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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Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Our pastor says, "If you think, you'll thank."

So today I have to share with all of you how thankful I am for my sister. Her name is Bobbie, and she will be going to China with us.

She lives down the dirt road from our house. Each morning this summer, I've taken a 4 mile walk, past her house 4 times. Today, as I was approaching her house, I saw something written in the road. I had to get closer to read each word written on my path. The message read:

How's that for a sister?
And, she's praying as hard as I am, I think, for our LOA.

May you all find one special reason to be thankful today,

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Finally (Almost) LOA News

On Day 142, when some people receive LOA on day 58, our social worker finally called. The facilitator for our agency finally received news from CCAA about our hold up.

It seems that CCAA somehow separated our LOI and dossier. They have admitted their mistake, though, and say we should expect our LOA soon!

Please keep praying for quick LOA, speedy TA, and speedier travels.


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

New Bed

I was going to wait until we had our LOA to buy a new bed for the girls' bedroom. Then, I realized I go back to work in 3 weeks, so I better get busy deciding what I want to do in the girls' room and order a bed.
We decided on a bunk bed, with a double on the bottom, and a trundle. That will take up less room than the 2 twin beds that are currently in the girls' room, and there will be enough room for 4 to sleep. Of course, Stan says, "This is it. We're not adopting again." But there's room....just in case, or when company comes.
Please, please, pray for our LOA.

Picture from the company website--Lea. We'll have the bed in a few weeks.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Thanks to so many of you for your prayers and support. The wait for LOA has been painful, but I praise the LORD for the peace He sends and the comfort He gives while we continue to wait. Our agency is looking into "why" we haven't heard anything.

In the meantime, our family had a wonderful, therapeutic vacation in Florida! I was going to post some pictures, so you would know I had a great time; however, I realized I was not in any of the pictures. I was behind the camera. You'll have to look at the smiles on the faces of my family and believe I was smiling too.

While in Daytona, I got up with the sunrise each morning and walked 4-5 miles while I talked with Jesus. Then, we all hit the beach, built sandcastles, played in the surf, went for walks together, and later went to the pool. The first day Josie-Tatum spent 4 hours outside before we could talk her into going in!

What could be more fun that Daddy pulling you on a boggie board through the surf?

Whitney, Josie-Tatum, Caleb, and Brandon (Caleb's best friend). Those 2 boys find fun wherever they go! I had to delete the first picture I took of them. You can use your imagination to figure out why. (They got me!)

Which one is the Princess?

So much fun, just Josie-Tatum and me. We didn't have to worry about what anyone else wanted. We hopped from one park to the next and did Josie-Tatum's favorite WDW things!

Josie-Tatum had to have a new shirt because she got the one she was wearing dirty. Then, of course she needed matching sunglasses. And, we had to pose at Minnie's House with Mickey's picture.

And, when we came home from vacation, I had to plan a birthday party. My oldest "baby" turned 19!

Blessings to all of you! And, please keep praying we receive our LOA so we can go get our baby!

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