Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Here is your part in all of this. PR*Y! PR*Y long! PR*Y hard! PR*Y without ceasing that all the money I need comes in. He is sooooooooo good that I know He already has this all worked out. I was hoping to be able to work 6 weeks of summer school to raise the money but He may have a different plan. I am hoping that all of this testifies too all of His power and His greatness as we trust in Him and walk where He wants us to especially when the world looks at us and says we are crazy. Crazy for giving up a job that pays almost 10 times what I am making in Ch*na...Crazy for giving up job security...Crazy for not having health insurance (which may be different now that I will have a daughter)...just plain CRAZY for going to Ch*na when you are alone and no one there to support you emotionally. I have seen Him do miracles at Shepherd's Field Children's Village and I believe He can do a miracle financially in my adoption! Just keep on pr*ying! I am thankful for all my prayer warriors out that! I couldn't have done all that He did through me this year without you behind me. You are like the people left back in the camp when Joshua went out for battle. Thank you for your continued support. I can't wait until I find out when I can finally post a picture of her on here for all of you to see!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Tiffany (Mei Mei)
Teacher Zhang's students
Kathy, Anya, Joy, Fiona, Jerak Robbins and Elizabeth
Teacher Wang's students join the group
(L to R) Christina, Joy, Fiona, Jerak Robbins, Elizabeth
(L to R)Anya, Kathy, Timothy (L to R) Gregg, Jamison, Joseph, Seth
There are so many pictures I want to post but there isn't enough room! Check me out on Facebook.com. Friend me (Dawn Rittenhouse) to see more pictures. These children are truly a gift. They do embody His unconditional love. Come one day and meet them. Better yet, adopt one and take them home as your own child!
Hearing the voice of the one that you love first thing in the morning is such a sweet sound. I imagine that is how our voices sound to Him every day. What a gift we have to be able to have a G*d that loves us enough that He wants to talk to us.
I hear Him everyday too! I start my morning off by hearing Him in the children here at Shepherd's Field Children's Village. What a gift! My apartment is directly across from Samaritan's House and first thing in the morning, one ayi (nanny) loves to take her children with her as she gets food from the kitchen or brings the trash out. As a speech therapist, you know any one who is really helping children's language to grow by how they talk to the children and how the children imitate them. This is what I hear every morning with this nanny. When the puppies were outside, I would here her say "xiao gou" (meaning small dog) and Zephaniah, Emily, and Margaret would be repeating it right back. It brings a smile to may face, even though it is happening at 5:30 in the MORNING right outside my window while I am trying to bury myself deeper under my covers. Any of you who know me well know I love my sleep and mornings are challenging to me! G*d has a funny sense of humor as He does these things! I just wanted to share with you what I woke up to this morning outside my window.
Adrian (blue and white car), Mei Mei (Tiffany),
Tristan (in orange) and Ginger on the potty
Who says potty training has to occur inside? :) Have potty, will travel!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Many mothers have certain things she pr*ys for before she has her child in her arms. I can say that I have several. My latest is for her vision. As an albino, she will have vision problems. I do not know the extent but I do know she will have them. My pr*yer is that she will be able to see her mama's face and see how much I love her. I also want her to "see" Him in me.
All along, I have always pr*yed that someone would come to see her before she came to me that would love her with His love. I was given that opportunity as I visited 3 precious little girls in Jianjin. I shared His love with them and pr*yed over them before they were placed in their families. I now have shared pictures with their forever families. I desire that too for my little one.
A few days ago, a women named Erin came here to visit a team from Florida. As Erin and I spoke, I shared with her that my daughter was from the city she works in. She told me that she knew a woman who spends time at that orphanage. I emailed her. Guess what? He hears the desires of our heart! He sent someone to spend time with her! My daughter is said to be "very, very, very lovey! She loves to hug and NOT let go." Sounds like she has "touch" as her love language too! I can't wait to be the one that she is hugging but I am glad that He sent someone to her before she is mine to love her! Wow! That is how much He loves each one of us! He wants to fulfill all our dreams, wrap them up in the prettiest of boxes and hand deliver them to us when we least expect it! This is as good if not better than an update from the orph*nage!
I am so glad that someone else has been hugging my daughter for me. I need to ask you a favor though. For those of you who have adopted children...there are many days and years that you didn't get to hug your child. Hug them an extra time today...hug them just a little bit longer today...help to take away and replace those hugless days with all the hugs you have for them now. If you have children...hug them...hug them lots...hug them long and lovingly. Let them know how much they mean to you. We often think children know how much we love them but tell them that you do anyways. They may just be needing to hear it.