Thursday, July 26, 2012

What?? Did you say no cavities??!!

It's the littlest blessings that often knock our socks off. After all, Luke and Jansen have only been home 10 weeks. With having lots of transition in the home, we try to remember to thank God for both the big and little things.

Today, the boys went to Dr. Tina Merhoff's pediatric dentistry office. We love this office staff! The boys did great at their first visit and have beautiful white teeth! Best of all, no cavities for either child! Woo hoo! You adoptive mommas know what a blessing and rarity this is!

A big shout out thank you to Chosen Children Village for the excellent care provided to our boys.

God is so good!

Jo Anna

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Prayer request and update on Luke

Tomorrow afternoon, our little guy, will be having a CT, MRI, bloodwork, and ABR hearing test under anesthesia. The results of these tests will help us determine whether he is a candidate for cochlear implants.

He is such a joy and loves life. We covet your prayers!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Happy 12th Birthday Rachael

A Daughter
Author: Unknown

A daughter brings sunshine
to brighten your day.
A daughter brings joy
through her loving ways.
A daughter is a blessing
that comes from above.
A special and beautiful
treasure to love.

-Jo Anna

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cutting for a Cause - Follow Up

On January 15th, 2012 friends of ours at Progressive Image Day Salon held an adoption fund raiser for us called Cutting for a Cause. We made $1500 towards our adoption costs from 2-6pm that day.

Debbie Jones (co-owner of the salon) had asked to change their usual partial ad in Forsyth Woman magazine for their business to include a promo for CFAC. The editor found our story so compelling that they chose to give us a full ad that described our adoption story in great detail, along with Progressive Image's efforts to assist. We were so honored...and somewhat embarassed by the exposure. BUT, God used this to bring folks in the door for the event that would not have otherwise, and He connected us with new friends and resources.

Fast forward to the beginning of June...
We had been home with our boys for about a month (arriving here on May 8th). Carolyn Peterson from FW contacted us about a follow up. Jo Anna did an outstanding job explaining in further detail our story and they included some wonderful pictures of our new family. Here is the link to this month's issue. Our story is on their page 46.

We have been blessed to adopt, though you may say the boys have been blessed to be a part of our family. Jo Anna and I were called to adopt, after we had been adopted into God the Father's family through His Son, Jesus Christ, sealed with the Holy Spirit unto eternal life. As my lovely wife said in the article, not everyone is called to do so. BUT, if you are a Christ-follower you have an obligation to do something. I personally feel honored to be a part of the Together for Adoption organization, involved with exhibitor planning and on-site coordination for the conferences. "We believe the theology of Adoption is transformative on so many levels: for the Church, for churches, for Christian experience, and for mobilizing and empowering long-term engagement in the global orphan crisis." Our national conference is coming up this September 14th and 15th at Cross Pointe Church in Atlanta, GA. If you want to learn more about how you can get involved, this is an excellent place to learn how you can do so. Or, maybe you are feeling the 'tug' to adopt or be engaged in foster care - I can't think of a better place for you to be that weekend. Visit the website by clicking on my first badge on the left for more details. Thank you for partnering with us as we are living in THE story!