I have always loved the summer. It is a slower time for our family. The kids spend alot more time together. This time last year we were anxiously a waiting word from our agency as to when we could travel to get Cali. Incredibly, Cali has been home almost one year. I have been looking at the photo of that day. In some ways it seems like yesterday in other ways it is a distant time. My very special friend that I met on our adoption trip for Cali is coming to spend a week with us at the beach. I can not wait. Thank you God for giving me such special women in my life.
It is amazing how God orchestrates every thing, even who rents the house across the street from us at the beach. We also have a birds eye view on Saturdays of people moving in and out of the neighboring beach houses. This week we had a special treat, the family across the street had 4 little girls around the same age as Cali and Lily. Two from China and twins from Guatamala. I do try to "find" friends for Cali and Lily that look like them and share some of the same history. I ofcourse love talking to the mom and dads to find out about their stories and how God joins their families. God is so good to each of us. Their girls were BEAUTIFUL! Lily looked at pictures of her new friends and said, "oh,I miss my friends.Let's go back to the beach and play." I had to break it to her that they went home. They are actually building a house not too far from us at the beach. What fun to have summer friends-great memories.
It is hard to believe that Cali is almost home one year. Last year on the 4th of July weekend I was so hoping to hear from China as to when we could actually travel. We were so close to getting travel approval but it was not happening quick enough for us. There was some last minute bumps in the road but we did finally get our travel dates. But I had to trust that God's timing is always perfect. If you go over to my blog list "Mary Beth" is Mary Beth Chapman. They are in China right now for the grand opening of "Maria's Big House". Reading her blog is an incredible journey of faith, motherhood and the heart for the orphan. She is really an inspiration.
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.