1 month post surgery

IMG_0922Tomorrow marks 1 month since Adia had bilateral hip surgery. And I can tell you with certainty that God answers prayers!

It is so hard for a parent to watch the doctors wheel their child back to the OR. But Adia was a champ and the surgery seems to have been a success.

Just before going back for surgery the doctor made the statement that is was possible, but not likely, they would be able to put her in a foam bolster rather than a full body spica cast. So this is what we prayed diligently for. Her fragile skin would never survived a cast. And God answered!!! She came out of surgery with a bolster that, like a cast, had to stay on 24/7 for 6 to 8 weeks. IMG_0942They said she was so well nourished that her bones were strong and this was a great option. What?! This girl that was starving just over a year ago?!

Adia’s pain level was pretty bad the first 2 days, but on day 3 she seemed to turn a corner and got to go home 2 days earlier than expected! And within 8 days she was off all pain meds (including Tylenol)! I always tell people she got her pain tolerance from her great-grandma!


Yesterday she had her 4 week post op appointment and was given the ok to take the bolster off. After only 4 weeks!! She will continue to wear a brace at night for the next 6 weeks, but is otherwise free to start getting back to normal as her stiff, weak legs will allow (as long as she doesn’t do anything that could cause her to fall).

We are in awe of what our Great God has done for our baby girl!! She is the strongest little girl I know!!! Just check out these before and after x-rays!



Preparing for hip surgery

A couple months ago we received the hard news that Adia would need surgery on both hips. A combination of her Cerebral Palsy and Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome have caused her hips to come nearly our of their sockets. If that were to happen, the pain would be terrible. In most cases this would be a one & done surgery, but her EDS will most likely cause this to be a fairly regular occurrence throughout her life. That is the hardest thing to swallow in all of this.

The surgery has been looming in the distance since that appointment, but now the day is almost here. Early Tuesday morning they will wheel our girl back to the OR and get to work “fixing” her hips. It will include lengthening tendons and cutting the bones to fit back in the sockets. That sounds terrible, right?! Then, after all that, she will be put in a spica cast from her chest down to her shin bones. And there she will remain for about 8 weeks.

I am so thankful we have the technology to correct issues like this. I am so thankful for doctors that know what they are doing and care for our children’s well-being, but I HATE that she has to endure all this! Today she is smiling and happy, not knowing what next week holds. It will be so hard on her! It will be so hard on us, her caretakers. But I have to believe it will all be worth it. I have to believe this will help her on her way to walking!

Will you pray with us for healing! For the surgeon’s hands, for pain management, for quick recovery and for sanity as she is immobile for so long. We have a long daunting road ahead of us. But we thank the Lord for His faithfulness and that He loves our girl even more than we do.

Praying today

Every day we pray for our Baby Grace. We have never seen her face or held her in our arms, but, in our hearts, she’s ours. But there are days that she is even more heavily on our hearts. Today is one of those days. Will you consider taking a minute to pray for our girl today? I know she could use it!

Pray for her heart. Pray that, when there is no one to hold her when she is scared, she would feel her Heavenly Father holding her. Pray that she will not feel abandoned and alone. Pray for joy and pray for loving, caring hands to hold her today in our place.

We know that prayer makes all the difference. That’s why we ask for them and can’t thank you enough for joining us in that today!

And so it begins…

Well, we are off to the races! We submitted our agency application and are ready to get this adoption process going!

We will wait to hear from the agency to see if we are approved to pursue adoption in China. Then we will jump right into our home study.

Now you can really start praying for us! God willing, we will be bringing home a little girl in 18 months give or take.

We are so excited, a bit anxious, very hopeful & extremely humbled. God has been good to us & He will continue to provide our every need.

Thanks for being excited with us!

Anticipating the Joys and Sorrows

Next week we will finally be into October and ready to begin this adoption process!!! I am so excited!

But I’m also not naive to think we will be the lucky one to have a perfect and smooth adoption. And I’m not fooled into thinking we will be the one to get the perfect child with no issues adjusting whatsoever.

I have been incredibly blessed to have friends that have walked this adoption road before us. I have witnessed their tears of joy and sorrow. I have seen some come through the struggle of too much waiting and jumping through hoops. And the heart break of parents who’s kids cannot connect with them. I see them in the daily struggle.

But I also see them in the small victories won every day.

I’m honored and privileged to walk with them through it all. To hold their hands up in prayer when they are too weak. To laugh and cry, to celebrate and mourn alongside my brothers and sisters.

That’s what the body of Christ is for. & I am praying that there will be an army around us that will do the same when the time comes.

Today I’m praying specifically for 2 families that are in the trenches of their adoption story. Even though you may not know them, I hope you can pray with me for them. To protect their privacy I will call them the W Family and the A Family. If you think about them, will you just say a prayer for them and the precious child they are trying to love and care for?

The Most Important Thing

Prayer! I cannot underestimate its importance. I have to constantly remind myself that this is absolutely crucial for my every day life as well as this adoption process.

So often when the Apostle Paul talked about prayer he also talked about being joyful and thankful.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Phillipians 4:4-7

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. -I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ -Colossians 4:2-3

I want my prayers to be like this. I know there will be countless trials and frustrations in the coming months and years but in the midst of it, by God’s grace, I want to approach God with joy and thanksgiving because he has done GREAT things! In Christ, we win! And no trial, delay, heartache or frustration can change that.

So, when the pressure seems to be getting to me. Will you point me back to the cross of Christ? Will you remind me to rejoice? … And will you pray?

  • Pray for peace in the process
  • Pray for our little girl. That she would be safe and healthy, and that she would know the love of Jesus and her forever family.
  • Pray we will have the funds we need as we need them.
  • Pray the process would be smooth and all the details would fall into place.
  • Pray for our hearts as we prepare for a beautiful new member of our family.

As the process begins we will share more specific prayer needs as they arise. We will post some of those here. But let me know if you’d like us to add you to an email list with additional requests and updates.