Sunday, December 11, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Three Years Ago Today

Wow, I can't believe it's been three years. Three years ago today we received the call from Shr Mama Bev & Shr Baba Ted from The Home of Gods Love. Gracyn has certainly taken captive our minds and our hearts.

It's funny I try to think about what life was like before Gracyn, and I just cant seem to remember life without her forever presence. Her silly giggle, her sweet smile, her most gracious loving heart, her thoughtful kind spirit, but most of all her desire to love every and all creatures. She gives love so freely and abundantly. Like she can read something about all people around her and know the ones that need that extra special attention, & tenderness. She really seems to be able to view people on a "heart"level ~ viewing them from the inside first. Oh, her child like faith has taken our family by surprise on more than one occasion and those moments send my hair on end and my eyes looking above. For I know He has worked some miraculous gift of love and heart within her.

For example on a day that wasn't such a good one for me, and I was certain I was concealing what was truly within my heart. Of all my doubts and fears of our adoption process of Jadyn. On a day when fear seemed to take hold of me and the whisper of doubt of Gods amazing graciousness. She revealed her most precious gift. She said, "momma what's wrong?". I told her repeatedly nothing Gracyn it's a great day. She could see right through me to the very heart of me somehow, and started singing her own rendition of Jesus Loves Me. It went something like this... "Jesus loves momma this I know, for the bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong. They are weak but he is strong. Yes Jesus loves Mamma, yes Jesus loves Mamma, yes Jesus loves Mamma for Jesus told me so.

I mean you have to imagine my jaw dropping, hair stand on end kind of response with her words and now song that comes right on time. I picked her up and held her so tightly and said "thank you for knowing my heart. That made Mommys day so much better." Cause she truly gets to the heart of the person, I mean every person. She has this gift of love I have never seen in a child. And not only because she is mine do I declare she's amazing...many have witnessed it.

For this wonderful gift that God gave me three years ago, I thank Him. For loving and trusting me with such an amazing child.

To celebrate coincidentally we are blessed enough to share such a special day with Ted & Bev and so many of the little ones and their families from The Home of Gods Love for a reunion of the greatest family Gracyn will love being a part of. ~ And so do we. We are more than blessed.

We flew into Tulsa yesterday. Gracyn, I, and Gram. Poor Daddy with his huge project he is on at work couldn't come, so Gram saved the day.... Oh and my back. Really got me thinking about my travel to China...Yikes.

Then we drove to Joplin after a three hour delay in Atlanta due to weather and Gracyn was still miraculously happy. Her first ride on an Airplane since we came home from Taiwan.

We spent the night of food and swimming with friends, Melanie & Kaylee, Shannon & Lilly, Tiffany, Stephanie & Jayman. And will see so many more tomorrow. So blessed to be here.

Spent the afternoon at Chick Fil A with some families from the reunion and the kids had a blast!!

What a wonderful way to celebrate this very special day!!!! The picnic is at 5:00 and cannot wait for the group pic!! That will be a sight!!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Check out what a wonderful Newspaper article this is. My little Girl One Year ago!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

Having a wonderful emotional day today. Today is my last day before I start my semi-mommy retirement!!! This is crazy. I never thought the day would come that I would be taking maternity/adoption leave to stay home with our little one... All the people at my favorite job in the whole wide world got me a cake. I really should have been bringing them a cake, with all they have had to endure with me in the last 3 years. So very sweet. Thank you guys for making this time so memorable and making it so special.

Yesterday spent a lot of the day nesting and making all the final preparations for Gracyn to come home. I had to by baby food. I could not believe I bought baby food. I am such in awe of this entire experience... One of the volunteers at the orphanage sweet Hannah sent new pictures of Gracyn. I think she is growing by the minute. She is just so cute!! This is my favorite picture ... Thank you Hannah... Baby Gracyn bath Time..... Only 3 more days yipeeeeee.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Home of Gods Love

What a blessing the Home of Gods Love is. They are a blessing not only to my husband and I but also to so many children and other families. Ted and Bev Skiles have been in Taiwan for nearly 40 years. They have a love for the people and especially the children of Taiwan. They are truly doing Gods work. They are Gods Eyes, and Gods Ears when it comes to taking care of these children. There are so many volunteers that take such wonderful care of the little ones, from school aged, infants and toddlers. Its a tough job, but each and every worker and volunteer at the Home is truly a blessing to so many so and David and I are so very thankful for all of them and all of Gods work they do every day. Thank You!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Clean Clean Clean and more Clean!!!

They say nesting is a natural phenomenon of expecting mothers, well I think because we have waited so long during the adoption process, I've taken it to the extreme!!! I mean I have cleaned every nook & cranny in the entire house..( well almost the entire house). I already am thinking about what I want for Christmas this year.... A Maid... I never thought I would ever say that, but 2800 sq feet seems like the size of a football field.

Look at me getting ready to start my new profession... (stay at home mother) and I'm already trying to find someone to do all the dirty work... hehehe

Very anxious the entire day, but thank God going to Church always gives us the peace we need to muttle through...He has blessed us in more ways than we could ever imagine!! This was the last Sunday we would be at Church for the next 3 weeks, because we"ll be in Taiwan...yeah!!! Well off to bed, only have 3 more days of work before the 12 week furlow!!! :) Keep praying for us this week!!!