Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sweet girl had surgery

Tues morning we headed to the hospital at 530 am to check in. They wheeled our baby back at 8am after giving her goofy juice. LynnMarie was in surgery for about 90 minutes working on her right foot as it was starting to turn in again. She is wearing an above knee cast for 4-6 weeks and so far it hasn't been so bad.

We even took a new wagon and let her sit in her Christmas program. Now that I look at the video, it looked kid of pitiful. I could have at least decorated her wagon. So right now, she is on pain meds and getting carried everywhere. I will try to post some pics ASAP! Pray for a speedy recovery as she is an active peanut!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

3rd Referral anniversary

Can you believe its been 3 years since LynnMarie ChunAi became a part of our family? Not physically, but the day before Thanksgiving 3 years ago, I got a call that forever changed my life and you can read that amazing story here.
It was truly one of the best days of my life as I experienced God in a way that I had rarely heard before so this day will forever be etched in my mind and heart.


Lu Chun Ai was her given name 2008

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Book Review and contest for The House of Hope


Contest info located at bottom of the post!!
I was blessed to be given the opportunity to read a book that touched my heart. Now I knew going in it was going to do that, as it has to do with Chinese orphans, but this beautiful family's act of obedience had me pouring tears. Most of the readers of my blog are adoptive families and there are some who are just touched by adoption. I wish I could give every one of you a copy of this book. I read it in one day! I think what I loved most about this book is the fact that this act of obedience helped make a world of difference to those who need it most.
This book shares the honest fear that sometimes comes with stepping out in faith. Sometimes they didn't know where the next dollar was going to come from, but God always provided. How wonderful to have faith like that. This book will encourage your walk, will motivate you to take that extra step and also to encourage others.

I strongly recommend buying this book as 100% of the proceeds are going to help this wonderful couple and their ministry!


Don't forget to fb or tweet the info located at the bottom of this post!

About the Book:

One couple’s powerful ministry to some of China’s most vulnerable children
Robin and Joyce Hill lived in a gated community in Beijing. Their family’s life was marked by luxury and the security of Robin’s job as an engineer. Then one day, as members of their church, they had a chance to tour a state-run orphanage. Haunted by the needs of the children they saw there, for the next four years they tried to help the institute in meaningful ways.

In 1998 the Hills planned to leave China, but instead felt a sudden call from God on their lives. They left their gated community–reserved for only non-Chinese residents–moved their family into a small apartment miles outside of Beijing and immediately began to take in foster children.

They took in any child, but especially those that needed extra care—terminally ill children that couldn’t receive care elsewhere, and those that needed complicated and expensive surgeries that the Hills soon began to coordinate and sometimes pay for out of their own savings.

What began as Hope Foster Home is now New Hope Foundation. As they continue their work, the Hills enjoy support from major corporations and high-profile philanthropists as well as the trust of the Chinese authorities. The Hills’ story is an inspiring example of God’s care and provision for those whom society does not value. Learn more about Hope Foster Homes here: http://www.hopefosterhome.com.

“I strongly support Robin and Joyce Hill’s New Hope Foundation which is saving so many orphan lives in China. Read this amazing story of God’s grace and accept the challenge to make a difference!”
–Steven Curtis Chapman

“I had the privilege of going to China and witnessing the work that God is doing through Robin and Joyce Hill. They are wonderful servants of God who lovingly care for the ‘least of these.’ I hope that many will read this book and consider their example.”
–Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love
About the Author:
Elisabeth Gifford is a journalist who has written for the London Times and the Independent Newspapers. She lives in Kingston, England, and teaches children with dyslexia.

**I was given a copy of this book in order to provide my review from Litfuse Publicity, no other compensation was given.


Contest Information

(do not enter on my blog)
The publisher is sponsoring a $50 “GET / GIVE” GIVEAWAY: One winner will receive a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate for themselves AND $50 will be given in the winner’s name to Hope Foster Home.

To enter all you have to do is send a tweet (using #HFH) about The House of Hope or share about it on Facebook!
If you tweet we’ll capture your entry when you use #HFH. If you share it on Facebook or your blog, just email us and let us know (ckrumm@litfusegroup.com). Easy.
Not sure what to tweet/post? Here’s an idea:
TWEET THIS: Couple gives all to rescue babies in China! 100% proceeds go to #HopeFosterHome http://ow.ly/7qR3e RT 4 $50 to @amazon & $50 to #HFH

Friday, October 28, 2011

SHE IS A MIRACLE
HOPE FULFILLED
DREAMS FULFILLED
PRAYERS ANSWERED
BEYOND ANYTHING WE COULD HAVE EVER DREAMED OR ASKED FOR
Sorry for the simple post but I can not stop staring at her picture. She make me have happy tears. She takes my breath away when she speaks or smiles. She makes everyone smile.
She called her self Super China baby the other day(shes into superheroes). She knows. She knows how to talk to Jesus. One day she will know that she was the desire of my heart .
Sweet girl, you have know idea how much we love you. Then I think of the fact that our love for her cant compare to the love our Father has for us and that too takes my breath away

Thursday, October 27, 2011

forgot about this blog for a minute!!!

Pics to come but just know that precious LynnMarie is getting bigger and sillier. She loves to sing songs in a high pitched voice, loves to say prayer and thank God for Cindalella, her family and friends.

This week she has told me many times she is a super hero. Not a particular one, just in general. yesterday she called me supermomma and then she said I SUPER CHINA BABY!!! its amazing what she comes up. Such a silly girl, a perfect gift from God. What a blessing she is to everyone!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

a rare but special visit


What a sweet visit we had with Pam and Clay, all the way from Henan, China! They were so happy to see sweet LynnMarie although Mrs. Pam called her ChunAi a few times. I loved that. They are so proud of this little girl and they should be. They loved her, prayed for her and really gave the care she needed to start a healthy life. Simple thank you's will never be enough. They care for many special needs babies in China. I know many people who have been touched by their lives. God really really blessed our lives with this special visit. It was nice to hear stories about their lives and it was nice to see LynnMarie play with their daughter!!!!







Wednesday, August 24, 2011

the non picture post

Just wanted to update you on LynnMarie. She is such a fun girl. She is 3 and a half and is in preschool twice a week. Her teachers love her and she is getting used to the new kids. This is her 3rd year in this school and we are happy they love her.

A few months ago, she started spitting out sentences and questions and random things.This week she told she needed to get the eyes out of the sun.

Her favorite movies are Gnomeo and Juliet and Tangled. We took her to see Cars 2 and she did well for a 3 year old. We have started to find Christmas in different places.

One of the most precious things is prayer time at night. Im not sure where she learned it, but she likes to get on her knees for prayer time I love it. We also sing Jesus loves me and How Great. She also loves to sing "I love the way you hold me" on the Christian radio station.

She is mostly a dinner eater but will snack on anything and loves her popsicles.

She loves going to church and has lots of friends there. She will be going with Momma to Wed Bible study soon.

lunch with a very special friend

The beginning of Aug brought a very very special friend! You see Miss Alicia has know about our sweet LynnMarie way before we did. She has followed her story since she was a newborn. Alicia prayed for her, her future family and her needs . I love love love that God has had her prayed for all over the world since the beginning. I cant think of her story and not cry because it has been so obvious that He carefully held her in His hands while she waited for her family. We have been able to visit this sweet friend a few times since we came home from China!!!! We were thankful for another opportunity to meet, this time at the Marietta diner!! Oh and Miss Alicia has China beauties as well!!!








Tuesday, August 23, 2011

July

These are poor quality pics but pics none the less. July was hot. We had a few park trips, watched the parade with friends and did some swimming. Aunt Kelly gave us bags and bags of new books so that kept us updated for a long time!







Monday, August 22, 2011

teacups

video

Lm meets Paschal

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Zoo with Maw and Paw






While we were in Fl in August we visited Grandma in Orlando and went to the zoo in Melbourne. What a fun trip that was, she even got to meet Paschal!!!!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

more Spring\Early summer updates

Early in the spring we had a work play date at the zoo and as usual LynnMarie had a great time with the animals and meeting new friends! One of the other pics posted was one when we went to an art festival in New Smyrna Beach.LynnMarie loved the clown!!!








Saturday, August 20, 2011

More updates

Random pic now. We went to a couple of festivals this spring including the taste of Marietta and one in Kennesaw. She also went on a date night with Daddy this year and they had a good time together !!! We visited both grandmas in Florida earlier in the year too. We certainly stayed busy! Y


Yes our girl loves her some corn





Thursday, August 18, 2011

Easter

This Easter we spent the day in Jonesboro with Aunt Andy and Uncle Jerry. LynnMarie also had a an Easter party at school with her friends. So lots of eggs were found this year. Our church had a family fun day the day before Easter with train rides, cookout food, bouncies and we enjoyed it all.






Wednesday, August 17, 2011

3rd birthday

In March we celebrated her sweet birthday with Chuck E Cheese. This was our 2nd time partying with the mouse and we had a great time with lots of friends and family. Although, it was at Chuck E Cheese, we still had to have our Tinkerbell cant made with lots of love from a great friend! It was fun time seeing new and old friends and loving on our girl and reminding us of her great story.














Tuesday, August 16, 2011

1st Disney Trip

Earlier this year, LynnMarie made her first trip to Disney World. We visited Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. Totally had a blast and as you can see, she and Mickey are old pals.There really is nothing that compare to seeing your child's eyes light up at Disney World! Great family memories were made!


Earl