This blog is a chance for us to tell our story and shine the light on the God who wrote it.

It is also a place for me to bring into the spotlight the millions of orphans around the world who are waiting for the Body of Christ to fulfill God's command to "care for orphans and widows in their distress" (James 1:27)

Soli deo Gloria... (All Glory to God Alone).

8.18.2011

Sweet Adelyn





I mentioned when I was sharing the story of how we began the journey toward adopting Mei that we spent a significant period of time looking at pictures and reading about children who were waiting in China for a family. It was difficult at the time because we just wanted the Lord to show us who our daughter was so we could open our heart to her and pursue her adoption. But He had other plans. Ultimately, yes, we began the process to adopt Mei. However, there was a point in this time where my heart did open wide... and it was not just for Mei. Over time, each of these waiting children became precious to me in a way that is hard to explain. I think it was because each picture I looked at I wondered, "Could this be our daughter?" And so in the wondering, the love began to grow.

This journey that began for our family in 2007 has always been about more than just adoption. For me, there has also been this calling to 'be a voice for the voiceless'. Recently, I have felt God showing me so many more opportunities for how to do this. One is to advocate for orphan children who need families. I am so very excited to be able to use our blog to do this a little more, and you will be seeing more in coming days! (And not just little ones in China... older kids here in Gainesville, too!)

But for now, I want to introduce you to "Adelyn". Our friend (whose blog God used to start this whole journey) recently told me about Adelyn and I have posted her picture and information below. She is in the same orphanage as Mei, and I would so very much love to be a part of helping find a home for this precious girl. So I hope you'll read about her and join with me in praying for her. I look forward to rejoicing together when the Lord raises up a family for her!

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This is

2 yr old

Sweet Adelyn



Adelyn likes playing with other children

She is very curious and observant

Adelyn speaks in four word sentences,

like "The candy is Sweet"


Adelyn's SN:

Scoliosis, a Rib deformity & Spina Bifida of the lumbar vertebra


More specifically: Scoliosis with a shape of “S”, 9th and 10th hemi-vertebrae deformity, spina bifada of the lower thoracic vertebra and lumbar vertebra, dispart-twig deformity of the right 5th and 8th ribs.




In April (at 2 yrs 3 mths) it was noted that she could crawl on her hands and knees, stand, walk when holding a hand or railing.

For more info on Adelyn, feel free to comment or email me: haleyuf@hotmail.com.

8.13.2011

Blessed Be Your Name


The first time I met you, you were asleep. It was naptime and all the infants at Hannah's Hope Ethiopia were swaddled all cozy in their Moses baskets in the common area. Except you. You were too big. So there you were in that miniature crib on the end, sleeping all soundly. I knelt down next to you and touched your face. And I marvelled at those impossibly long eyelashes. Should I wake you up? I longed to hold you. But I do not believe in waking sleeping babies unless you are saving them from an emergency like a fire or tornado.
So I waited, trying to soak in the moment. (Which was smart because it was the last time you would sleep that soundly for about two years. *wink*) Then I heard it. Here in this place where I was so far from my world... where everything felt so unfamiliar... I heard these familiar words playing softly on a nearby radio.

Every blessing you pour out, I'll turn back to praise
And when the darkness closes in, Lord, still I'm gonna say
'Blessed be the name of the Lord. Blessed be your name.
Blessed be the name of the Lord. Blessed be your glorious name.'
You give and take away... You give and take away.
My heart will choose to say... 'Lord, blessed be your name.'


This song, of all songs! This, I knew, was His gift to me. This very song... that was on our lips and in our hearts through every step of your adoption process. When we wanted to worry but sang instead. When we wanted to fear the unknown but worshipped instead. When things we held so dear seemed surely to be lost... and by His grace alone, we learned how to praise His name in the storm.

It was one of two moments that week that I felt God's presence in a way that I simply cannot explain in words.

Then because Daddy and I could wait no longer, I picked you up and held you close. Slowly, those big brown eyes opened... wider... and wider... and wider. And for about six months or so, that was your signature 'look'. Eyes, wide as saucers, taking in the world around you, all the while clinging tightly to Daddy and me. And, us clinging, too... clinging so tightly to Abba Father. (Eyes mostly drooping from lack of sleep and delirium.)

As I sit here today in this quiet place and remember these things I have 'treasured in my heart', truly all I can think to say is this... Blessed be your name, Jesus.

8.09.2011

Bringing Home Li Rose



Look at this beautiful little one! This is Li Rose, but before I tell you about her...

Lots to celebrate around here! Before we left on vacation almost two weeks ago, our dossier was finished and mailed to China. We had waited awhile for immigration so this was very encouraging to make it to this step... DTC(Dossier to China).

You know what else was wonderful about it? We weren't alone in our celebrating. Some dear friends of ours also completed their dossier at the same time and were DTC as well. It has been a great joy to share this wild ride called adoption this time with friends here in Gainesville. Philip and Chrissy are a part of our small group community, and I have known Chrissy since she was a freshman in college! We even worked together in campus ministry for a season. We love this family dearly- their heart for the Lord, for serving others, and for missions.

Philip and Chrissy are in the process of adopting a little girl from China as well, whom they have named Li Rose. She is extra-close to my heart, because we got to play a small part in helping them find their daughter... Gives me soooo much joy!!

Well, the celebrating continues this weekend as we will be helping to host a party in honor of the Cobb family. We'll be gathering with their friends and family to celebrate their upcoming adoption... At the same time, our small group family (and other eager friends) have come together to make available a number of items that we will be selling at the party to help raise money for the Cobbs to complete their adoption.

If you are someone who loves adoption and would like to be a part of bringing home Li Rose, please consider heading over to the Cobb Family blog to see some of these items. You'll find Ugandan magazine bead necklaces, hand-made swaddling blankets, tutus, and more. Perhaps you have a gift you need to buy or you'd like to begin your Christmas shopping early... Either way, I hope you'll be blessed as you 'meet' this family through their blog.