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).


Completion-- (Part 2)

*This is a continuation of the post from yesterday*
**We found out our travel dates yesterday!! We leave December 8 and return December 23, just in time for Christmas together!**

So here's the scripture that sent the tears running down my face in church yesterday morning...

To set the stage... Babylonians had ransacked Jerusalem and the city and beautiful temple were now rubble. The people were in exile. Seventy years later, God let a few come back to rebuild and amongst them was Zerubbabel. Certainly, he was overwhelmed and afraid at the task that lie ahead as he surveyed the ruins. But God spoke to Zerubbabel through the prophet Zechariah, and here's what he said:

“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ' Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty. 'What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground.” (Zech 4:6-7a)

Our pastor helped clarify what was being said here--
---” not by might”- meaning your resources
--- “not by power”- meaning your human strength
Then he told us that from where they were standing there was actually no mountain in sight! God is talking about the 'mountain' in Zerubbabel's mind- this incredible task that lies before Him that seems as impossible as moving a mountain.
And in my heart I heard “Yes, this obstacle before you appears to be a mountain, but soon it will be level ground. And it will not be by your resources or your strength that this adoption comes together.”

As our pastor shared on the next verse, I felt so much like the presence of God was right there with me, speaking to my heart.

“Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of 'God bless it! God bless it! Then the Word of the Lord came to me: 'The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. '” (Zech 4:7b-8)

You know what the capstone is? The last piece. The finish. God is going to see this task through to completion. God is going to see this adoption through to completion! It was like a promise to us that God has not just left us dangling here. Our hands have prayed and worked to lay the foundation of Mei's adoption... and our hands are going to hold this little baby girl very soon. He is going to see this through. You know why He's going to do it this way? For His glory...

“ Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.” (Zech 4:9)

These words were like grace falling all over me this morning. Washing away all this doubt that had weighed me down for the past few weeks. And reminding me... confirming the words that had been with us for many months... that we kept coming back to when we doubted what God was doing or if we were hearing Him right.

“I will make you into a threshing sledge... You will thresh the mountains and crush them... I will make rivers flow on barren heights... I will turn the desert into pools of water... I will set pines in the wasteland... so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.” (Isaiah 41:15, 18-20)

To our hearts he has spoken
- “Scott and Haley, I am going to provide for you when you think there is nothing there. That everything is dried up. Because I make deserts into pools of water. You walk in faith with me and you will get to see this... these miracles that I will do for you and for Mei.”
These aren't just strange words from thousands of years ago. God still speaks to His people, and He still moves mountains.

And I really don't know if anyone reads this blog, but I know that I have to tell of the wonders of the Lord. As my offering of thanks... and “so that people may know... that the hand of the Lord has done this.”

May we be found faithful... May we simply be found faithful...


  1. Your lives and this adoption journey are such a testimony to God's faithfulness! What a wonderful Christmas this will be. So happy for your family and hoping to meet precious Mei this spring! Love y'all!

  2. Yes, I am reading:) Have been reading almost from the beginning of this blog. And you know what? We have exactly the same travel dates! We are traveling to Guangzhou to meet our 2-year old boy. We are family (mom, dad and 3 sons) living in Finland, Northern Europe.
    God bless your travel!

  3. Haley and Scott, Mei Chara is sooooo precious!! I will be stalking the blog until I see her in your arms! We are also a BAAS family. We are awaiting LOA right now. Will be praying for an easy transition for all! Mary

  4. vintage living- i saw you on the 'follower's list and checked out your blog but of course i could not read it! but i am thrilled that we will now meet in person, hopefully, in guangzhou. when is your consulate date? if you get a chance to email me at i'd love to learn more about you and your family and be lookig for you in guangzhou!
    mary- great to 'meet' you too! i hope your LOA will be speedy quick... and thank you sooo much for the prayers for our transition

  5. for our first adoption I wanted to just quit. We were nsn and in it 3 years before we switched to sn. This time, like you, we were "not adopting." I came to your blog from the yahoo advocacy group. I saw our daughter the last week of august. during our first adoption whenever I wanted to pull out I would hear Mighty to Save(Savior, He can move the mountains.) This time...homestudy...STILL not done. Super FRUSTRATED. Reading your blog today...God moment...Him speaking to me through a sister in Christ :) I'm glad I "found" your blog and look forward to watching your journey to your daughter!

  6. bridget, what a gift of grace today to see your comment and know that God could use our experience to bring you encouragement, too! And I LOVE that song, too... it was the song of my heart in recent years as I watched the Lord bring two very broken family members into His fold. Hard to hang on to belief when, from the outside, everything appears "lost". He is always faithful... always at work. Blessings to you, Bridget, as you seek to follow Him in faith!! Hugs, Haley