Here is the first,of many, apologies I will offer to my sweet Cali. If you scroll down on the side bar and look at the photos that we got from China while we were waiting for Cali, there is one where it looks like Cali is pouting. I had imagined that they told her it was time to leave the park and she was objecting. Well now I realize that that is Cali's way of kissing. She will hold out her lip and make a sweet little noise until you respond and complete her kiss. She my sweet, sweet Cali, I apologize in assuming that you were pouting. You are my sweet kisser. I love you so...your mommy
The sun rise was beautiful at the beach. Have you seen the new Tinker Bell movie? It is way cute and the girls love it but...listen to the opening of the movie. The woman speaking is wondering who creates the beauty of nature, the seasons, the colors of the world, the sun rises. Well you know where she goes with it, but isn't it great to not have to wonder but just be able to enjoy what HE created and the beauty of it all.
Well today is election day. Tomorrow we will have a different USA. Either way our country will going in a new direction. I wore my McCain-Palin shirt into Wholefoods yesterday, I did make it out alive. I wore my Bush-Cheney sweat shirt into the polling both today. I did get some weird looks. Hey, this is what makes our country go round. It does sadden me that people would vote either for or against some one just on the color of their skin. It really is a heart issue for me. But that is just me. Some one yesterday told me their pastor, who is african-american by color, but is chosen by God to be a Christian, told his congregation to vote for the person who glorifies the word of God. The big picture is do what is right, do what is just, do what the Lord calls each of us to do every day, not just in election day. And we all know that God is in control, even today!
Photo from Mary Beth Chapman's trip to open Maria's Big House of Hope
Christmas Eve 2007
Our Christmas gift was Cali's referral!
Cali is home!!
Mommy and Lily 6/9/08
CALI'S FIRST PHOTO !
Can Cali be any cuter?
Look at that pout-we are in trouble! 6/19/2008
Maybe she is looking for us-we'll be there soon!
A helping hand
Lily at the beach
life is good!
Our journey of a thousand miles began with one step...
We are so very happy to announce the addition of our newest daughter, Cali Christine. We felt strongly that Cali have a family name so we chose Christine, Greg's maternal grandmother's name. Cali is a beautiful 22 month old (DOB 10/12/2006). She is from the Fujian Province of China. She is being cared for in the Xiamen SWI orphanage.Fujian is a southern coastal province of China. As we are about to embark on another incredible journey of adoption from China we ask that you come beside as prayer partners. We pray for Cali, her caretakers, her biological family, and the other children that are still waiting for their forever families. We thank you in advance for the blanket of prayers that you will place over our family. Funny 20 years ago when Greg and I got married our wedding invitations were inscribed with "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" How were we to know then how tied we would be to this ancient Chinese saying. Cali has a cleft lip and a cleft palate. She has had one surgery in China. Her follow up surgeries will be done at UNC Medical center. I have heard the staff there are just incredible. How blessed we are to be so close to such a great medical center. We hope to travel this summer but international adoption always has an element of uncertainty as far as travel dates. We ofcourse will keep you posted.
Cali's Gotcha Day was September 1, 2008
wonder why we adopt?.. love, jody (to listen-pause the music in the pink box below)
Every call has a beginning A quiet moment when God whispers a promise to a mother's heart A holy place where a father bows and faithfully accepts the journey set before him. A miraculous morning that unexpectedly dawns....... Casting its first light on a chosen threshold. A gentle knock...a closed door opens. A sacred invitation sent by the Father... Leads to the other side of the world. Where lonely hearts stare out orphanage windows Praying for someone to care.... And then one morning, On an ordinary day An orphan's life changes...... God sends them a second chance........Through YOU.....
Peter and Lily goofing around.
Legacy of the Adopted Child Author Unknown
Once there were two women who never knew each other One you do not remember the other you call Mother Two different lives shaped to make you one One became your guidingstarthe other became your sun first one gave you life and the second taught you to live it The first gave you a need for love The second was there to give it One gave you a nationality The other gave you a name One gave you a talent The other gave you aim One gave you emotions The other calmed your fears One saw your first sweet smile The other dried your tears One sought for you a home that she could not provide The other prayed for a child and her hope was not denied And now you ask me through your tears The age old question unanswered through the years Heredity or environment which are you a product of? Neither my darling neither, just two different kinds of Love.