Saturday, November 29, 2008

Quilt Ministry- how awesome!

My lifelong, dear friend, Angela, is such a HUGE blessing. Her church in Andrews has one of the neatest ministries. They have a quilt ministry. They have a lady there that makes BEAUTIFUL quilts, that she calls prayer quilts. After she makes the quilts, she leaves the strings untied. Then they leave the quilt in their prayer room at the church. As people feel lead, they come in and say a prayer for the person receiving the quilt. After they say their prayer, they tie a knot in a string for each prayer they said for the person. In this case, Angela had asked me for some specific prayers for Toryn. I gave her a list of specific prayers for him. He was prayed for many times (and still is). Angela brought me the quilt yesterday. It is absolutely beautiful and it will always be a treasured gift. I know as Toryn wraps up in it, he will know that he was covered in many prayers. Angela, I love you more than you will ever know. You and your family have done WAY too much! I will ask God again to richly bless you and your family. He has truly blessed me with your friendship. You will never know this side of Heaven just how cherished you are to me, because words are not adequate! I love you, girl! Bless you!

Notice the little chinese boy on the end! Perfect material!

Angela & I

Care Package sent with L*ve!

We sent Toryn a couple of care packages, and he should have received them this past week. Hopefully, the nannies will show him our little photo album with our pictures in it, so he will maybe recognize us when we get him. We sent him a soft teddy bear and blanket to cuddle with, a new outfit and shoes, a toy car, some socks for the other children, and some candy and gum for the nannies. We also put a disposable camera in there, so hopefully the nannies will take pictures of him with his little friends. I wish I could be the one to open it for him and wrap him in the warm blanket, but it shouldn't be much longer! Praise God! We are praying that we will receive our travel approval this upcoming week.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Waiting, waiting, waiting.....

We continue to wait on our Travel Approval. It should come any moment, so everytime the phone rings, my heart stops. The group waiting before us, received theirs last week, and they travel Dec. 4th. So that means if our TA comes early next week, we could possible travel around the 18th of Dec., which would be perfect timing. Of course, when God is in control, His timing is ALWAYS perfect.

I have to say that the talent show was a big hit! I am so proud of ALL the kids that performed. They were absolutely amazing! It was so much fun! We are hoping that the school will continue to have one every year. It was a huge blessing, and I can't stop watching our video of it. It was so good! Way to go, kids!

During this crazy time, I am trying real hard to not get too overwhelmed. I was feeling nervous and overwhelmed some this week. I think the reality is setting in. In all of the normal craziness of this time of year, we attend three basketball games per week, work, fighting colds, homework, etc. and on top of all that, trying to plan a trip clear across the other side of the world. I am trying so hard to keep trusting God, for I know with all of my heart, that He will continue to provide everything we need. As I was feeling a little down, my friend Lisa (who is also waiting for her sweet one from China) reminded me of these things (and how true they are!):
*God loves Toryn more than you do and will handle everything you over look.
*Satan might be fighting but we have the ultimate weapon.
*There are lots of people who love you and are willing to help you...don't be afraid to ask.
*All the craziness will fade when you hold Toryn in your arms.
*You can be confident that He who began a work in you will see it through.
*God is always on time. He's never early and never late.
*God will supply your every need according to His riches in glory! (Phil 4:19)
* Your family is VERY prayed for. (thank you so much!)
*God has just began to be glorified in you!!!

Thank you, Lisa, for the reminder! I needed that!

As you and your families join for Thanksgiving, we hope you have a very blessed time together!
Happy Thanksgiving,

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

talent-show Made with My Cool Signs.Net

If you need some good entertainment for Saturday night, then come on out to Forsan School for a Talent Show! Tessa (along with lots of help!)has organized a Talent Show as a fund-raiser to help with our adoption. There is some really good acts lined up, and I know you will not want to miss the fun! I believe Forsan's Got Talent!
It is Saturday, November 22, 2008
7:00 p.m.
in the High School Auditorium
$3.00 admission fee
All proceeds will go towards our adoption funds.

The Magic Well!

Forsan One Act Play
"The Magic Well"

Congrats to Forsan Jr. High School One Act Play
for winning 2nd place in the UIL competition yesterday!
Congrats to Treagan for his All-Star Cast award.

Also, congrats to our nephew, Tanner, for his award. (We have lots of "drama" in the family.) LOL
We are proud of all of you for your hard work! Thank you to the best directors ever, Mr. Rhodes and Ms. Hoelscher!

Treagan played the Old Man.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Lord hath done great things.....

The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.
Psalms 126:3
O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things...Isaiah 25:1
We are totally speechless and continue to thank God for His goodness. He is so faithful! A HUGE thank you to our wonderful church for the VERY GENEROUS love offering that you gave us tonight. We are so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful, loving, and giving church. We have asked God to bless each of you in a very special way for what you have done for us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us bring Toryn home! You are the very best! We love you all! We are getting closer each day, still have some to raise, but we have NO doubt God will continue to provide! If you have given towards our adoption, please know that you have touched us in a way that words cannot describe. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
God bless,

Verse of the Day-

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1
Have a blessed day!
All children come from God,
for some the journey home just takes a little longer.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Dear Toryn-

The Gift of Life
I didn't give you the gift of life,
But in my heart I know
The love I feel is deep and real,
As if it had been so.
For us to have each other,
Is like a dream come true!
No, I didn't give you the gift of life,
God gave me the gift of you!
--Author Unknown
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. James 1:17

Monday, November 3, 2008

Chinese Sonogram

This is way too cute! I love it!

Our yard sale fundraiser was a success! I can't thank everyone enough for all the help! Thank you to all who donated items, money, goodies, help, and their precious time. We could not have done it without you!
My sister, Cristi, her nephew, JR in the green, and Treagan.
Cristi made some delicious burritos to sale.
Our friends, Jara, Jordyn, and Hannah.

My friend, Cristie, and I .

My friend, Lisa, and I. Lisa was an amazing amount of help! She is also waiting to bring her little one home from China. We are praying that it will speed up and she will be able to go get KayLi soon! Thank you, Lisa!

Lisa and Tessa. Lisa made lots of goodies for us to sell, along with my friends Debbie and Joann.

A great BIG thank you to Skip B. for donating this billboard.

Here I am, ready to make a great deal!
Skip also donated this sign for the front yard.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

For those of you just joining us...

For those of you who are just now joining us as God unfolds this amazing journey, please be sure to read our initial post of how God led us to Toryn. To find it, look for BLOG ARCHIVE to the left, then click on October, then "Our Adoption Journey". Thank you all so much for your prayers! We can definitely feel them, God is working fast! WOW! Just a short time longer, and I get to hold that cute little peanut in my arms! YeeHaw!

Saturday, November 1, 2008


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