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Grace’s Newest Hero

June 12, 2017

Meet Grace’s newest hero!
Katelyn Pavey.
High school softball star.
Recipient of full-ride scholarship to play ball at CCU.
Proof that you #dontneed2 to be a successful athlete.
Living example of Philippians 4:13.
Bryan took Grace to Katelyn’s tourney yesterday so that the two of them could meet. But, they were able to do much more than that. Katelyn and her dad showed Gracie and Bryan a new fielding technique/transition, and worked on her swing a little bit as well. God works in such creative, wonderful, mysterious ways, doesn’t He?!? I was reminded of that yesterday as these two incredible girls’ paths crossed with one another. Can’t wait to see what God has in store for them…as individuals, and as a pair!


Ready or not…

June 12, 2017

“You aren’t fully ready to adopt again.”
“You aren’t fully prepared for this.”
“You won’t be able to handle it.”

Any time the voices in my head start overwhelming me with those phrases, I dig out the small album that Grace’s orphanage gave to us, years ago. It contains the only photos we have of her first two years of life. Emptiness and sorrow are written all over her face in most of the images. Her eyes are filled with longing, and tell a tale of great loss.

Without fail, those images are always able to silence the nagging voices in my head.

The question at hand for us right now isn’t whether or not we are fully ready to adopt again. It isn’t whether or not we are fully prepared. It isn’t whether or not we will be able to handle it.

Bottom line??

No child is ever fully ready to be an orphan. No child could ever fully be prepared for that. No child is ever fully able to handle this life alone, without the love of a family.

Those painful truths are enough to keep us moving forward in faith…fully trusting that our Father will watch over our (imperfect) attempt to open our arms to the fatherless. HE can handle it. HE is prepared. HE is ready.

So, ready or not, here we come…


DTC!!! ♥

June 9, 2017

Happy tears today.
Our adoption agency called to tell us that we are now DTC. (All documents for our dossier have been approved/certified/authenticated, and are being sent off to China today.)

This means that the wait for our match – our son – begins NOW.

We could wait days, weeks, or months for that match to occur.

This time frame is not in our hands.

We would greatly appreciate prayers for this pivotal stage of our journey.  Please pray that God will oversee the matching process, and work through the matching specialists in their quest to find and connect us to River.

Needless to say, we are soooo ready to put a face to that name!


“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.” (Chinese Proverb)


Knocking Our Socks Off

June 7, 2017

My heart is still pounding.
And I have this little 8-year-old girl to thank for that.

Tonight, she was called up to play in her big sister’s 10U tourney games, due to a shortage of players. She didn’t just “hang” with the big girls. She hit a double to the outfield, in the air. Scored twice. Got on base every time. Pitched her first innings ever (with one hand, I might add). Caught a line drive by trapping the ball between her mitt, hand, and chest (because she didn’t have time to move her glove to the other hand quickly enough). And made a game-winning double play.  Bryan says that, out of all the years he’s spent playing and coaching softball/baseball throughout the years, watching Gracie do what she did tonight was the highlight to beat all highlights. She knocked his socks off. And she knocked mine off, too.

So proud of this little overcomer of ours.

So, so proud. ❤️ 



June 7, 2017

Team U.S.A. went UNDEFEATED this season!!
Great job, girls!! ⭐️

Now, it’s time to tackle the tourney…


MY Name.

June 7, 2017

An incredible little athlete, born to another woman, wears my name on the back of her jersey.

MY name.

The depth of that tragedy and the magnitude of that privilege are not lost on me…



Good things come to those who…

June 7, 2017


I almost did a fist pump in the store when I found these shirts for the girls. Even Bryan (who rarely gets excited about clothing) got excited about these!