Thursday, January 29, 2009
Posted by Gina Kay at 7:37 PM
Monday, January 26, 2009
I got to talk to the kids a little bit about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated. They were pretty fascinated by the fact that the Chinese celebrate for 15 days!!! But they were more excited about getting the chocolate money in the little red envelopes!!! They couldn't believe that I found money that you could actually eat!!!
I hung out in the class for a while and got to see what Maci does during her day! The kids all absolutely love her and take care of her!!! They kind of treat her like she's their baby! It's so sweet! She is starting to come out of her shell at school too! The other kids get so excited when she talks--and they are very quick to let the teacher know. If you listen closely in the video--you will hear one of the little girls say "She's not shy anymore!"
It was such a great day and a fun way to celebrate Chinese New Year with Maci's friends! I can't wait to do it again next year!
Posted by Gina Kay at 6:05 PM
Friday, January 23, 2009
Maci - "Mommy, LaLa!"
Mommy - "I love you too Maci!"
Maci - "Moon and back!"
Mommy - "I love you to the moon and back!"
Maci - "For ebber and ebber and ebber!"
Mommy - "I love you forever and ever and ever!"
Maci - "To the sky!"
Mommy - "I love you to the sky Maci!"
Maci - Mommy, where's WeeWee (Whitney)?"
Mommy - "She's at home."
Maci - "What?" (looking very confused)
Mommy - "WeeWee is at home. Where did you think she was?"
Maci - "I don't know."
Mommy - "Maci, you are crazy!"
Maci - "No Mommy! I'm not cwazy! I'm 3!" (holding 3 fingers up)
I SURE DO LOVE THIS LITTLE GIRL!
A WHOLE, WHOLE BUNCH!!!
Posted by Gina Kay at 3:46 PM
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
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Friday, January 16, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy!
Posted by Gina Kay at 5:48 PM
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Cheryl and her husband John are missionaries from Taiwan. Their family came back to the states on furlough for 7 months and lived in Mt. Carmel. Our church supports John and Cheryl and their ministry. They are a wonderful Christian family spreading God's love to the people in Taiwan.
I began to talk to Cheryl about our adoption in China and all of the ways Satan was trying to stop us from getting our baby girl! I spoke with her about the money and how I just didn't know how it would be possible--especially since we were wanting to take our kids with us this time. Then I began to ask her about adoption in Taiwan. We talked on several occasions and I asked her to please pray for our family.
I had been praying for God to please make it clear to me if this was His will. Sometimes I can be a bit oblivious when God is trying to tell me something. I needed Him to give me a clear answer--either open the door or slam it shut! Guess what? God's answer was as clear as day!
I remember the day like it was yesterday! On the morning of December 8th, I received an email from our adoption agency that the orphanage fees were going up to over $5,000 plus the wait could very well reach 4 years. There was no doubt in my mind that this was a slamming door! I quietly thanked God for the answer--even though I was extremely upset. Did this mean I wasn't going to have another daughter to love? My heart was completely broken! But I had accepted God's answer. I talked with Donnie when he got home and explained to him what God had revealed to me earlier that day. We cried and prayed with each other and felt this was God's will--not to adopt from China.
Then, around 8:30 pm I got the call that changed our lives! It was Cheryl Dunn! She began to talk to me about a non-profit organization that she was going to start working with when she got back to Taiwan. They are an organization birthed from the desire to build relationships with Taiwanese women. They are devoted to helping pregnant women who have no place to go and do not want to have an abortion. Cheryl had spoke to one of the women who runs the home and told her about our family and our circumstances. (She was not aware of what had gone on earlier that day) They were very excited to hear about us and told Cheryl to tell us to send in an adoption application. They were wanting to start doing international adoption and would like for us to be their "guinea pigs". Plus, Cheryl would be the foster mom to our baby before we went to pick her up! Is God not AMAZING?!?! He had slammed one door shut and opened another one for us--all on the same day!
But--all of this happening in one day totally freaked me out! TOTALLY!!!!! I called my best friend Debbie crying my eyes out hysterically! Before I could even get the whole story told to her, she was in her car and on the way to my house! Debbie has been such a great friend to me through all of this. There will never be any way for me to show her how much I love her and appreciate her friendship! God definitely blessed me immensely when he gave me my best friend and sister by heart...Debbie Jo! By the time she left, I was calmed down. But I was still worried about how we were going to afford it!
On December 12th I talked with Cheryl again! I just came out and asked her, "If we decide to do this, can our family stay with you in Taiwan when we pick up our daughter?" Her answer was like music to my ears! "Of course you can! We would love that!" Another answered prayer!
On December 17th, I emailed them our application and we were approved! After Wednesday night church, Cheryl called Taiwan to ask them a few questions. I had her ask them exactly what the cost was going to be. I really needed to see for sure if we could afford this. What Cheryl told me brought me to tears! They were going to waive all of the Taiwan fees--they did not want us to worry about money. They just wanted us to focus on bringing our little girl home! PRAISE JESUS!!! Our biggest and only expense was going to be airfare!
Someone recently sent me this scripture: "May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed." Psalm 20:4 I am reminded in this scripture that even though our plans were to adopt from China--God had bigger and better plans! He knew our daughter, Mylee, was in Taiwan all along. I believe that our journey throughout 2008, even though we walked through many a valley, helped us to be drawn closer to God! After all, isn't that what God wants. James 4:8 says "Draw near to God and he will draw near to you." And just look at the mountain we are standing on now! Shouting God's grace and mercy to all who will hear!
This journey for us is not quite over! Not until our daughter from Taiwan is placed into the arms of her forever family! Which will more than likely happen this year! All I can say right now is...GOD IS SO GOOD!!!!!
Posted by Gina Kay at 3:32 PM
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
When Donnie got home, he took a bucket and caught the mouse/mole and put it in the field across the road! I looked the thing up on-line and I think it was a shrew! Who cares what it was as long as it's not in my house anymore!
Posted by Gina Kay at 10:28 AM
Monday, January 5, 2009
Posted by Gina Kay at 7:37 PM