I took these pictures of Remi and my niece Lain at church Sunday.
What do you think? Does Laine look like she is irritated with me?
Laine is from Urumqi, China. Urumqi is in the very northwest of China, kind of like if you were in the U.S. and you went up into Alaska. Or at least that is how I see it. : - )
Urumqi is so far away from the rest of China that the Chinese goverment pretty much leaves this area alone. Urumqi has a strong muslim presence which just like here in the US, gives me concern.
O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God!
OMGoodness! It is awesome to be used by God. In return you're blessed with something, or in this case someone you can take with you to Heaven, but meanwhile here on earth you get the enjoyment of these precious little ones to call your own. It is much sweeter and satisfying than cars, diamonds and fancy homes-things that only give you a temporary high and will be left here on earth when you leave it.
I'm talking about my friend Jan who I know feels totally blessed to have been given the opportunity to change this little girl's life. And boy did she! In late spring Jan and her husband adopted this gorgeous little girl who was blind in one eye. If the eye was not given medical attention eventually it would deform her beautiful face--and seriously she is beautiful! Her procedure was completed the other day, and it is amazing how perfect it all turned out and how great her eye looks.
Jan her new Mom is in front in the black.
The funny part is how it all worked out. Jan and Greg have about as many kids as we do. Besides their biological kids, they have kids from China, Vietnam and Ethiopia. When we decided to adopt this last time, I had been trying to figure out what agency to use and started looking at pictures of kids. I ran into Hannah's picture and I REALLY wanted her. Even though Hannah doesn't remind me of Bret now, the first picture of Hannah did. Hannah was with an agency though that was more expensive than other agencies I was also considering. When we decided on another agency, I even had them call Hannah's and ask if they would switch her file, but Hannah's agency wouldn't. So just a few days later, I told Jan I had a pretty little girl that she needed to adopt. I've had the exact same thing done to be more than once. : - ) Two different times people showed me a picture that I couldn't resist, and one of those times we ended up finding another waiting child and adopting them both on the same trip! Anyway, Jan said she and Greg had made an agreement that there would me no more kids. But she told me to send her the picture of Hannah anyway. I did, and Jan fell hard for her immediately. Jan emailed me and told me to send the picture to Greg. You have to understand Greg is the CEO of a large company, and I was thinking I was not going to bug him (Jan is probably thinking about now, "why are you OK bugging the big wig CEO's wife, but not the big wig CEO?!") Well, I didn't send it until Jan emailed and me that simply said, "Send it!!" I sent it. The next day I got another email from Jan that said"Send it again!" I was being used. LOL
This is Greg. He was out of town the week I started sending him pictures, but when Jan picked him up at the airport he was already hooked and talking about Hannah.
Just a few short months later Jan was home with Hannah. And, trust me paperwork doesn't take long for Jan! She kind of makes me sick. : - ) I took this picture at the airport and it was the first time Greg laid eyes on his newest daughter. Greg stayed home with the rest of their kids, because he does so much international travel on business, part of their deal was he would not have to travel to China.
It is funny how God speaks to you, but again, the first time I saw Hannah's picture I thought she looked like Bret did at the same age, even though I don't think so now. I guess that is why I just couldn't let her go. These are all pictures of Bret.
Bret was burned in China and this was after one of her surgeries. Bret has had several surgeries since we've had her and I can honestly say I've never heard her complain ONE single time about her surgeries or even being burned!! Bret is just an enjoyable amazing fun kid.
Bret really likes her doctor and he likes her, even though they are both the quiet types. : - ) As a matter of fact, Cokie sees their surgeon tomorrow and Bret is going too so she can see him. LOL
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
I have a lot to be thankful for.
I'm thankful to have Pryor and Boone home. I'm thankful they are smart boys. I'm thankful they are good boys. I'm thankful they are fun. Boone is especially funny and keeps us laughing. Well, at least he keeps Mike and me laughing--not sure the other kids think Boone is as funny as we do.
Don't mind all the Thanksgiving dinner on Pryor's face.
Shepard has been home for over 3 years. Who knows what triggers a memory from the kids' past. It probably has something to do with the fact they now are not as scared, unhappy or ashamed, even though the real shame goes to the people who choose not to understand or have compassion for where the orphans have lived and what they've been through. We were in the kitchen eating last week and Shepard said, "In China I got very sick and had to go to the hospital." I asked why he was in the hospital and he said, "I ate out of the trash can."
A whole lot to be thankful for.