Monday, May 30, 2011

Beyond Excited!

Okay, Okay- I give up! I guess it's time! (besides I need those purging tips!)

We are beyond excited for our new addition!

It has already been an amazing journey- one that only God could orchestrate!

It took us completely by surprise but once HE spoke we new he was ours! Without a doubt he was our son!

It began in late November 2009. I was blog hopping and stumbled on a pic of an adorable little guy who would be coming up for adoption in the near future. We were in process for Emma and Ellie so I was not necessarily look for a child to adopt. I was just browsing blogs...


Then I heard God speak...

It took me completely by surprise!

God said


I immediately answered back-

"What? Really? Your kidding me?"
"But God he is so young and well, we are not!"
"But God, hubby is thinking of adopting only girls?"
"This is not what we had planned?"

I knew after I said the last sentence how silly it sounded. "not what we had planned" like that even matters!

I had goosebumps from head to toe as I stared at this picture of this adorable little one yr old boy!

Hubby was just coming home from work and he looked at me- I must have had a silly smile on my face because he said "What happened?"

I looked at him and said "You won't believe it!"

We got dinner for the kids and sat down to talk. I was so excited to tell him that I had heard God speak and what He had said but at the same time I did not know how hubby would react. After all he had previously said no boys and no one younger than Anna (2006). This precious treasure was 2.5 yrs younger than Anna.

Of course, I was still smiling, bursting at the seams and in near disbelief at what had just happened!

I told him the whole story and without hesitation he said "YES". Now mind you, I have no idea what we were saying yes to- we had no referral, no information, no nothing- BUT we had Gods words! So I guess we were saying YES- to GOD!!

In the following months we tried to find out as much info as we could but it still wasn't much to go on and there was no referral available so we prayed and put our trust in God.

The process continued with Emma and Ellie and in July they came home! Still there was no referral and no new info on this little guy. Knowing that we are on the road to aging out of China adoption, we made the decision to bring home Sam and Ava. We felt nudged by God to continue our pace and get "our children" home.

I was concerned... had we gone against God's word? Were we testing God? Nothing good can come from that... We prayed that if doors opened we would move through them and if this was not his will he would close them. Our desire is to serve HIM and HIM only. (we often fall short but we continue to try)

As we proceeded with Sam and Ava's adoption and we continued to pray and pray for the little guy God had spoken to us about. 

The wait for him seemed endless and we often wondered - did we misunderstand, did we already miss him, why wasn't his referral showing up- anywhere??

I have heard God speak before, I was certain of what I heard and down deep our trust was completely with HIM. No matter what was going to happened we knew HE was in control.

Just as we were about to bring our 2 treasures home the referral came. Our agency had been searching for it and they found it!! Truly we were singing praises to our Lord! 

It brought me to my knees. The words that He spoke in November of 2009 were coming true in March of 2011!

I was speechless and every time I opened my mouth I felt like I was going to burst into tears- tears of joy! 

I wanted to share it with everyone but the time was not right. We needed to get our children home from China and start the new process for our little boy!

There are so many things that have happened already in this little guys life that have been miracles. Many of you already know his story. You have prayed and fasted for him. I will be sharing them with you in future posts.

Here is the picture that I was looking at when I heard God speak!

When I look at this precious child I feel my heart swell!
We cannot wait to get him home!!
I want to fall to my knees in gratitude to our Dear LORD!

This little treasure is number #12
We are waiting for our PA for #13.


Shonni said...

WOW! I am so excited for you!!! God is so amazing and your God story ... well, it makes me sing glory to HIM!!!

Karin said...

I LOVE this story! :) Did I miss your announcement for #13? Who????I'm so out of the loop after being in Israel for 10 days.

Lynne said...

Yay-Yay-Yay !!! Be still my heart. Your new little guy is so precious. I am so happy !!! xoxoxo

Sarah said...

Oh, I am so excited Jean! I can't wait to hear the whole story. God is so good!!!

Lori said...

So glad you could finally go public with this amazing news!!

But I'm also confused by little treasure #12...and PA for #13. Have I lost count or missed something??

Oh that the order in which God called you to this treasure.

Am I analyzing this too much?


Serving the King said...

Congratulations my friend!! Wooo-Hooo so, sooo excited for you and I cannot WAIT to see a pic of #13!!

Pam said...

Jean, you said "yes" to God!!!!! I just LOVE your story! And I can't wait to hear the rest!

Tesseraemum said...

Oh my Gosh!! Is this Luke?!
Congrats to you!!! I so want to be where you are!! My heart aches...

Sally-Girl! said...

Finally!!!!! I have been waiting since November 2009 for this to finally come out!!! I have held him twice since November 2009 knowing this but not knowing if he would indeed be your son!!

He truly is YOURS! It is a total God orchestrated adoption. I can't wait for you to go and get him and sweet 13!!!

Love you much!!!

From the Erben Gang..... said...

Ohhh so cute. Really excited for you! And Sam and gang!

Mom to my China Posse said...

Oh Please don't leave us hanging! Is the little guy number 12 ans we haven't seen number 13! By the way he is adorable!!!!! I am so happy for you!

Karen said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you. I know this precious boy has been on your heart for a very long time. I can't wait to hear all the details about your precious treasure #13. I know you won't keep us hanging:-)

Sophie said...

So happy for you Jean, what a blessing that your husband hears the Lord speak, that's half the battle.

Looking forward to following you on this journey.

Susan A said...

Gosh... I love it when you shared how God spoke to you... that's how you know that you know that you know :)

I would love for Him to speak to me like this about something so that I may know for sure as well. Please pray that He will? If that is His will. Thank you :)

Vicky said...

He's beautiful! God's perfect timing in all things! I'm looking forward to following this adventure at it unfolds even more!

connie said...

oh my goodness! i'm so excited for you!!!!!! details, details....

Adeye said...

Yahooooooo!!!!! That is just the best news today. Congrats, friend. We are so rejoicing with your family. GREAT things He has done.

Jennifer said...

Yay!!! So excited for you!!! How awesome! Can not wait to hear more...and #13??? :)

Cari said...

Oh Jean, that is so awesome! Congratulations to your family!!

Jennifer said...

He is precious to be sure.

Mandi said...

WOW, I am SOOOOO happy for you! I can't wait to hear more about #12 and #13!!!


Nicole A. said...

So you are bringing home TWO more sweet kiddos?! Wow! You are incredible! So happy for you and excited to follow along!

All the best,
Nicole A., now in LA

Holly said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! MY HEART JUMPED WHEN I SAW THAT PICTURE!! Praise the Lord...He has brought that precious miracle boy a wonderful family. I knew He would!

Jodi said...

Ohhhh how wonderful!!! Congratulations!!! I am not surprised with all your hinting about there being more room in the "boy" room!!! What a doll he is!!!

julie said...

Congratulations!! He is adorable! When do you expect to travel? It's looking like August for us...btw, I finally started a Journey To Me-it's under the name Mia YuQin. So Happy For You!!

Mary Kate said...

Unbelievably Wonderful!!!!!!!

Suzette said...

Praise God for His word and your obedience! So excited to see this precious little boy's family find him. We have been praying for him.
What a joy!

Hanna said...

WOW God spoke to you that the child is your son! I am so happy for you!

janet said...

Congradulations!!! So exciting praying for all of you

Janet and Kevin said...

That is very exciting news! So happy for you all! To hear God speak and then see His fullfillment of that promise - WOW!

janet and gang

Nancy said...

So, so happy for you, Jean. How exciting!!! Number 13? I, like everyone else, feel like I've missed a child.

ronvic7 said...

Our family rejoices with your news, it's so special to see an orphan become an orphan-no-more, now a son or daughter:)


Momma of the Min sibs

Annie said...

Such great news, congratulations!
Can't wait to hear more about him and #13. Thanks for sharing how you heard God speak and the journey He is taking you on and allowing us to go along.

MoonDog said...

so I have been reading your blog awhile now and only JUST NOW realised we are in the SAME STATE! I am about 90 miles to the north! I have 10 kids. you seem to have mostly chinese kids, I have mostly Ukrainian, with one Russian thrown in for excitement lol(along with 3 bios)its fun to see that another big family isnt too far away from us! do you know what tipped me off to your location? the zoo pics. I have a photo from a few years back of my kids on the big pig! and then the chicken cutouts for your face! I said to myself THATS THE MN ZOO!!!!

Updated by Lila Huggins (grandmother) said...


This is such an awesome story. I say, "you go girl" Adopt as many as you can before China cuts you off!!! I'm enjoying this with you and your wonderful family so much!! Thank you for sharing with us!!
God Bless You!!

Miss Lila

Dawn said...

What, what,,,, wow! So very happy for you all! Hey, I know I have seen his face what was his name? So glad you can give more kids a home. Blessings galore!

Kathy said...

Yay!!!! so excited to hear that he has a family-and that it's you:-) I've been wondering for a long time if he would be yours one day! We missed meeting him when we visited-although I may be up there before he comes home to you:-)

Sammy said...

Oh, my goodness! He is precious.