Dear Jian: You Make Me Better

On : 26 April, 2017 | Category : 2017

  Dear Jian,   I have been thinking about our recent trip to Baltimore and wanted to make sure that you knew how very proud I am of all of your hard work. Making the long trip up there was not easy in itself.  You stayed so patient and calm during that 14 hour car […]

A Reason For Our Hope

On : 16 March, 2017 | Category : 2017 , Uncategorized

We have been quite busy the past few weeks at our house. January and February were pretty quiet. I tried to keep any medical appointments limited to once per week to allow the other days for time spent with the girls.  Besides going to exercise and going to church, we have tried to stay at […]

Choosing Faith Over Fear

On : 13 March, 2017 | Category : 2017

**This was a post I wrote for 28 Days of Hearts last month to raise awareness for CHD.**   “We don’t make decisions based on fear.”   For the twelve years that my husband Daniel and I have been married, that has been our motto. In the beginning, we would remind each other of this […]

Lessons Learned From An Airline

On : 5 January, 2017 | Category : 2016 , Faith

On December 14, our family drove us to Atlanta to spend the night before flying out from their airport the next day. We had several flights which were very long and tiring and arrived in China the morning of December 17 (their time.)  When Faith came to the Lifeline Kids’ Camp back in March 2016, […]

Meeting Us Where We Are

On : 13 December, 2016 | Category : 2016

  As we have been preparing to bring Faith home and taking classes and attending meetings at Lifeline, one lesson keeps coming up: “As a parent of a child who has come from a difficult place, always remember to look through her eyes and meet her wherever she is.”  Practically speaking, while in China, many […]

The Paper Chase

On : 8 November, 2016 | Category : 2016 , Faith

  The first time I walked into the CrossFit gym and saw something like this written on the board, I thought it must be a joke. Just the sight of it was so overwhelming, it made me want to turn around and leave.  Known as a “chipper,” this type of workout is just a really […]

Preparing a Place For Her

On : 31 October, 2016 | Category : 2016

  We have had a very exciting and productive week! On Tuesday, all of Faith’s furniture was delivered for her room.  By Thursday, every pink detail was in place, and over the weekend, her closet was organized.  It has been so fun putting her room together and getting everything just right.  Jian went through all […]

Give Thanks To The Lord

On : 15 October, 2016 | Category : 2016

  “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!” Psalm 107:1   Last night I set my alarm for an hour later than usual. I was going to get some extra rest on this Saturday morning.  But just like clockwork, I heard our dogs.  They were awake and hungry and needing to go […]

Bracing Ourselves

On : 11 October, 2016 | Category : 2016

  As you know, we have been working in overdrive to try to get Faith home as quickly as possible. But so many good things are going on with Jian, I wanted to take the time to give an update on her.  For a good three months we have been focusing heavily on her range […]

Dear Faith, You Are Loved!

On : 8 October, 2016 | Category : 2016

  My sweet Faith,   You are loved! Did you hear me?  You are so loved, little girl!  This week we had a fundraiser to help bring you home.  You would not believe all of the people who came and helped and worked so hard for this event.   Once you get home and get […]

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