I do not often get time to read. I am too tired at night and I am too busy during the day. But I do reserve part of my summer to read. I usually bring a stack of books to the beach to read, some I get to and others I do not. I just started Adopted for Life and it is a MUST for all of us! What a great book to give to family and friends who ask WHY?? It is a great reminder for each of us. We are called to adopt, not for us but for God's kingdom. As one of the reviewers said, "There great books about the gospel and there are great books about adoption but this is BOTH!" And a praise report-new referrals have been sent to new families! Yeah! There are couple of families from our church that have been waiting over three years, they have just received news of their new additions. Two sweet babies from Hunan Province. Congrats!!!
Peter's high school golf team made it into states. We all went, except Greyson who had some school that she could not miss. It is great to watch Peter with his team mates. It brings out the best in him.
Well it has been 8 months that Cali has joined our family. She continues to grow and amaze us everyday. Prayer request- There are children from her orphanage that were on the same waiting child list as Cali and their forever families are still waiting for travel approval. If you can, please pray for all the waiting families and children. If you can imagine they are so close to traveling and now the swine flu hits. China has asked families not to travel for the safety of the children and the Chinese population. China has just been through, SARS and bird flu. There are folks out there that waited extra months a few years ago to travel because of SARS, hopefully this swine flu will not turn into another SARS. It is just heart wrenching to see the face of your waiting child half a world away and now travel is on hold. Just say a little pray, especially with Mother's Day around the corner. I know when we waited a bit longer than expected for Lily (adoption #1) I was really a sad mommy. God always has perfect timing.
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.