September 3rd, 2008

This morning Abigail had Cherrios and frozen blueberries for breakfast. She was drenched in blueberry juice before she was finished. I laughed and brought out a mirror to show her her messy face. She looked very surprised at her face covered in purple. Read the rest of this entry »

Highest and Best

September 2nd, 2008

Today I was preparing a package to ship to a friend. In it I included a book “Honor your Father and Mother: The fifth commandment for little ones” for her little girl. It comes from Doorposts, a company that produces resources to help parents raise their children in the Lord.

One of the pages spoke of “neglecting duties that are clearly mine while busying myself with other activities that are not my responsibility.” Read the rest of this entry »

A Friend Indeed

September 1st, 2008

I am very blessed to have a great friend who lives nearby. I don’t get to see her as often as I’d like and through no fault of her own she’s horribly unreliable for play dates as she’s on call 24/7, but when I need her: she comes. She drops everything and comes. I am very blessed.

The Church Assembly in Dallas

August 31st, 2008

We weren’t entirely sure what to expect when we arrived at house where the church met. We knew the services were held mainly in Mandarin Chinese and that M Wang would translate for us. Read the rest of this entry »

Meeting the Wangs

August 30th, 2008

We finally were able to meet with the Wangs, the Christian family we’ve been in contact with lately. Their house brought me memories of some of my childhood friends; as soon as the door was opened we were perfumed in Asian spices. They fed us rice, beef, corn and cantaloupe.

It was so nice to fellowship with their family. The wife, M, played with Abigail while Brandon and I spoke with her husband E and their two sons. E has a great zeal for the church, the Lord and His Word. We stayed almost four hours and discussed the state of the church, evangelism opportunities, and persecution in China.

We left looking forward to seeing them for church in the morning.

A Realization

August 29th, 2008

I realized today as I showed Brandon the start of my journal that I was wrong about something. It really doesn’t take special people to adopt; it simply takes people obedient to the calling of God.

I watched a few more adoption videos today, several from China and a couple from Russia. I noticed some very dramatic differences. Read the rest of this entry »

Journal Begins

August 28th, 2008

Today I began my journal. I wrote the back-story today, as well as the events from yesterday. I do not know how the Lord will move in our lives at this point, but chronicling it will help me to remember the good he has done for me.

Today, Lord willing, Brandon will be calling a Christian family he spoke with a few weeks ago about meeting this weekend. They belong to a home church nearby that we would like to learn more about.

Videos and Talks

August 27th, 2008

Often on the web one thing leads to another and takes us in very unexpected directions. Checking my email and reading my weekly parenting update led to clicking on a link for more information about I don’t even remember what. Once there I saw a link from a mother stating she had three children and was wondering if she should have a fourth. I was encouraged reading through the responses, very few “world over-population” scares, mostly encouragement and affirmation of the worth of children. One comment suggested adoption, which was not unusual given the topic, but they also included a link to a video montage of an Ethiopian adoption. Read the rest of this entry »

How God opened and moved my heart to adoption

August 26th, 2008

I’ve always said I was half-adopted. I came from my mother’s first marriage. My dad said that he chose me as much as he chose my mom. They married a week before I turned five and then my adoption was finalized when I was eight. I was definitely a daddy’s girl growing up and I wasn’t treated any differently than any of my siblings. Thus I grew up with positive feelings toward adoption and wasn’t ever closed to it. Read the rest of this entry »

Vision Forum Ministries to lose their headquarters due to Eminent Domain?

July 2nd, 2008

I received an email this morning from Henry Johnson discussing Vision Forum’s battle with Eminent Domain. While I could not locate anything about this on either the Vision Forum, Inc. or Vision Forum Ministries sites, I was able to find a blog referencing a letter sent to I guess Vision Forum supporters and another website making a plea for help.

See excerpts of the letter sent out by Vision Forum
Public plea for help from FRN

It is public record (PDF download) that the land and building on 4719 Blanco Rd (home of both Vision Forum, Inc. and Vision Forum Ministries) were donated in early 2002 by the Vineyard Foundation.