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).


Son of Laughter

The boy who made me a mom ... he turned nine this month. I kept thinking- "That's halfway to eighteen! How can that be?" But here he is, nine years old. He is all gift and I am so grateful for our "son of laughter". I giggle to remember how we joked after naming Isaac and Zoe and marvelling at how they 'fit' their names. (Isaac means "filled with laughter" or "son of laughter", and no one is better at laughing at my silliness than sweet Isaac.) We began to wonder if there was something prophetic to this naming thing after the first two fulfilled their names so well... So we joked that the next would be named "Obedience". Hey, a parent's got to try...
It has been a joy watching this boy grow more and more into the person God's created him to be. Isaac is smart, kind, introspective, full of questions, and fun. He enjoys riding his bike, video games, being outdoors, reading, and all things military.
Thanking God for you this month, Isaac!


Happy Birthday, Mei Mei!

Mei turned three!

It is hard to believe that our tiny little peanut is actually three (she wears size 18 months clothes!), but it's true. We celebrated with family at our home on her dedication day and also with a little ice cream (her favorite) during playgroup that week.

I thought this might be a good time for some updates on our little girl...

She is one spunky little lady! This girl has come out of her shell and she is hilariious. She loves attention now and likes to be in charge of things. She just struts her little 21 pound self around the house bringing laughter wherever she goes. She's independent, usually very compliant, adaptable, and s-m-a-r-t. This child, who knew two words in Chinese a few months ago now speaks in full sentences in English. I kid you not- nearly every day one of us will come to another and say "Did you just hear what Mei said?" Really, y'all- we are astounded at her progress, as is pretty much everyone who meets her.

"Mei Mei", as we all usually call her, is full of kisses and hugs, too. She is sweet and loving and is adored by her sister and brothers. She is pretty much over her fear of stuffed animals (or anything fuzzy) and water, as you can see! Her favorite foods are french fries, eggs, yogurt and ice cream.

And, as you can see, Mei Mei now has glasses! I called and told Scott, "Guess what? Just when you thought she couldn't get any cuter... Wait till you see this!" Of course, he was confused about why I was excited that our daughter has astigmatism, but c'mon those little "baby" glasses are stinkin' adorable, aren't they?!

Mei's Dedication

All through our journey to bring Mei home, I looked forward to the day when I would be able to bring our daughter before our church and dedicate her to the God who brought her to us. She has always been His, of course, as have all my other children. But for me, this day was like an offering... a chance to stand before others and proclaim the goodness of our God. Truly, this day was an act of worship- my heart was filled to overflowing with praise and thanksgiving... not just because of the gift of now having Mei in our family, but also because of all the other gifts that have come along this journey. The gift of seeing God work, hearing Him speak to our hearts, knowing that He chose us to parent this precious child of His, and then watching His miracles of transformation in her every day...

Really, to put it simply the greatest gift we've been given in this past year or so is this: Christ. Just to know Him a little more than we did a year ago. That is a gift indescribable. I wrote this quote from Oswald Chambers in my Bible years ago and I think it sums up why my heart was so filled with worship as we celebrated Mei's dedication at church.

"My goal is God Himself. Not joy nor peace nor even blessing, but Himself, my God."

Before Mei even came home, we knew the verses that we would share for her on her day of dedication.

"You will be called by a new name
that the mouth of the LORD will bestow
You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD's hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God,
No longer will they call you Deserted...
But you will be called Hephizbah (my delight is in her)...
for the LORD will take delight in you...
(You) will be called the Redeemed of the LORD;
and you will be called Sought After,...
No Longer Deserted."
(Isaiah 62: 2b-4a, 12)

And it is our prayer now that our sweet Mei Chara would know the true depths of the love her Father has for her... The One who sought after her, redeemed her, and delights in her.