Sunday, December 9, 2012

Early Morning Clarity

Last night was the first night I’ve slept well in China.  Yay!!!  I got a solid eight hours and feel much better:).  I think it helped that we kept the windows open.  The temperature in our room has been blazing hot, but last night it was crisp and cool refreshing.  I’m also very grateful to have two hotel rooms.  The girls enjoy their little slumber party atmosphere in the other room.  They’re old enough to take care of their basic needs on their own.  And we’re right next door if anything major does come up.

So this peaceful morning has offered me the opportunity to think.  Here are some of my thoughts:

Cali is far more wonderful than I had envisioned her.  She is exquisite.  She is (no pun intended) like a piece of fine China.  Exquisitely beautiful.  Exquisitely precious.  A treasure to be shared and yet guarded.  Her spirit is as innocent and pure as anyone’s I’ve ever met.  She will be a great blessing to anyone she comes in contact with, of this I am quite sure.  And yet I want to be careful to keep her shielded from some of the coarse this world has to offer.  She is an extremely precious spirit of our Father in Heaven.  Of this I am sure.

The wheelchair is going to be far more challenging than I had envisioned.  This understanding for me is mostly about our home.  I’m not yet sure how this is going to work out, but I am trusting in Heavenly Father that with His help we can do this.  My already inexpressible gratitude for Chrissy Probst and the rest of the amazing people who are striving to build us a home has multiplied many fold in the last 18 hours.  A new home will make worlds of difference for our sweet Cali and for our family as we support her.

One comment on our last post included this sentence: “What a blessing Cali Rose will be to your family.”  As I have been pondering this morning, a little stroke of inspiration came to me.  It said, “One way that Cali will be this great blessing is by the spirit of peace she will bring to your home.  You, Dad, can never utter another harsh word.  Voices cannot be raised in anger.  Patience must guide your actions as a father.”  You will have to meet Cali to feel of her sweet innocence.  It just cannot be described in print.  But clearly, becoming impatient with this one is out of the question.  Such an action would simply be unacceptable.  She is as pure as a baby straight from Heaven.  Again, you will have to meet her to understand.  But once you do, you certainly will.

A reaffirmation of a thought Christi and I have discussed previously:  Our adoption journey has given us the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people.  People we never would have come in contact with otherwise.  Good people are drawn to our children, and Christi and I get the benefit of coming along for the ride.  There are many that fit into this category.  People in the local community.  People in the blogosphere.  Other adoptive parents.  People who have supported the Puzzle them Home project.  People we’ve known for years.  People we’ve barely met.  It’s just amazing how many wonderful people are drawn to our amazing children and how blessed Christi and I are for the association.  Two of these people particularly came to mind this morning.  First is Kristen, the wonderful woman who laid the groundwork for us to adopt Cali.  It was her who first discovered our sweet little girl in the orphanage.  It was Kristen who pushed for her to become adoptable.  It was Kristen who first yearned to add little Cali to her own family, but eventually found that it wasn’t right for them.  It was Kristen who posted Cali’s profile to the waiting children list.  It was Kristen who communicated with us regularly as we went through the adoption process and who expressed so much joy at each step of our journey.  Cali remembers and loves Kristen and will be excited to meet her again.  I am so grateful that our journey to Cali has brought us in contact with such a wonderful person. 

The second person that came to mind this morning is sweet Teri.  Teri, who loved Graci before we ever saw her profile.  Teri, who wanted to adopt our little Wang Chun Ling, but found that it wasn’t right for her family.  Teri, who has offered tender and tongue-in-cheek commentary to our blog for the last several years.    I look forward to meeting her in person someday.  Graci won’t quite understand the depth of feeling and emotional investment that Teri has had for her over the years, but I am sure that Grace will feel Teri’s love. 

Oh, we are blessed.  “As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.  Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.”  Our happiness and our quiver is full!  At least for now…:).



  1. Gratitude is an almost universal characteristic of the happy person. It is no wonder, then, that you are, perhaps, the happiest person I know. Just being your father makes ME happy.

    Love, Dad

  2. What a blessing to your family indeed! Congratulations to all of you and to Cali too! Can't wait to see pictures of you all together.

  3. Long time blog reader here (since right before you guys left TN)...I'm so excited to follow along on all your adoption journies and to laugh and cry along with you on your day to day adventures as a family! I am sooo looking forward to photos of your darling Cali! I bet the 3 sisters are having so much fun together in their slumber party room! Please keep the updates coming!

  4. I believe that when people meet Cali Rose they will see what a sweet spirit she is! They will see your example! They will see that the scary isn't so scary and just maybe they will open their heart to make room for just one more. Maybe someday the word orphan will not exist! Someone said to me the other day when I told them that our family was adopting, "Why would you guys adopt?" In this phrase what they really meant is why would you adopt when you have 4 biological children. You have a large family. My reply was< " why not!" I truly believe that it is our responsibility to take care of the less fortunate. Not only that but as a society we pay a much greater price when we turn our backs. Trust in the Lord. He will provide! It may not be easy, but it will work out. If Heavenly Father told you to bring Cali Rose to your family than he will provide a way for you to take care of her.

  5. So excited to meet her... She sounds amazing. So happy for your family.

  6. Be still, my heart! I LOVE YOU ALL!

  7. Morning guys - well - evening for you! Jer - one day I must - and will - meet your Dad...for the moment however I'll suffice by saying your Dad is a pretty smart guy - and I'll second what he said!

    Great joy for and with you guys - hugs and love -

    aus and co.

  8. There is something magical about the early morning for inspiration. What an amazing daughter of God Cali must be to inspire these thoughts and feelings. She will be a blessing for everyone!