Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
News on the adoption front, our agency has gone to bat for us and submitted all the documents and info pertaining to Hanzhong and requested expedited LOA for us. I am not sure we will get it, but at least we are trying!! I am letting it go, if this is meant to be it will happen, otherwise I will wait on His perfect timing knowing that God will take care of our sweet baby girl until we can get there. Borrowing from this blogger a verse that is very close to my heart right now.
Come to me and rest in my loving presence. You know that this day will bring difficulties, and you are trying to think your way through those trials. As you anticipate what is ahead of you, you forget that I am with you - now and always. Rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them many times, whereas you are meant to go through them only when they actually occur. Do not multiply your suffering in this way! Instead, come to me and relax in my peace. I will strengthen you and prepare you for this day, transforming your fear into confident trust. (Matthew 11:28-30; Joshua 1:5, 9)
Monday, May 26, 2008
And last but most important of all. My oldest baby girl is 12!!!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Grace is standing in front of the government provided tents that they are living in right now.
Please, if you feel called to donate, go to this organization and click on earthquake relief. They are accepting donations and will get the needed supplies to the orphanage. Remember to put Hanzhong in the space provided. They will send you a tax deductible receipt.
Please remember Steven Curtis Chapman's family in your prayers, their daughter Maria passed away tragically yesterday.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I have been very saddened by all of this also. I called the orphanage and found out they are short of blankets, food, water and a have a bad problem with mosquitoes. They are living in tents, but during the day they do some activities in the newer building, but at night they must go back and stay in the tents. Many of the children including your daughter have gotten many mosquito bites. They are trying very hard, but can't seem to control them, and this is a worry. They don't know how long they must stay in the tents. They must wait for inspectors to check out the buildings before they can move back into them. My heart was very heavy when I talked to them.They said they have found ways to get some things they need, but they need more money. I am asking many many friends to help me here and we are doing things to raise money to send to them. I think this is the best way to help. If you have a group there I can send the money I raise here to you, and you can send it to China. What do you think?
Aftershocks Cause More Damage, Keep West China Tension High
May 20,2008 by CSC staff
With aftershocks measuring 6.0 to 7.0 on the Richter scale recorded yesterday and this morning, the continuing activity of the massive May 12 earthquake in Sichuan Province has 100+ million people, in the provincial capital Chengdu, in Chongqing City and in surrounding areas in the province and neighboring provinces, understandably at the edge of their seats ready to run for it at the least quiver.
Meanwhile, authorities in Shaanxi Province, immediately to the north of Sichuan, passed on the same information from CEA and warned residents, especially those in the Hanzhong and Baoji areas which border Sichuan, to take strong precautions.
Not sure why this picture wouldn't re size, but it is more recent about April 2008. Isn't she just so cute!!!
Monday, May 19, 2008
We are all back in the buildings now but have just moved the babies into the first floor of their building (they normally live on the 2nd Floor)This makes it easier to evacuate them if needed. People here are still consumed with fear that HZ will be hit as bad as Si Chuan province.They are not completely confident to return to life as normal yet.Please lift the people up here and especially the carers here who are tired and scared.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
We will be having a prayer vigil on Friday, every hour at the top of the hour, if anyone cares to join in.
There are continued aftershocks. The most recent a 5.1 occurred at 5pm eastern standard time. Please continue your prayers. The people of China and especially Grace's SWI have to be running low on food and needed medicines.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I just learned through our Agency and facilitator, that the orphanage was greatly damaged. They are not allowed back into the structure. She is not sure if it is just in need of repair or if a new facility will be needed.
The agency is fund raising to ensure these children get what they need.
She said originally, the message she got was that everything was fine, but as they have been able to make more contact with their China Reps, they have learned that the structure is not good and they will be living in tents.
I know many of us have children from there, and are now waiting on children from there. I also know that we all will continue to pray for our children and that they are safe and well, as well as the many others who have been affected by this horrible tragedy.
We have been worried sick about our children and if they were alive and well, so at least we now know.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I opened my email to find a report from Misty waiting for me. What an awesome present!! The picture was probably taken last month. My baby is getting so big!! She is even potty trained, maybe she can give Hope some pointers!!
I have finished one of the PIF gifts and am working on the next one. Sorry guys but this may take longer than I thought. I will get them out to you though, late this week.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Grace has 27 variant forms: Engracia, Eugracia, Gracee, Gracella, Gracelynn, Gracelynne, Gracey, Gracia, Graciana, Gracie, Graciela, Graciella, Gracielle, Gracija, Gracina, Gracious, Grata, Gratia, Gratiana, Gratiela, Gratiella, Grayce, Grazia, Graziella, Grazina, Graziosa and Grazyna.
Baby names that sound like Grace are Karas, Kris, Cris and Crecia.
Grace is a very popular female first name and a very popular surname (source: 1990 U.S. Census). Displayed below is the baby name popularity trend for the girl's name Grace. Click here to compare Grace with related baby names.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Also on the agenda, a haircut for Jake!! He was way over due. He wanted to let it grow long, but the child is only 7 and I think we'll wait for that. I compromised with him and said when school is out he can let it grow all summer.
Before haircut. (and with ice cream on his face)
After haircut, just look at that handsome face!!
Also, the Mary Kay fundraiser is still going on through Wednesday, so if you need some please order here and don't forget to put my name in the comments section!! Thanks!!