I posted earlier about the work that LWB does for orphans in China I thought I would post a photo of just one little girl before her surgery. Many orphanages will not refer an orphan for adoption unless they have their lip repaired. You can donate to LWB to the many specific programs they offer in China. They started a unique program in 2008 that actually cares for the cleft affected child before the surgery. They give them care and nutrition so that they will be strong enough for the surgery to repair the cleft lip. Please check out their website or blog... PS The little girl in the photo is Cali.
I added LWB to my bloglist-CHECK THEM OUT! what an incredible group of people, started by one adoption mom who had an idea. There is a short video about cleft affected babies, which ofcourse is near and dear to my heart.
OK this was so funny...To any of us that has traveled for adoption you will know what Lily was talking about. When we got back to RDU, Lily wanted to know if all of our friends were going to be at the airport waiting for us. Why weren't any of you there?!?! Hee hee.... ;-)
Guess where we went for spring break-Disney-The Happiest Place on Earth.... The weather was great and the parks not too crowded. We had a wonderful time for Cali's first visit. She loved all the characters and I was so excited to see Mulan. Mulan was so sweet, loving on Cali, I promise Lily was on the trip but would NOT go in any of the photos with the characters. Oh well...maybe next time.
Lily woke up and said" Oh, Mommy is it another spring day?!?!" We had our first day of bubbles, thanks to one of Greg's patients. She is a smart Mommy that knows, if you buy for one, buy the same for the other. The weather here has been glorious. Beautiful Carolina blue skies. We went to the park today with some friends that also have 6 children. So between the two of us we had an even dozen. She, my friend, just gave birth to number 6. Lily got to see her pregnant and the first of many questions came out of my sweet three year old's mouth that I was sad to even hear. "Mommy, was I in your tummy too?" "No sweet Lily God was watching over you until He sent us to China to get you." "Oh, but was I born, too?" "Yes, sweet Lily you were born, too" Both Cali and Lily were my VERY SPECIAL delivery. No c-section this time, just a long delivery, about 24 hours on the plane of hard labor;-) Then my sweet Lily and Cali you were delivered to us just as God had planned.
I am posting some photos from gotcha day thru church today. I tried to add them in chronological order so we can all see how Cali has changed, although she was beautiful from first sight!Cali w/civil affairs officer 9/1/08
Our little Cali has been with us for 6 months today. Honestly in some ways it seems as if we have had her forever and in some ways I feel like we are still getting to know her. I think God has equipped her with many layers and we just just scratching at all she has in her. She can be into just about everything in my house and she is very quiet while she is doing it! The latest is that she pulled off 3/4 of the keys from my lap top. Ugh!! This winter Cali has proven to be a very healthy toddler. She has only visited to peds. for her well checks. Praise God. She has gained 5 lbs in 5 months. She has grown about 1.5 inches. We have sent photos to her orphanages and they have sent back sweet notes in return. I do feel blessed to be able to have a relationship with them. I hope to return to Xiamen one day.
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.