Thursday, March 27, 2014

God reveals much through His smallest size creations



Spending time with little ones is like spending time with Jesus.  

 Their innocence and honesty and tenderness is a balm for the soul.

I took this photo this morning as we were heading out the door to get some fresh air after a bit of a rebellious morning.

One of my little ones did something they are not supposed to do. 

I scooped them up and gently explained that they are not allowed to hit.

And that they would have to sit down near Mama for a few minutes and think about what they did and how to say sorry.

That did not go over well.

The heart was not willing.

The arms became folded across the chest.

The eyes glared.

And beautiful lips turned into a frown.

Mama tried several times to set next to her little one and explain again that all they had to do was say sorry, and truly mean it and their time sitting down would be finished.

That was met with more rebellion.

Finally after a long while, I saw it.

The heart softened, the face softened, the arms unfolded and turned into a big hug for Mama and for their sibling.

And right then God spoke to me and asked me  "How many times have I tried to reason with you?" 

But instead of listening to me you think you have it all figured out on your own.

God sits and waits while I fold my arms across my chest and refuse to do as He says.

And then finally....

The wonderful feeling of glorious freedom that comes from simple obedience to my Father. 

Even when He asks me to do something I think is hard.

Or something I don't think can be done.

God is faithful.

He takes us under His wings and shelters us when we don't deserve it.

Thank you little one.

God taught me yet one more thing through your sweet little self today.

I love you to the moon and back.

xoxoxooxoxooxoxo

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

No words needed.



AND YES, SHE IS JUST AS BEAUTIFUL ON THE INSIDE AS SHE IS ON THE OUTSIDE!

                                                               GOD BLESS YOU!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Why I will not answer personal questions about our daughters adoption in public

Our daughter came home at 2 years of age so I am not sure of how much she understood about her past, her present and her future

I do know that she is wise beyond her years and very perceptive.   She can pick up on very small things sometimes that you wouldn't necessarily think a child her age would understand.   And I have seen her become very quiet and withdrawn when certain things are brought up in conversation.

She is now almost 4.

People are curious.  People are concerned.   I appreciate that.  I am a curious and concerned person too.

BUT

Faithie's story is hers.  And hers to know and understand first before anyone else.

As of now I will not answer  to any personal questions about our daughters adoption in front of her.  Whether it be from family, friends or strangers.   By personal I mean things like "How do you know if the birthday you celebrate with her is her real birthday?"   "How do you know if that is her real age?"  

 These may seem like harmless questions and if they are coming from the people I know, our family and friends that are in her life, I know that they mean no harm and are just curious or concerned.

BUT

There needs to be a little more sensitivity when the little one you are asking the question about it is in the same room.  That's all.     It is possible that my daughter will hear.   And I don't want her to find out details about her life from a conversation she heard in a crowded room full or people.

By Gods grace, to protect my little one,  I will find a way to answer the question depending on what it is, or totally ignore the question, depending on the situation. I am always more than happy to answer questions one on one.  Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to talk about adoption, some of you might even be sick of hearing about it!

BUT

There are certain conversations that should only take place in a quiet and safe space and only between a Mommy and Daddy and their little girl.


Much love to any and all who read this whether you are someone I know or someone I don't, love you just the same!
xoxooxoxoxoxoox





Tuesday, January 7, 2014

So just what are we doing exactly?

THIS IS ZOEY.   THIS IS THE FIRST PICTURE I EVER SAW OF HER AND IT SHOCKED ME TO MY CORE.  I WONDERED HOW SHE WAS STILL ALIVE AND JUST WHO WAS GOING TO TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH AND GO AND GET THIS SWEET GIRL?


AND THIS IS ZOEY MEETING HER NEW MAMA FOR THE FIRST TIME JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO.....WHAT A BEAUTIFUL TEAM!   LOOK HOW HAPPY SHE IS!  SHE KNOWS SHE IS LOVED AND ADORED, YOU CAN SEE IT ALL OVER HER FACE!

I LEARNED TONIGHT THAT ZOEY PASSED AWAY YESTERDAY, SHE JUST COULDNT HOLD ON ANY LONGER AND DIED.  (THE COUNTRY SHE WAS BEING ADOPTED FROM HAS TWO TRIPS, THIS MEETING WAS ONLY THE FIRST TRIP SO HER FAMILY HAD TO LEAVE HER TO CONTINUE THE PROCESS)

THIS NEWS HAS SMASHED MY HEART INTO PIECES AGAIN FOR ALL OF THE CHILDREN WHO WAIT.  

JUST WHAT ARE WE DOING?

WHAT ARE WE DOING WITH ALL THAT GOD HAS GIFTED US WITH?

HOW MANY EXCUSES DO WE HAVE?

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT I KNOW THAT NOT EVERYONE CAN ADOPT.  BUT IF YOU CAN ADOPT, IF YOU WANT TO ADOPT, PLEASE TAKE THE LEAP!

IF YOU CANNOT ADOPT, PLEASE SUPPORT A FAMILY WHO IS ADOPTING. THAT IS CARING FOR ORPHANS TOO!

PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS ANGELS FAMILY AS THEY GRIEVE AN ENORMOUS LOSS.

XOXOOXOXOXOXO   AND IF YOU HAVE BABIES OF YOUR OWN, HUG THEM TIGHTER TONIGHT.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Tiny feet are such a treat



Tiny feet are such a treat!      So much cuteness!     Caught this picture of Noah and Faith's little tootsies the other day when I came in the room and they both had their little feet crossed.

                                                  I LOVE LITTLE FEET!!!!!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Faithie and her siblings



Our Jiangxi princess is doing so wonderful these days.   She is growing so well and has matured so much!    What a change my hubby and I see lately in how she is able to calm down and regulate her emotions.   Its amazing.


She LOVES her big sis and her big sis LOVES her!   Even with 10 years between them they still fight sometimes but those moments make us feel normal and they are few and far between.  What a blessing these two girls are.    So glad that they have each other.  Sisters forever!


My twins.   These two spend their whole day with Mommy and they sure keep me busy!   A good busy.   They are just adorable together, they share a room,  and have both now realized that they each have a special place in the family and there is always enough love to go around.    Gifts from God to be sure.


My boys.   So glad that these two have each other.  Brothers forever!   Noah loves when his older brother gets home from school and follows him everywhere.   Truly adorable!



All four together clowning around in the pumpkins!!!!    Our treasures!


                                                        May God bless you today!!!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

From my heart to yours...meet the girl of my dreams BIG UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!   BRANDI HAS A FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!   THEY NEED HELP TO GET HER HOME!   PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO HELP BRING THIS PRECIOUS BABY HOME TO HER LOVING FAMILY!     PLEASE VISIT    www.theblessingofverity.com     ALL OF THE INFO IS THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Meet "Brandi".....This tiny angel is the object of my heart's desire.....oh how I love her.

What I wouldn't give to be able to hold her and tell her she is orphaned no more.

But this is not about me, this is about her.

She has just turned 7 and has waited her whole life for a family. 

How brave she is.  

What a fighter she is.

She has waited that entire time in her crib.  Flat on her back.

This precious child of God needs someone to go for her.   Someone who will fall in love with her. 

Someone who will fiercely love her for who she is,  just as she is, right now.

She needs out.

She needs someone to take her outside.  Someone to carry her around and love her so, so, much.



Isn't she just the most beautiful little girl?

If you have serious interest in adopting her please send me an email at   elisabeth.schaap@videotron.ca      or leave a comment on this post and I will share all of the info I have on her.  You can also contact Shelley Bedford directly at shele337@gmail.com  she is the lady in charge of Brandis file.

If you are not able to adopt her, please would you pray for her?   

Would you please pray that God would send her a family?