Our kiddos!

Our kiddos!

Monday, June 13, 2011

"God will Lend"

I'm so late in posting this update and for that, I'm sorry. Life has been VERY challenging lately (aside from adoption stuff) and although I hate being cryptic about life, for those of you that are aware of our struggles with Bank of America and our home (I'm not able to say too much in a public fashion because of legal reasons), we are very thankful for the continued prayers as we weave through the nightmare. If you don't know- PLEASE still pray for us. I know God has perfect timing and I know He is using this for good in His perfect timing. This is another time when I have to remember to praise God in the storm. My faith is definitely being tested. I got this message from a friend the other day and agree whole heartedly....

It is pretty evident that "someone" does not want you to go to China! Obviously, Jesiah is one special little guy; I would imagine that this little guy is going to do mighty things for the kingdom of God! This has been our theme song from the beginning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB-yX5p0p4I&feature=related This song was song on the streets of China and in taxi cabs . . . may the Lord and His strength well up in you and your family. You guys CAN DO THIS AND WILL!

I know looking back that we will understand, at some point, why we are experiencing the trials that we are. However, I know Jesiah  is coming here for the work of the Kingdom of God and I know God will bring Him here, in spite of the storms of life. I'm just praying I can keep focused and not lose hope altogether. It's frustrating. From one of my favorite songs by Mikeschair, I've found these lyrics especially encouraging. 

Don't know where to begin

It's like my world's caving in

And I tried but i can't control my fear

Where do I go from here

Sometimes it's so hard to pray
You feel so far away
I am willing to go where You want me to
God I trust You

There's a raging sea
Right in front of me
Wants to pull me in
Bring me to my knees
So let the waters rise
If you want them to
I will follow You
I will follow You
I will follow You


Bao's American name, although I know I've already used it a few times (hopefully I haven't confused you too much) will be Jesiah. Interestingly enough, and not coincidentally I know, the name has two meanings I found to be neat. 1) God will lend   2) The Lord Exists. We know both of these to be true, particularly in this situation as God continues to reveal His hand throughout every facet of our lives. 

We found out he is almost 27 pounds and nearly three feet tall. He is almost as big as Kaylee- which is incredible. I guess we have super small children :). He is living with a foster family and has three other foster siblings. His foster sister is 15, one foster brother is 12 and he also has a foster brother that is 1 (Eli's age!). He shares a bed with his youngest foster brother and this news was exciting for us. He is going to share a room with Eli and will hopefully be used to not being the youngest. We were very encouraged by this news!!!

Here are a few new pictures that we were thrilled to get! We are STILL waiting on our "Letter of Approval" from China which is the next step for us. Until we get this paper, we cannot submit our paperwork to immigration for specific approval to adopt Jesiah. Times are getting longer and longer and although it's hard to have been waiting a solid six weeks (and we probably have several to go), God's timing is a resounding theme. We need to remember to "Be Still and know that He is God". 


  1. Wow, the friend who wrote that powerful message up above must hear from God from time to time. LOL! As you know, it will be done . . . you will go to China and generations will be changed as a result.
    Love to you all

  2. Hi there, just wanted to let you know that we recently used Holt to adopt a then-9 year old girl from China. This was our 2nd adoption, but first older-child adoption and Beth and Catherine (in China) and everyone in between took great care of us. We were also a big fundraising family, so I understand how tough that can be. Just wanted to wish you the best, we have two biological sons, but can't imagine not having our 2 precious girls in our lives as well. Good Luck, Leda


  3. PS. Our first little girl from China is also named "Kaylee" :) And if you don't know the song already, check out Worth It All by FFH...love that one.

  4. Praying with you that every obstacle is removed! Grace and endurance to you as you wait. :o)