Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Big News



Is this not the coolest picture?? This was our view from the deck of the house we stayed at last weekend. Just amazing. Not to mention private, which is cool.

Okay - now for the big news : one, we are officially on the Special Needs waiting list ! Very cool and very exciting ! I guess we'll see what God has in mind for our family. My 8 year old told me this morning that he thinks it makes more sense to get a special needs baby than a' regular' baby .....don't our kids blow us away sometimes? More sense? Wow. The fact that he has any opinion is cool ! He is my 'deeper' one, though.

The other is we have finally all decided on a name. Yes. This time it's a keeper. I promise. Her name will be : Ellie Grace ~ Now for those of you that know me and my last name, think about that for a second...............cute, huh? Yup, our little Ellie. Even my hubby liked it, in fact he pretty much chose it! What a guy, huh? ;o) He really is the man ! Speaking of, and getting off the subject - What an incredible man I have. Have I mentioned that much lately? I'm not kidding here guys ! I am so in love with this dude - he's all that and then some !! Who would of thought after almost 16 years of marriage? It gets better every year - thanks would be to our amazing God for that !! I am beyond blessed......

I guess thats all for now - to tell you about our little E.G.G. and my yummy husband ( sorry ;) and that we're thrilled to see what plans the Lord has for us in our adoption journey !

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

My heart.......

We, like many many others now, are considering going Special Needs with the adoption, but not for the reason you might think. I know folks are growing impatient with the wait, we have no problem with it, trusting that God not only knows what He's doing- but that He also has that perfect child for our family picked out.
Here is where we're at: recently I saw a short news clip on the ever growing popularity of plastic surgery in China. They said that everyone is doing it. It was explained that the way, over there, to get ahead or make more money, or to even get a mate is based on what you looked like. A woman was interviewed and she talked about how in China, inner beauty is not what it's all about anymore. That no one looks at that, it's all about what's on the outside ( kinda sounds familiar, huh ? ) I know this isn't the case just in China ~ but it really got me thinking about all those 'sn' kids. I can't put it all into words, but I felt like God was pressing on my heart the " un-adoptable" children...............do they have much of a chance? I mean, like what happens to them if they live their whole lives in an orphanage? Does China send them out on their own at a certain age ?

I don't know. It all is kinda scary, but you know what? I know that I serve an amazing God, who is in complete control and if this is the direction He is pointing us to go - then we're all for it !!!

Woo Hoo !!

Psalm 94:18-19 When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Still counting !

So it's been now 6 months since our LID ( 'log in date' for those of my friends who don't speak adoption-ese ).
Maybe 6 more to go ? Maybe 12 ?
Yikes !!

Today the kids and I were in the grocery store when my daughter says " mom, look at that adorable Chinese girl". I think I speak for the majority of us adopting parents when I say that we can hardly stand it to not go up and ask questions whenever we see folks with a little 'china girl " ! I have actually had a bad experience once doing so, and therefore decided it might not be best to bother them. It just so happens that we used the same checkout line ( imagine that ) and it's one of those stores where you bag your own stuff. As we're both bagging I hear her call her daughter " mei mei'. I couldn't stand it anymore so then I very calmly tell her that we're adopting from China and......... I didn't have to say anymore- this sweet lady was all over me, excited, that is! We found out that we know some of the same people; one being our pediatrician, who is adopting- I wasn't even aware ! Shows you when the last time was that my kids were in to see the doctor.
Needless to say, we left the store not only with their phone # - but as friends.
Fun morning !!