Thursday, October 23, 2014

Glimpses of life in Taiyuan

Letter of Approval

This is a little late...

but so exciting, nevertheless!

After writing my post about patience,

and noticing some people waiting in the 60-120 day range

for their Letter of Approval ~ I truly gave it to God.

The timing.

The wait.

The learning.

The heartache of waiting.

All of it.

Then something happened...on July 30th,

our agency representative called and said,

"I've got something for you...

your Letter Seeking Confirmation (LSC, same as LOA)

has arrived".

Day 50!

I was in awe and so grateful that this wait was over.

In the last two weeks, we mailed our I-800 and received our approval.

So now, we wait for Article 5...(a two week wait)...

and then Travel Approval.

And today, in Ch*na, my parents will be meeting my sister.

Just six years old...30 years younger than me...

but a bond has already been formed in our hearts and home.

I cannot wait to "meet" my sister through pictures and Skype,

in the hours to come.

God is so good.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Learning Something About Patience

Christmas of 2013 was a special time for us...

we were being called to bring 

our second child home from China.

We knew in our hearts, somewhere in China,

a precious baby needed a family, 

and right here in the U.S.,

we had the room, resources, love 

and ability to be that family.

I never sought out to have four kids.

I felt quite complete with two.

But, when I stepped aside from my "to do" list, 

and let God take over... a miracle happened.

We received a precious gift...

our first daughter, Raimey.

She was 2 1/2 years old, weighed 21 pounds...

and her parents were just as proud that day 

as the day they birthed their first and second children.

Raimey grew, blossomed, and never skipped a beat 

when she entered our family.

She knew she was home....

where she was always meant to be.

When two years later, God called us to another daughter....

we were much quicker to hear His call.

And just like He led us to our daughter, Raimey,

He brought us right to our daughter, Bryley.

This process would be 

much easier,

or so I thought.

I mean...I learned so much 

after navigating our first 


But then, some things never change.

Seeing a child, a world away, waiting

for her mom and dad, 

racing through paperwork to bring her home...

to be met with governmental delays.

 It just does not get easier.

Instead, the injustice of it all 

breaks your heart a little deeper.

Your arms ache, 

you cry for the baby you love,

and she remains a world away.

And yet, God promises us this child,

"I prayed for this child, and the LORD has
granted me what I asked of him."  

                1 Samuel 1:27

But yet, I am learning something about patience.

God has called us to this journey, 

and in those times of weakness and desperation,

we are given the opportunity to grow in Him.

Trust in Him.

Cast all our cares on Him.

"Cast all your anxiety on him 
because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

Sneak Peeks at Roo Roo...

Sneak Peeks at Roo Roo...

Raimey is from Qingdao, Shandong Province

Raimey is from Qingdao, Shandong Province

Our family of 5 on the famous red couch!

Our family of 5 on the famous red couch!

If you have time to watch & listen...let it touch your heart!