God you are so good to me. You love me when I am not worthy. You comfort me when I am sad. You have given me the children I have always prayed for. You are the perfect father that I long for. You have given me a husband to hold me. I am so sorry for all the times that I am not good to you. I am sorry that I am not worthy of you. I am sorry that I am not always the mother and wife that you have made me to be. I am thankful that you found me long before I found you. Thank you for forgiving me and shedding your blood so that I can be forgiven.
I am thankful that Tylar surprised us last night for a visit. Lily had a really hard time letting Tylar leave to go back to school. I am so thankful for the love that I see growing in my family each and everyday. God has blessed me more then I could have ever imagined.
In Chinese families they sometimes name their children in their birth order. Tylar therefor is "first daughter" Being the first came with perks and responsibilities. She had me to herself for a couple of years. When Peter was born she was an amazing big sister. Poor kid we kept adding to the bunch, I think sometimes she wondered why? She is now in college and doing great. When her one of her sisters calls to say "I miss you" she comes home for dinner. When Madi got hurt she made to the hospital before the ambulance. She took it upon herself to give the many people in the waiting room updates. When Peter is having a hard time he retreats to Tylar's apartment. When she had to write a college essay about a special relationship in her life, she chose to write about her and Lily's bond. My prayer for her is to always know that God has created her to be beautiful inside and out. Let people see that shine through you. Today I am thankful of the woman she is becoming.
I just finished reading Lucky Girl by Mei-Ling Hopgood. I am thankful that I got a chance to read this book. It is a memoir of a woman that was adopted as an infant from Taiwan in the early 1970's and her journey in finding and building a relationship with her biological family. She writes with such ease that I really enjoyed her story. There are ofcourse some sad chapters in her family's past but she sheds new light on several issues especially for those of us who have adopted children. I am so thankful that she was willing to share her story.
Today I was reminded of a very special person who has become my friend. Her name is Erin Hunlock. She worked with the special needs adoption program at our adoption agency. She was the one person who God had sent to bring Cali into our lives. Our agency has since closed due to the increasing slow down of adoptions in China but Erin is embarking on a new and wonderful journey to once again help the least of us. Please follow her journey and help her do the work that God has called each of us to do. So today I am thankful for people like Erin. I am especially thankful that she is in my life and that I can be a small part of this journey with her. Please be part of it too!!! http://allrpreciousinhissight.blogspot.com/
Today I am thankful for my husband and son. They are away together this weekend looking at colleges for Peter. I just spoke to them and they sound great! Honestly I am a little sad that my boy will be a few hours from me next year...but I am so very thankful that he is so excited for his next journey. My prayer for him is that he knows in his heart that God has great plans for him and that he has the confidence to know just how much God loves him.
God puts us each in a place that He wants us to be. Sometimes I am not sure what or where He wants me. And sometimes it is so clear. Today I am not so sure where He wants me, but I am thankful that He does have a plan for me because I would be lost with it.
This week I needed some shopping therapy. I know that is not right but I needed it. When I did get a couple of hours free I ran over to the mall. Well I tried on tons of things, or that is how it felt and guess what happened. I literally got stuck in a shirt. Yes that is right I pulled this shirt over my head and then I could not get it off. So there I was alone in the dressing room,in my undies, stuck in a shirt that I did not even like. After several minutes of wrangling with the evil shirt I got it off and threw it to the ground. I was promptly declared the winner of the match. Today I am thankful that God released me from the bondage of that shirt,literally and spiritually. PS No pictures for this post,it would not be too attractive.
I am thankful for the incredible autumn colors that God had created for us to enjoy. I love everything about the fall, the crispness, the chill in the air, the colors I even like it getting dark earlier. It just makes me want to snuggle more at home. Yummy I tell you!
Madison continues to need rest and heal. She had an EEG and a MRI yesterday. We will meet with the doctor tomorrow. Today I am thankful that God has surrounded us with believers that have bathed our family in prayer. We are not alone in this journey.
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.