Friday, October 30, 2009

Three Years Ago Today

I can't believe how fast time is flying by. I took you in my
arms three years ago. At the sweet age of 18 months. Our
lives were changed forever and for the better. You had
the most curious eyes as you looked at us. My heart
just melted with the love the Lord had already placed
in my heart for you that has grown ever more deeply
each day we spend with you.
Jaden, you have brought such joy and laughter and
yes even a few sleepless nights into our lives. I thank
my Father in heaven everyday for the
beautiful gift He has given us in you.

Monday October 30, 2006
3:00 pm
Gotcha Day

Not so sure about all of these strange people.

I know you were afraid and didn't know what to think.
After our first night the very next morning around 10:00 am
we went back to the Civil Affairs office and your nanny was there
she put her hands out for you and you went to her and then looked
at me and then her a couple of times and put your arms out to come
back to me. My heart leaped with joy and I new our Father above was
answering many prayers for you to start bonding so quickly.
Yes, from that day forward you attached to me. I couldn't even go
to the bathroom alone. You became my little cling on and I wouldn't
have changed it for the world. Poor daddy had to wait patiently as you
slowly warmed up to him. When you did I was thrilled and to this day
love watching you both enjoy each other. May you learn from your
daddy's love how much our Father in heaven truly loves you.


At the medical exam in China. A much happier little girl.
After many kisses from mommy, mommy received her
first kiss in China while I was laying on the floor playing
with you.

Tonight we went to a little Chinese restaurant to celebrate.
Jaden loved the noodles! She commented, " They were the
best she'd ever had."
Then she told us we don't know how to eat them right and
proceeded to slurp them down!

We love you Jaden
you have been such
a blessing from God.
We have been blessed
beyond measure.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Jaden's Referral (finally)

I know I am a little behind our scanner wasn't working.
Thanks Amy for the picture. For some reason when
we scan that one it turns out really tiny.
So I copied and pasted the one you emailed.
I didn't want to add this all on tomorrows post.

Our referral came August 25, 2006
Birthdate 4/2/2005
Name Jiang Suh Qin
Yongxiu County SWI
Jiangxi, China

Prayer for our group from DH

We thank-you for this honor
bestowed upon us,
to have the privilege of raising
and loving Your children.
We ask for Your protection
over the little ones
While we labor
these last weeks
to travel to them.
We covet Your blessings
as we prepare for the trip.
Thank-you for Your
mercy, grace and love.
In Jesus name

Our precious gift from the Lord
Jaden Faith

A beautiful poem I found
God's Little Girl
Oh, little girl from a far away land,
You know not yet how the Father's hand
Has fashioned your frame in ways so grand,
And loves you in ways you don't understand.

And though we've yet to hold your tiny frame,
You've captured our hearts, and we long to
call your name.
We thank God for you, a gift so sweet and pure,
And pray for you, to know His Son for sure.

And as you grow, may you always know
The Lord is there wherever you go.
We promise to love you through all
your days and hours,
But never forget, His love is far greater than ours.

Our Father's Son, He freely gave
And all who believe, He surely will save.
Oh, little girl, we're all adopted at so great a price,
But as God's little girl, you're adopted twice.

Paul W. Smith

Monday, October 26, 2009

Thus says the Lord to His anointed,
To Cyrus, whose right hand I have
To subdue the nations before him
And loose the armor of kings,
To open before him the double doors,
So that the gates will not be shut:
I will go before you And make the
crooked places straight;
I will break in pieces the gates of bronze
And cut the bars of iron.
I will give you the treasures of darkness
And the hidden riches of secret places,
That you may know that I, the Lord,
Who call you by your name,
Am the God of Israel.
Isaiah 45:1-3

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Special Drawing

Jaden's butterfly for Jesus.Before DH hung up Piper's butterflies one had disappeared.
Little later I found out where it had gone. Jaden came up and
handed me her picture of the butterfly she traced and told me
it was for Jesus, then asked if she could go give it to Him now.
Oh, and of course, she wants me to go with her. So I told her
He sees and loves your beautiful butterfly, just as He loves you.
Oh sweet girl there are days I long for Jesus
to come and take us home. Until then we need
to be lights in this dark world and share His love.

Bible story time
Jesus Calms The Storm
Mark 4:35-41

The affirmation: I will run to Jesus when I am afraid.
Jaden pondered for a few minutes and then looked at
me and said, "Well.... actually you can't run to Jesus."
I explained to her the way we run to Jesus is by praying
when we are afraid and He will give us His peace.
She memorized the Fruit Of The Spirit this week and
we have been discussing each fruit. What perfect timing.
This precious four year old always is amazing me.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Jaden's Room

Since we shared the pictures of Piper's room a certain
little girl wanted me to share pictures of her room also.
(Is this a sample of things to come?) ;)
At the time we adopted her we only had dial up in our
area and I couldn't do a blog. So here is Jaden's bedroom.

Our ferocious guard dog Ziva even joined in.

I look at her sitting at her little table and
I am amazed how quickly my baby girl is
growing up! (she sat there so everyone
would know this is her bedroom)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Summer Fun

A few months ago Jaden started swimming on her own.
Shortly after that she was jumping in from the side of the pool.
A few weeks ago she mastered jumping from the diving board.
Looks like next year we will work on diving. We may have just
a few weeks left of swimming.
Some are a little blurry. Maybe by next summer I will have a nicer camera.;)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Almost Complete

Just about all the finishing touches have been added.

We had found out a while back Piper likes butterflies!
I just love how God used butterflies to speak to my heart
in both of our adoptions. (shared in past post)
Praying He is preparing her heart and mind for all the changes
coming her way. Also for God to give us the wisdom, direction
patience and love to help her through her grieving as she leaves
everything she has known. May we be able to comfort her as God
has always been a comforter to us.
(2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)
I can't wait to see her sleeping in her bed!
Come on TA!!!
Oh........ I can just see her standing between her bed and dresser.
Still need to switch out the closet door with the new white one.
Yet her room will not be complete until she walks through the door.