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.



Saturday, February 27, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CYNTHIA!!

We had a little treat to celebrate our 2 year old's birthday--next year, we will have a PARTY!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Good Sport!

I was getting dinner ready and looked out in the back yard to check on these two....
I'm not sure who's idea this was....
Or who is actually the 'Good Sport'.....
But they seem to both be having fun. I love that Molly is 'hiking' the ball in her dress and heart clad rainboots and that Thomas thought it OK for her to do so!

Monday, February 22, 2010

-1 month!

Wow! One month from today, we will have her! She will be our daughter! I have had thoughts about her all day today, knowing this.

What will the initial meeting be like?
Will she cry?
Will she be in shock?
Will she try to run away from us?

It is going to be so emotional for me no matter what her response. I have such mixed feelings, too. I want her to cry. She will be leaving everything she knows. She will be handed to strangers...and then taken away with them...and she won't be able to understand a thing they are saying to her...she won't have her bed, her surroundings, her friends, her caregivers.
I want her to cry...it would be healthy.

But it will break my heart.
I don't want to see this child, whom I love so much, scared or sad or anxious. I want her to run to us smiling and giggling, finally united with her family. Like my heart will be, even if there are tears in my eyes. But, I know that won't happen...how could it? She doesn't know who we are. She has no idea that we have been working, waiting, praying for years for this moment, for her...for our daughter.

What will the rest of the afternoon be like?
Will she cry in terror all day?
Will she be in stunned silence?
Will we be able to get her to open up?
Will she eat?
Sleep?
How long will it take for her to trust us?

What a journey this will be!
We KNOW she is our daughter. We KNOW God chose HER for our family. And we KNOW God will open her heart to us.
I am praying that her heart will KNOW that, too.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Park, Pizzas & Pinewood Derby

We have had a fun-filled few days! It was SO nice on Friday, so when the boys got home, we decided to pack up the bikes and go to the Greenway for a bike ride and play at the playground.



Then, we came home and made our own pizzas...yum.

Molly made one with extra.....well, just extra.
Then, Saturday morning the boys had the Pinewood Derby. They had been working on making their cars to race for several weeks. The competition was tough and we didn't have a winner this year, but it was still fun!



The Tiger Cubs' cars:
Buddies!
Who's the winner?
Tiger cub crew....
Our Tiger Cub!
Bears' Cars:

Buds!
Close race!
Bear Cubs.
Our Bear......
Cool Cars!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year!!



 
 

More Snow...

Or, more pictures of snow...but it was a lot of snow! By the official Drake snow meter--4.5 inches!

Buddies!!
Neighborhood snowball battle...
And sledding...



It was fun...while it lasted!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Snow!!

Yes, in Augusta! Even though my Philly-living, snow-shoveling sister will laugh at us, we are in the midst of a respectable snowfall here down south! Several inches and still falling as I type. It is great packing snow--enough to make a snowman. I will have to get his picture in the morning (if he doesn't melt...) because it got too dark.
Is it sticking, yet???
Let's go.....

Happy Snow Day!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Travel Dates

Well, we have real, actual, confirmed appointments in China...this is starting to really seem real!!

There were no appointments available at the beginning of March, (which is frustrating that we have to wait a little longer than we thought, but in the bigger picture is great because it means that lots of little ones are meeting their families!) so we will be traveling in mid-March.

We will depart Atlanta on March 17 and Gotcha Day will be March 22!!!! Counting down already. (Changed the counter at the top of the page to keep track)

Flights have been reserved, will be confirmed tomorrow.

Now, for the packing........

Monday, February 8, 2010

TA!! TA!! TA!! TA!! TA!!

I CAN'T MAKE THE LETTERS BIG ENOUGH TO 'SHOUT' OUR EXCITEMENT!!!
I saw some of you at school and some at the playground today and told you how anxious we were to hear news this week....
I got a call as I was on the way home from carpool....the agency got our Travel Approval today!! We are REALLY going to China! We will know the exact date tomorrow once our appointments are confirmed, but likely will be March 4th departure. That means we will have her in our arms on the 8th!!! We're coming, sweet Cynthia!
More details to come!
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

If you build it they will come....

If we get her room ready, will our TA come?
We pulled the crib back out of the attic today and got things somewhat ready....even though we don't know what she needs....crib or bed? Bottles or cups? Diapers or panties? What size clothes? Shoes?

This is such a different experience than getting ready for a newborn. I have a feeling the crib may quickly turn into a toddler bed, but we decided to start here...and it looks so pretty! (Thanks Renee!) Can't wait to see her in it!!

And speaking of building....

K'Nex Creation

video

Daddy and the kids worked on this tonight.....and I am testing my skills at sending a video....



Thursday, February 4, 2010

Grocery Girl

Molly has been in rare form today. She did not stop talking all day. Literally. After a while, I was just giggling listening to her. Here is a sample of our conversation at the grocery store this afternoon, beginning as we stepped out of the car.
"Ew, something smells funny" (had to agree with her there--not sure what it was.)
"Can we get a car basket?" Sure.
"Oh, the horns don't work" Oh, I'm sorry.
"Where is the TV that we can see me on?" (security camera) Right there, pointing.
"Can I get a cookie?" Yes, in just a minute.
When I asked for some turkey at the deli.."Not TURKEY, a COOKIE." I know, right over there after we get this.
Here is where it got interesting...
"What if God didn't die?" (OK, theology in the deli dept...) You mean Jesus on the cross? "Yes" Then we couldn't go to heaven. "Oh, that would be good, because I like it here, I LOVE the world!" (I think I followed her 4 year old train of thought...we wouldn't die at all.) Well, someday everybody dies and when we do, we want to go to heaven and be with Jesus. And, if you have Jesus in your heart, he is with you now and that is why you are happy and love the world. "Ohhhhh, I get it now!"
"Can I have a cookie?"
"Oh, Mommy, go back!! Go back!! Ms. Tara has those...they are yummy!"
We ran into a friend with a 9 month old.
"Peek-a-boo"
"Peek-a-boo"
"Hi"
"Peek-a-boo"
"Mommy, don't put the groceries right here (pointing to the basket area of the cart). The other kids are sitting there." (she had been talking to them, too) Oh, how many kids are there?
"46"
That got a chuckle from the man next to me in the produce section.
We ran into a friend with a 4 year old.
"Hi" (to the daughter)
"She didn't say hi to me...she didn't say anything." (to the mother)
"Mommy, you have to go to the very end of the chip aisle, I want to show you something...."(??rice cakes???)
"I want white and orange mixed cheese."
Standing waiting in the ONE open line.."Can we go to that one?" (express) No, we have too many things in our basket.
"Let's go to the one with number 3 on it" That light isn't on--we will have to wait right here.
Oddly, at that moment, an employee waked over and said, "Ma'am, I'll take you on #13." Strange.
"I want to help unload!"
"Can I sit on the bottom?"
"Go faster!!"
"Mommy, at school today, I hugged my friend, but then I tried to hug my other friend and she didn't want me to."
"Mommy........

What a privelege to be her mom!

6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. --Deut 6:6-7
And in the deli section of Kroger!!

Molly, your mommy loves you!

Monday, February 1, 2010

And the total is....



1003 pairs of socks!!!!!!

We were overwhlemed by the response we got to our request for socks--what an amazing lesson to us all. It was such fun seeing the boys excitement bringing home bags of socks every day...they were always jumping in the car trying to guess how many they had. I didn't post Friday because Thomas was suppose to give an announcement at school about the total and I didn't want to steal his thunder...and on Friday, the total was 995, but with a late donation today, we passed the 1000 mark! Thank you to our Westminster family and those friends and family who sent socks to our house! What a testimony to the work of the body of Christ!
Our cup (box) runneth over!!!