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.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Cupcake Kids

Minus 1 is doing a fun project this Sunday!!    Some great girls at our church went to an adoption conference and came back fired up!  They are helping getting us moving again and trying to bring awareness to our community about the HUGE orphan crisis around the world.  So many horrors, but at the same time, so many people being the hands and feet of Jesus to these precious ones.  Let's all do what we can to help!!!! All proceeds go to Sixty Feet.  The idea behind this is for kids to help sell cupcakes for these suffering children on the other side of the world.  This group is doing amazing things. If you are an Augusta family, come join in the treats.  If you are far away, check out our CUPCAKE site to see how you can help.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

I'm tough...really.

While watching a movie, I noticed Cynthia wiping her eyes.  As soon as she saw me looking, she immediately said, "I'm not crying, Mommy, I just have watery eyes."  :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Advocating for Mimi

As part of our Minus 1 orphan ministry, we want to bring awareness. Awareness of the HUGE problem in our day and time of the MILLIONS and MILLIONS of orphans out there who need homes. Awareness of the dire situations many of those millions are in. This is a HUGE problem. So huge that at times it seems overwhelming. But--we can make a difference, you can make a difference. We are SO blessed in America. Could it be for a reason? Might we hold the answer in our hands, our homes, our hearts and yes, even our wallets??? When I read about orphans or adoption or human trafficking, it all seems so overwhelming that I feel almost paralyzed and hopeless. What can I do? How can I make any difference? Anything I would do would be like a drop in the ocean. But, we don't serve a God of hopelessness!!! We serve a BIG God who can make a BIG difference. And if we just step out in faith, we can have the privilege of joining him in doing so. No, we can't solve the whole problem....but we can help 1 at a time--MINUS 1!!!!
So, we as Minus 1 want to advocate for Mimi. Mimi is a 13 year old girl in China who has a precious story. Being a 13 year old orphan in China presents a huge problem in that as soon as she turns 14--in October of this year, she will 'age out' and will be UNADOPTABLE. Children age out of the system at different ages in different countries, but at the time they do, they are all still CHILDREN. They need love, homes, parents, guidance, family, hope.
I don't know how many people read this little ol' blog, but anyone who does....please pass this on. If you have ever considered adoption, if you know someone who is interested, any way you can. Pray. Let's make a difference for this girl. She is running out of time! Bring her home, bring her a family, bring her hope.

Here is her story - and click the link to read more. And, there is currently a $4000 grant toward her adoption.

*Sweet Mimi is 13 years old and will age out in October. Please look at
that sweet face and read about this beautiful soul. *

*/Mimi is shy and sensitive but gets along well with others. She is fond
of listening to music and dancing, and can express herself clearly when
using words. She is post-op for clubbed feet and scoliosis. She
sometimes will have urinary incontinence. /*

*Please read what the Mom of her Mimi's best friend (E) wrote:*

*/She was E's best friend, protector and older sister all rolled into
one. The dress E is wearing in the picture is Mimi's dress that she let
E borrow (this is the last picture, you can see Mimi holding E's hand).
When we went to the Civil Affairs office to meet E, they gave us a photo
album and some other things. I noticed that many of the pictures were
of E and her friend. Since my older daughter and I both speak some
Mandarin, we were able to understand E right away and she spoke about
her friendship with Mimi and has often asked if she has a mom yet.
Based on what E has told me, Mimi would probably adapt well to a family
and I do know that she wants to be adopted. When Great Wall found her
for me, she was asked whether she wanted to be adopted and she said
yes. I also think her medical SN would be manageable, especially if her
family lived near one of the Shriners hospitals. A child Mimi's age
would also need someone who would be dedicated in helping her learn
English and give her a great deal of academic support for several years./*

*Please read this story that this mom wrote about her daughter and sweet

*She sounds like such a sweet child. Please email me at
annie.hamlin@lifelinechild.org or 5puppies@comcast.net to see her sweet
face and to learn more about this precious child. I can also get you in
touch with the family who adopted Mimi's best friend!!! It breaks my
heart that she still waits after her dear friend found her family! *

I pray this child's family finds her! She deserves to now be the
protected one!!!!

Millions of orphans.....Minus 1???

Sunday, April 15, 2012

April 15, 2012

Today is the day. The tipping point. I'm not sure how significant it is, but seems at least a little--and worthy of making note. Today, Cynthia has been officially PART of our family longer than she was NOT part of our family.

Of course, that is only officially.

Because, in our minds and hearts, she was ours from the moment we set eyes on her.

And really even before we knew who 'she' was.

The idea of an addition to our family, that feeling that someone was missing at the table, in the car, playing on the floor, and in our hearts seems more important than the date on a calendar.

And, of course, God knew before time that she was to be in our family--chose her for us, us for her.

But, I will never forget that moment when she was handed to me.

When I saw her in person for the first time.

When I heard her cry, saw her tears and held her in my arms that had been aching to do so.

It was significant.
It changed our lives.
It changed her life.
It changed the lives of our family and friends.
I pray it will change the lives of at least a few other orphans.

She talks so well, now that I haven't written down many of her comments, but she has been recently there have been frequent and spontaneous "I love you's". She has also been saying, "MY Mommy, " and "MY Daddy" a lot, usually with hugs. It warms our hearts, brings tears to our eyes and smiles to our faces.

So, today, we thank God that she is here, she is ours.
Because she is.