Oh the JOY that comes from being able to spend a little time with my babies makes my heart so very full.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
You can see lots of video on my youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/slmaster16/videos
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
(We had a snow storm that dumped about seven inches on us on Saturday night and into Sunday morning, but there were a few children who made it to church for the program..four to be exact. I was sad that so many weren't plowed out in time to come as my little Sunday School class is so cute when they sing. We were missing about ten children.)
Truly watching my first Chinese treasure on Sunday morning stand with the two and three year old class, smiling, performing motions, ringing her bell, and enjoying herself leads me to believe that even the impossible is possible when it is in God's will. I was told by so many after first coming home from China that my sweet Jillian would never be able to do anything, would never be connected to us, would never learn much..and at times I admit I believed it myself. This child is something indescribable and she just does something to me. Watching her standing up there and remembering just how very far she has come in the last two years just makes me want more of these treasures in homes with forever families because she has accomplished so much! And my sweet Anna Mei holding that baby doll and standing in front of everyone..precious! Blessed. I am down right blessed by the presence of these girls!
Monday, December 23, 2013
It was nearly twenty below zero last Wednesday morning as I drove my treasure to therapy up the interstate past the exit I have come to hover around. I hover because there is a man often standing there holding his sign asking for food and work. I take this exit often, though it is out of the way, and always look for him because I deliver food every time he stands there, but it had been nearly a week since I last saw him yielding his cardboard sign and I had wondered about him each day that week. On this morning, there he stood, out in the twenty below zero cold, holding his sign for food, and this time asking for blankets as well. I drove through Culvers and got my usual for him-the number one with hot, black coffee. As I pulled out, I peeked in my mirror and saw my beautiful Jillian sitting in her seat and I prayed with her for this man. I prayed that his needs would be met and I thanked God for meeting the needs of my sweet treasures when they lay on the side of the road in real need in China the day they were abandon. Having these two girls has changed something so deep inside of me. This man, whom stands beside the over pass, is like my own daughters. What if no one had stopped for Anna Mei on January 16, 2011 as she lay on that road by the bank? What if everyone was too busy or thought someone else would do it? What if no one took the time to lift Jillian from her finding spot on March 16, 2009? My heart aches at the thought of my babies alone with such a real need and so I meet this man's needs because someone met the needs of my babies when I couldn't. Honestly, I have grown to love this little man even though I know nothing about him. He wears a red sweatshirt, sincerely thanks me each time I bring him something, and says God bless you. God bless me? I wish I could just pull over and tell him about how God has blessed me again and again because I know His Son as Savior, but I turn my blinkers off and pull back in traffic and our interaction is quickly over because traffic is zooming by as each of us go about our day seemingly untouched by the hurt and need around us. What if I just took a little more time to be Jesus to others? What if we all did? This man, and the need of my daughters, leaves me longing for Jesus return when there will be no more evil, no more need, and the lion will lay with the lamb. Until then, I will keep bringing food to this man and doing my best to meet the needs I see in my corner of God's world because He has given me so very much.
Thank you Fed Ex man for delivering our diapers in the ice storm. We needed said diapers badly..
Friday, December 20, 2013
We recently received a Christmas card in the mail and a photograph of one of Anna's roommates from Xuchang. She probably spent her entire life living with this little guy as they are close in age and are in the same room in many of the pictures we have from her orphanage. When she first came home, we had a photo of him in the orphanage that his new family sent us when they received his referral. After returning home from China with Anna, I would get the photo out and pray for this little fella as he waited for his family. When I would do this, the photos of him still the orphanage made my Anna so sad that she would shake her little head no and cry when I would show her his picture and so I had to stop praying with her for her little friend. I continued my praying over his photo though by myself until the day his family reached him. Well, now this little man is home and in the arms of a loving family. He doesn't even look like the same little man I prayed over in the photo from the orphanage. The sweetest part of receiving this card was Anna's reaction to seeing him. She is now so happy to see his picture-so different than her reaction to seeing him still in the orphanage-and even more overjoyed to look at all his siblings with him. She truly was really thrilled to see him when I opened the card and she smiled so big when I showed her his picture. I know she is only two, but truly this baby girl's heart is much older than that and she completely understands that this little man is home with a family and orphaned no more. Just look at her as she is calling out his Chinese name as she looks at his picture..
Merry Christmas B! Thank you for sharing your family with us.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
And I was especially thrilled when she wanted to come inside to drink hot chocolate and paint pictures of snowmen because I am not made for the cold.