Jer and I were recently asked to share Ben's story in the hopes of finding a family with room in their hearts and home for this sweet young man. If you are interested in adopting an older child but finances are stopping you, this is a wonderful opportunity!
From someone at the agency:
sweet guy would cost next to nothing to adopt. We at LWB have gotten
word he is getting really depressed as he has still not been chosen by a
family and he is close to aging out. He is a kind boy with a huge
heart. He has mild CP and is very good with the kids in his orphanage.
If you or someone you know could give him a home, please don't hesitate
to contact me."
1. Though having a child who qualifies for a wish from Make-a-Wish is certainly not something anyone wishes for, there are definite blessings that come with it! Besides the amazing process of going through the wish granting process (you can read more about that if you click on Make-a-Wish under the Labels menu on the left sidebar) the child continues to be a "Wish Kid." This means for five years following their wish, they are invited (along with their families) to Make-a-Wish events. A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to "Pet a Shark Night" at a local aquarium. It was so much fun. Besides getting to pet real baby sharks, the kids got to enjoy the whole aquarium and a nice dinner from Chick-fil-a. It was such a fun, FREE evening!
2. Graci looked pretty cute for her dance pictures! Now I just need
to get photos of her without her braces-- her smile is stunning!
Jeremy came in the other day and said, "You'll never guess what was
sitting on top of our mail." He proceeded to hand me the mail-- which
had a snail sitting on top of it. I was on the phone with my sister,
Leslie, when it happened. As I told her, she quickly replied, "Oh...
you got literal snail mail!" Ha.
4. The house is
looking absolutely AMAZING!!!!!! I meant to take pictures today but
forgot--- we PROMISE we'll take some tomorrow and get them posted. It's
just beyond incredible. We are having the time of our lives with this
whole process. Ok, so this is a fun coincidence. Right as I was
typing that, Jeremy called me from the property. He took a little jog
there tonight to get some exercise. I wish that all of you who have
contributed to this project in any way could have heard the emotion in
his voice as he said, "How is this happening? This is just so so
amazing. It's just so beautiful here!" Ah... we are so blessed! We
still have quite a way to go with the financing end, but have faith that
God is in those details.
5. When you have lots of
kids, you get lots of Mother's Day gifts. (: I'm still waiting on
Graci's and Parker's (they are apparently working very hard on
something) but I'll post pics of the others:
homemade journal from Xander
Jesi had been given "puppy chow" at a birthday party. I told her how much I loved it, so she saved it for me. (;
From Jesi: I asked her what the rice was for and she said, "Oh, the flowers were in a little pot of rice but they kept getting off balance so I just put it all in a baggie. Wasn't that smart of me?"
Sophi "gave" me these babies (who incidentally were not hers to give)
This is the real me. Jesi crowned me queen. I think I should enter a pageant. (:
When we fell in love 15 years ago, we started down a path that has been challenging, exhausting, and breathtakingly beautiful. Here we chronicle the blessings and stressings of parenting some pretty amazing children. We think they're the perfect travel companions as we look forward to the next fork in the road. Welcome to our journey.
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Jeremy and Christianne
Our oldest by birth, he's the voracious reader, BYU fan, spiritual giant, math whiz, sports nut, huge-hearted ray of sunshine!
The red-headed social butterfly, he's our all-star athlete, top student, outdoor-loving, spunky second-born, with a heart of pure gold!
Jessica Anne "Jesi"--13
Our little princess with the big smile, Jesi loves dress-ups and tea parties, reading, playing with her siblings, and snuggling. She sparkles!
Jacob Michael-- 6/8/2004
Little one of heavenly birth, born too soon to bloom on earth. You have taught us so much--we love you, Jacob!
Emily Anne "Emmy"--9/28/2005
Emily's exquisite little hands and feet have left their mark in this world. Her body was tiny, but her spirit enormous. We miss her!
Elizabeth Mei "Elli"--12
Elli's world may be dark, but she's the light of our lives! Lover of music, chocolate, and Mommy's arms, she brings joy to all who know her!!
Gracelin Kate "Graci"--18
Showing true grace throughout her battles with heart disease and pulmonary hypertension, our Gracester is loved by everyone! She's smart, gorgeous, friendly, and has faith to move mountains!
Alexander Philip "Xander"--11
With a spunk and smile that could outmatch anyone's, our Xander has not let Cloves Syndrome get the best of him. Adopted at age 4 from China, he loves having a family, eating junk-food, and playing with his many friends!
Alexis Li "Lexi"--12
Meet the friendliest girl on the planet! Blind from birth, Lexi amazes all of us with her braille skills, determination, talents, but mosly by the way she spends her days SMILING. She is an angel in every way. We are thrilled to have our darling daughter home six years from China!!
Sophia Breanne "Sophi"--8
Her eyes called out to us from half-way around the world. Little Sophi is beautiful, smart, and coy. She can do amazing things with her little toes and we think she's about the cutest thing on the planet! Welcome home, baby girl!
Calais Rose "Cali"--16
Charming Cali joined our family in December of 2012. This girl is beautiful both inside and out. Born with spina bifida, Cali is confined to a wheelchair, but that does not keep her from enjoying life to the fullest. She is smart, opinionated, strong, and lovely in every way.
Conner Allen-- 16
Meet our newest addition! Wu Jia Xia is from Wuhan City in China. Blind from birth, he will blow you away with his incredible talent on the piano. More importantly, he is sweet, witty, kind and finally, OURS! Welcome home, Conner!