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Friday, November 27, 2015

Just an adorable page of adoptees on their gotcha day--just sayin!  This is the verse that is included with a snippet about the months of the year, throughout the book--makes me want new gotcha day pictures of recent children who have found their forever homes.  If you need a copy--they are available on Amazon, Westbow, or Tate and Barnes and Noble.
All young little ones love the chorus and can learn the months are the same time!  Check it out!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Just a few thoughts from C.S. Lewis to make us sit up and take notice--we are not in control!

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” 
― C.S. LewisMere Christianity

He is!  My reminder everyday----

My family 1959? ish     My brother Randy is already gone, the rest of us are all between 57- and 88 now.  Many things to grieve and rejoice about!  Heaven is our real home!  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Drop Box?  The Drop Box  This man has the "do something" mentality!  Oh how I wish there was a way to do this in  The Drop Box

Our children deserve a chance at a great life!  Three of our children were abandoned.  One at 2 years old and two just after their birth.  The oldest abandoned himself because he could not endure the abuse.

Abandonment meant a better life for our and I am thankful to God for bringing them our way.  Adoption is a special gift--Ivie in the previous article gets it!
Madison (6) on her Gotcha Day  (2005)

Malia (12) right before her Gotcha Day (2006)

Whitney (3) just before her Gotcha day (2001)

Konnor (12) on his Gotcha Day (2004)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Take a look at Not Alone's guest post today--I am privileged to be included as the guest writer today.  This is part of Madison's amazing story.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Launching a new group tomorrow night, that is called "Ask -It -Basket" for a particular group of international adoptive moms.  My hope is for discussion of different questions, generated by those in attendance, to help others in a faith based forum.  I trust that our group will be judgement free, loving, caring and able to encourage each other on a monthly basis.

Every type of adoption, (domestic, international, foster, family related) is different.  The issues are different and so are the concerns.  This is not to exclude any other adoptive mothers, but is specific to the problems that we face as Chinese Adoptive moms ( and special needs of our children) Hopefully it will encourage others to make a specific group for their needs and branch out to mothers in need.  Every family needs confidentiality, support, and like minded people helping them in their daily lives.  

Blessings,  Sheila

Friday, December 26, 2014

This was our Christmas Day with 7 of us (one via skype).  We missed Xiao Yu and Kyler but skyped with them in the evening.  We are so thankful to everyone who follows our family, prays for our children, and loves us as friends and family.  We are blessed!  Best wishes for 2015 and beyond!  

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

just another small excerpt from Chinese Take Out : An Adoption Memoir for this Thanksgiving Season:  (don't know what I would do without Konnor excerpt)

 Konnor (2004)            

 The day that the boys met Konnor was monumental; they both had to decide if he would fit into our family or not.  Kyler was a bit apprehensive when we talked about it prior to the China trip.  He seemed to fear rocking the boat yet one more time, knowing the adjustments we had made for Whitney and our family. 

On a Thursday night, I vividly remember a call from China, when the first few words he said made me know it was Kyler and his final words on the phone were “ We have room in our family for one more!”   Rick was ecstatic and I was moved by the words that had just been spoken from across the Pacific pond.  I knew from then on that Konnor was for our family and would fit in just perfectly.  Visions of a family with two boys and two little Chinese girls were replaced by a scenario of three boys and one little princess! On the same night we decided we would adopt Konnor, I went into panic mode.  Whitney and I drove to the library that next Friday morning and I researched adoption of older children as she carelessly played a Spongebob Squarepants game on the library computer. 

Blessings,  Sheila