Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Four Birthdays and a HUGE "YES GOD!!!!"

You have too many children.  How can you give so many the attention and love they deserve?

I smile, because I know just how wrong that thought is.  I mean, really? Which beauty THAT GOD LED US TO...GOD BLESSED US WITH would we ignore?   Which child would we deny the blessing of?  Which one would we say "No God" to? (I cringe even putting that in print.)

We are forever thankful that our goal is a "YES GOD!" life. 

Recently we celebrated four birthdays of our amazing blessings from God.

Our little girl sat for 3 1/2 years in China (coming home in January 2012).  She was born with Tibial Hemimelia. 

The first picture we ever saw of our Jael (AoJing).  She was listed as "Shelby" on "Rainbow Kids".

Jael had amputation surgery in Sept. 2012
This little five year old draws people to her like bees to honey.  She lives loud and laughs loud.  She is beauty all over. Happy 5th Birthday Jael!

 YES GOD!!!!

Ben joined our family at almost ten years old from Eastern Europe (The "U").  He has Down Syndrome.  He spent seven years in total neglect not learning to walk or talk and kept in a crib to keep him small all because he was created differently.  He was then transferred to an adult mental institution and put on heavy duty drugs to keep him (and the other boys) compliant.  He lived in a shed most of his life.  Our first weeks with Ben he spent in drug withdrawal. 

Then we met the real Ben.  Sweet....joyful....loving....funny...

Everyone says, "There's just something so special about him."  Here is our luv bug.... an amazing creation of our Heavenly Father.  He is ten years old and we are honored to call him our son.   Happy 10th Birthday Benjamin!!!


Rachel was ten months old when we came for her and Gabriel in Ethiopia.  She couldn't roll over and was so sick.  She vomited constantly and we were up every 1 1/2 hours trying just to get a couple of ounces down her until we could get her home.  We don't think she would have made it if God hadn't brought us when He did (a wonderful God story).  She was NOT in a good place.

Her entire back was covered with ringworm...not one spot...her entire back. 

Rachel's nickname is "Her Sweetness", but she is also our "Little Mama".  She has this peaceful loving spirit...not demanding, but serving.  She is precious.  Happy 4th Birthday Rachel!!!


Gabriel came home at ten months from Ethiopia (with his twin sister).  He was this little tiny dude that they said couldn't sit up by himself or even remotely crawl.  He learned QUICKLY.  He had this adorable smile, even from the beginning.  We worried the most about him.  In his later pictures (before we brought him home) he always looked dazed and "not there".  We later found that he ALWAYS looks that way after he just wakes up (laughing).  He (and I) came home with what was thought to be Malaria and he spent some time in the hospital.  We never got a firm diagnoses.

Gabe is a goof ball.  He is known as "Little Man", "Little Romeo", or "G-Dawg".  Each nickname has a story behind it.  If there is a pretty girl in the room he will find her, wave, and smile.  We are in SOOO much trouble.  He constantly cracks us up.  Happy 4th Birthday Gabriel!!!



Join us in our joy of being blessed by God!!! 

 The Birthday Celebration!

Our Super Spy Helping Me Decorate
Thank you Mom/Grandma for the Decorations!

Our Anna made ALL the cupcakes (with help from her grandma).





"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Personal Prayer Requests

Immediate: Please pray we are able to get Ben's teeth fixed and heart echo QUICKLY and that the results are good. Please pray an opening happens and we get the "call" soon.  Ben has hit a wall with learning NOT to do a couple of behaviors.  We would appreciate prayers for a break through.  Last, a different child is struggling and could use prayers for self control.
Ben~At Home: That he continues to seek love, attaches, and finds a healthy stranger anxiety.  That he learns to stop aggression to himself and others.  That he learns the value of listening to mommy and daddy.  This is so important for safety.  Finally, that he learns to play with toys (imaginative play) and be a child that he has never had a chance to be.
Thomas and I: For my healing emotionally and for health...for patience and peace to be more consistent within my body and spirit.  For Thomas and I to retain and utilize some more therapeutic techniques in our parenting. For Thomas to feel rested/strength and for his professional life to be blessed.  For a private prayer request on my heart IF God wills.

The Family: Please pray for each child's emotional, physical, and spiritual health AND PROTECTION.  Please pray we find a new and hopeful "normal". Please continue to pray for a vehicle (or a way for a vehicle) to present itself  and finances.  We are blessed beyond many in this world...but (as with many) sometimes things happen where expenses are all at once.  We just don't see a way, but know God does.
Prayer for the Future
Our house needs to be fixed (foundation and roof) and has for awhile.  Other things have taken priority (our children coming  They need to be fixed.  We also hope/pray (IF God wills) someday to expand (possibly convert the garage) in order to have the room if God calls us again.   We don't want new or perfect, just room IF God wills. 

Prayers for Others
Please forgive us if your prayer request is not listed.  We may not be sure if you wish us to share it.  Please shoot us an email and let us know!

*Please pray for a precious friend of mine (the "A" family).  Their newest blessing just had a EKG and Echo and it didn't turn out good.  Please pray also for their upcoming nuero test of their little one. This is all I am able to share right now, but please petition God on their behalf.  He knows who they are. 

*Please pray for Selah, who had a very serious stroller accident.  Please join us in storming Heaven for a miracle of complete healing.  Please also pray for peace that passes understanding for her family.

*Please pray for Tommy, a tiny 15 year old from Eastern Europe.  He is very special needs and has only recently come home. 

*Please pray for Eden, a little blessing from Ethiopia, who has a life threatening disorder.

*Please pray for Henry, Teresa, Joey, and Rex's families as these precious ones went to be with Jesus within this last year. 

*Please pray for a friend's wife from college.  Her cancer has returned.  Please pray for "S" and the "N" family.

*Please pray for my friend "L".  She has dealt with some extremely hard and painful stuff with a family member (really ugly) and this family member has been diagnosed with cancer.  Please pray for her as she travels this hard road.

*Please continue to pray for Ruby, Jeremiah, Katie, Carrington, Selah, Daniel, and Wes.  These little ones came into their families with health difficulties (this is an understatement).  A few were caused by severe situations of neglect or malnourishment (or both). 

*Please pray for our friends the “K” family who is struggling with attachment and other situations.

*Please pray for my friend Jodi (and family) as they have grown by two precious boys recently.  Please pray for their health and for heath situations with all their blessings.

*Please pray for Eliz and her family as they transition with their many new blessings.  Also for her grown children and their healing as well.
*Please pray for Gena (and family) and their teen son. Please pray for him to come to know CHRIST.

*Please pray for the "S", "P", and "D" family.  Members of their families are fighting for their lives against drug addiction.

*Please pray for young Emma as she has recently moved to Uganda to minister to those beloved children of God and now has a precious son through the blessing of adoption.

*Please pray for Molly and her family as they seek a precious one from the "U".  Please pray for the process to be smooth.  Please pray for their son, their family, and the finances as they continue.


  1. Look at all that joy! It's contagious!!

    Thank you for letting us share in their birthdays. :-)

  2. Happy Birthday kids!! Love it! Made my day!! :)

  3. Looks like a great and chaotic time! :) And that picture of G with the water gun-LOL!

    I just love seeing the joy in your children's faces. Continuing in prayer for you and yours.

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE your beautiful family!!! And thank you for saying "yes God"!!!

  5. This is absolutely precious! Thank you for posting, and for saying "Yes" to each of these priceless treasures!!!

  6. It's been way too long since I've seen your blog. I think you've added to your family since then. What a happy birthday party! God bless you all!

  7. Watch out for Gabe with the water gun! Lol!


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