Friday, February 29, 2008
Happy girl on the flight from Dallas to Tokyo.
Made it to Tokyo! (April and Kambry kicking back)
Where, oh where, is our plane?
All smiles in the hotel lobby.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The work is done!
But Monday night I cooked a little (or lot) of meat.
Today I chopped a few veggies, added some more ingredients ...
... and we have a few week's of meals. Inquiring minds want to know: We have homemade spaghetti and meatballs, chicken and noodles, chicken licken, chicken enchiladas, beef enchiladas, cheeseburger soup, sloppy joes, BBQ beef, chicken pot pie, 3 stouffer's lasagnas and 4 frozen pizzas.
The house is even clean, or was until Daddy brought Kambry home for lunch.
A praise is the Hill Family received the same CA and will join us in GZ toward the end of our trip! And now I am prepared for three weeks of drinks without ice, unidentifiable meat dishes, chasing two 20 something month old toddlers, spending much quality time with my husband and my dear, sweet friend April. Thank you for your emails, comments, text messages and phone calls! They have been such an encouragement to me. I hope you enjoy our journey, and we would love to hear from you!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 1 Sam 1:27
Monday, February 25, 2008
We spent the afternoon with my parents yesterday, and I'm so glad we did. My dad knew all of us and was overjoyed to see the kids, but fortunately he doesn't know where he is. He's looking very tired and weak. He's having frequent headaches and repeating himself. We weren't able to have much conversation, just sit and chat. My heart is so heavily burdened for his lostness. We will continue to pray.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Daddy's helper today.
Sporting her new 'do'
We accomplished a lot today! The groceries are bought, and now if I can just find the time to fix the food! Tomorrow right after church we're going to make the drive to spend the afternoon with my dad. It's really hard leaving for three weeks, not knowing if I'll ever see him this side of Glory. I do pray he'd make the decision to assure we'll see each other again! Have a blessed Sunday!
From the Nanhai Social Welfare Center:
Brief introduction of children welfare department
----Children welfare department belongs to Nanhai welfare center of Nanhai district. The main function of the department is adopting deserted orphans, finding parents for those abandoned babies, healing and educating the handicapped children, developing the virtue of helping the weak, educating the young, assisting the handicapped, curing the sick.----The department was run at June first, 2002, the department building occupies 3000 centiare of building area and 200 beds. In order to ensure the habitation and condition for the children, there are lawn, flower, outdoor activity field, alcove and corridor et al. around the department building. The fitment inside the building is neat, bright and gentle. Establishment for cordially life have washing room, room for preparing milk, dining room et al.
---In order to ensure the need of hospitalizing for the children, a separated care unit, an infirmary and a therapy unit are set up in the department, and there equip phlegm absorbing machine, oxygen absorbing equipment, air sterilizing machine, ambulance, transfusion equipment and medicine-chest et al. There are full time doctors and nurses on duty day and night, they can cure common diseases and frequently occurred diseases in time.----In order to ensure those orphan and crippled obtain healing and primary education, there are habilitating doctors and special teachers in the department, they carry out systematic habilitation for children with brain paralysis, weak intelligent, limp crippled, give special education to different characters, and offer outdoor activity, primary study, habilitating exercitation. ----In order to give the children opportunity to obtain their families and live happily, the adopting project is developed domestically.
---We develop our Chinese traditional virtue of helping the weak, educating the young, assisting the handicapped, curing the sick, we develop assisting and adopting activity in the department, so enthusiastic people in society can give their affection to these orphan and crippled children, they give their help hand and foster these orphan and crippled children.----In order to solve the problem of taking care of crippled children for some families, we welfare department especially set up family consigning service, there equip a group of high quality special teacher, habilitating doctors, nutrition, alimentation doctors, doctors and nurses and managers. They can help needed children to enhancing life ability and language ability, help them adapt society early and grow healthily.-----we acknowledge wholeheartedly favors and affection from all circles of society, the orphan and crippled children can recept happy life.
It is located here:
Indoor play area
Outdoor play area
Friday, February 22, 2008
Pretty sure she's making a longer list for mom!
This is what I'm dealing with ~ turn my back one second and she's "helping" me pack - on the table! No complaints, it may just take longer to pack.
I have 3 huge praise reports today! We received an email from Karla saying our "Gotcha Day" will likely be Monday the 3rd ~ that's one week from Monday! Also, the Hill family's TA is on its way, and they are going to request the same CA, so we might get to meet up in Guangzhou after all! Third, we just received a call that our refi is approved and our house appraised MUCH higher than we expected! God is so very good, all the time!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I am hoping to receive a call from Karla this morning with our CA! This afternoon I'm spending with my dad. Please continue to pray for our conversation. I think I mentioned getting ready for Kenzie's 10th birthday - Mama has lost her mind! She will be 11!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
And then there's life. In the midst of everything else (oh, I need to add this to my to-do list), we are doing a refi on our home to take advantage of lower interest rates, and we just found out the apprasier is coming ... tomorrow! Good grief. I'm going to be in two different cities taking depositions today, and I'm expecting to have tentative travel dates tomorrow morning, and we haven't gotten to the 'house cleaning' part of the list yet!
We have become friends with another family we hope to travel with. Our prayer is that their TA would also come this week and we'd be able to travel together. We are remembering you! In other news, our travel companion has started a blog to share the adoption journey through her eyes. It will be a new perspective for us. There is a link in the right margin of my blog, or check it out here.
Thank you for your prayers and many words of encouragement. They mean so much to our family!
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psa 46:1
Monday, February 18, 2008
Order travel prescriptions ~ check
Purchase OTC meds ~ check
Complete Kuyler's FAFSA for sophomore college year ~ check
Renew I-171H ~ check
Get Visas ~ check
Eye exams and new glasses and contacts ~ check
Get vehicle that holds the family ~ check!!
Double check Skype ~ check
Medical Authorization for family keeping kids ~ check
Stock up on diapers ~ check
Organize rooms and closets for one more child - yeah - check
File taxes ~ check
Set up Kaeleb's bed ~ he'll have a pack n' play in Mommy and Daddy's room till he develops a sleep pattern
Arrange to have carpet cleaned while we're gone ~ check
Clean house ~ check, uncheck, recheck
Notify travel agent of dates and let her have the migraine ~ check
Haircuts for 7 people ~ check
Update wills ~ check
Freeze 3 weeks of meals
Schedule Kaeleb's first doctor appointment
Notify family of travel dates ~ check
Prepare travel docs ~ check
Get "new" or "like new" bills for spending in China
Design Kaeleb's announcement and take 1 to China for mailing home ~ check
Purchase daily surprise gifts for kids while we're gone ~ check
Revise packing list ~ check
Pack checked luggage
Pack for kids to Ladena's ~ check
Service car ~ check
Install Kaeleb's carseat ~ check
Clear all work off my desk ~ check
Better get a move on!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Kolton and Kaeleb's closet after a lot of cleaning :)
More of the same. Kambry's closet after getting rid of lots of clothes.
We have our very own marching band. This is indicative of the normal noise level in our house!
Friday, February 15, 2008
I spent the afternoon with my dad, and I'm heartbroken over his response, or lack thereof. I prayed that God would give him clarity for quality conversation, and that prayer was answered. However, he simply refuses to make a decision for Christ. It's as if he's saying, "I'm not going to die today, so I don't need to decide today." I reminded him of the abundant mercy God has shown him over the past 61 years, and he agreed. I reminded him that none of us knows when we'll take our last breath, and he agreed. I told him that to accept Jesus is not throwing in the towel, but rather living life to the fullest and realizing this life and this tired body is not all there is! And as my God would have it, Pastor Doug made a surprise visit while I was there. We all chatted some more, and Doug asked Dad if he'd like to make a decision right now, to which he replied, "No, not today."
I just want to cry. Monday, Dad is being moved to the nursing home, and I can't begin to tell you how I feel about that. I think it will be a good thing though because he will receive physical therepy five days a week, and my mom will stay with him. We're going to take the kids to visit tomorrow, and that will brighten his day. We've got a busy weekend with another livestock show and plenty to do ... but not so busy I forget I need to hold my son!
..."My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."... 2 Cor. 12:9