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We are coming to the end of our adoption journey and wanted to update everyone on where we are in the process.  Today was a wonderful day…we received Travel Approval!!!  China has officially invited us to come and adopt two of their precious daughters.  By the end of the week, we should be given a Consulate Appointment and that will determine exactly when we … Read More ALMOST THERE!

Meet Hope

When Rick and I began our adoption journey (again…) back in October of 2012, we prayed fervently to our God that He would grant us a child.  Specifically, a little girl in China.  We possessed great faith that He would bring this to pass.  And He did!  We were granted the desire of our hearts in December 2012, with the referral of Dang Qi … Read More Meet Hope

Meet Faith

For many years now, I have dreamed of adopting a little girl.  I had no preconceived notions of what she would look like.  Only that she was out there somewhere, and that she had my heart…wherever she was.  It was on December 10th, 2012 that we learned she was in China.  A country that I thought was closed to us.  We in no way … Read More Meet Faith

As cold water to a weary soul…

                                         “As cold water to a weary soul,                                       So is good news from a far country.”                                                  ~Proverbs 25:25   We have received good news indeed!  News that we have been waiting for for a very long time.  It seems as though I have … Read More As cold water to a weary soul…

Is it ‘Good Friday’ to you?

Good Friday.  The day Jesus Christ was hung on a Roman cross.  If you’re a Christian, it is the day that Christ paid for your sins.  It is the day when the wrath of God was poured out on His Son.  Many today will use this phrase ‘Good Friday’. But it is only ‘Good’ to those who have been forgiven their sins.  It is … Read More Is it ‘Good Friday’ to you?

To burn…or not to burn…well, that’s not really the question!

A lot has been said and written over the past several days regarding Pastor Jones and his desire to host International Burn A Koran Day.  As I’ve thought about it, I think I understand where he is coming from.  Islam is a lie.  Anywhere in the world where Sharia Law is in effect there is much darkness, little freedom and little hope.  On the … Read More To burn…or not to burn…well, that’s not really the question!

Three years ago today…

April writes: Three years ago today, my grandmother fell asleep in her bed and awoke standing before the throne of grace.  Shortly after, I penned a list of things that I will forever miss. I miss: -the Monday arrival of the ‘survival’ care package which always consisted of 1. paper plates 2. a huge vat of ketchup 3. a couple of penne pollos (smart … Read More Three years ago today…

Mother’s Day…a quick thought on my wife…

These posts are usually long and longer so I am hopeful that this one will be quick and to the point.  Oftentimes on Mother’s Day, grown children are thankful to mom for providing so much of the ‘things’ that they WANTED growing up.  As I’ve thought through the wording of that phrase, my wife really can’t provide many of the ‘things’ the children want. … Read More Mother’s Day…a quick thought on my wife…

“Job gone in july”

That’s how the text read to my wife’s cell phone on April 8, 2009 at 9:39 a.m.  I knew it was coming.  We all did.  Still, there’s nothing like actually hearing that your entire department is no longer wanted or needed.  “Your last day will be July 31.”  I can’t remember too much about the day, I do remember that I worked that Wednesday … Read More “Job gone in july”

I wish every family had a Gabe

It has been my desire on my children’s birthday to write a blog celebrating his/her special day.  I am already two behind for the year (Elijah and Micah both had birthdays in February) but there is no time like the present.  So, without futher delay – Gabey.  Gabey Baby.  The Lord has been very gracious to give us so many wonderful sons (and of … Read More I wish every family had a Gabe

Heart Trouble

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, trust also in Me.”.  – John 14:1 I’ve been thinking on this tonight.  The circumstances surrounding this statement are astounding.  In less than twelve hours the Lord Jesus would be hanging from a cross and these men who were hanging on every word would be nowhere to be found.  And yet, in the midst … Read More Heart Trouble

Home Run Derby Christianity

I enjoy watching the Home Run Derby during the All Star Game festivities.  The rules of the derby go something like this.  The player gets ten outs per round.  Anything that you make contact with that is not a home run is an out.  You hit more home runs than your opponent and you advance to the next round.  Since it is a home … Read More Home Run Derby Christianity