WE FOUND OUR CAROLINE!!!!!!!!

I could not be more excited to let everyone who has prayed for her know that we know who she is now!!!  Over the last few days we have been reviewing one particular file all to fall completely in love with a little girl living in an orphanage an ocean away from us.

She has a smile that will light up a room and just make you want to squeeze her tight.  That day can't come soon enough!

We have submitted our EA (Electronic Application to Adopt her) to China.  In three weeks or so we should get a PA (pre-Approval) (apparently they dropped that part in January and you have to wait in silence until your RA (Referral Acceptance) comes in which should happen in 2-4 months.  Our dossier has to be translated and reviewed and all documents approved.  Once we get our RA we will have permission to share more about her online and her pictures.  At that point we will also be able to send her a care package and they will let her know a family is coming for her.

Please pray with us that all of these steps go super fast.  She has spent enough of her life in an orphanage!  I think I can say she isn't a baby in fact she fits in perfectly age wise between Jack and Luke :) and the descriptions say she is spunky so I think she will fit right in :)

The Good News:  Grant and I can share with you in person her pictures and more information about our girlie so PLEASE ask us!!!  I will probably always have them with me :)  I think I now know how a Grandma feels when showing off pictures of their new grandchild.  They don't have the baby so they have to show the pictures!  I feel exactly like that.   I don't have her but please ask me to see her pictures so I can brag about how wonderful she is :)


HE KNOWS MY NAME


There is a song on the radio right now that is called HE KNOWS MY NAME that I just love.  First, I've always been curious about what God has chosen as "my true name" and I guess I'll have to wait to find that out.  But for now this song by Francesca Battistelli is just a great empowering reminder to be who God created us to be.

Click HERE to listen


Some of my favorite lines:

At the very beginning before you even settle into the song is this line "Less than perfect I wouldn't chose me first" and "He makes something out of nothing"  because for sure there are days when I just don't think I have much to offer.   And why and how on earth did God choose me to be the Mom to all these little kids.  And then realize I'm capable of LOVE and if that is all I do today that's enough.

"He calls Me Chosen, Wanted" This just reminds me of Caroline and the reminder that we are all wanted...  Every. Day. one of us will say a little something about wishing she was here with us.  Not knowing where she is and what is happening to her is HARD.  If I was pregnant I would be 6 months along and caressing a big belly knowing she was safe.  Not so this time...  But, I admit I prayed for my 3 but nothing like I've prayed for my fourth. Trusting the Lord to protect her because I can't.

A friend of mine placed a special order yesterday for 9 of these "He Knows My Name" charm necklaces.  If you want to order one I made an extra one and have it listed in the shop HERE.  If it sells out I can make more.

 I wonder what in this song speaks to her?  And to you?



Adoption Update :)

This weekend has been monumental to me but in reality not much has changed.  This weekend a Fedex plane took off from the United States and landed in Beijing China carrying our dossier (adoption paperwork).
  In a few weeks we should get an email saying that China has given us a Logged In Date (LID) which are the magic initials that allow us to start receiving referrals.  Sadly, it won't happen overnight.  We have been told that it could take up to 6 months to find our match.  But out of the blue our cell phones will ring and it will be our family coordinator calling with a referral that she thinks we might be interested in reviewing.  China releases a list every 3 to 4 weeks (so I've heard) with all the new children up for adoption from the special needs list.  The night the list comes out all the adoption agencies around the world scramble to scan the lists trying to match children with their list of parents with LIDs.   We have asked for a girl age 1-4.  This is a fairly common request so this is why our wait may take some time.  

In the meantime I'm just praying that Caroline is being taken care of and loved on.  Someone in China who works in the orphanage where she is has the job of filling out all the paperwork required for Caroline to be adopted.  To that person it is just a job.  But I'm praying that they have a little ambition to get it all done quickly so that God can play matchmaker.  

In the meantime I'm secretly glowing inside knowing that at least something (my signatures) are now in China.  But I also know that this is the beginning of what people in the adoption world call "The Waiting Period".  

The last of what I can track...now we just wait.


A SOLUTION FOR WHEN YOU'VE LOST YOUR JOY

There are so many things around us that can steal our JOY. The basic daily stresses of getting to work and school on time to devastating news that can change our life's course.  Today I was reminded that Joy does not mean Happy.  Although you can be Happy when you are joyful.  Joy comes from the Lord.  And God told us to praise Him.  This act of simple obedience fills our souls with Joy. I don't know how but it works every time.  First you listen and start singing music to God or about God and then something inside changes.  Sometimes it is reflective joy, sometimes it is exuberant joy, sometimes it is a sweet teary joy.  That last joy has always perplexed me.  You can have Joy and be Sad at that same time.  I've been there and it is so very sweet and tender.

A Big Blue Book named Psalty reminded me of all of this during kid drop off this morning.  I can't thank my Aunt Elise enough for the Christmas gift.  The kids are learning "new" songs and TRUTH.

If you want to order some CD's for your little ones click HERE

I find it interesting as I listen to adults on KLOVE the national Christian Radio Station calling in and giving testimonies about how just listening to Christian music for 30 days in a row is changing their lives that it all comes back to this truth from Psalty that I learned as a kid.  God says sing to him.  Then you obey.  Then He changes You.  Click HERE for the link to the 30 day challenge with KLOVE.  If life is overwhelming or just plain sucks take their challenge and put God to the test.  Let him change you.

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My Main Guy had his birthday yesterday!   I love him so much and can't imagine our life without him.  He brings the FUN to this family.  I tend to be more on the serious side he makes us let loose and dance crazy ;)  So to celebrate him we made him a super duper strawberry cake with orange frosting heavy on the sprinkles cake!

The reason for Luke's tears:  We took off his bib for the picture.  No bib No Cake in a 2 year olds mind.  Oops!  Next time leave the bib on ;)

And take a guess who actually blew out the candles ;)




Thanks for all the FUN!

Facebook Contest for The Persimmon Perch

Make sure to head over to our Facebook Page to Enter this week's contest as we celebrate Grant's Birthday Week!

All you have to do to enter to win your own one of kind necklace of your choice is "Like" The Persimmon Perch page and Comment on what you would want your necklace to say!  You have until January 12th to enter so CLICK HERE to do it now ;)

I don't know what I would do with out this guy!  Happy Birthday Babe!

The Persimmon Perch Shop

The Shop opened this fall as a way for Grant and I to find a way to raise some extra funds to bring Caroline home (adoption isn't cheap but oh so worth it!).  The Shop mainly consists of things made by us and our hands.  Right now we are making signs and charms both of which contain words or sentiments that can remind you of something or someone special.

If you have an idea for a verse or phrase just let us know!

Here are a few things that I finished up today!  They are all available and ready for pick up :)  These are our medium size and would fit great against the backsplash in the kitchen, over a night stand, in a bathroom, or in an office space.  If you are still in need of a Christmas gift let me know and we can get one of these signs to you!




        Then I also got a chance to finish off a custom order for a beautiful little lady :)



Where to Start???? Fall RECAP

So much has happened since I last posted.  Mainly birthdays and paperwork :)

First up Savannah's 6 birthday at the Pumpkin Patch.  I just love this girlie and all her joy and creativity :)  This year was full of American Girl like dolls and their clothes.




Then two days later HALLOWEEN.  No scary here.  Just a couple of dragons and an autumn fairy. :) Toothless is tired...and fell asleep on the way to trick or treat.

This busyness quickly followed by Luke's 2nd Birthday.  My little sunshine on a Cloudy Day.  Seriously my smiley guy;)  He blew his candle out like a champ. And let's take a moment to notice he has the best little pursed lips ever!!  No instructions needed to all of our delighted surprise!  His gifts were mainly balls and cars.  Christmas will look similar ;)  never enough cars!


A busy busy fall with a lot of paperwork for Caroline being chased down here, there, and everywhere.  We have finally made it to Christmas and I actually have all the gifts for the kids and cousins bought...none for the adults :/  I might get Savannah to help with ideas (she always has the best ideas for gifts...I think it might be her gifting).