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).

Christmas Cards to Bring Caroline Home!



A few weeks ago I posted that I was going to offer to put together some Christmas Cards for you (using your pictures) for a donation to help bring Caroline Home. :)  I wanted to give you a close up view of each of the cards for you to choose from when you are ready.  October is the perfect month to TAKE YOUR PICTURE!!!  You will need to order your cards in November so that you will have them ready to mail the week after Thanksgiving.  So you won't be rushed this year :)
Front Option #1
Back Option #1
Front Option #2
Back Option #2
Front Option #3
Back Option #3

Front Option #4
Back Option #4
Front Option #5
Back Option #5

Front Option #6

Back Option #6

ANNUAL FAIR TRIP

One of my yearly favorite memories with our kids so far is the State Fair.  This year we did it a little differently this year trying to conserve a little money but all in all had a great time.  For us the fair is mainly about the animals and a few rides.

****Warning this post is HEAVY on Pictures... the best way to remember ;)  ****





While waiting on friends...jumping shots!
 

Photography Credit: Savannah Dawkins
Photography Credit: Savannah Dawkins
  At snack time we got one cotton candy to share and then I made them eat pop tarts we brought from home.  Money Saving Tip : you can bring your own food into the fair and then buy a few novelty items to share.
 We stayed a lot longer than I planned and we ran out of Crackers and Pop Tarts so I gave in and the kids + Grant got a Corn dog to avoid hunger meltdowns!
  Learned about milking...the kids loved it!
  State Fair Revisited less than 24 hours later with Bebe and G! 
  And then we ended on a sweet note...our something special :)