Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Giving Thanks!

Wonderful News:
These 2 precious children, Leiney Grace's best friends from Leiyang SWI, have a family pursuing their adoption!  Yes, 1 family for both of them! And our God allowed that family to be only 45 minutes from us.  And the 3 will attend the same Chinese immersion school.  How cool is that? Thank you, Jesus!

Mom's on a Mission received it's first donation towards Mei Mei's (now Di Di's too) grant fund. Please consider giving if you have not.  Even if it's $10 - God can and will multiply each and every donation. Thank you, Jesus for the kind friend who gave from her heart to "the least of these"!
Oh, and thank you, sweet Jesus, for notes such as this one from my children.  This one is from Lilly, and it is so special!  She had it on the floor of the hallway to my bedroom.  I saw it when I woke up one recent morning staggering to the coffee pot.  What a wonderful way to wake up!

Thank you, Father in Heaven, that tonight as we shared one thing we were thankful for during family devotion, this precious child  said in a whisper "Jesus".  That is why I adopt again and again, and moments like that make me forget all the sweat and tears over paper work as well as the sacrifice it took to afford another adoption.  Also a big thank you to Jennifer O. who took this beautiful picture of Leiney Grace on very short notice.

Thank you, Father, for laughter!  I had a good chuckle when I saw all the pictures my silly son took of himself when he "borrowed" my camera! 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Blessed and Thankful

Happy Mother's Day Ya'll!

                                           It was Mother's Day.
                                           I asked for a few simple things.
                                           My hubby did good.
                                           Kisses from Katie - so excited to read this book!
                                           And my current favorite tee from 147 Million.
                                           Lots of cute homemade cards.
                                           But when I asked for a picture. . .
                                           Well, I guess that was asking for a little too much!
                                           It was painful and long and  loud
                                           and the result - not what I was hoping for.
                                           But, on this Mother's Day,  I am blessed
                                           and thankful just the same!

Blessed and thankful for Mamas in China who chose life for these 3 beautiful daughters of mine.  I can't imagine my life without them. 
And so blessed and thankful to have this adorable and stubborn silly son of mine. All because a mom in Inner Mongolia chose life!

And on this Mother's Day, praying for Mei Mei to have a Mama to love and call her own! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Moms on a Mission

Mei Mei, "Maria" on BAAS's list, first caught my eye months ago when I opened the above picture of Lei Qing Quan, the daughter I was waiting to meet on the other side of the world.  The smile on Mei Mei's face grabbed my heart.  Now 3 months after bringing Leiney Grace home, Mei Mei is still gripping my heart.  Praise God that she is even available for international adoption, but she has lingered on a "list" for over a year - waiting - just waiting for someone to say "Yes, you are my beloved daughter!"  I have spent many hours contemplating what  I can do to help this child who is so desperate for a family.   A child who walks on deformed and painful feet. . .who can barely wear shoes. . .who may need a bilateral amputation. . .who has spina bifida which scares a lot of potential families away?

Mei Mei's left foot is severly deformed.  Through the help of my good friend Amy, we have had a pediatrician review her file and currently have a pediatric orthopedic specialist reviewing it.  It appears that her feet, with the left being much worse, were neurologically damaged due to her not receiving surgery for the spina bifida until she was 3 years old.  This breaks my hurt and motivates me to help this little girl!    "Don't forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God."  Hebrews 13:16

Being the "fixer" and "doer" that I am, I have not been idle.   I have been advocating on waiting children sites and spreading the word about this beautiful child to fellow adoptive moms.  I have been praying ALOT.  As many of you have guessed, I would go get little Mei Mei in a second, but there are 2 BIG obstacles in my way - a reluctant husband (mainly reluctant because of the financial burden) and $20, 000 plus - the current cost of an adoption from China.  Sadly, many times the money is all that stands in the way of a child finding their forever family. . . it seems that those who have the money don't have the "calling". So as we expectantly wait to see exactly which special family the Lord has ordained for Mei Mei, another adoptive mom, Jennifer(www.theocaincrew.blogspot.com)  and I  are teaming up to raise funds for Mei Mei's adoption in hopes that a sizeable grant may better enable a family to step forward and say "Yes" to Mei Mei.

"Mom's on a Mission" - our plan is quite simple:
Raise as much money as we can and designate all of it for a grant for Mei Mei's family. 

As Jennifer and I are planning our yard sale, craft show, bake sale, t-shirt sales, etc, we need your help too.  We want other moms who have a heart for the orphan to join us.  We may not ALL be called to adopt, but we are ALL called by God to care for the orphan.  How can you help?

Post about Mei Mei and "Moms on a Mission" on your blog, facebook page, etc.   Email your friends and family.  Have a yard sale, bake sale, put a donation can on your desk at work -  be creative - just raise money for Mei Mei.  America is the wealthiest country in the world.  If we all contribute a little - it will go a long way - maybe even all the way to China to bring Mei Mei home.  Home - where Mei Mei can know the love of a family, learn about Jesus who will hopefully become her Lord and Savior one day, and receive the medical treatment that she truly needs.

If YOU want to join "Moms on a Mission", just leave a comment or email me at dfbjhb@windstream.net .  Together we can make a difference. One person can't change the world, but you and I can change the world for one person - and for now, it's Mei Mei.  Please help us!