Saturday, April 28, 2012

Birthday Princess

Birthday Princess!
Libi Faith Turned 6 years old today and it is hard to put into words all I feel about this day. Libi's birthday reminds me of how precious life is. We celebrate another year with her, of milestones reached, and lessons learned. The Giver of life gave us a gift beyond measure in this precious little princess! Thank you for your goodness to us God!!
At her school birthday party with her big brother and biggest fan, Joel

Seriously, what a precious girl! Look at those lips!! 
The Double Portion!

Yes...we had some serious princess going on at the house!
Yes, the inner princess was coming out of ALL of us!
I wish our sweet Maggie Grace was in this picture with us!

 Of course the birthday kisses were abundant!!

Prince Charming already came...his name is Daddy!


It turned out to be a birthday party of sisters...not just ANY sisters, but sisters by way of adoption, yet not by CHANCE!

Libi Faith and Haddie Hope adopted from China

Kenzie Faith and Kella Hope
                   adopted from Guatemala

Laynie Grace and Malea Grace adopted from Korea

Hannah Hope and Olivia Joy adopted from China

I believe these girls have found Prince Charming!

Best Big Sister EVER!

Precious Princesses!!!

MORE birthday kisses!!! Never enough!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Gaining a Godly perspective...when I am WEARY

DTC! You may wonder what exactly does that acronym mean? It means that, besides being extremely thankful, our adoption paperwork is on its way to China! In fact, today I went out to track the package of precious papers and found this on the DHL tracking site:

Friday, April 13, 2012LocationTime


Who says Friday the 13th is bad!!?? Oh...I could kiss JIAO YANG! At this moment I am considering a name change for Maggie...hmmm...Maggie Grace YANG!! ??

Proverbs 25:25

25 Like cold water to a weary soul
is good news from a distant land.

For some, you may not understand the whole process of adoption paperwork. Sometimes referred to as "paper pregnancy". God designed a woman's body to carry a child for an average of 38-40 weeks. I believe this is both physical and emotional. By that point a woman is spent! The physical and emotional exhaustion of the pregnancy has taken its toll.

On March 20th I hit the 40th week of my pregnancy with Maggie, and I nearly lost my mind. You see, the process for a special needs adoption from China can take about 9-12 months. Typically, at the 9 month point you have an idea of when travel will take place to meet your child. Well, we hit 9 months and our paperwork was still in process and the hope of travel was not looming in the air.

So the Lord swept in with His GRACE and reminded me of His TRUTH...

Psalm 33:4

4 For the word of the LORD is right and true;
He is faithful in all He does.

Acts 17:26-28

26 From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’[a] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are His offspring.’

We are now approaching 10 months of waiting and I had never imagined our wait would find us here, with our papers just now arriving in the home country of our sweet girl. This journey has been LOADED with the the unexpected yet, I know that it was all a part of God's Devine plan!

Last week Joel and I were discussing Maggie. He asked me when we would likely travel to China to meet her. I explained to him that it could be as late as September, but I had a dream about travel plans for July 12th or 14th. Believing that this could be a dream given by God, I shared with him that I am hoping and praying for July.

At that point he looked at me and asked, "This July?"
To which I responded, "Yes."

"Mom, are you serious?" he said.

"Yes, Joel, we did think it would be sooner." I said with disappointment.

Then with amazement Joel said, "I thought it would take 2 years! I thought you were talking about next summer! That is so awesome!"

Can anyone say PERSPECTIVE? It is so true that our perspective changes everything.

Galatians 6:9

9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.