Monday, March 9, 2015

We Could Have Missed This...

 This blog post has been started many times
 in my mind over the last few weeks. 

It is hard to find the words. 

It is hard to paint the picture of the intricacy 
of God's weaving in this story. 

Lily and Mei were crib mates in China.

When I took Lily from the 
orphanage that day in China
my heart broke into a thousand pieces. 

The term heartbreak is over used. 

On this day my heart literally broke. 

Lily's orphanage did very few adoptions.
The likelihood was that Mei would not be adopted.

I wanted so desperately to bring Mei 
home with me. 

To preserve this piece of Lily's history. 
To care for this child.

I've said many times once you walk in an orphanage
 you are never, ever the same.
This is my all time favorite picture of Lily.
She was so scared of everything when we first got her
 because she hadn't been outside the walls of the orphanage,
so she covered her eyes.
Then once and awhile she'd peek out to see what was going on.

You can see my last post about 
Lily and Mei here. 

Well through the wonder of God 
Mei was adopted after Lily. 

Through the wonder of the internet
Mei's mom and I met.

Through intricate weaving of God
we move across the country, 
where we know no one, 
and end up living in the same area as Mei's Grandma.  

We have stayed in touch and these girls have an absolute soul connection.

It had been more than a year and a half since they'd seen each other...
and eight years since they shared a crib.

But they see each other and they are instantly connected.

They instantly pick up where they left off.

There were Hungry Caterpillar tea parties...


lunch of mac and cheese...

...fierce rock paper scissors games 

...and time at the park. 

I was on the verge of tears the whole weekend...
because here's the thing...
we could have missed this.

We could have missed Lily...
and Mei. 

This adoption made NO worldly sense.


First, three kids under the age of three 
and two with medical needs...who DOES that? 

Who commits to adopt another child six months after coming home with the last? 

Economically...we won't even go there. 

We know many of our family and friends thought we had TOTALLY lost it.

Here's the thing though. 

We were absolutely, positively sure of God's call to adopt Lily
despite the fact that it did not make any worldly sense.

So for all of you who are in the process of adoption,
who are doubting God's call.

To those who are thinking this doesn't make any sense.

To those who are thinking how will I manage another child.

To those who are thinking where is this money going to come from.

To those who are thinking what if the medical need is too great.

To those who are thinking did I hear you right God? 

Stay the course.

Trust the story God is weaving.

Stay open to seeing the miracle.

We could have missed this...

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Texas History, Snow & A New Baby

On to the month of November! 
It was a busy month. 
Looking back now I can see why 
I was so tired by the end. 

The month started with Luke and Nora presenting their Texas History 
presentation in class. 
They did a really nice job.

Then we headed to the great north for Thanksgiving.
We stopped at House on the Rock on the way.
At this point in the loooonnnggg car ride we were about to lose our minds.
The kids were at the perfect age for all it's interesting weirdness. 
They thought it was awesome!


Then we continued north to the frozen Tundra 
of Green Bay 
where we met our days old niece Zoey. 

She is such a treasure and 
we were overjoyed for Mark and Jenny.

 Then it was time for some snow
and swimming!

Some special time with Great Grandma.

Then we headed south to my parents. 
The kids had lots of fun with their cousins.

A bit more sledding!

One of our favorite stops on the trip 
was to see the Dancing Horse Show in 
Lake Geneva. 

Matt and Luke went with some friends 
to the Badger game. 

So the girls and Drew went to the show. 
It was a great quality show and 
the kids loved it. 
There was incredible talent and artistry.
Since the girls have some serious horse fever it was the perfect outing.

Wisconsin friends if you are looking for a fun afternoon I would recommend it.

 We celebrated Christmas early 
with my parents. 
My mom made the kids each 
Packer blankets with their names on them.

Then we continued southward 
to see our Texas friends who moved to Chicago. We miss them so terribly and the kids had a wonderful time visiting.  

We literally unloaded the car and headed to a Grinch Party. 
Angel and Russ throw the best parties!
The girls dressed up as Who's from Whoville!

In the interest of full disclosure we
had one child go to the Emergency Room, 
got a flat tire in Joplin and 
had one child throw up everywhere in the car. 

It was a wonderful trip and 
we got to see so many people that 
we love.
Our kids are great travelers and
they all love to their momma!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pumpkins, Crocodiles, Sunsets and Super Heroes!

Lily and one of her best buddies.

Yes, we're still catching the blog up 
from October. 

We went to Oklahoma to visit our friends. 

We went on our annual 
pumpkin patch outing with them and 
just had some wonderful time together. 



Then we were off 

to the Crocodile farm 
with our co-op group. 

The crocodiles were huge 
and very cool. 

I think the kids liked seeing the giant tortoises the best though.

We are so grateful we get
this homeschool group
to go on great adventures with.

 Then Matt and I were off for a long weekend with my family to 
Cabo San Lucas.

It is a beautiful place and we were grateful
for the chance to relax and spend time together.

Then the day after we got home from Mexico
 it was time for Halloween! 
Luke was a Ninja, Nora Wonder Woman (she made the costume herself), 
Lily was Ana, Drew Captain America 
and Lauren was Elsa.