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Monday, July 30, 2007

DOING LIFE ...


Thanks to Verna I am now connected to a yahoo group from Maggie's orphanage. Verna is always looking out for me. The above is a picture of her orphanage. She is in a very poor area and we will more than likely not visit the orphanage. It is over 8 hours away from Changsha.

Other News:
1. Elijah lost another tooth. He is banking his money for a big toy.

2. We had a cook out at a half way house for Restore Ministries. We pulled up and one of Scott's childhood friends was there. God is so big. Scott shared his testimony, we cooked out and of course Emily had everyone eating out of the palm of her hand.

3. Renovation of the house is almost done. We have enclosed our screened in front porch as livable house space now. I think Scott is getting ready for all the children God will bring into our home.

4. I got a new picture of Maggie's head burn and I think it looks great. I feel so blessed that God is caring for her till I get there.

5. I am super excited about Wed. ... Jeremiah and I are going out on a date for the day. I adore my oldest son and love to hear what God is doing in his life. We try to do a date every 3 months or so to have some one on one time.

That is all for now. I am so excited about some of my new blogger friends.... You all keep me so encouraged and focused on the BIG PICTURE !!!

17 kind words.:

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Glad to hear that things are well for you and your family..
You are getting closer to travel time...
Can't wait..
I am so happy for you and your family..
Have a great week.
Kim

ADELE said...

I think it is wonderful that you and your son have dates and spend one on one time together. Mal and Ron go on dates too and I love that he is teaching her how a lady should be treated. I am glad the cookout went well. I know the folks were blessed that you guys were there to minister to them. Also, Maggie has been on my heart alot lately and I have been constantly praying for her. I can hardly wait to follow your journey to get her! Love and prayers,
Adele

ADELE said...

I added you to my list of blogs. Hope you don't mind. :)

redmaryjanes said...

How about Sept. 15 for the shower?
And I am so glad that you have this photo and more of Maggie. It sounds like your family is growing in the Lord and in life experiences.

Verna said...

So glad you are getting some info from the orphage group. I'm so anxious to have movement on our adoption. I will have to live vicariously through you ;)

jennifer said...

I am so excited for you. So many exciting things happening.
It won't be long and you'll have all your chicks under one roof.

Leigh Ann said...

Sounds very exciting...Dailen hasn't lost a tooth yet! I worked on Maggie's blanket some last night, I can't imagine the how hard the waiting is. Give everyone our love!

Holly said...

So glad everything is going well : )

Jeanne said...

And you, my friend, are a great encouragement to so many, as well! I can't even tell you how excited I am to see what God is doing in your family! Praying for the time to fly by quickly until you can be united with your sweet baby girl!

Beckyb said...

I love to see all the fun things God is doing!!! You are an inspiration!!

The Phillips said...

That is so awesome that you have some connections with Maggie's orphanage...God is so amazing! We used to have date nights with our kids, too! You've just inspired me to carve time out of our chaotic schedules to do that again! It's such a special time...even my 14 year old still wants to "date" his mom! :)
Brittany

Tammy said...

I am finally back in the "blog world" after a long and wonderful vacation. I LOVE your blog and hearing all that God is doing in and through your family! I cannot wait to see all that He has in store for you and the ways He will continue to bless you on your journey to Maggie!

nikki said...

Thanks for the updates, sweetie. I have been thinking about your family A LOT!
Scott has been a busy man...can't believe the renovation is almost done!
Have fun tomorrow on your date with Jeremiah -- your kids all ROCK!
Love you!

Ms. Dragonfly said...

I too found my daughter's yahoo orphanage group. It's very cool to talk with these people and some even let me look through trip photos from the recent past to see if my daughter isn't in the background. Nothing yet but another family is traveling there now and will try to get a shot of her for me.

KKamholz said...

have fun with jeremiah tomorrow; i think it's awesome to have one on one time with each of your children; i can't wait to see and hear about your journey to maggie, and that's very cool that you have a connection now through that group

god bless you guys

Steffie B. said...

That's great Gwen....one on one time is important for all of them. Thanks for the call this morning.....you have such a special place in my heart. Emmie will be sooooo jealous when I tell her! ;)

LIZ said...

That's great that you got updated pictures of Maggie! Those yahoo orphanage groups are great! Being able to share so much info and pictures amongst adoptive families. If you don't get to visit the orphanage , hopefully you will be able to get some pictures of it and of Maggies home city to keep for her.