Sunday, February 27, 2011
But this day also brings a touch of sadness. You see, 16 years ago today, a woman gave birth to this son. Her firstborn. She had to have been so proud and happy, no matter the circumstances, for she had a SON! A beautiful, healthy son.
Unknown to her, just a mere 7 years later this son would be keeping her alive, caring for her physical needs, he would keep her and his siblings alive, living in the streets. He was so young, but so strong and responsible.
Fast forward to today and here he is. Her son is my son. He calls me "mother" and I am blessed to share his life. Him being my son is a miracle in itself. God's miracle that allowed us to make him our son as well as Chance. I'm so thankful for his birth mother, that she gave him life. I told him that today too:)
In honor of our son and his big 16th birthday, we are going to ask for a very special gift. We are trying to help Chase's buddy, one of his orphanage "brothers."
You see, this guy has been waiting and waiting on a family. He is one of the teens' best friends. And they so dearly love their friends left behind. So imagine their joy when they learned one of their closest friend's was getting a family.
Adam, as he will be called, is coming home with Titus. That's right, they will be brothers. And we are just thrilled for their family, that God called them to this second son and they are willingly accepting the joy of both these boys.
Adam's life in Ch*na, had he not been chosen, would be unspeakable. As a child with a severe vision issue, he has not been schooled and would have most likely ended up in a profession I can't mention. It makes me want to vomit.
Instead, this precious boy will come home to a family, will be loved, guided, fed, cared about, and given an education.
I know if Chase were given a choice, knowing what a loving and giving soul he is, that he would willingly ask for his birthday gift to be, HELP ADAM come home. These boys are his "little brothers." He wants them to have a family come for them, just as we did for him.
And so, I ask, God's warriors, will you? Will you help us get that orphanage fee that is required, let's get it off the list for this wonderful family who is answering God's call and has their LOA (Letter of Acceptance) for both of their new sons. They will travel soon. Let's blow this fee AWAY.
It's not easy to come up with the funds for 2, it's quite a bit more at travel time, so the focus is on that big fee, that orphanage donation.
Now, I've noticed, you 'all have been awfully QUIET here on my blog lately, not sure if you are bored, waiting for this big news today, just don't have much to say.
BUTTTTTT------ I want to see you in action. I've seen it before and it's time again. Please chip in $1, $5, $10, whatever you can. And if you feel you can't possibly donate then remember Prayer is FREE:) The power of prayer is just as important here.
God knows who He wants to ask if they will help. And if He asks you, for Adam's sake, for Chase's birthday- for you to touch another orphan's life, then I beg you to listen and respond.
We can't out give God. Can't. Not possible.
Go on, let's do this. Go here http://racetochina.blogspot.com/ or the Chip In for Adam is also at the top left hand of my blog as well.
And for Chase, Happy Sweet 16 Birthday my precious and wonderful son. I am so happy to be your momma:) I hope I can tell you Adam's orphanage fee is COVERED, to make your birthday even sweeter!!
Friday, February 25, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Now, just so you know, I did call/text BOTH and wish them a "Happy Birthday" even with my crappy day going on. BUT I did NOT make mention of these 2 big celebratory events on this BLOG. (mother-- it's called a BLOG, not a BOG)
I know Son #3 aka Brandon, will be just fine not getting honorable mention on my blog, but someone ELSE is not happy at all. I may just be paying for this for the rest of my life even with making the phone calls, which to me meant I wasn't a total slacker.
OIY. Family. Gotta love 'em. I mean, what else ya gonna do with them?
2 YEARS ago I met Chloe and learned of her brothers on this day Feb 23, 2009- WOW.
In Honor of Chloe today, I'll open up for questions:) Leave 'em as comments or even e-mail me privately, I don't mind. All I can say is we are so thankful to have Chloe as our daughter and so thankful that we were able to fulfill the promise I made to her on this day---- "we WILL come back for your brothers."
I think now how horrible if I could not have done it, and we couldn't have without God, trust me when I say that because we were only vessels He asked to trust in Him and we did. But God knew, He knew, I could tell her that because He had it taken care of. We can't take God out of our adoptions, these "family days" would not even happen for us if not for Him.
So if He is calling you--- Please, PLEASE, go for it. It's not without troubles, but is anything worth something EASY? And our children, all of them, are invaluable. Precious. Priceless. Gems, especially the older ones, I can't even tell you how many ways they are changing me for the better:)
I love being their momma. I love being Chloe's "MOTHER". I love all 11 of my children more than I can ever express. Spunky teens and all:)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Today was a rough day. The kids had a 2 hr delay which started my day off grand. Just grand, I'll tell ya. Fighting over shoveling, snow tramped in, kids trying to leave an hour too early, then me wondering why I stopped them? What's an hour out in the cold standing at a bus stop? (Okay MOM, I didn't let them go)
I was able to get out in the snow and get to the store, nothing like leaving things to last minute, tomorrow is Chloe's adoption anniversary-- whooo hooo! Had to get a gift to honor the big DAY!) 2 years and that girl is sooooo much like me it's scary sometimes. She's a wonderful, albeit spunky daughter, a joy, a pain, a teen, an amazing person. I am proud to call her my daughter.
I am overjoyed to see the healing and learning she has accomplished in 2 years. She easily calls me "mother" now. She hugs me and even kisses me occasionally, on her own. She understands I can get mad at her and I still love her. She can get mad at me and I know she still loves me. She is happy, healthy and a blessing in our lives.
We went to the school last night and watched her be given her award for Student of the Month. I was so impressed that she didn't speak but 5 words of English when I met her 2 years ago, and here she is, Student of the Month. She's not afraid of school work, now if we can just get her to think that about HOUSE work??
My day today was trying, filled with a pounding headache for the better part of the day and I am drained. I'm off now to drop into my bed, thank God for my day (I always do this, good or bad day as He was with me and for that I am thankful).
Too tired to even post a pic. Sorry. (mom) I'd say "my bad" but I can't stand that phrase. Oh well.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
My Mom and Dad
She had Kat, Camden, Jay, Mal, Chase, Chloe, Chance, Donovan, Tristan and Brandon. She missed Derrik this time:) Me and dad were on the sides of the row of smiley faced children and she had drawn a big heart.
She also wrote "I love my Famley (family).
I guess when you spend a day with a certain turd boy sitting at the dining room table looking at you like he wished he had NEVER gotten you for his mother, a child like Kat is a breath of fresh air.
I'll let you all guess who was sitting, I'm sure it's not hard to figure out. He DID learn something because he apologized on his own. I have to figure out how to burst "Joe Cool's" big HUGE head that is going to blow soon if he gets any fuller of himself.
He thinks he is better than everyone else, deserves more, shouldn't have to do chores, doesn't have to listen to mother unless he wants to. I KNOW he didn't enjoy sitting on the chair, no TV, no getting up, a step up on punishment because when sent to his room he plays with toys, sleeps, it doesn't seem to bother him much to be sent there.
He sat ALL DAY. I told him he will not be lazy and refuse to listen to me. Not unless he likes that chair. The rest of the kids were all very helpful and I think a certain boy learned a lesson today.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I got a JOB!!! WHOO HOO! I was worried about taking a full time post, with it being mainly night shift. So when they offered the job I asked about an "as needed" schedule. Well.... they want me bad enough to MAKE a post that is "as needed." YEAH!!
I feel so much better knowing if we need me to be off for something, if I want time off for moving, it will be possible to do it with no issue of losing my job. I work as little or as much as I want. I'll be doing home care of pediatric patients. (I love kids if you haven't guessed)
Chase and Chance got I-Pods provided by the school. I "thought" the school was getting them some type of translators. Uh, no. They really are I-pods with translation stuff downloaded to them. Chance didn't want to take his, he was concerned about breaking it, having to pay for it. I told him not to be worried, but not to TRY to break it either. He can be rough on things.
These were part of the "solution" of the boys not getting enough help at school. The boys first question? "Can we put music on them?" OIY. Yes, they can-- but no music at school. Translation only. They are pretty cool. Even to their techno nerd mother.
Chase was invited to his first ever party. WHOO HOO. Last Friday night a bunch of high school kids invited him and he "danced, with a girl, but no kiss." I am so glad he went and had a great time. His only complaint? He was "too tired", he came home at 10:30 pm. Mr. Beautiful needs his beauty rest and is usually in bed by 8:30!
Chase seems so much happier with just a few weeks under his belt in high school with the kids being older and he is finding things in common with them. Such a blessing.
Chance has been the pickle lately, he told Chloe last week "I hate you" and got in trouble big time. I was shocked he would say that to her, but it goes to show he is jealous of anyone in the whole family, not just Camden and Kat. Chloe was telling me he fools around on the bus when he was trying to tell me someone hit him to get PITY from me. I suspected he was NOT Mr. Innocent.
But he was really mad at her for calling him out. He is quite the attention HOG, he will sit on a chair and make noises like he is snoring while we are watching TV just to get someone to say "stop it." So I refuse to acknowledge his childish behavior.
He also made me soooo mad when we went to celebrate Chinese New Year at their favorite buffet place and he REFUSED to allow Camden to sit next to him. For no reason other than to be a snot.
Chloe has a cold, she asked me what was wrong with her nose, it was dripping like a water faucet:) She's such a goof. She thought it would be a good idea, since her nose hurt from blowing it, to use MY MAN- oops I mean Ben Gay on her nose.
That'll teach her not to self medicate- ouch! She came down holding her face and I asked her what was wrong. She told me and we laughed, even she laughed. We explained some other choices for a sore nose would be best.
I quit counting at number 5 sicko, so it seems like the germs should have gotten enough of us by now.
I tripped over my net book cord and broke it. AHHH. I ended up stuck with the desk top computer till I got a new cord. Bummer. But glad I only cut my ankle as the net book fell and didn't break me or the net book, just the cord. Could've been much worse, so I am thankful it wasn't.
All the boys are sporting new 'do's, the shaggy look is gone. Chance wanted to grow his hair out to some weird pointy style, that boy has some serious issues with thinking he is "Joe Cool". I put that to rest with a nice short boy cut. He looks much better, although he said he would rather I buzzed it all off. Be careful what you ASK for Mr. Chance:)
Camden wants to quit flute already, who called that one? Sure glad we RENTED that thing, instead of buying.
I asked to get a picture of him and Kat together and what is that look? Lord help me? He's such a..... well.. big brother!
Monday, February 14, 2011
It was TO Hubby and I, from our son Chase. In one of his classes today the teacher was helping the boys learn about Valentine's Day, what it means, why we celebrate it.
They were allowed to pick out computer cards and print them and Chase picked this one--
What more can I say? Precious. Wonderful. Showing us that he is "getting it" he is WANTED. We are happy to have him in our lives.
Lots going on around here, some germ that decided we looked good to land on and the vomiting has spread. That's all I'm gonna share about that.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Let's do it again! For their family, not ours. No, as far as I know we are not adopting again. YET. Might happen, I wouldn't rule it out, if God calls us to we will. But there are NO more bio siblings of our children. None. Just the 3 we have reunited forever.
Our boys are in this picture--
Shhh don't tell Chase I posted this, he dislikes this picture terribly. And yes, the boy in the middle is getting adopted- not by us.
Okay, so there's the explanation, now we gotta focus on getting Jaxon Xiao (the OTHER family's son that we can't post a picture of yet) home!! Before he ages out. He needs a family, just like our sons did, just like these boys are getting, a family filled with love.
Go chip in- don't be shy--- go here http://www.journeytojordynandjailynn.blogspot.com/
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Chip in is here http://www.journeytojordynandjailynn.blogspot.com/
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
We knew our child before they knew us.
God knew me before I knew Him.
We loved our child before they knew us.
God loved me before I knew Him.
We prepared a place for our child before they knew us.
He prepared a place for me before I knew Him.
At some point we went and redeemed our child.
At some point He came and redeemed me.
We brought our child home to be in our family forever.
He will bring me one day to His home to be with Him forever.
Realizing this I know that God's heart is in adoption. As an adopted
child of the King, I can do no less than to model His behavior.
Tim, 25 Jan 2011