Tuesday, October 17, 2017


It looks like we may be getting our little guy for Christmas!! China has sent out our "LOA" (Letter of Acceptance). They have approved of all our adoption paperwork, so now we begin the immigration paperwork for a "named orphan". The timeline will likely land us in China at the end of the year. We are SO thankful!!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sammy helps daddy

I caught Sammy helping daddy fix the screen and clean the window area.
He can always be found wanting to help out!

He is taking after his brother, Andrew, who cleaned the bathroom last night before bed--without anyone asking him to clean. He cleaned the bathroom after hours of fishing and being up late!

Love my boys!
They have tender hearts.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Julie's Birthday

I want to say a special "Thank You" to all who made my birthday so special! It was a fun day spent with family.

"Grandma" came up to visit, and "Pappy & Nanny" returned home from a trip in order to celebrate with me.

The day and weekend were filled with sweet birthday messages and gifts of thoughtfulness. Thanks, everyone, for making my birthday so special!

Cherish made the cake and the gift basket. So preciously sweet!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Where we are in "life"...

...has nothing to do with us, but everything to do with God's kindness and the kindness of so many others!

Let me explain:

1. Ms. Shirley, out of the kindness of her heart, has granted Cherish another year of free piano lessons. Pure graciousness! Pure generousity! Pure love! If music ends up being in Cherish's future, I want her to always remember that it was Ms. Shirley who took Cherish "under her wing" to teach, guide, and mold her! Thank you, Ms. Shirley!!! What a gift!!

2. We had our adoption yard sale this past Saturday during our community yard sale. Almost all of the donations came from the Parsons family! Again, pure kindness, graciousness, and love! Thank you for caring for orphans, John, Beth, and family!

3. During the community yard sale, one of our neighbors allowed my children to purchase items for what came out to be 1¢ on the $1. My children bought some NICE gifts for their daddy and siblings!! What an immense kindness!!!

4. Most of my children's clothes and shoes are given to us by family and friends. YOU all keep my children looking good and in style 😉. You all have been so kind in thinking of them! Thank you! Thank you!

5. My children are learning Chinese as a second language due to the kindness and patience of my friend, Mrs. Kong--who knows Korean, Chinese, English, and some Japanese--being able to speak, read, and write in these languages! She drives 30 minutes to our house to give of her time, so my children will know a second language. She is giving them a head-start in life. What a gift! What graciousness! (What patience!!!!!) God bless "Teacher"!

6. My husband has been granted a job where he can work many hours over 40 hours per week, and GOD has granted him the strength to do it. For example, Derek can be found working all shifts in random order to earn money to pay adoption expenses. However, most bodies would crash and burn (and become ill) after some of the hours he works, yet Derek is able to keep going--sometimes on just naps after being awake for over 24 hours. GOD is the One Who has granted Derek the strength and stamina he has needed all these years. Thank You, LORD!!!

7. My children have a Pappy and Nanny who help with childcare and/or carpooling when needed. They have helped our family so very much!!!!!! Thank you!!

I could go on and on and on.

God has blessed us with folks who care for our family and help hold us up. We are where we are today because of what OTHERS have done for us.

God bless you all!!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

CCAI Celebrates 25 years!

CCAI and Co-Founders, Josh and Lily, are celebrating 25 years and 12,000 lives forever changed! All our children were adopted through CCAI. God bless Josh and Lily!

Our children are at 0:56 seconds.