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).


His Miracles and Our Rescue

I've been wanting to post an update on Mei for the past week or so, but when I sat down to write this is what came out instead. I think this is just what I needed to remind myself so that I don't miss the miracle... But I promise an update on Mei will come soon!

When things get crazy around here (which happens alot lately!), I am praying and asking that God would help me to stop for a few minutes and just live in this miracle. Between laundry and doctor's appointments and cleaning up messes of all sorts and smells... well, sometimes it is just too easy to let my focus stay there. To buy into the idea that I have to keep doing.. cleaning, fixing, working... and I cannot stop and just be here and sit in wonder at this little miracle unfolding right here in my house.

Because it is a miracle- all this... This child that is coming alive and blossoming so beautifully right here in my messy home. Scott and I wondered about all this as we sat all weary on the couch the other night- how does this happen? How does a child who has been alive for two and a half years and really has no idea that two people on the other side of the world have been preparing their hearts and homes to become her parents... how does she become so very ours in such a short time. We are her parents! Just think of that- in her little mind two months ago, she had no framework even for that... what is a parent anyway? For really she had only known nannies and orphanage life.

How does she come to embrace us, to know us as parents in such a short time, in just the way our other children do? How can that not be a miracle?

And then there's the other miracle. The one that Scott and I know in our hearts but may just not be able to explain. Just that we get to be a part of all this.

And how Ben's adoption... Mei's adoption, now... has etched in our hearts such a deeper, more living understanding of what it means that God has adopted us... rescued us... redeemed us.

Because the reality is that Mei has been redeemed and rescued. Outside of simply not having a family, Mei's future without intervention was not looking good. Because of her medical condition and simply because she was an orphan - this is simply the reality.

Please do not hear me saying that we are heroes or rescuers or redeemers. Because with all my heart I know that I am the one being rescued. We know deep in our hearts that all of this was about God's love for Mei and His amazing plan to care for this child. And Scott and I? We are just so grateful that He would let us be a part as His plan unfolds each day.

Then there is this, too... That in being a part of all this, we are being rescued. No, our need for rescue was not as obvious as Mei's... but we knew. And we have prayed for this very thing. Because here, with our lives and our blessings being so abundant, we know how easy it is for us to fall into lives that are mediocre, self-sufficient, complacent, unaware, and frankly, selfish. We know the pull the American Dream has on us ... when with all our hearts what we really want is to know and serve God with radical abandon every day of our lives.

Today I am more desperate for God's presence than ever before. I am more aware of the suffering that goes on all around me in the world, and by His grace, I am more willing to be used by Him for His kingdom's purposes. Every day... every hour... I see glimpses of Jesus' work all around me and in me. Every day I am less and less satisfied with anything but knowing Him more and being a part of His purposes- both here in my city and around the world.

So, yes, God, in His grace had a plan to rescue Mei. But this plan is our rescue, too. In so many ways.


  1. Haley, I love this! Would you be willing to let us share it on WAGI? We have your bio and pic from your previous posts, but if you'd like to send me updated ones with Mei included that'd be fine. Just let me know!
    co-administrator of WAGI
    smurphy28 AT juno DOT com

  2. sure! i emailed you as well...