Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? -Matthew 6:26

As we walk through this adventure called life, we remind ourselves that we are all precious children of our Father-- those of us who have walked a little further down the road striving to guide those who have been entrusted to our care for a time. Here is our journey down this path.



Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words



'Rookie' Blogger

Ok, I haven't learned to do this on a very consistent basis, yet. Here are some pics from the last week----


CHRISTMAS EVE:
Happy Birthday to Thomas--9 years old (really?!!?!? 9?!?!!?) Birthday pancakes in the morning...



The birthday boy....

'Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you......." He did have a 'real' party with his buddies on the afternoon of the last day of school before Christmas break. It was our 4th annual football party--except this was the 1st of the 4 to be rained out. So, we watched Facing The Giants instead of playing ball. It was fun, but the energy level of 16 boys on the last day of school before Christmas break, well, you can imagine!After our Christmas Eve service at church, we had a dinner of Chinese food-complete with chopsticks and fortune cookies--we can't wait to enjoy this new tradition next year with our new addition--Merry Christmas, sweet girl! After dinner, we let the kids open 1 gift. Each year, we take them shopping one at a time to buy gifts for each other. There is always a lot of thought put into what to give. I love doing this with them and seeing them really think about each other and what they would like. They each chose one of these to open. Samuel gave Molly a Cinderella doll.

I think she likes it!


The boys' gifts were a hit, too...an Atari game from Thomas to Samuel (think Pong and Asteroids) and K'Nex for Thomas from Samuel.
Santa made a visit! (The tree has about had it!)


CHRISTMAS DAY:
I was on call this Christmas, so got up EARLY to go to the hospitals and office and get back in time for...........this!





After the Santa gifts....one from Mommy & Daddy that was 'hidden' in the other room....Santa can't get all of the credit.


It was pouring rain, so we had to wait a few hours to try them out. Thomas got a new bike.


Samuel got a Land Shark--very cool, I must say. And yes, he still has on his PJs...and yes, he did get some new ones, in case you noticed how little they were in a previous picture :)

Someone got a pink tricycle, but was too busy checking out a new Angelina Ballerina video to want to go outside...the outfit was from Thomas!


In all of the excitement of the giving and receiving of gifts, we remember to thank our God for our most precious gift...the Prince of Peace, Emmanuel, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, his Son, our Savior. Without him, nothing else matters. Merry Christmas, friends!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Date Night


Jeff came home yesterday with a bag of hand-me-downs from some sweet friends that Molly spends a lot of time with. When she saw this dress she immediately said, "Oooh, that is their Nutcracker dress, it's a date dress." Her friend wore this to see the Nutcracker with her grandfather. When Jeff came in the door from work today, he was met by Miss Molly who was dressed in her 'date dress', looking up at him with those big brown eyes, and asking if he would take her on a date.....how could he say no?

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words







Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ballet Princess







Molly had her Christmas party at ballet today and we were able to join the class to watch what she has learned...it is so fun to have these splashes of girly between the soccer, basketball, trucks and dirt!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Addition



When we hung our stockings a few weeks ago, we realized we were missing one. My Granny gave Thomas a stocking when he was born and we have added the same style as each child has come along. So here is our new addition! It is actually a little humbling seeing 4 stockings hanging there--what a responsibility we have been given, but what sweet blessings!



As I was ordering it, I typed 'Cynthia' and turned around to ask Jeff if we were sure--this was the first time her name has been anywhere official...all of the paperwork still has her Chinese name. Ok, so maybe not "official", but you know what I mean.....

Monday, December 14, 2009

Welcome to Travel!

This was the title of the email we received late today from our adoption agency. Despite the title, we still don't have an actual date, but we do have an educated guess of a month...February! So, we very well may be there and have her in our arms to sing Happy Birthday to her on her 2nd birthday (Feb 27th). What a blessing that will be! With the email describing the next stages of the process came instructions on the next set of paperwork....here we go again! I again had that panic feeling and had to stop reading briefly, but it looks like a small hill compared to the mountain of the Dossier--if we did that, I guess we can do this! How worth it all of this will be when we finally meet our baby girl! Is it possible to miss someone you haven't even met yet???

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Trees and fun

We went to get our tree at the Christmas tree farm yesterday...fun family time! This "Look, I'm a tree" has become a yearly tradition--our forest is growing!





Will it fit?




















When we got home, Samuel and Molly took a reading break.







Here are some other activities over the last week....Christmas cookies!



























Yummy!
Molly's decorations....


































Hmmmmm......did we measure that right??
We had a really fun day--while we were decorating the tree, the kids burst into song--"Rudolph", I think (with the 'extra' chanting added--you know, 'like a lightbulb!'), it was really fun.....what blessings they are!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Here we go

OK, here it is...I finally did it. I guess I have been 'blogging' for a while, but through emails to friends and family. Through this blog, I hope to create a 'memory book' of sorts for our family. Life seems to be flying by so quickly. Days are busy and it seems we are just trying to keep up sometimes. I don't want to miss it as it happens...or forget it later! This is the story of our family, but it is really the story of what God is doing in and through our family. As we have stepped out in faith to follow him, it has become an amazing adventure!

Those of you reading probably already know most of our adoption story, but I have posted the emails that I have sent along the way so that they will be included here. Our journey to adopting Cynthia is of course a big part of our lives right now, but there is so much more.....

I named this blog 'precious in His sight' because of the song "Jesus loves the little children...all the children of the world...red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight..Jesus loves the little children of the world!" This song has been stuck in my head for days recently. And I am realizing how true it is. I often look at my kids and think how blessed I am to have them in my life, how precious they are to me and how much I love them. God calls us his children and loves us even more passionately than I can ever love them. Then I think about a little girl on the other side of world, whom I have never met, never heard her voice or her laugh, and never held in my arms. But I love her with all of my heart. If I am capable of that love, how much more our perfect God, who is capable of perfect love, who knows her intimately, who created her in his image--loves her--and all of his children...even those of us that are 'grown up'! So this is our little part in God's big story! Come walk with us........

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Counting...

Hey Everyone-----exciting news today!!!


We have been counting...from October 12th. That was our PA date--pre-approval for adoption of a specific child. The adoption agency said the next step could come anywhere from 30-100+ days, depending on how quickly the Chinese office was moving. So, we started counting.....

1......30 days--- didn't seem too bad since we knew nothing would happen before that.

31+ days-- got a little more excited/anxious wanting to move forward

44 days--got really antsy because we had heard that some people had heard this early.

But we kept counting...........until today..........today is the day..........51 days!!!!!!!!!!! They called today to tell us they received our LSC (letter seeking confirmation). This says that the Chinese government recognizes us as her parents!!!! She is ours!!!!
They are sending the letter and paperwork to us overnight and we have to fill it out and overnight it back to Austin. If it makes it by Friday morning, they will be able to send it to China that day.
Can you tell we are excited??? When my phone rang at work, I saw the number and knew who it was. The only problem was that I was on the phone with a patient's mother....I asked her to please hold a minute and accidently hung up on her. (I did call her back!)

So, of course my next question to the agency was when can we go get her? We still have to wait for travel approval, so there is no guarantee, but it looks like we will have her by her birthday! What a blessing!!!

More to come soon!
Jennifer