Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas from ALL of us!

"But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons."
- Galatians 4:4-5

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

19 Years Ago Today...

I love you, Sweetie! Happy anniversary!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Have a fun and festive Christmas...

...from Dawn and Lee plus three!

Saturday, December 04, 2010

You've come a long way, baby

Olivia's first bubble bath...

Olivia's second bubble bath, two months later...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Don't People Realize Clowns Are Scary?

I was going through some phonics flash cards with Olivia. She was having a blast, and kept asking for more...until I came across this one...

She took it, looked at it for a moment, handed it back to me, and said, "All done."

So, why couldn't the manufacturer of these cards include something that was actually kid-friendly, like a cloud or a clock? The only explanation I can think of is that this was someone's idea of a sick joke.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The girls take the stage for the first time

Patrice and Olivia made their debut tonight at our school's variety show. Olivia was having so much fun she didn't want to leave the stage.

Friday, November 19, 2010

November 15, 2010: A Bitter-Sweet Day

On Monday of this week we had a used Rainbow Play System installed in the backyard for the kids. Our dog, June, had a blast running around and playing with us. You can see her in the background.

Sadly, this is the last picture ever taken of her. About 15 minutes after this was taken, she pushed open the garage door, which hadn't latched properly, and ran into the street where she was struck by a car.

We took her to the vet, but had to put her down a couple hours later. Not exactly the fun and exciting afternoon we had imagined.

We'll miss our June.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Daddy's Little Slugger

One of the highlights of the summer was seeing the kids playing baseball for the first time...

Batter up!

Strike one!

Strike two!

Strike three!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Yes, I'm Aware My Kids Don't Look Like Me

I was at Macy's with Olivia when a salesperson there commented on how cute she was. Noting the obvious difference in appearance, he asked, "Does she look like her mother?" I smiled and said, "I have no idea."

Sunday, October 31, 2010

What Is It with Kids and Shoes?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Deadly Effects of China's One-Child Policy

Contrary to what China's central government would have us believe, the country's one-child policy still leads to forced abortions and forced sterilizations.

Welcome to government-sponsored "family planning."

Monday, September 27, 2010

Typhoon in China

Click here for the latest story.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembering 9/11

I hate this anniversary. It is hard to see the pictures again, but I feel we must see them so we can keep our promise that we will never forget. It is so hard to re-live the devastation, loss of life and the pain that we all felt, which was nothing in comparison to those directly affected. Below are Lee's thoughts written just days after it all happened. He is so clear-headed and introspective here, at a time while I was still in a dazed fog. It is lengthy, but worth the time to read through.

(Lee wrote this a week after 9/11/2001)

As our nation's leaders decide how to respond to the recent terrorist attacks, the American people are trying to come to terms with the tremendous loss of life and the unsettling sense of insecurity that inevitably follows such tragedies. Many are struggling with questions left unanswered and are wondering where they can turn for comfort in their time of grief. Many are also beginning to understand that there is more to this than meets the eye.

The term "holy war" has been bandied about by politicians and members of the media to describe the suicidal resolve of the radical Muslim terrorists responsible for these atrocities. Little do they realize how descriptive that term really is.

There are forces of good and evil at war in a spiritual world we can neither see nor touch. From Scripture we learn that these forces, however intangible they may seem, directly affect our lives. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church at Ephesus, writes, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Eph. 6:12). The invisible battle that is raging is just as real as any we see here on earth.

The Muslim extremists who despise our country are right about one thing. There is a "Great Satan" at work in the world, but it is not America. He is the Devil, an evil spirit, a fallen angel. The Bible tells us that he "prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Pet. 5:8). He is the supreme commander of countless demon hordes whose primary objective is to thwart God's plan for mankind.

We Christians know the forces of evil will ultimately fail. Though we may appear to lose a battle every now and then, we have read the end of the Book and rest in the fact that our heavenly Commander in Chief has already won the war. Anything Satan has to throw at us cannot take that away, no matter how devastating the situation may seem at the time.

Although this struggle between good and evil cannot be seen in the physical realm, the effects of this spiritual warfare can. Evil drives people to do bad things. It attacks without warning, and it can become terrifyingly evident during traumatic events like the ones witnessed on September 11.

Despite the feelings of hate, frustration, and despair we have all experienced as a result of these terrorist attacks, there is a blessed hope to be found. We who have been given the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ know that we are eternally safe and secure from the evil that plagues the world. Although we cannot escape the physical and emotional pain that comes from living in a fallen, sinful world, that eternal flame of hope will never be extinguished, and the reward promised by our Heavenly Father will far outweigh any suffering we may endure here on earth.

Over 450 years ago, the great Reformer Martin Luther penned one of the most magnificent hymns of all time, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God." I can hardly sing it without tears in my eyes, and that was especially true this past Sunday, only days after first seeing the death and destruction in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.

The hymn's message is one of hope and encouragement in the midst of life's trials for those who have Christ as their Lord and Savior:

    A mighty fortress is our God,
    A bulwark never failing;
    Our helper He, amid the flood
    Of mortal ills prevailing.

    For still our ancient foe
    Doth seek to work us woe;
    His craft and pow'r are great,
    And, armed with cruel hate,
    On earth is not his equal.

    Did we in our own strength confide,
    Our striving would be losing,
    Were not the right Man on our side,
    The Man of God's own choosing.

    Dost ask who that may be?
    Christ Jesus, it is He;
    Lord Sabaoth His name,
    From age to age the same,
    And He must win the battle.

    And though this world, with devils filled,
    Should threaten to undo us,
    We will not fear, for God hath willed
    His truth to triumph through us.

    The prince of darkness grim -
    We tremble not for him;
    His rage we can endure,
    For lo! his doom is sure;
    One little word shall fell him.

    That word above all earthly pow'rs -
    No thanks to them - abideth;
    The Spirit and the gifts are ours
    Through Him Who with us sideth.

    Let goods and kindred go,
    This mortal life also;
    The body they may kill;
    God's truth abideth still,
    His kingdom is for ever.
The Psalmist also reminds us of this protection in times of adversity. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging" (Ps. 46:1-3). Truly, if God is for us, who can possibly stand against us?

As Christians, we should have the desire to bring others into the shelter of our Mighty Fortress. We should be praying for healing and comfort in this time of crisis. We should also be reaching out in love and doing what we can to meet the needs of those who are suffering.

It is our prayer that throughout all of this others may find the eternal hope we have in Christ. With that hope, we can stand firm and confront evil knowing who the ultimate victor is. We can have the confidence to say to those who strike out against us, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives" (Gen. 50:20). Let us not lose hope, and let us trust that God can and will bring about good from evil.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Our two iPods die on us, so I order the new iPod Nano, which comes with a built-in video camera. If only I could find a willing subject to test it out on...

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Olivia's favorite new word since turning two has been "no." She likes to say it a lot, even though it gets her into trouble.

But she does listen. A typical conversation goes like this: "Olivia, eat your food."


"Olivia, you need to eat your food."


"Olivia, don't say, 'No.'"


She's such a stinker sometimes.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Chinese Adoption Documentary

Wo Ai Ni Mommy is a documentary from filmmaker Stephanie Wang-Breal. It is scheduled to air on PBS on August 31. Here's the trailer...

You can read more about the film here.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Happy Birthday, Philippe!

I am a day late and a dollar short but I was hoping to have pictures posted...BUT...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PHILIPPE! He turned 9 yesterday and we will get some pics on here soon!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

One Year Ago Today...

Happy Gotcha Day, Olivia!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday, Olivia!

We love you!

Monday, July 05, 2010

An Actual Post!

Well, ok - I am just linking to my niece's blog - but it is so lovely there is no way I could have blogged anything that would match it or even come close. Click here. Thanks, Jenny, for posting such a rich representation of our day and our family. We are so blessed to have you in the clan. xox

Monday, June 07, 2010

Our Baby's Baby

Olivia, who has never liked playing with dolls or stuffed animals, really took a liking to one particular doll. This afternoon she was holding it and walking around the house, and at one point went into the kitchen and came back empty handed.

"Where's your baby?" I asked.

O raised her hands and shook her head. "I-uh-know," she replied.

A few minutes later I walked to the other side of the counter and saw this...

Friday, May 21, 2010

One year ago today!!

We got our referral for sweet Olivia Xiudi!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Another Attack in China

I think that this is the fourth attack similar to this in China. So sad...what is going on??

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It Has Pigtails!

When my niece, Ava, first saw Olivia's referral picture, she was visibly disappointed. Jenny said, "What's wrong, Ava?" and Ava said, "I thought it would have pigtails"

Well, now it has pigtails! What do you think, Ava?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Heartbreaking Info from China

Published on ShanghaiDaily. com (http://www.shanghai
http://www.shanghai sp/article/ 2010/201004/ 20100416/ article_434385. htm

Old folks held to force relatives' sterilizations
Created: 2010-4-16 1:42:44
Author:Li Xinran

HUNDREDS of people in a southern China city, mostly senior citizens, have been confined in dozens of government-owned offices and kept from leaving until their sons or daughters who have violated the nation's family planning policy agreed to accept sterilization.

Those elderly people were taken from home by family planning staff in Puning City of Guangdong Province to be "concentrated for class," a local newspaper quoted a Puning family planning official as saying.

By Sunday, 1,377 people in Puning had been taken to the offices, the Nanfang Rural News reported yesterday.

At one of Puning's townships, nearly 100 people, including babies, were forced to crowd into a 200-square-meter room watched by three unidentified men, the newspaper said.

Without space to lie down, some had to stand or squat. They breathed filthy air in the damp room and had to huddle in the cold because of a shortage of quilts, said the newspaper.

They were taken to the room because their sons or daughters, working out of town, bore too many children.

Local officials called those migrants home for sterilization, threatening to take their families away if they refused.

Some migrants tried to play for time because of their uncompleted effort for a son, but most came back immediately for the surgery so that their families could be released.

Puning, a city of 2.2 million people, was often criticized by Guangdong family planners for performing poorly on population control.

Local officials said that they had no choice but to take harsh measures, while the city's family planning bureau chief blamed local people's traditional idea for more children, especially boys.


Monday, April 19, 2010

Some Light Reading

Olivia occasionally likes to kick back and relax in the morning with some light reading...

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The Flip Flop Fleet Makes the News!

Everything Philippe and Patricia have gone through inspired our friend's daughter to make the Flip Flop Fleet the focus of her project for school. The following is a report that ran on Twin Cities Live, a local news program:

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Happy 10th Birthday, Patricia!

Patricia posing with her cake

Friday, March 05, 2010


the cousins

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Life is Good!

There have been tough times, of course, (any parent can say that isn't true?) but overall we are very amazed with all that the kids have learned and adapted to. We are pleased with the progress they have made and are glad that Patricia feels comfortable enough to share some of her experiences in Haiti. The kids get along amazingly and it is a blessing to see them all enjoy each other so much. More great pictures and videos to come along shortly!

After such a long wait for parenthood, we have to say...

Friday, February 05, 2010

Philippe's Homecoming!

This was broadcast last night on KSTP TV.

Cameras from WCCO and KARE were also there, but those videos are not yet available online.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

It's a Boy!

Dawn is with Philippe right now in Miami and will be flying back tonight (Delta #2330, arriving at 8:40 pm).

It's so nice to see that smile again!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Patricia Comes Home!

I was at the airport on Thursday to greet all my girls! Cameras from KSTP, WCCO, and KARE 11 were there to share the moment.

And there has been some encouraging good news about Philippe. We received a call from a reporter at the Washington Post who said that 120 more orphans from Haiti had been granted clearance to leave the country. She didn't know if Philippe was among them, but we're waiting for that call.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Haiti Adoption a "Battle of Endurance"

There is an excellent article in the Desert News about Utah families adopting from Haiti, and it explains the problems adoptive parents face. What's interesting is how their experiences mirror ours.

All the legal gymnastics required by parents seeking to adopt. The lack of oversight in the adoption process and the corrupt judges who make parent take unnecessary trips to Haiti just to demonstrate that they care for the kids they're adopting. The dire conditions of those kids held hostage by the Haitian government after some were allowed to leave on humanitarian parole. The article covers pretty much everything we've had to deal with.

Read the full article here.

Dawn and the girls are flying home today at 6:19 on NW from Orlando if you are in MN and want to welcome Patricia.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Still in the News

We're glad the local news stations are continuing to focus on our ongoing story. There's this follow-up report from WCCO and this one from KSTP:

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Haiti Status Update

Email update from FHG:
    Orphans Blocked From Departing Haiti
    Undefined Haitian exit procedures halts departure of humanitarian paroled orphans

    (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) Seventy-nine of the 106 children from Maison des Enfants de Dieu (Children of the House of God) orphanage, who were granted humanitarian parole, arrived in Florida on Saturday, January 23rd. The Haitian Government has blocked the remaining 27 children, including the adopted son of the For His Glory (FHG) Adoption Outreach President, Kim Harmon, from departing Port-au-Prince. In a surprise announcement, Haitian Prime Minister Bellerive stated that all future cases of humanitarian parole would have to complete an exit process with his office. He has not yet defined this exit process so no action can be taken to bring the remaining children to their adoptive parents in the United States.

    The Maison des Enfants de Dieu orphanage staff announced that they soon would be accepting 30 children orphaned since the January 12th earthquake. Over the past week, the orphanage has received numerous requests to take newly orphaned children. In one instance alone, it was asked to accept 70 orphans. The orphanage and FHG remain firmly committed to the children and the people of Haiti. Pat Flowers, an FHG board member who has been in Haiti this past week consulting with the orphanage staff, agreed, "we must act responsibly in accepting new orphans to ensure that we will have sufficient supplies and facilities to care for these children." Pat explained that not only is each child, who is united with adoptive parents, helped, but much-needed space is opened up at the orphanage to help other children. He added, "The need in Port-au-Prince is great."

    Kim Harmon reiterated the need to quickly complete the departure process of the remaining 27 children, who have been granted humanitarian parole. She stated "These children have adoptive families waiting to care for them in the United States. The faster we resolve the departure issue, the quicker we will be able to reach out to those unfortunate children in Port-au-Prince who now have no one." FHG urges adoptive parents, supporters and all those concerned about the welfare of the orphans in Haiti to contact their Congressmen, Senators, Governors and the White House to urge the Secretary of State to quickly resolve this issue with Prime Minister Bellerive.
It should be noted that UNICEF is behind all of this, which, infuriating enough as it is, comes as no surprise. They are effectively holding these kids, and our son, hostage and in doing so are preventing new orphans from getting the care they need.

Please keep praying.

Monday, January 25, 2010

VIDEO: Reunited with Patricia!

This is the story aired on KSTP TV...

Please continue to pray that Philippe will join us soon!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

One Down, One to Go!

It turns out Patricia was on the first flight!

We're still waiting for Philippe's paperwork to be processed. We've been told he may not be here until Monday. I'm sure he's scared and confused. Please keep him in your prayers.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Fox News Posting Updates on Arriving Orphans

You can follow along here.

Our kids weren't on the plane that landed in Orlando today. We've been told they may not be here until Monday. Please keep them (and us) in your prayers.

Homecoming update

For those not aware of the details, Dawn and Olivia flew into Miami yesterday. Dawn's sister, Janie, met her there. We expected the kids to be flown to Miami sometime last night.

We were later informed that the kids would be broken into two groups, with one group of 82 flying in last night and one group of 25 flying in today. The only explanation offered was that not all the visas had been processed.

We then were told that the first group wouldn't make it to the U.S. until today, and that Philippe and Patricia would be in the second group. No word as to when they would fly in.

This is the latest update from FHG:
    (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) All paperwork has been completed for 82 children from the Maison des Enfants de Dieu (Children of the House of God) orphanage and they have clearance to travel to the United States. These 82 children are scheduled to depart Port-au-Prince airport on Saturday, January 23, 2010, at around 11:00 a.m. on an aircraft bound for Florida. Those children with Colorado adoptive parents in this first group, will continue on to Colorado, accompanied by a medical team from the Colorado Children's Hospital. Orphanage staff and representatives of the U.S. ministry, For His Glory Adoption Outreach (FHG) will continue to work with U.S. Embassy officials for humanitarian parole and travel clearance for the remaining eligible children. FHG hopes that these children will receive their clearance sometime on Saturday, January 23, 2010, with a departure date and time still to be determined.
Once their visas are processed the kids are supposed to fly into Orlando. We still don't know when that will be exactly, but Dawn is now on her way to Orlando to wait.

We hope to know more once the first group arrives.

Last Interview Before Leaving for Miami

This interview was conducted a few days ago, but only aired yesterday on WCCO TV.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Over $4,500 raised!

Tonight's benefit dinner to help our orphanage in Haiti raised over $4,500!

And since all the food was kindly donated by Famous Dave's, 100% of the proceeds will go to For His Glory Adoption Outreach. Thank you for your generosity. We love you all!

Thursday, January 21, 2010


hearing conflicting reports. CNN was on the bus to go to the embassy. CNN twitter says the traffic was bad and kids got really hot and started throwing up so they went back. others say they are there at the embassy. no travel plans yet.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Haiti Adoption Update

Please pray for our children fervently today.
    Orphans Intend to Depart Haiti
    Orphans begin procedures to depart Haiti at U.S. Embassy (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)

    On January 20, 2010, 133 orphans from the Maison des Enfants de Dieu (Children of the House of God) orphanage will begin the difficult process outlined by the U.S. Department of State for humanitarian parole and onward transportation to the United States.

    In accordance with instructions received from the State Department, as relayed by the Joint Council on International Children's Services (JCICS) at 8 p.m. today, orphans along with orphanage staff members have been instructed to arrive at the U.S. Embassy as early as possible on Wednesday morning.

    JCICS warned that no food, water or facilities would be available for the children while processing at the U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince.

    JCICS further relayed that orphanage requests to the U.S. Embassy for security and transportation for the children have been denied by the State Department. The U.S. ministry associated with this orphanage, For His Glory Adoption Outreach (FHG), was also asked to stop requesting security, transportation or even water at the orphanage location. Following discussions with staff and board members in Port-au-Prince, the difficult decision was made that all 133 children, including approximately 60 children under the age of 3, will begin early in the morning of January 20th to walk the over 2 kilometers to the U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince. This decision was made due to the limited staff available and the increasingly dangerous security situation at the orphanage in Port-au-Prince. The staff will carry as much water, food and baby formula as possible with them for the orphans while processing at the U.S. Embassy. JCICS relayed that once processing is completed, the orphans will travel to the United States on "cargo jets to locations that are not often known until an hour or so before the flight leaves."

    Kim Harmon, President of FHG, acknowledged that "this arrangement is far from ideal for the safety and well-being of the children. We are calling to all who care about these precious children to pray earnestly for their safety tomorrow."

    FHG is a ministry to the people and children of Haiti. Our ministry is dedicated to fundraising and assisting the orphanage, Maison des Enfants de Dieu, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Yet Another TV Interview

This time with KARE11 TV.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Our Orphanage on National News

The creche where Philippe and Patricia are staying, Maison des Enfants de Dieu, was just featured on

Another TV Interview

KSTP TV came by again after we notified them of the dire situation at our orphanage. It aired at 10:00 pm last night.

You can see the first two interviews here.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

This Made Us Smile

Note the increase in traffic to our blog in the last few days...

Thanks for caring and sharing. We love you all!

A Desperate Plea from Our Orphanage in Haiti

We just received this harrowing update from our orphanage:

    We received word from Pierre this morning that the situation in the orphanage is becoming dire. We would like to ask EVERYONE that receives this to use this information to get on your knees before our Lord and ask Him to provide.

    We have one nanny that is deceased and the orphanage needs her body to be removed.
    The orphanage has no drinkable water.

    In addition they need:

    • formula for babies
    • medicines
    • IV fluids (one child is currently on an IV)
    • charcoal to cook
    • diesel
    • cash to buy supplies if they find them. They are running out of cash and there are no banks open to get cash, so it needs to be delivered by someone already on the ground or by helicopter.

    Others are beginning to rob them of what supplies they do have.

    There are helicopters flying over the orphanage and they have made a sign on the roof that says they are an orphanage and need help.

    The staff is also working to get together all the paperwork for each child that has an adoptive family in a way that it can be attached to their body if there is an opportunity to evacuate.

    For His Glory is doing everything we can on this end to contact people who may be able to help. Please pray. Currently, that is the best thing you can do to help. Kim is doing everything she can, and respectfully requests that adoptive families do not call her at this time. We realize this is a very difficult time, however she needs her phone and time available to do everything she can to make contacts to try to help the children and staff at the orphanage. We will give you any updates we have as soon as they are available.

    Trusting in Him,

    For His Glory
Please remember them, us, our kids, and other adoptive families in your prayers. If you'd like to donate, please visit FHG's web site here.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Our TV Interviews!

Two of the local news stations expressed interest in our adoption story. Dawn was interviewed first by KSTP TV. It aired at 5:00 pm today.

Both of us were later interviewed by WCCO TV. It aired at 10:00 pm.

Please pray with us that our kids may come home soon!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Update on Haiti and Our Kids

Lee and I have had so many emails, phone calls and messages that you are all praying for our family and for Haiti and we appreciate that so much. We are just absolutely SICK about the devastation. It is always terrible to witness a catastrophe, but how different it is when you have traveled there, developed a love for a place and the people, and have CHILDREN there!

We have had confirmed information that the kids are ok (praise you, Lord!) -- there are some bumps and bruises but that is all. The kids slept outside last night as there were 28 aftershocks averaging 5.0, which are large earthquakes on their own. I don't know if they are still sleeping outside. We know there is some structural damage to the orphanage as a wall fell on one of the nannies. We don't know yet the extent of her injuries or the extent of the damage to the orphanage itself. Also, Papi Pierre, pictured with us here in February 2008, sustained an injury to his eye but we don't know how bad that is yet either. Kiki, an employee of the orphanage (he processes the paperwork) and Pierre's brother, has not been located. Please pray for his safety.

We have learned that a French couple in Haiti to bring home their child was killed at their hotel while they were having dinner. Their child was not with them yet and now is an orphan once again.

So many need prayer, I don't even know where to start. One thing I will add is that we are praying for a miracle that maybe somehow the governments can work together to expedite the kids who are matched with families OUT of Haiti. There are many more orphans now who will need the beds at the orphanages. Let these kids come home! From the president of the board of directors at our orphanage:

I know many of you would like some adoption news. All Haitian adoptions will be impacted by this disaster. I have received news that the Joint Council on International Children's Services (JCICS) and the U.S. State Department are discussing possible solutions. Please be in prayer about this.

I fear if we do not get some sort of aid from the government, it could be YEARS before they come home.

If you have not been in our shoes, perhaps you can't understand the deep love we have for these kids - that we had in our hearts even before we met them. They love us just as much, and we are so blessed. What a joy to hear "Mama" and "Papa" from their lips, with their cute little accents. What we love is how they call us different names at different times... if they are TELLING us they are doing something or trying to get our attention to show of f jumping in the pool or the like, it's "MOM!", "DAD!" and if they want something it's "Daddy?" and Mama and Papa for "regular" conversation :) We love them so much our hearts ache. And we already felt so much for this country before this happened that this is very hard to take this in. We can't believe how much our kids have survived in their young lives. The orphanage expects to have trouble getting meds for the kids with medical needs; they are concerned about drinking water and are concerned about the looming possibility of disease.

Typhoid could be an issue and they want to get meds for that in case. Also, many times, the biological parents come back to the orphanage for food so suppl ies could be thin. If you feel led to donate to our kids' orphanage or read more about it, click HERE. You will receive a tax donation receipt.

James 1:27 - Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Psalm 46:1 - God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 - Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3 - though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

Six Months Together

Six months ago today, we met our beautiful Olivia. Our friend, Beth, another China adoptive mom, said it best - "ultimate joy and sadness colliding". I was so looking forward to doing a really fun, celebratory post for the 13th, but these months later, I feel the same way - "ultimate joy and sadness colliding". We are so grateful, beyond words, to have this lovely child in our home and in our arms, but we are sick to our stomachs over the devastation in Haiti. We have word that our kids are ok, but there are concerns of looting and the need for fresh water among other things. Please pray for Patricia, Philippe, their orphanage and those in their homeland. We will post more about Haiti later, but for now I am going to turn my focus to little Olivia.

Olivia is a feisty, fun, smart little girl. She loves music and any toys that make music! She has grown so much! She had two teeth when we brought her home and now she has 12. She has gained 6 lbs. and grown nearly two inches!

Olivia in July, in China
Olivia this week, doing one of her favorite activities. In fact, she cries when we take the toothbrush away from her!

Another of Olivia's favorite things to do!
Our home is finally full of noise (besides the dogs barking!) and full of joy. We can't wait for her brother and sister to come home from Haiti. When she sees their pictures she says, "P! P!"
Thank you, Jesus for answering our prayers by bringing us a child and for bringing us THIS child. She was prayed for by name nearly three years before she was born. For more pictures of the day we met Miss O, click HERE.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Look at the Devastation in Haiti

This is the presidential palace in Haiti before the quake...

And after...

For some updated pictures, click here. (WARNING: some of the images are disturbing.)

7.0 Earthquake in Haiti

You may have seen on the news that Haiti was just hit by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake. We're watching the news and awaiting updates.

Please keep Philippe and Patricia in your prayers.
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