Wednesday, March 24, 2010

News about paperwok

A note from our agency~

You are receiving this email because your family that was presented with a BJ Camp referral for consideration but are awaiting the official referral from the CCAA.

We thank you and your families for patience during these last few weeks. We just received word that the referrals have been completed by the orphanage, approved by the Provincial offices and are now on their way to the CCAA. The CCAA will process them (translate, format, etc.) and then upload them to the CCAA portal to send to me. Once I receive them, I will email them to each of you immediately. We recognize your families may be quite anxious to see the official information and proceed with their WC 2 acceptance.

"Quite anxious?" That is the understatement of the year!!!

One more step to my little "Sophie Girl."

Thank you, Lord Jesus!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Day of Prayer for Lucy

Day of prayer for Lucy ( I can't post her picture...sorry!)

The outcry for Lucy has been awesome. But ASIA is still looking for a family who already has their paperwork done to step forward and claim Lucy has their forever daughter.

Lucy’s best chance to survive is to come home and have lifesaving open-heart surgery with a mommy and daddy to support and care for her. Lucy has a long road ahead of her. She may even need a heart transplant.

Lucy needs a miracle.

I cannot stand by and do nothing for this child. Like so many others, though, we are not in a position to adopt again right now. But I can pray for her. I can pray for a family to step forward.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we as a community could come together and cover Lucy with prayer for 24 hours? Wouldn’t it be amazing to see what God can do through this child?

Honestly, I don’t know how God will answer our prayers. I don’t know how Lucy’s life will end up. But what I do know is God will not turn his back on Lucy. She is not alone. While we may not understand it, her life has a purpose.

Will you join me on your knees in prayer for Lucy? Will you pray:
That a family will step forward and claim her as their daughter? Will you pray that once the family submits their letter of intent that China and the United States will expedite all their paperwork and they can hold Lucy in record time?

Will you pray for peace for this extraordinary family? Will you pray that even though Lucy has significant medical challenges ahead of her that they will find strength and support they never imagined.

Will you pray for Lucy? Pray she remains strong. Pray she can hold on for just a little while longer until her mommy and daddy find her.

The 24 hour prayer chain for Lucy will be on Thursday, March 18 starting at 6:00 am and will end on Friday at 6:00 am. If you can commit just one hour of your time, please list it in the comment section of the blog. Please list the hour you’ll be praying and where you’re from. I hope people all around the world will pray for Lucy.

Please help to get the word out by reposting this on your blog, yahoo groups, and facebook pages. Please have people link back to my blog ( to comment, so we can see just how many people love and care for Lucy.

I think God has amazing things in store for this child. Please be a part of it.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.--John 14:18

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Helpful words from a fellow sojourner

I received this today from a fellow sojourner who adopted from China. It was very timely and ministered to my heart!

"During your adoption journey you are likely to become child-focused instead of God focused. You might even think more about the creation instead of the Creator. Let me challenge you that if you are longing more for the child instead of the Savior, you may want to pause and take inventory of your relationship with God.

After many years of infertility and empty arms, it is easy to be impatient for
the blessing of a child. I'd like to share a few truths we learned
as we journeyed with God:

-You aren't waiting on man, you are waiting on God.
-God isn't going to send you where He is absent.
-God is not bound by geography, time lines, politics or finances.
-God hasn't asked you to walk this path alone. Not only will He
remain with you each step of the way, He has prepared many warriors
to go into battle with you. You'll be amazed at who He uses to meet
your needs.
-Don't put serving the King on hold. Waiting doesn't equate to
idleness. Invest in the wait; don't waste it.
-God's gifts to us are never late; they are always on time and far
beyond what we could ever imagine.

Adoption is about stewardship. Your child and everything you possess
belongs to God. During the wait, surrender it all to God, for His

Each step of the journey for me sometimes seems like one
more "chance" to wait. But it is in the perseverance that God shows
Himself to me. Be strengthened and encouraged in your stage of the
wait today. It will be so worth it in the end.

Here's to the wait:)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

March 13, 2003~ Sophie Rose's Birthday

Tomorrow marks my daughter's 7th birthday~ the last one she will ever spend alone, without a cake and special gifts to celebrate her day!

It's been a month, plus a couple of days, since we got matched with our sweet girl and we STILL haven't received her formal referral from China~ "Lord...WHY, WHY, WHY???"

He's been teaching me patience as we gather, complete and send in our paperwork. The home study is now updated as far as possible, minus our SW last visit.

We did have a pretty big hurdle along the way that ended well today. I hesitated writing about it...

For the third time, we ALL had to have physicals. During mine, the Dr. found a bleeding cervical polyp. I was clueless, never heard of this and of course, my sinful mind went right to~ "It's cancer! We can't get Sophie! I'm going to die!"

Because China has so many new strict policies, having cancer would, in all probability, eliminate us from getting Sophie Rose~ my worst nightmare come true!!!

God in His faithfulness provided prayer warriors to stand beside me in yet another trial. He poured out His grace: Instead of just a consultation visit, my Dr. immediately removed the polyp, assured me that it looked normal, but sent it to be biopsied.

I got a call this morning that it was BENIGN!!!

We think that trials are an interruption to our normal life, but as Christians, God desires that we have a divine perspective about our circumstances! They reveal that we lack God's eternal wisdom and revelation of His identity.

Lack of God's wisdom can come in two forms~ straight up unbelief and being double minded!

As I recap my trial, I must repent for being double minded~ I wanted what I wanted ( Sophie and no cancer), not necessarily what God had for me. My instability raised questions about my sincerity of moving toward God. I lacked faith and held onto what I thought would bring hope and I wasn't willing to receive anything from the Lord. ( "Cancer certainly can't be what You desire for me NOW!!!")

As we continue to wait on her formal paperwork ( an ongoing trial), I pray that I'm quicker to remember, that as a Christian, I have so much to boast in~ my identity in the Lord Jesus. I am a forgiven sinner, a Child of God who will one day reign beside Christ in Heaven.

"Lord...Me?....Really???...How did I get here???"

In Christ is the fullness of God who met my greatest need to be reconciled to God.

Knowing God will bring joy every day for eternity!

Romans 8:32-33~He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Happy 7th Birthday, my sweet Sophie Girl~ Mamma's comin' soon!