I have not been very faithful at keeping up with this blog! Between caring for my husband, kids, and home...and teaching full time...and commitments at church...we have been very busy!! But, I am so excited about the adoption progress. I really can't share the full extent of everything publicly yet, but I am hoping we can in the next 2 weeks!!
For those of you that know "adoption" lingo, we are waiting for our official immigration approval, and our certified birth certificate copies and then we can send our dossier to China!! A dear friend at work gave me the book Mommy's Heart Went Pop to read. Tonight, I read it with Jadyn, Nathan, and Noah. It is a beautiful story about adoption and we were able to talk. I think it helped the kids understand the adoption more. They are so excited to meet their new sister!
November is orphan awareness month and when I think about the vastness of the orphan problem it can be very overwhelming. Last year, a report from Beijing read that China alone had over 700,000 Orphans. And that is only China! But, God does not ask us to solve the entire Orphan problem. He often calls us to do what we can, and he often calls us to change one life at a time. I love the quote from Katie Davis in Kisses From Katie,
“People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it,
in one way or another. And I’ve noticed something about people who make
a difference in the world: They hold the unshakable conviction that
individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get
excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate
one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize
the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time,
though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities
and nations, and yes, the world.”
And so we want to change one precious life. And in this process, God is changing our lives too. Soon, we will have another child. A precious blessing and gift from God. And hopefully, we can give you more details very soon!