The Lord is our Portion

The Lord is our Portion

Monday, December 30, 2013

our lil girl turns 2 today

Rejoicing that this will be her last birthday without her family…Praising God for our new daughter and all that He has done in her life so far.
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Red Thread Poem
A red thread to China was cast today
From us to a child so far away.
This thread symbolizes an attachment of hearts
That distance alone can't keep us apart.


Her mother and I are caught in a chase
That time alone will bring us to face
This loving young child we want so much to greet
With love in our hearts before we did meet.


This tiny, thin thread may stretch, tangle or fray
But our love for her grows stronger each day.
Through the test of time it won't break or sever
She'll be part of us forever and ever.

With oceans between us, the distance is spanned
By a love that is greater than man could have planned.
For God in His mercy loved her and us
And decided our family would be a great plus.

So for now we'll just love her and pray every day
That God keeps her and loves her for us till we may
Travel to China, that land of great past,
To the side of our daughter, to hold her at last.

Dear Little One-How we wish that you were home here with us to celebrate you on your birthday. Soon - we are coming! Next year we will be able to celebrate Christmas and your birthday together. We are excited to see what the Lord has planned for you in your life as you grow. We are humbled to be on this journey again and so blessed to be able to be called your Daddy and Momma. Praying that the Lord wraps you in His love as you turn 2 and prepares your heart for all the changes that are coming your way. Trusting in His care and timing. Love you little one.


We love this song....
Next year we have her in our arms to wish her a Merry Christmas.
 There's a little girl trembling on a cold December morn
Cyin' for momma's arms
At an orphanage just outside a little China town
Where the forgotten are  But half a world away I hang
The stockings by the fire
And dream about the day
When I can finally call you mine It's Christmas time again but you're not home
Your family is here and yet you're somewhere else alone
So tonight I pray that God will come and hold you in His arms
And tell you from my heart, I wish you a Merry Christmas As I hang the tinsel on the tree and watch the twinkling lights
I'm warmed by the fire's glow
Outside the children tumble in a wonderland of white
And make angels in the snow And half a world away you try
Your best to fight the tears
And hope that heaven's angels come
To carry you here It's Christmas time again but you're not home
Your family is here and yet you're somewhere else alone
So tonight I pray that God will come and hold you in His arms
And tell you from my heart, I wish you a Merry Christmas And Christmas is a time to celebrate the Holy Child
And we celebrate His perfect gift of love
He came to us to give His life and prepare a place for us
So we could have a home with Him above It's Christmas time again and now you're home
Your family is here so you will never be alone
So tonight before you go to sleep, I'll hold you in my arms
And tell you from my heart and I'll tell you from my heart
I wish you a Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Merry Christmas

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Our mandatory Christmas morning picture…the kids love it!!! Hubby and I love having pictures from every Christmas since we were married(even before kids) and looking at them seeing all the changes and growth…we could do without the age progression for us though!
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Lil Guy loves Captain America outfit his siblings got him! Oh yah another book for Blessing #1 and a little bit of Christmas  morning loving……
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Lil Guy and Mamma made Daddy a song/hymn book to use at night when we sing to him “so Daddy won’t forget the words” Blessing #5 wanted a pirate ship so when he opened it he said “that’s what I was talking about” too funny we all had a little laugh over that.            
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Blessing #4 sporting her new Boston Terrier hat, the girls got more puppets – they love writing plays and doing puppet shows for people and our stylish Blessing #3 being silly.
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Funny girls….Blessing #2 has been wanting a pair of Tom’s shoes for a while – she was happy to get a pair. We like that Tom’s gives a pair of shoes to a child for every pair that is bought.
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Our dog loves the excitement in our home on Christmas morning she gets her own stocking and tears open the gifts-usually some kind of toy so the kids can open gifts without her trying to “help”. Blessing #4 has been wanting a Hearts 4 Hearts doll like her older sis and she was excited to get one- those dolls help support World Vision. Blessing #1 got an electric kettle along with tea and cocoa that he wanted for his dorm room.
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Our whole family is all anxiously waiting for our lil girl to come home!  It was so sweet her grandparents got her the blue snuggly animal to help comfort her and with bonding -we are going to take that to China with us for sure, so thankful for that. Also, a Christmas/birthday card with money which we used to buy her car seat-that was a blessing!  Her other grandparents got her the ornament that looks like a snowflake but its angel surrounding her picture and on the back it is engraved –may angels watch over us. Blessing #2 bought her lots of hair bows (the girls in our home are all a little excited about having a lil girl to dress…) Blessing #3 and #4 got gift cards for Build a Bear workshop so while we were there the three of us made that bear for her 2nd birthday. The girls loved that I made a bear with them this time-I think that was a favorite part of the trip for them…I even did the heart ceremony and spun around (which took me a few minutes to not be dizzy from! gotta love getting older). I love making memories with my children.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

an update on our lil girl

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We got an update on our daughter a while ago here are some things about our little sweetie:
measurements -- height :81cm    weight: 9.5KG    head: 42cm    chest: 47cm    foot: 12.5 cm          teeth: 16
She is very good with speech. She can say a lot of words such like, Baba, Mama, Grandpa, Grandma, Yes, No, I don't want, I can etc...
She goes when adult ask her during day time, and wear diapers at night. (Hubby is so excited about the possibility of no diapers!)
She needs to hold a baby doll to sleep. Doesn't like insect, such as flies, bugs, mosquitos..She loves to watch TV cartoons.
We are excited to be so close to the end of our waiting and she will forever be in our arms soon. The way things are looking is we are hoping and praying for January travel!

Also, we finally decided on a name for our new sweetie - we are going to name her Tabitha. Since being saved hubby and I are drawn to Biblical names and Tabitha in the New Testament(Acts 9:36-42) was full of good works and charity. She became ill and died but Peter prayed and told her to arise, she opened her eyes. Then many believed on the Lord because of that! Hubby and I love the symbolism of her name and new life which parallels what adoption is…our adoption to Christ is new life -a rebirth. It is our hope and prayer that our little Tabitha will be like the one in the Bible and we await for the day that the Lord adopts her as His own.

Dear sweet little daughter, Daddy and Momma are so ready to have you in our arms. We are praying for your heart as so many changes are coming your way, it grieves us to think of all you have and will go through.  The Lord is good and we trust in His special plan for you. Soon you will be with us your forever family, your brothers and sisters are so very excited to have you come home. We are praying for safety and wisdom for the upcoming surgeries you will need after coming home. Lord willing we will travel to bring you home in January. Until then the Lord will watch over you and keep you in His loving care. We love you sweet little girl.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Been Busy! fingerprinting, NVC, Article 5 & visas

Finally, all of our prints are completed and all the U.S side of paperwork is complete! Blessing #2 became an “another adult in the house” so we had to get her USCIS prints run for homeland security…we got our letter saying her appointment date was scheduled for Nov. 15, 2013 at 8 am –Hubby took her the day after we got our letter and PRAISE God they did them! They were in and out of the office within an hour!
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Well Hubby, blessing #1 and my original USCIS prints were going to expire on Feb. 5, 2014 which was to close to our estimate travel dates….so we had to get ours redone also! Our scheduled date was Dec. 3, 2013 at 8 and 9 am. Well, this was a little trickier cause of blessing #1 rigorous college schedule and trying to get him home with the least amount of missed classes. Plus we didn’t want to wait that long just to get our prints done and our officer working on our case suggested we try to go in as quickly as we could. We were able to bring him home and go try to get our prints done on Nov. 15th…we went in and the USCIS officer gave us a little bit of a hard time for not coming on our scheduled date and told us they would try we may have to sit and wait a while. We all began praying! Well we ended up being out of there within an hour!! PRAISE God again!  When you get your prints done there it is scanned onto the computer and between our 2 adoptions this was our 4th time being fingerprinted just by USCIS!!!(that doesn’t count the ones for local/county, state and FBI-seriously my neighbors should feel super safe living by us!) So I was curious why if they were done on computer why couldn’t they just re-run them without us having to go there. I asked the officer why did we have to come back in there, why couldn’t they just run the ones on file, do they keep records of them? She replied “not all prints are kept on file?” I must of looked at her strange cause she said, “If you have a record then they are” OH! so I said, “ it’s actually a good thing then that I have to keep getting them run?” to that she smiles and says “yes” OK I will never complain about having to be re-fingerprinted again!
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After all our prints were done we got our I800 provisional approval and our paperwork went to NVC(national visa center) all of that is called Article 5 went to US Consulate in Guangzhou on Dec. 5th the pick up date is Dec. 19th then it is forwarded to Beijing and we begin our wait for official travel approval (TA)!
What is the Article 5???
The consulate needs to review our new child's visa application (the DS-230), make sure it meets the qualifications for an immigrant visa, and then signs off that everything is in order for the adoption to be completed. This is called the Article 5 letter. You cannot obtain custody of your child until the Article 5 letter is issued! Once it's picked up from the consulate, it will be delivered directly to the CCAA for Travel Approval! Basically, once we have the Article 5 letter, then we just wait for China’s official invitation for us to come and gain custody of our daughter. The Travel Approval typically comes  about 10 days to 2 weeks after the Article 5 letter is issued. THEN we travel 2-3 weeks later. So that is where we are at in timeline of bringing our daughter home. We also sent our passports to a courier to the Chicago China Consulate to get our visas issued  in there. Things are moving along…hoping to enjoy some time over the holidays as our oldest son will be home till middle of January! Hopefully it won’t be long till we travel still hoping and praying we miss Chinese New Year and can travel in January – February seems so far away…but resting in the fact that the Lords timing is always best.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Friends

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A couple weeks ago we had dinner with dear friends of ours, it was a great time.  Our families have been friends for 16 years. P and I met when I was invited to a mom’s Bible study that was P’s home, by a woman I used to work with. At that time P and I each only had 2 children! I was not a Christian at the time- I knew about God but not the Gospel message about how Jesus died for me so I could be saved from my sin.  I had never been to a moms Bible study but I so needed the “mom” part…mostly because towards the end of my 2nd pregnancy we moved  to a small town where I didn’t know anyone, none of my friends were moms yet, and after my 2nd child was born I experienced post partum depression…so I totally needed to have some mama friends. Immediately upon entering her home I felt so welcomed P has an amazing gift of hospitality her friendly caring personality put me at ease. She has a gift of making you feel like you’re the only person in the room  by caring about you - without making you feel singled out.We quickly became friends sometimes talking on the phone for hours! We knew our hubbies were similar and would get along great - and were right when within minutes of going out as couples they were telling jokes and laughing together. One of our greatest memories was camping together - and P’s hubby W was singing it was hysterical.

It is because of P that I heard the Gospel message and received Jesus as my personal Savior and was cleansed from my sins. P had invited me to attend Hearts at Home conference with her in 1997-to say that it was a life changing experience is an understatement! I am amazed at how the Lord used P to change the course of my life, my husband and children lives and our future generations. I am so thankful to have the hope that our family will all spend eternity in Heaven worshipping Jesus. So thankful P responded to the need and opened her home for Bible study.

They are the kind of special friends that you do life with – even when life is busy and you may not see each other a lot, you still pray for, think of and when you do talk you can pick up like there has never been a gap of time between you. So thankful the Lord has moved them closer to our neck of the woods! We are looking forward to many more good times and memories together. Love you guys.
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a few of our children