Archive for January, 2009


A great morning ruined by an email and the resulting fear that seized my heart.   We received an email this morning from our agency referring to a $300 fee to review our homestudy.  This is after we paid $600 to our social worker for a homestudy update.  Will the bleeding ever stop?

Now for those who don’t know, we went from a 2 year window to save for the adoption to getting the thousands we need in a matter of months.   Sierra is a gift from God.  He has chosen this child for us and we are obediently and prayfully following Him.  But satan still gets his toe in the door and wheedles his way in.   I was reading a blog this morning and the topic of her post was fear.  I had to read on,  I empathized with her.  She started her post with this scripture:

Phillippians 4:5-6, “Do not fear what is to come, but instead pray about everything, with a thankful heart, make your requests known to God in prayer, and the peace of God which is beyond all you can understand will protect your heart and your mind through Jesus Christ.”

Wow.  That’s what I needed.  This negative thinking will only cause me pain, I need to stay focused on Him.


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Just when you think God has given you all the blessings He can, He throws another one at you.   I know – God is bigger than any box I could put Him into.

There are no words to describe how blessed we feel.  We have been in contact with our daughters English teacher in the orphanage.  His name is Michael and he is my new best friend!  I doubt he feels that way though, I’m trying very hard not to impose on his time.  It’s like dropping water into a parched mouth, one can’t live on a single drop, you need more and more…


We have communicated a couple times through Facebook and he has been so helpful.  For my anxious heart ever tidbit of information is so very precious.  Of course, our daughter doesn’t even know we exist at this point because our approval from China has not come through yet.  Once we are approved he will talk to her and tell her all about us.  He will be a wonderful bridge between us.  Somehow she doesn’t feel so far away anymore – is she really on the other side of the world?  Yes, but in my heart she’s a lot closer.

One thing he told us is that in China, Xi Rui (prounced she ray), goes by Sierra.  Isn’t that pretty?  I also found pictures on his facebook of her but I can’t post them until we have received our approval from China.  I can’t wait to show her off to the world, she is so beautiful.

Michael, if you read this – again I say thank you for your time.

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“Sun Diego”

Lily just can’t quite talking about our recent trip to “Sun Diego.”  No,I didn’t make a mistake  – my spell checker didn’t like my spelling either but you just can’t attach a spell checker to a 5 year old.

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Ah, the world of a 5 year old.  Lily was disappointed she couldn’t go to school because of the weather last week.   I wish it were possible to bottle this enthusiasm and give me a dose on those really hard days.

Aunt Jennifer gave Lily a princess calendar.  You would think she gave her the sun and the moon!  Lily was so excited and she couldn’t wait to line all her babies and “teach” them the days of the week.  She follows the calendar like wall street tycoons follow the stock market.

Last but not least, I bought Lily some Hello Kitty earmuffs the other day.  Of course they are adorable on her.   “I love my ear muffins mommy” – how can you correct that – it’s just too cute.

Time goes by so fast.  I look back at my boys and wonder where my little ones went that said or did silly things.  I know all too soon we’ll look back and Lily will wonder why she was so silly – it’s not silly it’s just the world according to a 5 year old.

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Yesterday we were lucky enough to have Greg along with us for our hiking day.  We waited until his conference was over and headed out.  We drove up to Julian, CA and hiked up the Volcan Mountain Preserve.  What a view!  What a hike!  Greg and Lily lasted about a quarter of the way up, Josh and I took on the rest by outselves.  It was an awesome day.

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The Scenic Route

dsc_0072The kids and I took the scenic route today.  We visited the farthest southwest portion of the U.S.  Cool huh?  We had a wonderful day visiting National Monuments, tide pools, cliffs, beaches, seal sunning themselves and beautiful scenes from roads like this.







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The View from Here


It’s a beautiful morning as I sit on the balcony of our hotel room in San Diego. The trip was way too long and we were all exhausted by time we got to the hotel. But like all good things – it was worth the work to get here.

Yesterday we went whale watching – what an awesome trip that was.

2 whales!  What a sight.

2 whales! What a sight.


Sea lions

Sea lions


Well, today the kids and I are off to drive the La Jolla Scenic Dr. More pictures to come later.

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