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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Our Little Emperors

We weren't planning to adopt again. With human reasoning alone, it doesn't make any sense to adopt right now.

We believe the LORD sent him to us.
Can you look at that face without smiling?

We were contacted by someone in China, and asked to advocate for another little boy, Xiao Yong. We prayed, we advocated, and I searched for more information about him. In the process, I saw that another face that grabbed my heart, the face of Jiang Zhuang. But, we were to be helping Xiao Yong find a family.
My DH Stan has said since our last adoption...OUR FAMILY IS FINISHED. But, this time, when he heard the story of Xiao Yong, left behind for 4 years,he said, "I could use a little boy around here." We considered adopting Xioa Young ourselves, but I never felt peace about it. After praying through the weekend, we learned Xiao Yong found a family.

I continued to think of the other face, the one I was instantly drawn to. I did more research and learned Jiang Zhuang still didn't have a family.

Just one week after the contact from China, I attended the Love the Least Conference, where I met Gwen Oastvall and Suzanne Mayernick.  My heart would not stop....my mind would not stop. As Gwen talked about our Big God and the little me, she spoke of the fundraising she did for her adoptions. I went to the fund raising break out session. We do not have any money set aside for another adoption.

I prayed.

I had to go to SC with Josie-Tatum for a gymnsatics competition. I texted Stan while we were away, "I can't stop thinking about Jiang Zhunag." He made a mistake by reading that text while driving. He said he had to pull over.

I texted friends and asked, "How do you know the difference between faith and foolishness? Is it foolish to consider adopting when you have no money?"

A sweet young friend replied, "The foolishness of God is wiser than men." (I Cor. 1:25.)

And, that pretty much sealed the deal.

I can be a fool for Jesus.

So, here we were pursing an adoption, and our bank account is near empty. Stan and I agreed to take one step at a time and see if God continued to keep the door open. We don't meet all of the qualifications for China anymore, but we learned only 3 weeks after seeing his face, that China has given us approval to adopt him.

And, then the LORD drew me to this face.

You can read how we heard the LORD speak to us here.

Now, we know that the LORD is making the crooked paths straight...straight to precious sonS in China, and we are stepping out in faith. We have begun with no money in our savings account, and God has been using His people to provide for every need as it has been needed.

We ask you to pray for us, pray the LORD continues to surprise us, pray that we will have the money we need. And, if God speaks to your heart, consider a donation.
Now to Him who can do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or think, to him be all the glory~!
(Ephesians 3:20)

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