“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” Hebrews 1:11

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Breakfast Time

I have a new recipe to share. Probably a bit unlike any other you have seen in awhile! This is something that is fed to many children in China and is a favorite. I guess I need to dust of the crock pot and try it out!

Breakfast cereal
This can be eaten hot or cold, as it is or pureed for babies. It has all the right ingredients, fibre and
nutrition. It can be modified to add milk or fruit before serving to taste
even better.
To make is easy, put all the ingredients in a slow cooker on auto for 5
hours. Turn off cool and serve.
Red Beans 1 cup - Green Beans 1 cup - Sugar ¼ cup - Rice 1 cup - Cold water
3 cup

Friday, June 17, 2011

A Father's Day Treat!

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011



A cool treat for a great cause
Dear friends,

On Sunday, I’m taking my 84-year-old dad to Wendy’s to buy him a chocolate Frosty for Father’s Day. I’m celebrating him and all that he has done for me – for bringing me up and never letting me down. Will you join us?

Stop by any Wendy’s this Saturday and Sunday and support the work of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption -- for every Frosty product sold, 50 cents will be donated to the Foundation in support of foster care adoption. There are 115,000 children looking for families, and a dad like mine, to call their own.

It’s simple. When you go to Wendy’s, you help find families for children. A Frosty is a cool treat for a great cause.

Happy Father’s Day!

Rita Soronen

President & CEO

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Picnic Fun!

Here is a photo from a picnic that we were invited to about a month ago. We met a wonderful community of families who have or are going to be adopting soon from China. You should have seen all the children...it was beautiful! What gets me all teared up is that Nell is going to have such a wonderful network of families with children who share her story. I feel blessed to have been invited...thank you Jaclyn and Amy!

A Lesson Learned

I will admit that the process of adoption is somewhat painful (hours and hours of paperwork, homestudy interviews, stops to fed ex, calls all over the country, etc.). I can tend to get a little stressed out and flustered at times to say the least! However, at the same time, it is a sweet blessing and reminder that this life is not about "us." I recieved a copy today of a news report on the Butterfly House (a children's hospice care where Nellie is at) which was televised in China. We were able to see Nellie in action as well as the lovely caregivers who take such wonderful care of the children while they are waiting for a home, or in many cases for the Lord to call them home. When Fred saw this video, he exclaimed..."There is Nell! When can we go get her?" My heart ached, and I realized then that every minute of hard work is worth the effort. I am also reminded of this at bedtime after I say prayers with Gigi. She asks, "When is Vanilla (she is trying to say Anela) coming home?" What a lesson this is teaching our children. Obviously, the work needed for an adoption to take place takes time away from them. But, it is also teaching them the important lesson that this life ISN'T about us, and that there is a sweet child that is waiting for us to come pick her up.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Butterfly House

I am copying a post from Shannon as I feel it gives a taste for where sweet Anela is staying. I wanted to reiterate that the Butterfly House is an amazing place. Please check it out online if you get a chance.

I woke up feeling well, ready. We had a good devotion time together as a group, and were so excited to go to the Butterfly House. While we waited to go in, we spent some time walking down the street looking in the shops.

We went in and met Suzy, the assistant at Butterfly House. Sweet as can be, and speaks perfect English.

I should say, if you do not know of the Butterfly House Please check out their sight online. I had found them when I found Angels file and it really is just an amazing place. Right now it sits above the Changsha Social Welfare Institute. Lynn is just wonderful and the work she is doing, life changing. It is a small place, not a lot of kids. Most of them are pretty severe medical needs. Right now they have been moved to right above the SWI, so a smaller space than they are used to. I missed much of what Lyn was telling everyone as I was dealing with all the bus/train/guide issues.

BUT, I did not miss the most important part, BABIES!! Half the team went to see the Changsha SWI and half of us went with Lyn to see Butterfly House. I of course raced straight with Lyn to butterfly house. Which then we ended up missing out on the SWI portion. I hope the half of the team that went will share what they saw there on their blogs. (check sidebars)

She walked us around to each crib holding a sleeping baby and told us their story. I was doing ok, till we met tiny Isabelle. She has a liver condition and she will not live much longer. Here we are gazing down into the crib of a perfect tiny Angel, and she has not much longer? How do you walk away from that? I wanted to scoop her up in my arms and run with her. I know she is being loved though and kissed on, but oh my it was so emotional. Then we met another little guy in the same condition. TEARS. My team was so worried before we left that they would blubber like babies once we walked in. Well it was ME, who could not stop. I was able to peek at Angel and she was asleep. Perfect, oh so tiny. And then the big ole ugly tears started, the I want to sob kind.

We spent awhile playing with babies and then had to get outside and switch our luggage around. That was fun. Actually to SEE our luggage, WAS fun!

After we went back up and Angel was awake! She is a DIVA! You can tell she is going to have that Hunan Spice to her FOR SURE! She came right to me and let me love all over her. It was an odd and crazy feeling. Holding her in my arms. We were SO close to her being ours and so I fell in love with her. Just because the Lord said no, does not mean I am not head over heels for her. So as I held her I cried of course, but also rejoiced that she is going to such a precious family.

After spending more time with the babies, we went to lunch with Lyn and Suzy, then had a big photo session. We asked Suzy to take the pictures, 13 cameras I think.

Off to the train station for our ride on the bullet train, very exciting! The station was crazy but a wonderful place to people watch! Or BE people watched in our case maybe. About this time while waiting my phone died. Our guide put us in a spot and said do not move. And so over an HOUR went by with no sign of her. Finally she came and we were off to jump on.

I was able to sit with Megan on the train ride. What an amazing girl! So mature for her age and just such a servants heart, love her. It was the QUICKEST hour and then we were finally in Chenzhou! We were told to quickly get off the bus because we would get TWO minutes before the doors shut and the train moved on. Alrighty! Thankfully we all made it off with our bags, and our arms.

We checked into the hotel and everyone decided they just wanted KFC for dinner across the street. And THAT is where the excitement began!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Spicy Nellie!

I can not thank Shannon enough for taking these pictures of sweet Nellie. I really am speechless...please remember to pray for Shannon and her team as they continue on to orphanages around China. They are the hands and feet of Jesus!
She is wearing Gigi's purple tutu that we sent to her!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The world seems a little smaller...

I love to hear about people who are just ready to sacrifice and serve in the mission field. I have met an amazing woman (Shannon) who has a heart for orphans and is in China RIGHT NOW spending time with these precious children in orphanages. What is more amazing is that she was with our daughter today!!!!!!! This is the woman who had been praying for Angel (Nellie). She had even thought about adopting her as well, but after many many hours of prayer felt that the Lord was not confirming her desire. That was the same day that Mike and I had confirmation that we WERE to adopt her. Here is an update from her blog...I will put a link to it, so if you want to read more about this mission trip you can. Pure religion for sure!! Shannon we love you!

From Shannons Blog:

This is going to be a short version, I HOPE tomorrow to get the wordy version out but I can barely keep my eyelids open. I woke up this morning KNOWING this would be a day forever marked in my snapshots of life. Little did I know how true that would be by the end!

I met an Angel today. And sobbed my eyes out! Many of you read on my blog about Angel and how we thought maybe she was ours. She IS an Angel and amazing. Full of Hunan spice FOR SURE! ;-) Butterfly House, I can't wait to pour out my heart about it. Soon.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Look at This!!!!

I could just cry right now!! Can you believe this?! Nellie is crawling! These pictures made my heart back flip. We are so proud of her...The first thing my son, Fred, told his Mimi this morning was, "Hey Mimi, did you know that Nellie is crawling now?" It makes me smile to know that her siblings already love and brag on her a bit (: