THAT
What we do today has eternal rewards/consequences. I think this week has really challenged the anxious ones as the Swine Flu has become a reality of many unknowns. People have started questioning their own lives and if the lives they have will be put in jeopardy. It totally makes me think of life. Questioning myself if my life is full and if I am walking the journey with God as the lead, or myself. I am so thankful that He has called us to care for His children - WOW - what a privilege. Life is short. Life is precious - why not allow a little life to be touched by showing love to a child with no hope - no love - no mom- no daddy. No one to tuck them in, pray with them, kick the soccer ball with, hug them when they have had one of "those days". In many ways we are ill prepared for this next journey - not all of our ducks are in the nice neat row that I like, but God still has given us this AMAZING peace and strength!
If any of you are ever interested in adoption or fostering, please leave me a comment. I would LOVE to pray for you and let you know how to get started!
In Him!