Monday, November 4, 2013

Well, it's time to catch up a bit...

I'm so sorry that I've been away from my blog for so long.  I meant to post much, much sooner, but time got away from me and juggling 6 kids takes a bit of my time.

We've been home with Miss Avalyn for a little over 9 months now.  The time has gone by so quickly.  I can tell you that we have experienced some of the greatest highs and lowest lows I ever thought possible.  Somedays it feels like we've made great strides and then other days it feels like we've taken several steps back again.  Most days my heart is overwhelmed with love and amazement at how God has woven a family together.  When the 6 of them are together something inside me just melts and all of those months of waiting and then having her home and going through the transition just fade. 

Here's how our travel in Taiwan went: 

February 18-leave for Taiwan
February 19-arrive in Taiwan
February 20-meet Avalyn and her birthparents
February 22-Gotcha Day! We got to leave the orphanage with her!!!
February 24-Lantern Festival in Pingxi (glowing sky lanterns like Tangled)
February 26-Appointment at AIT (US Embassy equivalent)
February 27-leave for Texas
February 28-home with all 6 kids on the same continent!!!!

Now for some pictures!!!!

 In the orphanage with Miss Avalyn day 1
     Hotel Room day 2
Pingxi Lantern Festival with our very own sky lantern
 Three beautiful sisters

 Hugs!!!!                                                        
 
                                                Weeeeee!!!

                                                                      all 6 together

As I'm reading back over the blog, I am remembering miracles that I somehow left out.  Someday very soon I'll write about the miracle of the Passports.  For now, I need to head out and get some things done. 

Since I last blogged, Ryan turned 18, Josh and Brett turned 15 right before my last post, Cailey turned 13, Savannah turned 7, and Miss Avalyn will be 4 in about 1 1/2 months.  Whew....I've been gone a little while, no?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

God is seldom early, but NEVER late.

We've had the flu so I've been horrible about blogging. 

I feel so humbled to even get to post this, but here goes... our entire adoption is paid for!!!  We got a Show Hope grant and I'm just amazed.  I feel like God asked me how much I thought we'd need and then He opened up His wallet and just handed it to us.  When we felt like God was calling us to step out and adopt, I knew He would provide.  At least most of the time I felt that way.  There were also days of sheer panic, but He did provide!  The adoption costs came out to even more than we anticipated and it's still covered.

I love how He gives us special things along the way.  After I had sufficiently bawled over God's provision, I noticed the date that the letter had been typed.  It was Miss Avalyn's 3rd birthday!  We didn't find out that day, but several weeks later.  It all came together at the exact right time--His timing and it has left me more convinced than ever that God really is my provider.

We've been so blessed by so many people who were God's answer to our prayers.  In having to totally rely on Him, we got to really see the body of Christ in action.  We got to see His hands and feet and we are honored and humbled and amazed.

If you you feel that God has called you to adopt, but you have no idea where that kind of money is going to come from, I can assure you that He will provide it.  He will not abandon you.  God really does set the lonely in homes and He isn't going to let the little matter of money get in His way.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Christmas Hallelujah

I just heard this on K-love and I love it.  I've always really liked the sound of the music, but the lyrics were a whole other story---literally.  These lyrics are just plain awesome!  Yeah, it's a few days past Christmas, but the celebration of this story is for all seasons.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Psalm 68:6 God sets the lonely in families...

Right now, in Taiwan, a little girl is asleep for the night and she doesn't know it, but she's not an orphan anymore.

Introducing
Avalyn Xin Nian信念 Edwards
 
Born in Taiwan
 December 14, 2009
 
Court Approval with Final Decree
December, 2012
 
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
 
Xin Nian信念 (ssheen nee-ANN) n. 1. Faith 2. Belief 3. Conviction
 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

court rulings and EEGs

Well, there's been a court ruling.  We have no idea what it says, but once the papers get to the orphanage we'll have our answer.  I've been anxious today despite the Bible telling me not to be anxious.  I just keep quoting Psalm 68:6  GOD sets the lonely in families.  This is His thing!

Now about the EEG thing.  Several years ago around 6 in the morning my son, Brett, came to me and said that Josh was having one of "those dreams" again. Kyle and I went upstairs and saw Josh having a grand mal seizure (on the top bunk of the bunkbed, no less).  All we could do was watch and pray.  Over the course of what seemed like an eternity, we went through 1 MRI, 3 EEGs, and too many seizures to count. Each of them happening in Josh's sleep early in the morning.  It was horrible.  You sit and watch and pray and pray and pray. The first 2 EEGs didn't show anything and they couldn't trigger a seizure.  Finally, during the 3rd EEG, they hit pay dirt and Josh gave them a seizure.  He had to go a whole night without sleep to finally catch one.  I stayed up with him and Kyle slept so that he could drive him to the appointment and be with him during the test. We were blessed with an awesome Dr. and she prescribed some meds that have kept Josh seizure-free since November 3, 2010.  At his appointment 1 year ago, her goal for him was to gain 20 pounds so that his weight would exceed the dosage and start a sort of natural tapering off of the medication.  She thinks these are the type of seizures that can be outgrown.  Well, he had a visit back in September and had gained 22 pounds.  He had done exactly what she wanted and remained seizure-free in the process.  He has gained 7 more pounds since then and YEP! he's still seizure-free!  So we find ourselves up tonight (all night) because Josh has another EEG tomorrow to see if we can trigger a seizure.  He is still on the meds, so we're not expecting a seizure, but I'm feeling a little stressed as we head into this part of this particular journey. It would be okay with me if I never EVER had to watch him have another seizure.

In this process, Josh has shown me what's it's like to really have childlike faith.  That boy has never once worried.  He just rolls with the punches and trusts us to do what we need to do.  If I could master this skill with my Heavenly Father and really have that childlike faith, I wouldn't be up tonight worried about 2 of my munchkins (both Josh and our Taiwanese treasure).  I'd just walk this out and trust and relax and play Fruit Ninja.  Actually, I think I will play Fruit Ninja.  We've turned tonight into a slumber party. Only Kyle and Savannah will sleep.  Kyle because he gets the job of driver/watchman and Savannah because if anyone needs their sleep, it's her.

If you're checking in and want to pray that Josh's EEG will give us enough information to make some decisions that are ahead of us and also for our complete trust in God's plan as we know we will hear the judge's decision very soon now, we'd appreciate it so very much.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The shooting in Newtown

I have tried to write this post over and over again and I've come to the conclusion that I just don't have the right words.  Yesterday I cried as I watched the news report and I prayed.  I'm still praying and I'm still sad for the loss.  It really is tragic.  The picture above is the list of victims that was just released.  Each name a reminder of how delicate life is and how quickly things can change.  The oldest child victims are only 7.  I'm praying for each of these families represented here, all of the children and adults that were witnesses to the event, and for everyone that was hurt by such a devastating act. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Happy Birthday, Avalyn!

Well, she's 3 today.  It's December 14 in Taiwan.  I know what I want her to get this year.