Pictures from this summer's horse camp. This was Shelby's first time to attend a week-long horse camp as the cost had always deterred us. It proved to be money well spent as Shelby absolutely enjoyed every minute of the camp. This girl lives, breathes, and dreams about horses All.The.Time. Jumping was a new experience which she embraced and now wants to do more of (this mom is not too fond of that). Her trainer came to the house this week to give her a lesson on Oreo, and Shelby was able to jump on her own horse for the very first time. She was all smiles when she walked in the house.
Katie and 2 of her friends, Christi and Grace, started a club this summer - the "KCG Christian Charity Club". These girls have been working so hard. Early this summer they had a lemonade stand with the profits benefiting a local ministry called Compassion in Action. They had a very successful sale and raised over $70 for CIA. Then the girls began to collect shoes for an organization called "Shoes 2 Share". A family started this organization after taking shoes to children in Haiti when they went to adopt their 2 children. They were overwhelmed by the joy and gratefulness on behalf of the children and adults who received shoes. Thus they had the idea to try to send shoes to impoverished people around the world. Katie, Christi, and Grace printed fliers which they distributed to family, friends, and their church families. In a little over 3 weeks, they collected hundreds of pairs of shoes. As you can see from the pictures, God truly blessed their efforts. The girls and their moms spent over 3 hours packing the shoes and preparing them to be shipped by UPS. The shipping was a bit more expensive that we thought, but God provided there also as he raised up several donors who helped share the cost. I am so proud of Katie, Christi, and Grace and their desire to share the love of God with those in need.
I ran out of time so I will spotlight the "Little Girls" the next time I have a free hour. Why does blogging take me so long?
Listed with BAAS/ see video:http://youtu.be/8rexL2SF98A Shi Jian Feng (Jason)
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Waiting in China for a family
Lauren - almost 3 years old with Homeland
Waiting in China for a family
Tess - 10 years old girl
Timeline to Leiney Grace
6/22/2011 1st saw her sweet face; requested file 6/23/2011 received file, began to pray for wisdom 6/28/2011 requested update as file was a year old 7/11/2011 received update of positive nature 7/12/2011 accepted Lei Qingquan's referral, LOI submitted 10/7/2011 DTC (dossier to China) 10/14/2011 LID (log in date) 12/05/2011 LOA (letter of acceptance) 12/16/2011 I800 Approval (expedited/LG's heart condition) 12/23/2011 NVC Cable 12/24/2011 I800 Approval Received 12/28/2011 Article 5 Drop-Off (expedition requested) 12/29/2011 Article 5 Picked Up (expedited!) o1/06/2012 Travel Approval 01/27/2012 Depart for Beijing 01/28/2012 Arrive in Beijing 01/29/2012 Tour Great Wall, fly to Changsha 01/30/2012 Meet Leiney Grace! 01/31/2012 Finalize adoption- China side 02/01/2012 Sightseeing in Changsha 02/02/2012 Visit Leiyang SWI (where LG has lived for 5 yrs) 02/03/2012 Sightseeing/ fly to Guangzhou 02/04/2012 Adoption Medical Exam, TB test, etc. 02/05/2012 Visit Safari Park 02/06/22012 Visit Lingnan Park 02/07/2012 Consulate appointment 02/08/2012 Pick up LG's visa, take train to Hong Kong 02/09/2012 Depart for HOME! Arrive 5:11 PM!