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.