Friday, June 18, 2010

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...............


  1. Just wanted you guys to know that even though I havent commented on every post (or even any post up until this point that I can think of, (Sorry),) I have been following your journey of adoption of Anna and think it is a wonderful gift that you have given Anna and also know that she is a wonderful gift to your entire family as well! I know that God WILL continue to do AWESOME things through you all and work in ALL of your lives! I LOVE reading the blog and seeing the pics as well as reading the updates! I will continue to keep you all in thought and prayer as the transitions continue :) I know that whatever may come your way, you all (as a FAMILY) CAN and WILL get through it! I pray that Anna's medical issues become resolved quickly and she continues to flourish in her new and WONDERFUL family! I really hope some day to see you all again and officially "meet" Anna! Thanks again for creating this and for sharing your lives (the good and the bad) with us! Good luck and God Bless!!! Love Always, Athena

  2. Thanks Kendal for the update. I've been following this thing all the way and it's just beautiful. I am so encouraged by you all and the journey you're on now with little Anna. God is so great to reveal his love and grace to us through adoption. Your words brought tears to my eyes. You all are getting prayers form KY. Love ya.