Monday, February 28, 2011

~My Ministry~

~My Ministry~

I wasn't called to dry deserts or faraway lands;

to rain forests or quiet glens.

My ministry is simple.

Filled with hugs and kisses
and many humble moments.
God called me to be a mom.


Monday, February 21, 2011

~*Jinjiang Mama's 2011*~


~Solomon~

What a blessing this weekend was. I needed the fellowship of other mama's and the Lord knew it! We met the strong and sweet Stacy, her Solomon (Dalton's friend from Jinjiang), and Timothy, Stacy's oldest son. Timothy was not only their travel companion he was also essential in helping to keep busy little Solomon focused. I was astounded at how patient and sweet he was with all the children this weekend. Timothy is greatly gifted with children and it reminded me of my Jakob who loves other children so much. Wonderful blessings these children are.

~Timothy~


Stacy is rather humble, that's just how she is but I just have to say that she is a very strong mother who is teaching me a lot. She is endlessly patient with her children, creative in how she teaches them, encouraging of them being curious and helpful. She spent nearly 2 weeks away from home, her husband and her 4 other children. All for the sake of Solomon's health and his future. It is amazing this give and take between parents and children...we who have adopted often hear "Your child is lucky" when we as parents feel like the blessed ones! I do think, though, that Solomon is one blessed little man to have Stacy for a mother. She is not afraid to navigate the medical community and advocate for her son's needs. Thankfully, in Christ, we ALL have that kind of friend!


We also met the Wartman family, who adopted Adelie from Jinjiang and was crib-mates with Dalton. She, while incredibly shy, is very doted on by older siblings and is a true little sweet princess! We were so happy to meet Tom and Nancy Ann and sweet little Adelie.


~Adelie~


In the process as we are to bring their son Teddy home, the Crawhorns are farther along than we are. We are hoping to get caught up and maybe even travel with them. Teddy is also in Jinjiang and a bit younger than Dalton. They are both blessed that Love Without Boundaries sponsors their classrooms!


~Melissa~


Getting to know these families has been so fulfilling!

Monday, February 14, 2011

~*Once Again*~




I am once again humbled!

Every time I ask God for another little snippet of info on our Dalton I receive an email with a few new photos, an encouraging note with new information, or the like. Every single time I ask, I receive it!

What to my wondering eyes do I see but a new email with *baby* pictures of our boy! Wow! Goosebumps!

Amazing how all along this path there are so many little sprinkles of God's love dotting the path. His fingerprints are all over Dalton's story. Through yet another amazing set of circumstances I now have a few pictures of Dalton has as the cutest baby!

We have received so much support for this adoption. From donations and puzzle sponsors to prayer partners and cheerleaders! We are so grateful to each of you and the role you are playing in Dalton's life story!

Dalton on left w/two friends! (Apprx. 9-12 mths old)

Dalton w/friend, they were crib-mates.

Dalton (L) w/2 friends

Thursday, February 3, 2011

~*Chinese New Year*~


~Chinese New Year is upon us~
While we believe in honoring heritage we do not forsake our Christian heritage to celebrate all that entails Chinese New Year.

In Chinese culture there is a large emphasis on luck. We believe in blessings, as opposed to luck, and that things do not happen by mere chance. There are truly no coincidences for those that see God as the ordain-er of miracles!

Beyond the emphasis on luck and chance Chinese New Year is right up my alley! Emphasis is put on family and the time spent together. Feasting is one cornerstone of the celebration and I am all about food! The Chinese people do not normally eat sweets so this time of year they break with the traditional food and splurge on sweet treats like chocolate coins and candied fruit.

They are a truly peaceful people who sincerely desire to reconcile with others and wish others nothing but peace and happiness.

I am excited to teach Dalton (and his 4 siblings) both his Chinese and Christian heritage. For now we are utilizing free lapbook downloads for homeschooling on this subject. Happy Chinese New Year and God bless you all!