Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Growing Our Family

“A child born to another woman calls me mommy. The magnitude of that tragedy and the depth of that privilege are not lost on me.” This quote by Jody Landers sums up beautifully how I feel. By far, the best thing that’s happened to us this past year, is the adoption of our beautiful daughter. In November, Peter and I flew to Guangzhou, China to bring Samara home. For 19 years, we have hoped and prayed that the Lord would make a way for us to grow our family through adoption.  After witnessing miracle after miracle, we are overwhelmed at His goodness and faithfulness to place Sammi (our nickname for her) into our home. It’s an understatement to say that we are totally smitten with this incredible, 3-year-old little girl.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Family Adoption News

“Adoption is a beautiful picture of redemption.  It is the Gospel in my living room.”  -Katie J. Davis 

 If you’ve spent any time with our family, you know that foster care and adoption are woven deeply in our hearts.  Over the years, there have been several times that we prayed, (begged) the Lord to grow our family through adoption. Each of those tear-filled prayers ended with us laying down the desires of our hearts.  Each time, as we grieved His decision, we proclaimed His goodness and faithfulness.  I know that He is ALWAYS good, even when my broken heart doesn’t feel that goodness. 
Several months ago, we got a call letting us know that the baby girl we fostered during our last year in China was available for adoption.  A baby girl that our family knew and loved.  We were completely smitten with her.  We found ourselves in that familiar position of asking the Lord to make a way where there was no way.  This prayer time was different.  His answer, “yes”, came quickly.  We weren’t promised the ending that we wanted, but in obedience we began to take steps to bring this little girl home.  We can’t wait to share with you the incredible miracles that have accompanied each step forward.  We are humbled by the generosity of our Gracious Father.  Our hope is that we will have our daughter home by the end of this year.  We have some prayer needs if you’d like to join us on this amazing journey.  My number one prayer request is for the salvation of our daughter’s birth parents.  We don’t know the circumstances that brought our daughter to the orphanage, but we are aware of the sacrifice that her birth mother made to make sure she would be safe and cared for.  I think of her often and wish I could thank her for giving us the chance to love her daughter.  Romans 8:16-17 says “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ.” 
We would also like prayer for the final steps in the adoption process.  We want each phase to be completed in God’s timing.  We would also like to praise Him in advance for His provisions for the finances needed to complete the adoption.  Please pray that the Lord would already begin to heal the wounds in this little girl’s heart and that she would grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To HIM be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.  

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Family Update Sept 2016

We have officially found our groove here on Maui and in YWAM. Schooling for the kids has been great. Jennifer is continuing to home school and has partnered with a CO-OP home school program which is shared among 24 families. It is great for our kids to have a school experience with other kids their age. Jennifer (and all Moms involved) share the teaching responsibilities for the various classes. She also meets weekly with a few of the YWAM staff girls for discipleship.

Our family has adopted a great dog named Noble. We adopted him from a rescue center and he has quickly stolen our hearts and become a part of our family. This is the first dog our family has ever had. Because of our lifestyle of constant travel, we have never been in a situation to adopt a dog before. Now that we have settled, our kids will have the great childhood memories of dog ownership.
Peter has continued his role on YWAM Maui as base Operations Director but has been teaching in the Discipleship training schools as well. He's had amazing opportunities to help disciple and send these students and staff to other countries including China.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Lord used a penny

Levi's Surgery Story
 On Sept. 23 Levi accidentally swallowed a penny while playing. We talked to the doctor and he said it should be fine to let it go through naturally. Just a few days later Levi had a regular doctors appointment scheduled and the doctor said since we are there let's do a X-ray and see how the penny is doing. We saw the penny and the visit was over. The next morning the doctor called us up and said he(doctor) was so focused on the penny he didn't see something very serious until now. He wanted Levi back in right now. Levi has Congenital cystic lung disease (the same thing Makena had at birth He is operating on 1 lung. Levi's right lung is completely collapsed. They almost did a emergency flight to Oahu(big city island) for an operation that day but after seeing how Levi is living with out distress right now they discharged us for a regular surgeon consultation on Oct 16th. After seeing the surgeon they have set the surgery dat for Dec.16th. He will be in the hospital there for 3 to 7 days and then will have another month recovery time and observation if no other complications come up.
If Levi hadn't swallowed that penny,  we might have never have seen it until it was an emergency. We feel really blessed that the Lord would watch over us like this. We would really appreciate your prayers for Levi and us.