Thursday, July 10, 2014

Amazing Grace!

It's time!
To introduce our new daughter!


We said we were done and we meant it…
We did not plan to adopt again…

But God had other plans for us!

It was in April when we first saw her picture.
I wasn't looking but I was having conversations with God.
I asked him if there was one more child we were leaving behind?

Hubby was firm- he knew we were done…

And then a friend sent me a picture of a little 5 yr old girl that needed a family.
She had a special need that we were very familiar with…
The minute I saw her my heart leapt!
And she had a face that I felt like I recognized!
Bits and pieces of our children at home.

I showed hubby her pic and
his face lit up, then he quickly caught himself and said
"shame on you"
(with a hint of a smile).

I am not usually the one that remains quiet but I did this time…
I prayed and prayed.
Dear God,
 IF she is our daughter 
please have Hubby desire to talk about it. 
Please change his heart if that is your will.
It is in YOUR hands Lord.

Every time I wanted to bring it up- I prayed instead.
And by golly he was the one that brought up adopting her.
Not once, not twice but many times!
Until the decision was made!

We felt God's guiding hand all along and I knew He had a name for her.
So I prayed over it
and then it popped into my head
Grace!
That's it!

So this is our amazing Grace!

She turned 6 yrs old in May!
She was just a few months older than Joey (will be 6 this month) and Luke (will be 6 in November).

We are not very far into the adoption process but we are trying to move faster.
We have PA and we are finishing up our home study now.
We are hoping the Grace will join our family sometime at the end of the winter (maybe beginning of spring) but that is just a guess?

We feel so blessed to have this special treasure be our daughter!
Praising GOD!!



35 comments:

Jo's Corner said...

aww, Grace is so pretty! The name fits her sweet, peaceful face. Congratulations! ~ Jo

Sarah said...

What agency are you going with this time? We are headed back again hopefully for three...waiting on PA for the third. His ways are not our ways...love how He leads!

Annie said...

You know how excited I am for your sweet family Jean! LOVE the name!

Dardi said...

Congratulations! I love the news, but what I really love is how you were "quiet" with your husband. :) I have said many, many times that our journeys to each of our children was about more than just the adoption itself; those journeys grew our relationships with God, our family, & especially grew our marriage into an even stronger one of mutual respect & trust, guided by Him (& not one of us pushing the other for what *we* wanted). Blessings on getting all the paperwork in order! :o)

just me said...

Oh my Jean! You are just full of surprises!! Congratulations . . . she's a sweetie . . . and her American name is perfect!

Best, Doreen

Sammy said...

Since, I can't at least I can follow your journey! When do we get details? : - )

Jboo said...

Oh my word -- Congratulations! She is such a little beauty!!

Pam said...

A beautiful daughter. A beautiful name. Congratulations!

Joy Altman said...

Awesome news! Congratulations!! So happy for your family, once again. I am so excited to follow along on your journey to precious Grace. Beautiful!!!

Kelly Rumbaugh said...

God is bigger than our decision huh, Jean? God bless you all

Mary DeGennaro said...

Jean, I am surprised but so happy for you and sweet Grace, that she will be a part of your wonderful family...I see her fitting in right away, and being pampered by all her siblings. What joy you must feel, knowing that this is truly God's plan for your family.

Shecki Grtlyblesd said...

Just one this time?? ;) Congratulations! She's lovely. You're right, there's something about her picture that just draws you in. Special girl. Best wishes for a smooth transition into your family.

Shelia Jacoby said...

She is precious and there is a quietness to her face that is very sweet. Can't wait to follow yet another adoption journey.

Lisa and Tate said...

She is meant to join your family. What a testament to the power of prayer.

Laura L. said...

Congratulations! She is a beauty, & will be so blessed to join your family. Godspeed!

Meg said...

So happy for you!! I have a "Grace", too, and every time I call her I feel as if I am breathing His name and I thank Him for her life. Congratulations!

Jennifer P said...

She is gorgeous! Sent you a private email!

lizzielou said...

Jean I am so thrilled for you and your family! Yay Jesus! There is something about her face, as soon as I saw it, she looks like someone in your family, or maybe little bits and pieces of each of you, I don't know, but she is so meant to be yours! And oh my she is beautiful!!!!! congrats! Wohoo! xoxox

Rosemary Snyder said...

She is beautiful. Made my day.

Holly said...

Congratulations! I hope your paperwork will move quickly and your transition will be smooth. So happy for your family. What did the other kids say? :)

Delaine said...

Congratulations, all of you!! Wow! what exciting news!
Delaine Spruill

Vicky said...

I am so excited for you and Grace! I can't wait to see her with your big wonderful family! Praising God for another precious child finding her forever family!

Lindsey Z. said...

Hello! I'm a big fan of y'all's blog! I don't think I've ever comment but I get so happy when I see that you blogged! Today, I'm extra happy! Congratulations! She is so beautiful and I love her name!
Praying for y'all!
~Lindsey

Terri said...

She is gorgeous!!! Congratulations!

likeschocolate said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting!

Diane said...

Wow and WOW!!! Can't wait to follow your family in another amazing journey. Love the name Grace.

Shauna said...

Congratulations Jean!! Grace is beautiful! Looking forward to following the journey!

Wendy said...

Very happy for you Jean and your family. Little Grace is so adorable. Cannot wait to hear more!!!

Hanna said...

Wow! Congratulations! Grace is so beautiful!

Lisa said...

Congratulations on your new little one. We brought our daughter home from China in June of 2013 and currently are in the process of bring our little man home. It sounds like we are at about the same point in our journey. From what I gather we are in the same neck of the woods... we live in a suburb South of the Metro about 5 miles from MOA. Such a small small world!

Lisa

Mom Of Many said...

Big ol' crocodile tears in the desert!! So happy for you...

Tell Jim that I *knew* when you said you were done that there was more. Haha. We can't help ourselves.

I love you and am so thankful for your lifestyle of unselfish living!! xoxoxox

Kirstin said...



Congratulations!!!

ourchinagirls said...

Congratulations! I wish there was some way that we could bring home one more daughter to add to our family. Maybe you could set up some kind of fund for those of us who don't have all the money. That would be the biggest help to us. We have the room, the love and everything else, we just don't have all the funds, particularly the travel fees. It would be such a great blessing and help and create One Less!!

elaine said...

God's blessings to you as you work on bringing home another daughter!

Judy Deaton said...

Congratulations!!! She is a doll, and will be in great hands :)