Chinamom Adventures

An Adoption Journey

The Gift

  • For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
  • For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
  • If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

At long last!

Dear Family and Friends,

Finally! A whirlwind week has come to an end and yesterday we moved all of our belongings to our new home! My apologies for not writing sooner but there was sooooo much to get done before I could let Sophie roam about the new condo. It needed and extensive cleaning!

I can't thank my church family enough with all the help they gave me in the last week. I am blessed to have had an electrician (to give us power when the master circuit breaker broke!);a plumber to fix a leaking bathtub faucet;a heating specialist to keep my aging furnace going to give us heat and hot water; and, of course those who gave up two weekends to help me clean, paint and provide their labors to load and unload 5 rooms of our belongings! What a blessing you all are - it does prove the proverb - A friend loveth at all times.... I am so thankful to God for you all!

It will take a few days to get my internet access going, so please forgive the lack of communication - I'll publish pictures when I get back on line.

Chinamom and Sophie

Sunday, September 7, 2008


Dear Family and Friends,

Yes - you guessed it. We have no closing on the condo. It was rescheduled 3 times on Friday as my bank was waiting for a signature from the selling bank and it seems that this very large, national bank, had no one working who could sign off on the settlement. Now we wait until tomorrow when a new settlement needs to be drawn up (another week has passed in the month and the math needs to be adjusted to reflect this) and we wait again for someone to sign it.... My mortgage commitment expires next Thursday so it looks like I'll need to try and get an extension on this. Keep it in prayer please.

Sophie is doing well. She is adding new words to her vocabulary every day! She now has 3 variations of calling me - Momma, mom and mummy! Too cute! She is finally saying hello to people on the phone. In the past, it was always a listening activity for her, now she will talk a bit more, but is still more interested in pushing the buttons on the cordless phone!

I need to keep this one short - time is getting late and we must get ready for church.

Keep us in prayer,

Chinamom and Sophie

Monday, September 1, 2008

September already?

Dear Family and Friends,

I can't believe it's September already. As I write this, I am brought back to one year ago when I was waiting for my referral. I was excited and nervous - I knew I was one to two months off from becoming a mom and it scared me a bit. Now Sophie has been home for nearly 8 months and it's hard to imagine life without her. She is growing so fast. I tried putting a onesie on her last night and have to admit to myself that she has outgrown her 12 month clothing! She is just now filling out her 18 month clothes. Can't really call her petite since she is so tall, but she is a tiny Munchkin to me.

We have a new closing on the condo! Pray that all will go as hoped for this coming Friday. If all goes well, I will be cleaning furiously next weekend and painting during the week nights to be ready to move the following weekend. I know I won't get all the painting done, but would like to have Sophie's room complete before we move.

I happened to run across an interview with Steven Curtis Chapman that he did for a radio program recently. I don't know if many of you know that he and his wife have adopted 3 girls from China. In May there was an awful accident at their home when his second oldest biological son hit the youngest girl, Maria Sue, when she ran out in front of his car. She went home to be with Jesus that day. I bawled as I listened to that interview (actually was 3 days). If you want to be inspired by a strong Christian faith, listen to this interview.

When Steven sang his song, Cinderella, it made me think about what is important. That day I was caught up in the day to day things of life and Sophie was very clingly. She was napping when I heard this message and it made me realize I won't have this time in her life for very long. God does not promise us one more minute and everything could change in a heartbeat. Tonight, I spent time just being a mom to Sophie. We giggled. Read books. Splashed in the tub. It was perfect.

Double fisted shopping!

Painter's assistant!

Washing feet!

Chinamom and Sophie