Tuesday, May 14, 2013

One More Time...

Although we have 11 home from China, Hubby and I still feel the call...

to go back




 (the pics are from a walk we toke with the children a couple weeks ago)

There are days that are so busy I wonder how it will all work 
but each and every time God figures out a way.

 (teaching the children how to skip stones)

HE helps us to focus on what is really important...
And it's not the messy garage
the unorganized closets
the laundry that needs to get done
the cards I have not been able to send
the fact that winter may come again before I can even get the summer clothes out.

 (Mia worked hard at it and she skipped a stone)

No, that is not what is important.

It's all about the children.

(Sam kept asking- can we stop and skip stones! He is such a boy! It turned out to be so much fun and three more children learned how to skip stones!)

HIS children
That don't have parents.
That are aching for LOVE.
That are in desperate need of someone to care for them.
The children that need to hear HIS words.

We have seen HIS miracles happen within our own home.
AND through other families that have stepped out in faith and brought children into their home.
I never tire of God's miracles.
It is uplifting and energizing!

Everyday we see HIM in their eyes-
the delight in the sprouting green grass and brightly colored tulips!
The wondering if Daddy's is going to make it upstairs to kiss them goodnight,
the happiness on their faces as we fix them a good meal,
the fact that they ask every Saturday "Are we going to church?" and we wouldn't dare say no to them!
The smile they are hiding when they have done a good job on their school work.
Their helpful attitude, 
the fears and concerns they share as we talk with them.
The walks we take "as a family".

And it is not just their lives that have been forever changed.
The fact that the big bio children can no longer stand the injustices of the world when it comes to 
the  orphans.
I can't tell you how many children they just want to 
"go get"!
They have seen the changes that the Lord has done within their siblings.

A child getting the medicine they need, 
the surgical procedure that helps them,
the cavities that have turned into beautiful white teeth!

(Emma fixed Ann's hair for the day ; - )

It just NEVER gets old!

Every day God shows us why we are doing what we are doing...
I could go on and on and on.


God has been so gracious to allow us to bring these children home and love them.

It make me smile as I hear so many darlings call me MOM!
The joy fills my soul!
Why God? Why have you blessed us so abundantly! 
It brings me to my knees in gratitude.

So one more time we will head back to China to meet our sweet blessings and bring them HOME!

I just gave you a hint ;-)

Of course
right now we have more information than you do
I promise we will share...



Sue said...

Congrats on you newest additions. Can't wait to hear more about them....I have a calling to, my just not happen on my timeline. I will pray things go smoothly for you.

Sue said...

Congrats once again for having new treasures to call you mom and dad. Can't wait to hear more about them.

Sarah said...

Jean, I can't wait for more of the specifics!!! I'm sorry I haven't emailed you again. Email me if you have a chance. Kaikai had some more doctor's appointments and I'm happy to share more about what we're doing with him, medically speaking. So excited for your family!

Sally-Girl! said...

Okay, if you don't splurge soon. I will tell everyone on my blog!!!!

Mama Ds Dozen said...


The children are blessed to call you Mom and Dad . . . as you are blessed that God has chosen each of them to be your children.

Family . . . that is what it is all about.

Rejoicing with you for all that He plans to do in you and through you . . . for His glory.

mama of 12

Karen Twombly said...

I am so very happy for you and your family and it gives me joy to think of another child/children who will have a loving family to call their own!
I don't know if you have time to answer this, but have all of your children (bio and adopted) always been right on board with adopting more? What have you and your husband done when/if someone wasn't?
Thank you so much! May God continue to bless you all...I know He will!!
Karen Twombly

Lisa said...

Congrats!! I'm so happy you and your husband have followed your heart! I loved the group shot of your littles...what a beautiful bunch!!

Rebecca said...

Wow Jean! That's awesome! Congratulations! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Emily said...

Once again, congratulations! Can't wait to learn about your newest treasures!


adoption journey said...

Congratulations! I'm so jealous! We want to adopt again, but we just don't have the funds. What agency do you use? Perhaps they can help us?

Suzanne said...

hmmmm? Boys? Twins? The suspense is driving me crazy!

Amanda said...

Oh Congratulations!!! I can't wait to hear more & follow along on your journey to bring your children HOME!!!!

Stephanie Moschel said...

This made my day!!! We are all so very excited for you! Can't wait to see photos and read about the name game.....so exciting!!!

McChesney Family said...

So excited for you and family !! Such a Blessing... What a way to go make disciples, just amazing !!

We also feel the the calling again and have started a new home study.
Not sure where we are going yet.

Angie said...

Ha! We savvy blogger readers knew it! Congrats and you know we are all anxiously awaiting more info on your new children!

Jen said...

Wonderful news! Can't wait to hear more about your newest treasurers!!

Megan said...

Wonderful...can't wait to hear more!!

Donna S said...

Come on now, spill it!!!

Can't wait to see who God has picked out for your family!

Maybe I will just go ask Sally ;)

Jodi said...

Congratulations!!! Can't wait to hear more!!!

Cindy said...

A BIG Congrats!
I have to share that I am not surprised another blessing is in store for your beautiful family! Can't wait to hear more!!

Sean and Lisa said...

Yay!! Rejoicing in this good news here in PA and already praying for these future blessings, your family and smooth transitions. We serve a Big God and He LOVES your big family and so do we!!

Wright Family said...

much to my very great surprise, we may be going again also......Catherine

lizzielou said...

This is the very best news! You have such a beautiful family and such a beautiful Mamas heart! Cannot wait to see more details! Yipee Jesus! More children getting a family! xoxoxoxoox

Alexa said...

Congratulations!!! That is so amazing!!! And wishing a HUGE congratulations to the luck children who are getting an AMAZING family to call their own!

Gloria W said...

I hope you could adopt from Baotou Inner Mogolia, that case I will have the honer to meet you!!! Great mama

Shecki Grtlyblesd said...

Hmm, hoping for boys this time, just to even things up a little. :)

likeschocolate said...

Congratulations! I agree! More boys!

Angela Black said...

Congrats!!!! How exciting! If you know more than we do then we JUST MIGHT be in China at the same time!

Mary DeGennaro said...

Jean, Not surprised at all. Can't wait to see the pictures of your newest additions! And then I want to travel to Minnesota and meet them all in person.