Why We Call Our Blog the Miracle of More

The miracle is a beautiful image of Ephesians 3:20--more than I can ask or imagine. Every day is a miracle. Every moment is a miracle. Specifically for our family, the miracle of more is our family growing in ways I would never have imagined when we first committed to adoption 8 years ago. But, the greatest miracle is the change in ME!

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

One More Miracle

Hello Prayer Warrior Friends,

I let some of you know on Friday the news we received from China. It has been found that Ellie's hip and femur are not attached properly. According to doctors in China, she will need surgery and be in a cast for 6 months. We've talked with several other moms with similar experiences who say here in the states the time in a cast may not be 6 months. We would rather her surgery take place here in the states, but it could be 6 months before all of our paperwork is processed and we are in China.

The good news is: This could be the one thing that has kept Ellie from walking until now. This surgery could be the answer to our prayer.

Here's how we'd like for you to begin praying:

Today, in China, the founder of Ellie's foster home, is contacting the orphanage where Ellie was first cared for. The orphange is still "in charge" of her care, though she is now in Beijing. The foster home is reporting the new hip condition that has been discovered and requesting that her adoption be expedited. There are so many children in China, so much paperwork, so many families hoping to bring their children home that CCAA does not always look favorably on such a request.

We must now do our part. I must remember to praise Him. (Help me remember.) We must pray, pray, pray! We must seek God's face. God is a good God, and a great God. He can do anything but fail. He has moved so many mountains out of Ellie's way. He has performed so many miracles in her life already. We are asking for one more miracle. We are asking that someone in communist China, where all people are "supposed" to be treated as equals, look at Ellie, see her condition, her need for surgery, her family ready to help her, and see the need to expedite her adoption. We pray for soft hearts. We pray for smooth paperwork! We pray for speedy travels.

Please join us in requesting one more miracle!

Saturday, February 3, 2007

There Shall Be Showers of Blessings!

You can see the pictures of Ellie's birthday below, the precious pictures as she received her gifts.

And, for her birthday, I have received many gifts! First, I received the pictures from the nanny. Then, just after I posted the birthday pictures, more pictures came! Marjo has returned home to Holland. She took these pictures of our Ellie for us.

The LORD is great and greatly to be praised!


Happy Birthday Ellie Chun Chun!

Ellie's 2nd birthday is tomorrow, February 4th. (Happy Birthday to Mary Beth, too.) She celebrated her birthday today with the nannies and other children at Amazing Hands. We have been so blessed to have a contact with the foster home.

We were able to send a package to China for Ellie and her birthday. Josie-Tatum made Ellie a card and drew all of the family members on it. We sent her a tea set since Aunt Melanie helped us remember that was one of Josie-Tatum's favorite gifts on her second birthday. We also sent her some very warm clothes since we've been to Beijing in the winter, and we well remember how cold it could be! We sent a sleeper, and Josie-Tatum picked out an outfit with pants, a shirt, and a jacket. The jacket is red with Ariel, aka The Little Mermaid, on it.

The nannies said Ellie refused to take off her new red jacket! She does look so adorable in it. The nannies were so kind to send us these 7 new pictures, making sure there was one with each of her gifts. I cried when I saw Ellie looking at the card drawn by Josie-Tatum.

Thanks be unto God for His many gifts!

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