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.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Visiting Family

We were excited about our quick trip to visit Uncle Paul and Aunt Kelsey before the hurricane. Here are some pictures from our special day together:


 Someone was beyond excited!


And pictures taken by Aunt Jen:

Thanks, sweet family!!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


How he dresses to hide from mosquitos:
 How he loves to spend his time...with daddy:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Nathanael Update

We received an update on Nathanael. 😁 Nathanael--6 months older than Samuel--is a little more than 4" shorter than Samuel. I am really going to enjoy watching him grow!

We were told that Nathanael has been in a rehabilitation center for over two years, but we don't know where that center is yet. However, he sure looks happy!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

God hears secret prayers

There is a God.
There is one true God.

How do I know He exists? He continually hears and answers my prayers.

I have had multiple prayers answered back-to-back, and I’d like to share four of them.

First, I was secretly praying for the items Nathanael would need when he gets home from China. A lady (Sarah Driscoll) contacted me asking for my address, and she brought over a car seat and some clothes for Nathanael—without knowing that I had been praying for such items!

Second, I went to the mailbox today and was shocked to find a check from Bill and Carrie Rowe for $1000 to help cover Nathanael's needs! I had not spoken a word of my prayers to anyone!

Third, I was feeling the heavy weight of all the things I need to accomplish on a daily basis, and the weight drove me to my knees in tears. I prayed that God would bring me a helper—someone who could, specifically, help me with some of the homeschcooling while I potty-trained the boys, etc.

A lady (Judy Springer) texted me stating that I was invited to join her at her church this school year for time of refreshing for my heart through teaching and to receive help with my children. She told me that her church was opening a homeschooling area for school-aged children from Kindergarten through 5th grade in which the children would receive help with their school work while their moms had some time off. In addition, the littlest ones would be cared for during those same hours. 

One morning a week, I was invited to be refreshed and mentored while my children had their needs met! To add to this, Judy said she would be covering my year’s tuition for the program! 

This precious lady had no idea I had been secretly praying in my bedroom behind closed doors!

Fourth, my daughter Cherish asked me if she could take dance lessons this year, but I told her there would be no way, as Daddy was working so hard to bring Nathanael home.

I told her we could pray together about her desire to dance, and if the Lord would like her to dance, He would provide a way. (Because, we know, "no" is an answer as well.) So, secretly, we prayed together.

Cherish’s dance instructor, Erica Morris, contacted me to tell me that she and Alexis Campbell (Hope’s dance instructor) were covering dance lessons for both Cherish and Hope this coming year. They invited both Hope and Cherish to dance—without knowing that Cherish and I had been praying to God about her desire to dance.

There really is a God!
He is the God of the Bible!

He is alive.
He is active.
He hears and answers the prayers of His people.

He is our great Provider!
And often, He provides more than just our needs!

I praise Him for His kindness!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse

Thanks to Pappy and Nanny, we all had our glasses and were waiting for our chance to see the partial solar eclipse from our yard. We had some rain and clouds, but we were able to see the eclipse, and we enjoyed the experience greatly!
Thanks, Pappy and Nanny!!!!

P.S. Once we were outside, I had Samuel's eyes to guard and Derek had Daniel's eyes to guard, so we didn't get a "viewing" the eclipse picture.

Friday, August 18, 2017

We are DTC!

Today we are Dossier to China--meaning our adoption paperwork is flying to China right now! It is done! We are SO THANKFUL to the Lord and to all who held us up and walked us through the first part of the adoption process!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are one giant step closer to Nathanael!

And, of course, we celebrated tonight with Chinese food, eaten with chopsticks. The meal tasted even better than I remembered, since Derek ordered the food as I was beginning to cook our dinner. No cooking. No pots and pans. Aww! What a celebration!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summer 2017e

This summer, Derek's parents celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Though I do not yet have pictures from their amazing celebration,
I do have the following pictures from our time together
following the celebration.

We got to spend the week with this awesome family 😍:

Thanks for the together time, Pappy and Nanny!!