My Dear Friends, It has been a while since I have posted any thing, mostly because I simply can not get alone time to get on the computer and a clear thought together long enough to post. Our Christmas was wonderful. Last Christmas we had just received our match with Cali and this Christmas she is home. It is hard to believe sometimes all that has happened in the past two and one half years. Our family has grown from 4 children to six and we have traveled to China twice. We have also been blessed to meet incredible people, whom we now call friends in this journey. God opened the adoption door for us and what an incredible blessing it has been. Our family fills the house, what more can a mother prayer for? As we all come to close the year 2008, I look forward to what God has planned for each of us. I take comfort in that God has already made all the plans, we just need to look to Him for the answers.
Adoption is so much more than just adopting one child into your family. The little girl in the picture with Greyson was adopted into her forever family when we were adopting Cali. Our families have become friends, more than friends, they are family. Little Sophie is going into surgery tomorrow at 1:30 pm. She is having a non working kidney removed and some corrective surgery. She and her family need your prayers. All of these little girls from China have been through so much in their short lives, I have a hard time just pondering what they feel. Sophie is a spunky little girl that has a family that loves her and just wants her well and home. Thank you for praying. If you go on to my side bars, her blog is "journey to our princess".
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.