"I prayed for this child and the LORD has granted me what I asked of Him" 1Samuel 1:27

Friday, March 28, 2014

MOVING ALONG!


WOO HOO!!!

We are DTC!!
(In the adoption world that is Dossier to China!)






First picture we saw of  "Bobby" on Reece's Rainbow.


I feel like we are finally moving along again!  But even with this "moving along", we still have some more milestones to meet, like LOA, I800, NVC letter, Article 5, and then TA(travel approval!! yay!)


What all this means????


It means there's still too much waiting before we can put our arms around this little guy and shower him with the love he deserves.


Please pray with us that all the red tape will get processed quickly and we can go get this precious treasure soon.


As these two monkeys are anxiously waiting for their new little brother!





And so are we!   :)


Oh! and if you feel YOU have room at your table for one more.....please go to Reece's Rainbow where you will find MANY TREASURES just waiting for a chance to fill your life with new meaning and blessings every day. May you be blessed AND BURDENED by the faces and cries of these precious kiddos. They are soooooo very worth it.

Blessings to you and yours. 



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

THE Voice


"When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice." John 10:4


(My special boys from Lithuania and Russia)


One year ago, on that first March morning, I turned the page and the scripture above is what I read.
And this is what I wrote down on that page.

 "Coincidence????? No. I believe it's God telling me. 
I know His voice.......FOLLOW.   2013"

For months I had been fighting a silent battle. Not with who you think though.

 It wasn't God, but it was with those who also had my heart.

Matthew 10:34 -39 had become very personal. I finally knew and understood this verse like never before. 

34"Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth.  I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.(the word sword is used here as a metaphor for separation)
35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.  36 And a person's enemies will be those of his own house-hold.  37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."

Simply put, Jesus doesn't want to be second or third in our lives.  He wants to be FIRST.
   UNO.   零.   Один.   Vienas.

NUMBER ONE!!!

And sometimes that means not seeing eye to eye with those we love the most.

Today, March the 3rd, I sat down and opened my devotional and saw the words, "WELL, HERE IT IS AGAIN! I HEAR YOU LORD!!! (written by me a year ago.)

I was referring to the what was said in my reading material that day. And I quote, "My sheep know My voice and follow Me wherever I lead."

Don't you just love His persistance.  BUT.........

IF WE DON'T PUT FORTH THE EFFORT TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM, WE MAY VERY WELL MISS HIS VOICE.

I don't want to miss His voice. 

Because if I had of missed it, I would of missed the opportunity to be mom to the two special boys at the beginning of this post.

And, I would of missed this little guy.



Following Jesus is sometimes tough.  Sometimes it's a lonely road.  But all the time,

IT IS WORTH IT. 

 And by the way. You never know what your obedience to God will do for others. Even when you fear losing some of the ones you love most.  God is much bigger and has a plan for EVERYONE.  And His timing is always perfect. (even when we think otherwise!)

I want to hear His voice.











Monday, February 24, 2014

THEY MATTERED


I know people continue to wonder "why" at our age, why with already 8 kids, why can't you just be content with what you have.  Well, I wonder sometimes too.  And then God shows me over and over again......WHY we must continue this journey that He has put before us. I could give you many reasons. But today I will only give you two!

1. I sat down this morning to have a few quite moments with the Lord and this is the first scripture I was directed to.  "For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required." Luke 12:48
Yep, we are blessed and we want to give back to the Lord. We know we are nothing without Him. He showed us the need and we said yes.(after lots of squirming and excuses!) With God, ALL things are possible.

2. This was in my email this morning from another adoptive mom. Just another family, the Wilks, much like us. It's another reason WHY we go, again. Here is what this mom wrote and it's so true. I just had to share.


Today an Orphan Died in China

This is a hard post for me to write, but its a post that must be written. 

Today an orphan died in China.
He was a beautiful, precious little boy who had his whole life ahead of him.  He was living with a foster family.  He was receiving monthly transfusions thanks to the amazing group of thal moms I call friends here in the states.  His paperwork was being prepared for adoption.  Unfortunately, any illness can have a significant effect on the severity of his thalassemia.  When an illness that caused diarrhea swept through the orphanage the last week, it was too much for his little body to handle. He passed from this life into the arms of Jesus.

My heart is heavy again today.  I will never be able to hear of an orphan dying without being overcome by sadness.  This isn't the first thal child who has died...

This sweet girl mattered too.  She deserved a family.  She deserved to get the best doctors coming to her aid.  But she lost her fight and passed into the arms of Jesus too.

I've often been asked "Why not adopt from foster care?"  I've been told that there are so many kids here in the US and we should "take care of our own" before we help the world.  I'm not going to argue these questions or points at all. 

I simply believe that children matter.  ALL children matter.  ALL children deserve to have the love of a family.  Someone to kiss their boo boos.  Someone to hug them and tell them they can do anything.  ALL children deserve to have food on the table.  ALL children should have the opportunity to get an education.  ALL children deserve to get the medical care they need to get better.

Today an orphan died in Yulin, Guangxi, China. 
And so did others... In China.  In Russia.  In Ukraine.  In Ethiopia.  In India.  In Uganda.  In Honduras.  In so many orphanages around the world these precious children, who have already experienced unimaginable loss, continue the fight of their lives.

An estimated 143 million orphans can be found in countries worldwide. 

I believe that all of us have a responsibility to these children.  God calls ALL of us to help. 

Pray for ONE.  If you need a picture, a story, and a name.  I know plenty of them.  Make one child your priority to pray for every day while they wait for a forever family to take over those prayers.

Sponsor ONE.  Amazing agencies are doing amazing work in countries worldwide.  They are making a difference everyday in the lives of children throughout the world.  I would be happy to point you in the direction of some that I know.

Foster ONE.  If you are one of those who has a heart for America's children, I encourage you to reach out to your local social services and find out what it takes to become a foster parent.

Support ONE.  At this moment, I know of at least twenty families who felt God's call to adopt a child, even though they didn't have enough in their bank accounts to cover an adoption, and took that step out to help care for ONE.  I'd be happy to show you families that you could support.

Adopt ONE.  If you think you might be willing to bring a precious orphan into their forever, please email me. MEPSCOASTIE@YAHOO.COM.  I will be happy to lead you to the agency and program that's right for you.

I pray that this message reaches you all.  I pray that a precious little boy's death will be the catalyst for something good to happen.  Today an orphan died in China, but I pray with all my heart that others won't have to.
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And so we go. Only 2 "whys" of the many I could give you.  But honestly........only ONE is needed.......

We go, because HE said to.   We have to put our love "in action" or it isn't love. May you be blessed.
 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

MAMAW'S LEGACY



Our Mamaw finally met her Lord and Savior face to face on Jan. 27.
She would say, "It's been a long time comin!!"


For 93 years she breathed in and she breathed out.......LIFE.


Marrying at the young age of 14, she and my Papaw, age 16, began building a life together based on FAITH in the Lord and their LOVE for Him and each other.

Together they lived this, and they became an example for all of  us.  After papaw's passing, 21 yrs ago, our Mamaw continued this legacy up until her final days. Family was so important to her. And as we all gathered around her as she was leaving us, it became even more evident to me how deeply their faith and love had embedded itself in me.

FAITH in the Lord, and LOVE for each other.

Many times Mamaw asked me why I thought the Lord would leave her here for so long when she was so ready to leave her earthly body.

And many times I told her, "maybe it's because "I" still need you!"  But honestly, closer to the truth would be this....."WE" still needed her. We still needed her wisdom, her lessons in living, her comfort when hurting, her strength for the path ahead, her endless prayers.  We still needed and wanted very much.........HER PRESENCE.

Thanking God today and always for my mamaw and all the things she taught me about FAITH in the Lord and LOVE for each other.

What a gift.  Love you mamaw.



Monday, January 6, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! and UPDATE!

I really find it hard to believe that it's already 2014! And I can't believe its been so long since I posted anything!! So, let me catch you up to date alittle.

My last post announced that we were adopting again. That is still happening! But not as fast as I wish.
With international adoption it's always hurry up, wait wait wait, hurry up, etc. We are in that first wait wait wait period. That's one of the hardest parts of adopting! But, we did find out some answers about our little guy that we had been wondering. First of all he is well and doing as good as can be expected. No flu or colds they said. We are thankful he has not had a major illness. They also tell us he is a very happy and strong child. He does not talk but can understand when adults tell him to do something. They told us we can use body language to communicate with him! We'll be working on that! He is a good sleeper (thank goodness because Gabe was not, is not, and thinking he will never be!) but likes to wake up on his own.  Maybe he and Cole will share a room! Anyway, I was so happy to get some info on him even if it was very little. The best part though were the pictures. He has changed some from the first photo we saw of him, but still just as precious in our eyes. Oh how I want to scoop him up and love him. 



And because some have asked me, yes, he does have that extra special chromosome! We can hardly wait to have this little one as part of our family. Please pray that he will remain healthy and feel loved until we can bring him home.

Now for the rest of the bunch.

Mr. Gabe

We had a wonderful Christmas! Too much stress and worry over things that shouldn't matter(gifts), and for that I'm always ashamed. But it was wonderful to have our family all together under one roof. With the kids spread out so far, and grandbabies here and on the way, I expect that Christmas morning is going to get more hectic for all to gather here at that time. But that is only to be expected with a family as large as ours. I'm just thankful that we have been able to do it this long, and although I was very worn out when it was all over, I really do cherish the time with all our kids and wouldn't have wanted them to be anywhere but here. I love my family.

Now here are a few pictures of our big, crazy bunch!

Family

Uncle Joey! 


Mimi, Graham and his crazy mother in the background!

My mom and daughter-in-law Erica


My boys!

Rylie, Gabe and me

My funny Casey!

Gabe and his Papa


Rylie and Garrett

Crazy boys!

 
All the kids and proud momma and papa.    :)

WISHING YOU AND YOURS A VERY HAPPY AND BLESSED 2014.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Officially OFFICIAL!

YES WE ARE!
(adopting that is.)

NO WE'RE NOT!
(crazy that is.)

YES HE IS!
(precious of course!)




Whew!  I've been waiting for almost 3 weeks to be able to "officially" claim this little one!
We received approval from China yesterday to proceed with his adoption.
Unlike Gabe's adoption, this one will more than likely take alittle longer. But hey, you never know with international adoption, so whether longer or shorter, we'll be ready to go at the drop of a hat!

We would love to have you come along for the ride as we follow God's lead to this little one.
We would also appreciate your prayers, as we know the road that lies before us is often a rough, winding, rugged road. Thanks for stopping by and THANK YOU LORD for what you've already done and for what your going to do.

"Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is within your power to act." Proverbs 3:27

And don't forget to go check out the Christmas Angel Tree on Reece's Rainbow and show these kiddos some love this holiday season. You never know.......ONE OF THEM COULD BE YOURS.     :)






Friday, October 11, 2013

What I See

What do you see when you look at this picture???



Big boys?? Little boys?? Lots of boys??

Maybe shirtless boys?? Perhaps boys with hats??

Maybe you notice the flowers or the beautiful shades of green??

Come on, take one more good look.



See him? Do you see him now??

He's one of the bigger boys up front with the red hat. He's turned looking at you.


 Do you know what I see??

I see my Cole. I see the one who is my shining light, the one who always keeps me straight, the one who pulls and pushes me in ways I never knew I could go, the one who puts me face to face with my God, every. single. day.

I see my Cole man and where and who he might be, had I not listened and followed.

Sweet friends, listen to the small, quiet voice inside you.
Listen the loud shouts that keep you awake at night.

Listen and follow.
If He calls you, He will equip you with everything you need.

These boys you see pictured are the LOST BOYS at an orphanage in Ukraine.
To read their story, you can go to Micah Six Eight.

Most of them are not adoptable, but there are a couple of them that are, and they need out NOW.

Could you share your life with one of them??

I can't imagine my life without my lost boy.


PRAY. LISTEN. FOLLOW.