Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day

We had a great time this weekend in Wilmington, NC. Anna got to meet a bunch of her new family/friends at a cookout my parents house. The girls had a great time playing, eating, and getting to know everybody. We are so thankful for people who love on us and our kids.

We decide to get up a little earlier and head back home on Sunday so that we could be to church at NewSpring. We didn't really know how Anna was going to respond to the nursery situation without Jennifer. But, she did great! Her and Lydia played and played. Our friend Alicia gave us a few text updates and even a pic from the nursery to let us know how they were doing.

Sunday was also Father's Day. I got to see my dad and I get to be a father to 3 sweet little girls. Each one is different, and each one if very special in her own way. It's still hard to believe everything that has happened in the last few weeks. I'm thankful that God allows me to be the dad to our girls, and I'm depending on HIM everyday to show me how to do the best I can.

- Kendal

Father's Day Weekend

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Girls In The Pool

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Adjusting To Our New Lives

Hey guys. Sorry it's been awhile since we last posted anything. We have been busy transitioning to our new lives with Anna in the family. We have crossed some pretty significant lines over the past several days. Anna is now sleeping through the night (which is a big deal). Her internal clock is finally getting used to American time.

Anna and Lydia are still getting used to each other. They get along pretty well, but we have had some hair pulling/pushing/scratching/etc. But that is to be expected with their age and their adjustment. They do enjoy playing with each other outside, in the tub, and all over the house. I think they are going to be great friends as the days go by.

Jordan is being a great big sister/little momma. She has been a huge help to Jennifer and I over the past several weeks with the girls. Honestly, I don't know how we would be doing all this with out her help. It's awesome to see how God is working in her life through this whole process too.

We continue to deal with the issue of boils coming up on Anna's head. She is now taking an oral antibiotic to help out with what we think is an infection of some kind. Praying that those things will get healed up quickly.

Honestly, these days are a little overwhelming at times for Jennifer and I. We are working with the girls to establish a new normal in our daily lives, we have lots of things to do in our new (much older) house, getting started with post adoption paperwork, and we are getting back to work, church, and the other things of life. We would appreciate your prayers as we continue our transition time.

I can't help but think of the other 10 families who were with us in China. They are all dealing with the same issues we are right now. I'm praying for them, their adopted children, the biological kids, and all their adjustments too.

Last thing for today - I don't know who all is reading this blog right now, but some of you guys should consider the possibility of adoption. I know that many of my college students are keeping up with our journey, family members, friends and others. I honestly believe that many people look at adoption as something people do as a last resort. Let me just say that adoption is not Plan B. Adoption is something that, if God tells you to, you should consider as Plan A. Scripture is pretty clear when it says "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." (James 1:27)
I know that adoption is not for everyone, but let me encourage you to consider the possiblity of giving a child a whole new life through the means of adoption. It's a beautiful picture of what Jesus did for us on the cross. We were once seperated from God, but by Christs' sacrifice he made it possible for us to become part of the family of God. Just something to think about...............

Friday, June 11, 2010

No Place Like Home

After being awake for about 30 or so hours we finally arrived home. We reached Florence around midnight and attempted to put the girls to bed. They finally went to sleep around 1 or and Anna decided to wake at 5. So yes, we are still sleep deprived. More to come later, but we wanted everyone to know that we are home. Thanks for your prayers!!

- Kendal

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Last Update From China

Well the time has come to pack our bags and get ready for the 3-4 hr bus ride to Hong Kong. We will spend a few hours in a hotel and then get up early in the morning and fly to Tokyo. From Tokyo we will fly straight to Atlanta Georgia, then to Columbia, SC. In theory, we will be back in South Carolina by about 9:30 pm on Thursday. This will be the last post until we get state side.
It has been great to travel with 10 other couples that are all adopting special needs kids. Some are older, some have heart issues, some vision issues, and a variety of other things. All I know is that each on of these kids is heading for a loving home where they will be cared for and given as many opportunities to grow as possible. We are looking forward to getting home and helping Anna transition to her new life with us and two sweet sisters. Can't wait to give my little girl Lydia a big hug.
Thanks so much for following our journey to bring Anna home. We have really appreciated your prayers so far, and would appreciate a few more on our long flight home. Maybe the girls will do some good sleeping as we ride. We are just hoping for no delays and not changes to our schedule. Can't wait to see everyone. Here we come!!!!
- Kendal