It is estimated that there are 187 Million orphans WORLD WIDE.
34% OF Christian families consider adoption and yet only 1% of Christian families actually follow through and adopt.
Our family was almost not part of the 1% statistic. We felt called to adopt back in 2004. We cried, felt all the emotions and talked it over a little. Then we found out we were having a baby. But, it sadly ended in a devastating miscarriage and we decided that we would not try again. Our lives were now busy with two little boys that kept me running all day to keep up with them. Our dream to adopt just lay dormant for several years. Then, in 2007, we started talking about adopting again. But, Chuck had a job change, I came home from work to home school the boys and life just seemed to have too many changes. So we decided to wait a year. I never stopped thinking about our Chinese daughter and I talked about adopting to our sons. They were always asking me questions about adoption and Will especially was very excited about having a sister from China. He seemed to be the one always asking when we were going to adopt his sister. He seemed to be the one that held on to the hope that we really would adopt one day. It's funny how God used a 6 year old boy to bring God's perfect plan of adoption to our family. In the fall of 2008 ( exactly one year since we last talked about it), I asked Chuck if we were ever going to adopt ? I mean we are not getting any older and if we are not adopting I needed to know !! Chuck said "yes, let's start the process and find an agency". Glory to God ! I think it was Christmas morning every day ! Chuck and I seemed to cry at the mention of any one adopting - we were so filled with LOVE for our little girl that we had never met. After more than 11 months now, we still cry when we think of her or when we read or see another orphan story. God has laid the burden of orphans on our heart and we are "pregnant" with the vision of caring for orphans.
“Defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless; Maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Deliver the weak and needy from the hand of the wicked.” Ps 82:3-4
Our family learning philosophy is that we are and can learn ALL the time, not just Monday through Friday, 8-3:30. This camping trip was filled with learning that was so fun and hands on. Here's some of our favorites:
Learning how to make an awesome smore is an essential life skill.
The boys helped Chuck put up the tent and were very eager to hammer in the stakes.
Walker became an expert on building a good, solid fire for us.
My favorite part of the trip...the pioneer village at The Great Smokey Mountain National Forest. We never grow tired of learning about the pioneer way of life, their courage, tenacity, and beauty.
The boys "mined" for gems and absolutely loved it ! They learned about the different gems and even found some rubies.
A local Bluegrass band played at the Depot for the 4th of July. We love Bluegrass music ! The boys were very intrigued by the stories "told" in the songs and watching the musicians play their instruments a little different than what they are used to. The fiddler was amazing and held his violin so very different than Will does.
We visited the Joyce Kilmer National Forest near Robbinsville, NC. Joyce Kilmer is known for his poem - TREES - and was also a WWI veteran. The forest is layered with huge Tulip Poplars, waterfalls, streams, caves and beautiful meandering paths. Take a look....
by: Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)
I THINK that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.
"Trees" was originally published in Trees and Other Poems. Joyce Kilmer. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1914.
Our family is now officially a tent camping, white water rafting, hiking, camp fire building, rock collecting, ruby mining, smores making, dutch oven cooking, bath house bathing crazy camp family ! Here's some pictures from our wonderful trip in the beautiful smokey mountains. I took 547 pictures, so I will post several times. Kinda like a southern baptist sermon - this is part 1.
We stayed at an old fashioned camp ground - Lost Mine Campground in Wesser, NC (near Bryson City). There was a perfect little stream that ran right behind our camp site. You could hear the stream rippling over the rocks and it just put us all right to sleep at night.
Chuck cooked a lot of our meals in a dutch ovens and on the trusty Coleman stove. We had Bar-BQ chicken, chuck roast with potatoes and carrots, rolls, peach cobbler, hot dogs, hamburgers, cinnamon rolls, pancakes,and eggs. There's nothing like eating and cooking outside. Everything tasted so good !!
The boys found these heart shaped rocks at one of the waterfalls on the Nantahala river. So cute !
We went white water rafting on the beautiful Nantahala River. For the most part, it is a calm river with the highest rapid being a category 3. We all managed to stay in the raft, but we almost all fell out on the last rapid, Nantahala Falls. The boys loved rafting the river and can't wait until the are old enough to raft the Ocoee River.
Hi !This started as a blog to keep our friends and family updated on our adoption process. Now, I blog about our life with two boys and our adopted, hearing impaired daughter. You won't find professional,touched up photos or life changing quotes. Just real,fun life.