We are so blessed to live in an area that has so many internationally adopted children. We had a great morning playing with our friends and sharing some snacks. We are quickly approaching our 6 month mark from gotcha day. I was looking back at some of the photos and it is amazing how Cali has grown. She has become quite a little person and a strong one at that!
ok, i need to brag about my husband for just a minute. this week is my birthday and valentine's day. when we were in china adopting cali we met a family adopting their sweet sophie. sherrie, sophie's mommy and i became dear friends. they live in alabama and they are a busy family with many children. any how, greg flew sherrie and sophie to nc for my birthday and on top of it kept it a complete secret. i mean complete shock. i have never been more surprised in my life. we have shared a fabulous week end with the girls. my sweet husband knew just what would make me happy-my friends. on saturday night my husband surprised me with a party of more than 50 friends. what a week end, more than i could have ever imagined. thank you...
My dear friends-remember the posting of Lily painting my indoor steps with permanent red paint...well Cali is trying to catch up to her on the "adventures" Do you want to guess what is all over Cali's face? It is mascara! I can now say that if the directions say "easily washed off with soap and water"- it is true. After my initial reaction of "#*%0*!" I did put her in the bath and the mascara did really wash off! It washed off ALOT easier than the red paint! Oh well, another day in the house with two toddler/preschoolers. Cali has been home a bit over 5 months now. She has accomplished many things during these months... She can clearly say- My turn! Get me out of here! (car seat) I love you Peter I am coming Gentle (after pulling Lily's hair we make Cali go back and touch Lily's hair gently) She can- Play on a cozy coupe Eat any kind of chips Eat any kind of chocolate Climb the ladder and slide down the slide Climb into (and out of) bed Wrestle with Lily Laugh at Curious George Kiss Hug She is cutie pie that has let us in her beautiful world. I thank her and Jesus for the privilege of letting me be her mommy.
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.