Reversibility

On : 16 January, 2018 | Category : 2018

  When we were first given Faith’s diagnosis, I had never heard of the term.  A quick Google search gave me enough information to know that the condition was “fatal” and “irreversible,” that treatment was aimed at controlling symptoms, and there is no cure.   We have a trusted mentor at our church who is […]

A Letter To Myself This New Year

On : 6 January, 2018 | Category : 2018

  Dear Stacie,   I know you have been waiting patiently for this time to arrive. One of your happiest times of year.  Time to clear out the old baggage and dream of lofty new goals to accomplish.  I know what you have been thinking about.  You saw that billboard this time last year advertising […]

This Year Was Really Fast!

On : 19 December, 2017 | Category : 2017

  On December 19, 2016 we awoke in a Chinese Holiday Inn and prepared to go meet our second daughter.  She lived in northern China, and the weather was very cold.  I was still getting re-accustomed to the Chinese breakfast buffet, but Jian made sure to finish multiple plates before we headed out.  Our guide, […]

Blessings, Not Burdens

On : 12 December, 2017 | Category : 2017

  We have an election coming up in Alabama tomorrow to select a new Senator, and it is full of controversy and debate.  Politics is one thing I never lose an ounce of sleep over because Romans 13:1 tells us that God is in control.  However, the argument I have seen supporting the abortion of […]

The Alter G

On : 6 December, 2017 | Category : 2017

  About 2 ½ years ago, I experienced one of the lowest moments in my life.  Jian had been home for a couple of years at that time, and we had been working so hard on her therapy and trying to help her achieve her goal of walking.  We kept hitting roadblocks everywhere we turned, […]

Thankful

On : 27 November, 2017 | Category : 2017

  This Thanksgiving we decided to take advantage of the girls being out of school all week by taking a family vacation.  I started researching and comparing several cruise lines months ago.  We found a 7 night Western Caribbean Cruise with Royal Caribbean at the best deal and started making our plans.  The day before […]

The Lakeshore Foundation

On : 14 November, 2017 | Category : 2017

  This past summer our family was re-introduced to the Lakeshore Foundation, which is a wonderful organization right here in Birmingham.  Their mission is to enable people with physical disabilities and chronic health conditions to lead healthy, active and independent lifestyles.  When Jian first came home, I took her there and enrolled her in swim […]

Faith’s First Fun Run

On : 16 October, 2017 | Category : 2017

  Last week at school, the girls had their annual Fun Run fundraiser.  This was Faith’s first year to participate.  She got caught up for the couple of weeks leading up to it with all of the little prizes the students received for bringing in donations.  The night before the Fun Run, she took a […]

Healing Our Heart Defect

On : 25 September, 2017 | Category : 2017

  Around this time last year, we were in the full swing of trying to bring Faith home as soon as possible.  I had it on my mind constantly.  One night, I had a dream that I was talking to someone who said, “I know you think you are bringing her home to help her […]

The Cost of Adoption

On : 2 September, 2017 | Category : 2017

  “It’s a shame that adoption costs so much.  If it weren’t so expensive, more people would do it.”   I have heard this statement and seen comments similar to this numerous times on social media.  Recently when I came across it again, it caused me to pause.  And I began to wonder:  Where exactly […]

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