Monday, December 16, 2013

Is there a doctor in the house?

Well, I have a little time tonight and realized it has been quite a while since I've given you all an update about Sarah.  She used to be pretty much the star of the show on this blog.  Well, I am happy to report that she is doing great!  She's had all clear scans for three years now!  Seems almost surreal to even say that.  We praise God for the miracles He did in her life throughout her cancer journey and for her continued good health.

Some things never change about Sarah.  ESPECIALLY not her love for all things hospital-related.  Including all things medical.  And all things related to the human body!  Have you ever known for certain that someone was just born to do something?  Well, my Sarah was put on this earth to go into the medical field.  In some way, shape or form, that is where she is headed. Some kids love trains, cars, dolls, ponies, or princesses.  My kid loves learning about the human body.  Yep.  And that's about it. 

Want proof?  I've got some.

Here is our little nurse.  She normally says she wants to be a nurse instead of a doctor.  Why, you ask?  Because nurses give the pokes, and that's her favorite part.  She actually cried one day in clinic because she was thinking she wasn't going to get her blood drawn.  She loves to watch!
 These next pictures are from last year's birthday party.  (She wants the same theme again this year!)  Daddy made her awesome cake...
 I had gone to the hospital and taken pictures of her favorite staff members and places there.  She loved these decorations!
 I had gotten all her favorite people there to sign her card, and here she is opening some nurse supplies from her favorite nurse, Annie.  She was over-the-moon happy!
Does this face say it all?
She does her own IVs, folks.
Her favorite books are human body books or stories about people going to the doctor.  It's all she ever wants me to read to her.  (No, she can't read them by herself yet.  But she pores over them like she can!)
This was taken last summer.  She was getting a test done to measure the acid in her stomach to determine if she had acid reflux.  They put that tube down her nose all the way to her stomach.  She was not put to sleep for that!  She barely even whimpered, and then it was all worth it because she was so happy to wear that thing overnight until the next day.  Crazy!
She made this cast, and Daddy made the crutch for her!
Here she was making a card for a friend in the hospital.  She was drawing a picture of a cell and labeling all the parts.  And that isn't a necklace around her face.   Of course it's an oxygen tube.
She came running to me after she made this proclaiming, "It's a trachea!  I made a trachea, Mom!"

Her favorite computer games are virtual surgery sites.  I could not make this up.
And this was a cow's heart dissection video.  We all watched it for school this year.  But Sarah is the only one who watched it until the very end and then watched more dissection videos for fun.
Here we were making a DNA model.  It was one of her favorite projects, and not just because she got to eat it later. 
Who needs dollies when you can dress up your toy skeleton and put it to bed?
 Her favorite days of the year are still clinic and hospital days.  She only gets to go twice a year now, and soon it will only be once. How heart-breaking that will be!  She loves to help with whatever they will let her do!
Very happy girl...
Sarah found some of her favorite cards in our Apples to Apples deck!  (Hospitals and Doctors)
Making Christmas cookies...but instead of Santas and Christmas trees, Sarah made a brain.  (And later she made lungs.)
You will normally always find her prepared with her doctor or nurse supplies like this.

Here she just finished operating and putting a cast on her turtle.  She gave him a bowl in case he felt sick.
She is a very good doctor!  Attentive and caring, and extremely knowledgeable!
And there you have the evidence.  She is truly one-of-a-kind, isn't she?  And I haven't even told you the half of it.  She is as smart as a whip about this stuff!  She has most of the bones memorized, many muscles, can tell you all about all the different body systems... I have to search through books to teach her things I don't already know, we have covered so much already.  She probably knows more than you do about the human body.  Unless you are a doctor or med student yourself.  And she is 5.
Yep.  That is my girl!  Isn't it amazing to think about how God brought her through something like cancer, and used it and her experiences to spark her interest like that?  I just love watching her  and her little mind work.  I can't wait to see how God will use her throughout her life! 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

We've got mail!!

Oh, yes, we got some mail.  What was it, you ask?  I'll give you three clues..

That's "Letter Of Acceptance," for anyone who doesn't speak the adoption language.  If you are in the process yourself and wondering, it took just over two months from LID to now.  It felt like it took forever, but our agency said that was actually quick! 
Now we are REALLY in the home stretch.  They are telling us their best estimate will be mid-March for travel.  I really hope we will be in China on Corrie's birthday, Feb. 23.
I am so excited...I just can't believe it is coming up so soon! 
 Corrie and her sweet little friends.  She always looks so happy.  I love her to pieces.  


Monday, October 21, 2013

Pictures while we wait........

I don't know these people...
but I am so grateful to them for loving this little girl. 
And I can't wait until we can take their place! 

Monday, October 7, 2013


So, in all my excitement about Corrie, I haven't spent much time talking about other exciting things in our of which is that our Cassandra left in May to spend two years (at least) in Peru, where she is volunteering in a children's home.  She is loving those kids, and she truly amazes us with her ability to adapt the way she has. We are so proud of her, and the children there are absolutely precious. I will post more about that when I have more time, but my hubby was able to go visit her this past week, and he came home today!  Here are some of my favorite pictures from his time there...

 He knows how to do some balloon animals, but they ALL wanted swords!  "Espada!  Espada!"  They would say. :)
 And this is why they wanted swords.  :)
 There really aren't many bald men where they live!
 And they don't really have much facial hair there, either. :)
 This little girl stole his heart.  Wish we could bring her home.
 At church.  I love this picture because it reminds me of a picture I have of him with our own boys when they were little.  These boys need daddies, too. There aren't any men at the children's home. 
 And there is our girl!!!  She loves those kids with all her heart. 
Another sweet little boy.  Love those dimples!
I will tell you more about Cassandra and her adventures in Peru soon.  I am so happy that Scott was able to go and visit her, and spend some time being a daddy for those kids.  Please pray for them!  They are not able to be adopted, and many have biological families not far away, but in almost all of these cases, the families were neglectful or worse.  I am thankful that God has put Cassandra there, at least for a while. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013


Our dossier is winging its way to China as I type!

Wow...that whole paperwork process is so crazy and long,  I almost can't believe it's done.  And I can thank my hubby because since he is the one who is better with those sorts of things (I do not win any prizes for organization and would probably lose or spill something on the forms), he is the one who has done most of the work.  Still, in all seriousness, we are thankful that God brought us through that, and there were a few hurdles this time.  We are so very thankful that we are at this point in the process of bringing home our very special girl!

How sweet are these pictures?  I would love to meet this precious lady someday who obviously loves her so much.
Looking at these pictures just reminds me again...that I am completely humbled when I think that God would trust me with the awesome privilege and responsibility of being "Mom"--to children I've given birth to, and more amazingly, to children I never felt growing inside me, or even knew as infants.
 I will never get over that fact .  
Lord, that I would live my life as Mom to them to the best of my ability.  Help me to love them like You do...  
Blessings to you, friends!      

Saturday, September 21, 2013

My heart did a flip when I saw this picture...

And I sort of got goosebumps...and I felt all melty...and my day that had begun kind of lousy suddenly felt like sunshine!

How many ways do I love this picture??  Well, I love the fun slide and sweet aunties in the background, reminding me how loved this girl is...  I love the cute, flowery dress and especially those little pink crocs...   I love how confidently she is standing and the look on her face telling me "I am doing fine, Mom!"  AND her two little thumbs up signs.  Those about did me in. :)  This little girl is absolutely precious--to God, to those who already know her, and to US!! 

And...we are sending in our dossier on Monday!!!  One step closer!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

We are finally finishing up our dossier paperwork...

Can't wait to go and get this girl!  Isn't she precious?
(We won't actually be traveling until spring, but it feels good to check things off our list.)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

First Day of School!

Yes, today was our first day of school!  It was an abbreviated day since I don't have every single one of my ducks in a row yet, but still, it was a start.  A good start, I think.  And here are some pictures of how we started our day!

 His face when he noticed the surprise candy sticks have our last name on them

 Our second-annual first day of school breakfast at IH*P!

 I had a bite.  Yes, it is THAT good.
 First day of school mandatory pictures
7th grade
9th grade
 4th grade
Lookin' so cute and stylish in her new specs for Kindergarten!
Phil. 3:13-14--Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  
Have a wonderful school year, everyone!