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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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Friday, June 15, 2007

Angels and My Hairdresser

Okay, do you want to hear about the picture or about the title of this post.
The picture first probably......but

God has been working in my heart over this past week. I thank Him for loving me even when I am unlovable. While I want to go to China NOW and get Ellie, I can trust my loving Heavenly Father that He loves her more than I do, and He will orchestrate His perfect plan for her and for our family in His perfect time. That doesn't mean my heart doesn't hurt, but it means I've made some serious progress.

While I desperately want our LOA, God has sesnt some super angels our way.

First, our friends leave for China tomorrow. I am so happy for them. And, dear grandmother is going with them, and, she just happens to have a time share in Daytona Beach. And, she is such a saint. She is giving her time share to her daughter's friends. We just happen to be one of those so blessed. Next week, we will leave for Daytona for 5 nights, compliments of one angel.

I spent time with my nephew who is recovering from 3rd degree burns over 90% of his body. His life is a miracle and a testimony of God's angels and God's deliverance through the fire. Getting my priorities closer to where they need to be, compliments of angel #2.

While in Augusta, I shared with a friend a desire to take Josie-Tatum to Disney World, just for one day, just Josie-Tatum and Mama. That friend made a phone call. We're getting into the park, free of charge, compliments of angel #3.

Once again, while in Augusta, I talked with my mom. She purchased a book for my niece to read as she sits by her husband's side through his long recovery. She hasn't read it yet. But I started reading it. My mom may have meant it for my neice, but I believe God meant it for me. Climbing out of the pit, complimnets of angel #4--my mom--and angel #5 Beth Moore, author of "Get Out of That Pit."

I've begun reading, and I am making my way out of the pit of despair. Life is too short. God is too good. I may have a bad day, but I don't want to dwell in the pit any longer. Thank you, Beth Moore, for writing what I needed to read, for allowing God to use you.

Then, when I got home from Augusta, an email. Another angel who I'll not name at this time, sent me precious photos and notes about our Ellie. I hope you enjoy the few I've posted today, compliments of angel #6.

And, last, angel #7, my hairdresser Mrs. Donna. She is indeed an angel. God knows how I need encouraging and she called this morning and said, "I want you to know you've been prayed for today." She spoke blessings and encouragement, and I thank God for prompting her, because through her, I was reminded of how much he loves me.

The picture of above was taken at CHI foster home in Beijing. I never knew Ellie was there but learned just yesterday that she was there for several weeks while recovering from surgery.

Enjoy the other picutres, and, while I'm not a pit dweller anymore, could you keep praying for our LOA?

Early 2006

June of 2006

Celebrating Children's Day in China

September of 2006

This is the last picture we will have of Ellie until we get to China. Look! She's holding the photo album we sent to her. That's our family. We are told that, when she looks at the photo album, she turns to the pages of the house and the yard and says, "Chun Chun's house. Chun Chun's swing."


Kimberly Kenward said...

I'm praying for your LOA every day, Robbie. The newest pictures are so precious. Enjoy FL and Disney World!

Kim Kenward
LID 8/15/06

ingersollnd said...

TOO ADORABLE!!!!! You cannot help but smile when you look at her precious face!
-Jen Ingersoll

Sandy H. said...

Wow... waiting 110 days for your LOA???

First, I think she is beautiful!!! I saw your post on the yahoo group and had to look at your site. We are LId 7/25/06, LOI 4/17/07 and waiting for our LOA. We are on day 61. Our little girls last name is Dang. I have been so blessed to have received many pictures of her during the last couple of months. I pray your LOA will come soon.

Sandy H.

Keating Mom said...

I'm so glad to hear how God has blessed you through these angels this week! I've been praying for you! The pictures are adorable:)

moya said...


Praying for your Chun Chun as she waits for her family. Soon, soon!
Moya(from the firecrackers)

Marjo said...

Dear Robbie
I'm checking the website again and again hoping to see your LOA. It must be near. I thinks it's time Ellie comes home.
Hold on!!!
Be strong!!
She is sooo worth all the waiting for.

A big hug from your friend from holland, still remebering very well after 4 adoptions from China how this wait can be:(



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