Thursday, October 29, 2009

You're Still the One (Part I)

In 1976, a band called Orleans had a hit song titled "Still The One." That song has been mine and Captain Daddy's theme song, if you will. That was the year (1976) that we began dating. High school sweethearts. A courtship that lasted 13 years.
On October 28th we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. A total of 33 years together. Over half our lifetime. Babe, you are still the one!



Still The One by Orleans
words and music by John Joseph Hall and Johanna D. Hall
We've been together since way back when
Sometimes I never want to see you again
But I want you to know, after all these years
You're still the one I want whisperin' in my ear
You're still the one -- I want to talk to in bed
Still the one -- that turns my head
We're still having fun, and you're still the one
I looked at your face every day
But I never saw it 'til I went away
When winter came,
I just wanted to go (wanted to go)
Deep in the desert, I longed for the snow
You're still the one -- that makes me laugh
Still the one -- that's my better half
We're still having fun, and you're still the one
You're still the one -- that makes me strong
Still the one -- I want to take along
We're still having fun, and you're still the one (yes you are)
Changing, our love is going gold
Even though we grow old, it grows new
You're still the one -- that I love to touch
Still the one -- and I can't get enough
We're still having fun, and you're still the one
You're still the one -- who can scratch my itch
Still the one -- and I wouldn't switch
We're still having fun, and you're still the one
You are still the one -- that makes me shout
Still the one -- that I dream about
We're still having fun, and you're still the one
You're still the one, yeah still the one
We're still having fun, and you're still the one

Monday, October 26, 2009

Advocating for a Beautiful, Waiting Child

I think it is appropriate to say that God has truly changed me over the years. One of the changes occurred when He led me to adoption. Not just adoption by Him into His family, but also through us adopting children into our family. I am changed. In many ways. Although He has changed me into a better person than I could ever be on my own, some of the changes have come at a price. Oh, it is by no means a bad thing! It just means that in some cases, your eyes are wide open and you see things in a way you have never seen before.
God has given me a passion for children, ALL children. This shows that God truly has a sense of humor because I remember as a young adult deciding I would not have children. I have four children. I'd have more, but only if it is His will. Trust me when I say that I know God can do what He says He can do!
All of my children are miracles. All children are miracles.
There is a miracle child, currently waiting at Christian World Adoption. She is a beautiful, 8 year old girl. She has a condition known as Type B Mediterranean Anemia or otherwise known as Thalassemia. I don't have any specific information regarding the severity of this condition. I do know that it can range from a minor, carrier trait to something quite severe. This child looks healthy enough in the photos/video, but I have not reviewed her file to know any specifics. In fact, I will not be able to review her file as that would require Captain Daddy to sign a form that would allow us to review her file. At this point, there is no way that I would even approach Captain Daddy to sign this form. Captain Daddy says we are done adding to our family. So unless God grants me a RHW (reluctant husband waiver), I will have to say we are through. So at this point all I can do is advocate for this precious girl.
If you are interested, please go the the CWA website then click on the "Waiting Children Photolist" link. Scroll down and click on the Hope Project Children. At the bottom of the page you will have to request permission to view the photolist. CWA will then email to you the access information. Once you have access to the China Hope Project Children, click on the July 2009 list. The sweet little girl is C0907-25. Just look at that precious smile! They still have many children available on their lists, April 2009, July 2009, October 2009.
We did not use CWA during any of our adoptions. So I don't have any information on the agency to pass along. I haven't heard anything negative regarding them.
If you would like to know more about Thalassemia you may try the following links:
I hope this precious girl finds a family, and soon. I wish we were that family.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Playing Catch-up

Hey y'all! It has been a long time since I last posted. We have been busy, but there is not much to really write about. On Sunday we stood up for the unborn with Life Chain. I'm really proud of my family as they all participated (not required to do so). I'm also proud of our little small church body. We had 33 (not counting children) attend. That's probably half of the adults in the church! I doubt that many churches can claim 50% attendance.


Also on Sunday, we gave an attempt at celebrating the Chinese Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival. Actually "celebrating" isn't the correct word. We don't celebrate it. We just try to bring a little of our daughter's culture into our family. We started with a camp out in our yard on Friday. We made "Camp out Mooncakes" (i.e. S'mores) using big, fat marshmallows. On Sunday, I made "Southern Mooncakes" (i.e. biscuits with a big chunk of cheddar cheese in the middle). We also made Moon cookies (thumbprints), made paper lanterns (with a glow stick inside) and paraded up and down our driveway until the mosquitoes drove us back inside. Those silly lanterns are STILL glowing (weakly) almost one week later.


The Queen and The Princess with their lanterns.





Other than that, it's been a week of schoolin'.

I do know that since Captain Daddy declared that the AC was officially turned off for the year, that we have had some of the hottest weather of the year! I sure hope it cools off soon!


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Life Chain 2009 - October 4, 2009

I just wanted to take a few minutes to bring to your attention that tomorrow, October 4, 2009, is Life Chain Sunday. I would love to stand on my soap box and give you all of the reasons why I believe in and support Life Chain, but I will spare you that. I just prayerfully ask that you make a stand with me tomorrow, no matter where you are. If you would like to find out more about the Life Chain in your area you may do so at Lifechain.net
I like to think that maybe in some way, the prayers of those standing for Life Chain, may have had some small part in protecting my unborn daughters in a country where abortion is often imposed on women.
Life Chain is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life Americans standing for one hour praying for our nation and the end to abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of life from the moment of conception.
President Ronald Reagan in 1982: "Simple morality dictates that unless and until someone can prove the unborn human is not alive, we must give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it is (alive). And, thus, it should be entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."