Friday, August 22, 2014

A New Era

When a child turns 16 something happens.
Something BIG
And it happened in our family Tuesday

And off she herself
This picture sums up my life teen driving off and my pre-schooler holding her pink poodle and watching her go. A little sad at how fast they grow up. So glad I have a foot in both worlds!
Honestly, it has been SO NICE!
My life got a whole lot easier!
So proud of you Julia!
Love you my sweet girl!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

123...and just like that summer is over

August 8th the littlest started school. Pre-K. Oh my!
My baby. My last.I had to swallow a few tears.
I have been in and out of this amazing preschool for 14 years.

Look at my sweet girl. Looking so darn big!
 The end of the first day. She did GREAT!!!!

August 11th, the next two started the school year.

 Jaida is in 2nd grade

Xin is in 3rd grade.

And then August 12th, the last 2 began.

 Sam headed to 7th grade and to school for the first time in 5 years. I enjoyed homeschooling him for those years. What a gift! But he was ready to go back to school and I am so excited for him!!!

  Julia is an 11th grader! A junior. It doesn't seem possible?????

 So glad these two will be attending the same school this year.

 And then......August 13th, ALL 5 WENT OFF TO SCHOOL!!!!!
I have not had a few hours to myself during the school day for 8 years!!!!
I was just a tad giddy about this.
I will have 12 hours a week without my favorite munchkins underfoot.
Can I just say that 4 hours that first day FLEW by!!!
Here's to hoping  the 2014-15 school year is filled with many wonderful things!
So far.....all are happy!!!
Including me!

Friday, August 1, 2014

When God grants you the privilege of being part of something amazing

I am speechless
My soul has a deep deep joy
Last year we went on a mission trip to Chenzhou CWI
There were some pretty sick kids there.
One named Sarah with whom our friend Megan cherished deeply

 And Julia fell in love with a baby with a severe heart condition
She named her Charlotte

Through God’s grace, He got them to New Hope in Beijing
The day after Charlotte arrived, she was rushed to the hospital for surgery.
They did not think she would survive.
She did!
She is a thriving toddler now.
We have been able to keep up with her progress as we are helping to support her at New Hope.
Julia dedicated her soccer seasons to Charlotte and raised over $2000 in donations to help fund her heart surgery.
We just got word that she is being adopted next month and coming to the US.

She is alive!
She will have a family!
She will be loved!

I sobbed uncontrollably.
I couldn’t get a read on what exactly I was feeling.

You see it is such a series of God ordained events that led to this and I am so humbled He allowed flawed and sinful ME and my daughter to be a part of something so redemptively BEAUTIFUL!
He did not need us but He allowed us to be present  and to participate in this beautiful miracle!
My daughter got to witness His greatness at the young age of 16.
How I hope and pray she holds this in her heart throughout her life and allows it to grow into something even more wonderful.
Thank you God for this amazing reminder of your love.
How I wish I could let Charlotte’s birth mother know how her daughter’s story ends…..or just begins.

Sarah has also been given heart surgery and is also making tremendous progress!
She will be adopted next month and coming to the US.

What an amazing God we serve!

And just to add even more fabulousness to this story….

My sweet Angelina is still alive and will be heading to New Hope soon for surgery and care!

Then...weighing about 3-4 lbs. I gave her strict instructions and made her promise when I left to hang on!

Now......she made it! And on the way to get cleft surgery and some nutrients in that tiny little body.

A relationship was established between organizations and they are reaching out to each other
Trying to make a difference in these orphans lives
How much more beautiful does it get!
Thank you Lord for such a miraculous display of your grace and mercy!

Links to past posts concerning these sweet babies: