Thursday, February 14, 2013
This is Lanzo.
Lanzo turns eight years old this month.
Lanzo is an orphan in China.
This adorable little guy has no physical special needs (he had some kidney stones removed once!), but he does need a family.
The reality is that older boys are rarely chosen for adoption. I can tell you from experience, however, that adopting an older boy can be absolutely wonderful!
Please contact Heidi at CHI if you'd like to know more about Lanzo. I'm sure that his family is out there. Could it be yours?
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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Saturday, February 9, 2013
Happy Adoption Day
Oh, our precious Jadon, you are such a gift to us. We are beyond blessed to have met you 10 years ago today and we are so grateful that you are our son! We have all grown and changed so much since that day that we first held you in our arms in a hotel in Zhangzhou. Thank you for teaching us more and more each day about what it means to love.
Happy Adoption Day, Jadon!
We love you with all of our hearts.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Oh friends, there is nothing like the privilege of being able to give your precious, beautiful, amazing child his very first birthday celebration.
Our sweet son was overcome with joy when he realized that the singing, the decorations, the presents and the Chinese dinner were all in honor of him.
I don't think that I've ever seen anyone so full of innocent, simple wonder than our Kaikai was tonight, as we celebrated the day of his birth.
Nor do I think that I've ever seen anyone so completely brimming with joy.
He loved having his brothers and sisters share his new gifts.
And he loved that we made a special meal, full of some of his favorite foods.
Monday, February 4, 2013
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'"
We come to Jesus for a drink,
and He gives us a river...
a river of Living Water.
(Thank you, Meredith, for the pictures in this post.)
My heart and mind have been consumed with these verses over the past few days.
Our Jesus is so wonderful.
He pours out His grace in abundance.
He never gives us stale or stagnant water.
He gives us Living Water.
The nine months preceeding Kaikai's adoption were difficult months for me. I had terrible, terrible insomnia, my spiritual life was weak and I was constantly striving to do all that I needed to do.
Our Jesus never wants us to strive.
He wants us to rest in Him. He longs for us to come to Him for a drink so that He can pour out His Living Water in our lives.
Last week, our Father, whispered to me, as His daughter, and told me that He had given me grace to come to Him...to experience His Living Water. This grace had come, in large part, through the adoption of our sweet son. The past two adoption journeys have especially been evidence of His grace in David's and my life. Literally, from the time that Grace and Stephen Yuankai were placed in our arms, we experienced abundant grace. Their gentle spirits, the trust that they offered so freely, the need to slow down and the miracle of adoption have all spoken volumes of the grace of God in our lives.
And within this grace, I can truly rest in Him.
And in the midst of this rest, I can simply come to Him for a drink.
And as I drink from Him, I am overcome by His River of Living Water.