CP, EDS and many other things…

Adia has been part of this crazy family for just over 1 month. It’s so hard to believe. She has grown and changed so much. We have so very much to be thankful for!

I’m sorry the updates have been few and far between. I hope this gives you an idea how you can rejoice with us and how you can be praying for us.

Adia is getting stronger every day. She is working very hard to crawl, sits up a lot more and is learning what it means to be part of a family. She smiles and laughs the majority of the time and often acts like a normal 2 year old (which we count as a blessing!!). We have no doubt this little girl will continue to amaze us at every turn!

We knew from day 1 there would be a lot of unknowns with her health. A few weeks before traveling, Adia was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy affecting her left side. We still don’t know the extent of how this will effect her, but we know there are a lot of things we can do to help her become as mobile and self sufficient as possible.

We were a little more surprised by her new diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Specifically, Adia has the Kyphoscoliosis type. Basically this is why she has weak muscle tone and loose joints. But it is also why she bruises and her skin tears very easily.

Her situation is a bit complex, but we have an awesome pediatrician that is familiar with EDS and CP and she already has us lined up to see several specialists (11 to be exact). So we have our work cut out for us just scheduling and making it to all these appointments. It will be so good to know more about her conditions and how we can best help her.

We are so in love with our little girl. We know God has an incredible plan for her life, and we are so blessed He has chosen us to be her forever family. Thank you for your prayers! Keep them coming!!

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Gotcha!

I spent many hours thinking about what gotcha day would be like. I didn’t imagine she would come to us laughing and singing. How terrifying would it be to be placed in the arms of perfect strangers and taken away from the only life you’ve ever known?! No, I didn’t expect it to be easy but I knew it would be precious. So thankful Jonathan was able to capture a piece of that experience.

Tomorrow…

Tomorrow we board a plane headed for our baby girl! It is surreal. I am incredibly excited and, at the same time, a bit terrified. We will leave as the parents of 2 and return with a third human that we are responsible for… one that hasn’t spent the past 9 months listening to my voice and heartbeat. I think of how terrifying that would be for her. Being handed to strangers that look and sound strange. I have been praying so much for her little heart.

Many of you have been asking how you can pray specifically while we’re traveling and meeting Adia. Here are a few things that I can think of. Pray that…

  • travel to all of our destinations in China is smooth and safe.
  • all of us would be healthy.
  • Iona and Ewen have a sweet time with Nana & Papa at home.
  • Adia would grieve well, quickly attach to us, and not be fearful.
  • we would quickly attach to Adia and learn how to best care for her.
  • all our hearts would be knit together as a family… for the transition to a family of 5.
  • we would be a picture of the gospel to those around us.

Thank you for journeying with us and praying for our family. It is the greatest gift you could give us!!!

10 Day Countdown… & Fully Funded!

On August 25th Jonathan and I will be wheels up and on our way to get our baby girl!! It is unbelievable! & could never happen without your love, support and, most importantly, prayers!

Today I deposited the last of the funds we need to make this all happen. FRIENDS, we are FULLY FUNDED!!!!!

We are incredibly thankful! It means so much that a group of kids had a lemonade stand to raise money for Adia… that our extended family would take up a collection and surprise us at the family reunion… that SO many people gave so sacrificially. This little girl is loved far more than she will ever know! We truly cannot say thank you enough!!! To God be the glory for all He has done!

<<TEARS, LOTS OF JOYFUL TEARS>>

Almost There!

Today our Article 5 was picked up!!!! Very few people will know what that means. I don’t really know what that means, but I know it means we will have our travel approval in a matter of days!!! We should be on an airplane in less than 3 weeks!!! Can you believe it?!?!

We are done with new fundraisers, but we have one fundraiser still open. There are still some puzzle pieces that need sponsors! The only thing left to cover is Adia’s plane tickets (1 flight in country then home!). That’s just under $1500. I cannot believe it! We are so close! Let me know if you want to help us literally get our girl home!