One of the beautiful things about living in NC is the fact that our kids can be playing in the snow one week and literally the next week walking to the lake to feed the ducks. Lily was excited about feeding the ducks until one of the geese took Lily's peanut butter sandwich right out of her hands. She was not too happy about this creature getting soooo close to her.
We do not get snow every year so when we have enough for the children to sled, there is great excitement in the house! My children were actually up earlier to play in the snow than they were on Christmas morning. It was Cali's first snow fall. She comes from southern China therefor it was never this cold on her sweet cheeks. We bundled her up and sent her out with Dad and the other kids and she LOVED it. When Greg wanted to bring her in (because I was sure Cali was too cold), she through a fit to go back outside. It is fun to be part of some of Cali's "firsts", since we did miss the traditional "first tooth, first step, first giggle,etc" But be sure we are delighting in the "firsts" that we do get to share with her. By today the older kids are back in school and the snow is quickly melting. The beauty of NC snow is that it melts before it gets dirty and the Carolina blue skies begin to warm us once again.
I was on car pool line a few weeks ago, (where alot of you all spend alot of your time) and one of my kid's teachers popped his head in my car and looked in the back seat. He said with out skipping a beat-"the gospel is alive in your back seat" His two second comment has stayed with me for several weeks now. Adoption is not an "easy" journey but it does in fact bring the gospel alive! When we were in China this August I felt so close to God. I just feel like I am alive, doing His work when I am there. It is such an incredible feeling. I am not sure what the Lord has in store for me but I sure hope I get the privilege to continue to serve him.
This is a link to a 13 year old adopted as an infant from China. She now has been invited to travel back to her orphanage for a reunion of sorts. If you would like to follow her journey or help her get there...here is her link... Kennedy's Fundraising for Yangzhou Re-Union: http://yangzhoufundraising.blogspot.com/
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.