I'm very happy to hear from you and receive your pictures.I love all the toys you send to me. Thank you Mum and Dad. Hope to see you soon as possible. I've been working hard with English. When we meet each other, we can make simple conversation.I hope to get a electronic dictionary which can help me to study English easily. I've been dreaming of becoming a member of your family and start a new life in the States. In the end, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Miss all of you, Mum, Dad, Brothers, Sisters.
I can't even begin to tell you all the emotions I am feeling right now. The idea of this beautiful teenager living in my home. My daughter. Who we don't know. But there is something about this adoption that goes beyond my understanding.
Woooohooooo! Found out yesterday, so last night (which was Friday morning in China) I emailed NVC in Guangzhou to see if we've been cabled yet and to please email verification of this if we have. Of course they probably didn't even receive the approval yet but I figure by the time they actually read my email it will be done! Wishful thinking? Maybe, but I'm feeling like we are in the homestretch now and we need to get our beautiful 13 year old daughter home ASAP. Of course I reminded them that she will "age out" soon and we are needing to do this soon :) Pray with us that they we will find favor and they will email our letter to us. It will really speed things up! I know this is a long shot, but I'm praying to leave in January. Mountains move in Jesus Name!
I'm beaming from ear to ear and teary eyed seeing what a beautiful young woman our daughter is. Truly beautiful. It looks like she is letting her hair grow! Good! We also got a note saying: Xu Chunjin learn some simple English dialogue, She has a happy life with school teachers, students and the kids in the orphanage.
Xu Chunjin has many hobbies, in particular, like to draw, play basketball, is also very interested in computers.
When I read this I realize she is definitely in the right family!
The Photos look very current. My heart is suddenly aching for China....We also sent gifts and photos through Gifts to China with Love! Sheri you are wonderful! thank you for making this Mama very happy!
Along with the Gifts, Photos, Update note, we also got her measurements. I have an idea what she likes just by the sweatpants, sweatshirts and hoodies she has on in all her photos we have received. She's obviously an athlete. So I'm going shopping this week :)
And along with the base package, we also sent a couple baby vests and hats for the orphanage!
Evan informed me that we needed to celebrate Thanksgiving for 3 days...just like the pilgrims :)
It's become a tradition to make a craft that can hold a place card name... this year Dad and the boys made turkeys and filled them with Reese's Pieces. Then we just put the little name card in...
This Turkey was good but not as wonderful as I had hoped. I even brined it. I'll have to research that a little more for next year. This picture is halfway through cooking.
I use Christmas paper plates...Oh, that is so taboo in my house but I didn't feel like doing dishes! Don't hate me...
Can these faces get any cuter...
Yes! they sure can! Do you understand how difficult it is to get them to sit still long enough for a picture? Hilarious for everyone else to watch but not for the photographer!
Mom got a kick out of it!
And even "some" of the big kids were a pain for pictures this year! Ugh! But I got at least one that was good!
This is my oldest Amy and her husband David...Love you Guys!
Pop Pop Jim and Mom Mom Bert looking a little sleepy.
Thanksgiving is becoming more and more important to me every year. I love this time of the year. Our family comes together...sometimes it's the first time we are ALL together in the same house since the last Holiday season. It's sad to see my babies grow up but I'm proud of them and what they are accomplishing in there lives. I have a wonderful Grandson and Son in Law, and it just warms my heart to see the beginning harvest of the pioneer days of our newly found Christian walk, so many years before.
I pray you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! And if you don't have anyone to share it with...come over and share it with us! God Bless you!
We have decided to sell the Black Raspberry(shown) and the Oatmeal Milk and Honey soap bars! They smell the best and sold the most! Although we may offer the purity bar in a few weeks. You can click on our Soap Store Fundraiser and find the details for ordering! Thanks!
The Goat Milk Soap I mean :) We are praying about selling it again but this time offering it longer. The scents are out of this world!
I would consider getting the "Purity" if you let me know in advance. If you would like to make an advance order for Christmas Gifts you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (payment not needed until I'm ready to ship)
Scents we are praying about offering are:
Oatmeal Milk & Honey
We had been praying and fasting the past couple of weeks - finances, need I say more?...then we found out that Brad will be out of work for 2 1/2 months due to minor surgery. Did I mention we are only an one income family?! the first thing I did was panic. Then we decided to fast and pray. And it was just into a few days of this that I began to feel a total release and God's hand beginning to move. I Praise Jesus the mountains are moving. If you are feeling overwhelmed, and you have no idea what you are going to do or where the finances are going to come from, or how God can make a way where there is no way, pray...and keep praying. DON'T GIVE UP! There are mountains to be moved! People to be saved! Healing to be received! Children to be brought home!
For us, He is teaching us to stand and fight.
For you, God knows what your struggle is and He is mindful of YOU. He knows you. Everything about you and your situation. I just wanted to share the Bible scriptures in Isaiah that have been a blessing to me recently. I've also been reading in the beginning of Joshua where God's people battled for the Promised Land as they stood in obedience. I Pray these will be a blessing to you. I won't write them out as they are too long...please look them up and believe that God's hand is for you, not against you. Stand firm! (Ephesians 6:14-18)
Isaiah 43:1-7 "because I love you" (v4)
Brad and I are on a Daniels fast for the next 2 weeks. There's been so much opposition lately concerning our adoption, finances and home, and we are standing on God's promises believing He will take us through to the other side! (Isaiah 43:1-5) Our daughter is coming home, in Jesus Name...and if you have a prayer request it will be a privilege to pray for you. You can leave a comment or email me at
Ok, on to the Orange, hehe. I love orange. And the boys reflect that in their wardrobe. I guess I like all the falls colors. But they have so many orange shirts! I need to let up on the orange. :) We took a little ride on over to the local farm market for some pumpkin pictures and playing on the hay. I have to point you to last years pictures of Asher Here! Boy this kid got big!
Evan too, looking very mature here!
They were having a hard time looking at me since the sun was directly in their faces!
Asher looks like he's really taking a leap, but in reality, he was faking it...but it looks great for the picture. He's actually a very good faker, :p
Evan taking a leap of faith!!!!!
And landing quite nicely too!!!
Oh the memories... can't they stay little forever! Evan's been wanting to do the corn maze. We did do it one year and wandered around and around and eventually "escaped" because Evan was tired. Asher is too young so we skipped it. Maybe next year. Maybe next year with Arielle! And the rest of the family too! Can't wait!
Homeschooling is going rather well this fall. I took this picture about a month ago of our work boxes. It's funny to look at because everything looks so neat and clean...you should see it today! Using these boxes really has made it easy for Evan to understand "what's next" which is really important to him. And it helps me as well to stay organized. Evan actually only works out of the top 5 boxes. We are focusing on Phonics, Math, and Handwriting right now. We add Social Studies (world geography and cultures mostly) and science every now and then.
This is what I'm using for science. And it's exactly what we need :) Asher doesn't really understand what we are doing but he is still able to be included!
They both keep a science journal (pictures). Here they are drawing pictures of their recent "wind" experiment. They used straws to blow through to move cans, balls, blow bubbles in a glass of liquid, etc. We also talked about wind energy and wind farms.
I struggled with deciding on a phonics program for Evan. He truly understands phonics and reading, although his writing and fine motor skills are immature. I finally bought this program last spring and I'm glad I did. We are sailing through it nicely now, but I did modify much of the writing in the beginning. We skipped a lot of it. Most of it was unnecessary busywork. But now he is on the second book and doing much better with all the writing. Although we still skip parts of the handwriting. If he can give me the right answers, we are happy :) He's reading excellent and is actually much farther along than I expected him to be at the point.
I can't say enough about Handwriting Without Tears! I love it! Evan loves it! and that makes us all very happy. We started this program over a year ago with the Pre-K book and we still play with MatMan :) Evan is now on the next level. Even Asher gets in on the fun with his learning the alphabet. Our fav thing...the play dough letters. I can still hear the song, "Where do you start your letters? at the top!" Once Asher knows his alphabet and can recognize some of the letters, I'm starting him on the pre-K book. I actually have the whole pre-k program but I mix and match what we are doing to go along with Evan too. It's just easier that way.
We are also doing Singapore Math, Earlybird books A & B. Book A is more on a preschool level but we are flying through with confidence and that's what I'm trying to build here. Confidence! And now we are almost ready for book B which is a little more challenging.
We also use Sonlight's Exploring God's World although we tend to skip around with that. We like to switch things up. During the month of November I'll have my Grandson for 3 days during the week. I suspect that we will be doing more Science and arts and crafts during that time...and PE! We like to get outdoors when all three boys are together, you can imagine why!
Asher was in the hospital last week with a fever. It's going to be a long winter. They took good care of him and we were all home in three days. Brad and Evan got to stay at Ronald McDonald house so Brad could drop Evan off at the hospital when he went to work to stay with me and Asher. It was a blessing that we didn't have to worry about getting Evan off to school...a positive with homeschooling that I did not anticipate. We loved our student nurse...Jess is Awesome!
OK, I threw these last two pictures in for cuteness, Veda and Isabella are wearing their new fall sweaters, hehe. And Asher is just the cutest little doctor that I have ever seen!