Knowing it will take a special family called by God to love her, this special mom set up a Chip In on her blog to hopefully raise enough funds for the family to have their adoption completely paid for. Well let me tell you the Lord moved in a great way!!! In just 5 days she has raised over $20,000 for this precious angel. I beg you to go to her blog and read the first post on Yulia. The address is www. nogreaterjoymom.blogspot.com . God is using this sweet lady in great ways. She doesn't believe in just sitting on the sidelines cheering. Nope, she's leading the charge. I wish we could all be more like that. There would definately be less orphans in the world. So...... the challenge... pray for sweet Yulia. Pray God would raise up a special family for her, and go to www. reecesrainbow.org for more information on her or to help another precious angel get a family or a grant. What is God telling you to do?
Monday, September 27, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Never in the midst of all insaneness of last year would I have believed we would be doing a "ONE YEAR LATER" post but.... here we are. Sunday officially marked "Gotcha Day" for our family. Laurel and Mike walked out of the orphanage and she walked into a family. She has grown 10 inches and gained 11 1/2 lbs. in just one year!! I can't believe it. She and Noah wear the same size clothes!! So much has happened in that year. She really isn't even the same child. She is confident, loves to laugh, has a strong spirit and is ready to please. Did I put stubborn as a mule sometimes in that list also? :) Laurel is a true joy. I love to watch her soak up new experiences. Noah is the best big brother EVER!! They are really learning the art of communication with a hearing impaired sibling and I am so proud of him. He had to endure a lot of changes in a very short amount of time and he has been a champ.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
We went to the beach with Nana & Poppy about a month ago and I am just now posting the pictures. Noah has had a love/hate relationship with the beach but thankfully has really grown to love it. This was Laurel's first experience with the ocean. We weren't sure how she would take it but we haven't found much that she is afraid of. I took the video of her first time seeing God's great creation. I love how she stops halfway and just stands. You can't see it very well in the video but she has her eyes closed and she is just feeling the wind on her face. I love that about her. She relishes every little thing. It made me so happy for her but broke my heart at the same time. She went 2 years never really "feeling" anything. She has just in the last month started to really even act like a silly 2 year old who does goofy things and laughs constantly. It makes me want to rescue them all and give them these wonderful experiences.
Noah loved riding the boogey board. This boy just might be a surfer! He also loves fishing with Poppy. Actually, I think he likes to hear fishing stories from Poppy better than the fishing itself but that will come! He'll keep you laughing, that one.
Anyway, please keep Noah in your prayers as we are working through some Asthma issues. He's been diagnosed and it trying to kick a yucky cough. The nebulizer works some but it hasn't gotten rid of the entire cough. Also, Laurel's IEP meeting it next week. Looking forward to a new chapter in her therapies. Thanks for visiting the blog!
Saturday, September 4, 2010
I have taken my sweet time in updating this thing lately and for that I apologize for those out there who actually read this. It hasn't been because I've been lazy but incredibly busy lately.... I know, I know no excuses.. we are ALL busy these days. :) Anyway, first things first.... sweet Madeline from Reeces Rainbow finally has a family!!!!!!! Thank you all who prayed for her family to find her. I can't wait to follow her journey home.