Friday, September 28, 2012

James 1 (not just 27...)

I think almost anyone who has adopted or is in the process of adopting has James 1:27 memorized---FOREVER!

27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Well, last night, as I was praying for our court date and reading my bible, I read, (I mean really read) James 1.  It made me laugh out loud!  I called Kyle over to show him, too.  I'll give you just a few verses, but too funny how much of it really applies to adoption.

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Well, our court date was last night (September 28 in Taiwan time, so last night and early morning our time).  Everything went well!  The judge requested a copy of the Texas adoption laws.  I found them and now they will be translated into Mandarin for the judge's reading enjoyment. 

I painted my toenails like 10 little ladybugs (Chinese symbol for a "match" in adoption) to remind me that God sets the lonely in homes, He makes the "match".  A photographer friend of mine, Kelly McG (Remember our bluebonnet photo session fundraiser?  Yep, that Kelly McG.) took a picture of them and I had taken one so, here they are:

my picture

Kelly McG's pic

If I had known they'd professionally photographed, I would've taken more time on them. :) 

Thank you for all of you who prayed!  It really, really means so much to us.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Miss Cailey turned 12!

On September 6, 2000 my sweet Cailey girl was born.  This year as part of her birthday she wanted to get her ears pierced. 

I think this girl either feels no pain or had the absolute bestest ear piercing lady in the whole wide world.
Marking the spot.  She was a little nervous but mostly excited.

All done!  She said it didn't feel like much of anything.  She wasn't even sure if the lady was done. 
I don't know if you can see it, but that's a puffy heart earring in that ear.

Cailey's birthday ice cream (she chose cookies and cream and birthday cake as her flavors)
and movie in the background.  This was on her actual birthday---just a few days before
she got her ears pierced.

Happy Birthday, sweet Cailey girl!  You are a wonderful blessing to us and we love you so much!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Photo Book

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We made this book to send to our munchkin in Taiwan.  Kyle helped me write it.  Okay, he did most of the writing. :) We're praying for God to prepare her heart for us and thought this book might be a neat start.  This is part of preparing our fields for rain---tomorrow I will do munchkin laundry.  We're walking out crazy faith right now.  Part of me wants to hold back, but I know that's not what love does. 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

New International Version (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Facing The Giants - Prepare for rain

I love Kendrick Brothers movies and this is one of my favorite scenes from Facing the Giants.  So, if you're wondering what our family is doing lately...we're preparing for rain. :)

If you haven't seen this movie (or Fireproof, Courageous, or Flywheel) run, don't walk!  Go watch 'em!

Nothing to update, yet.  Thank you for praying for us and encouraging us as we prepare our fields.