Friday, July 25, 2014

Appointment Is Set...

with DCS (Department of Children's Services) for Monday at 1:00.  They will interview both girls and maybe China.  We are not allowed to be in the room.  My heart is breaking because Ana will have to relive issues that happened in China.

-no misunderstandings
-that we will be allowed to present our many documents (which frankly they don't seem that interested in at this point.)
-God's Will will be accomplished in Mitike's life.
-Ana's well being
-good rest!  This weighs heavily on our hearts and minds.

Praise God for an experienced attorney who has worked with DCS/CPS on multiple occasions that will accompany us on Monday.  

None of this makes any sense to us...why God would allow such hard things into our lives one after another.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

What a Day!

Today Mitike ran away.  She was on the noon news and radio.  After hours of police, fire, and sheriff teams searching she was found in downtown Indy.  (God's grace--a Shepherd staff member was eating downtown and recognized her!!) The police department used every resource including detectives, a specialized search team, bloodhounds, and multiple helicopters.  Thank you IMPD.  You were fabulous in every way!  We are very grateful to all the neighbors and Shepherd Staff that came to support us.

I really thought we couldn't go any lower, but even in the deepest, darkest places GOD IS!!

Please pray with us as CPS is now involved and we have a long journey ahead.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Prank It Forward!

Watch! This made my day.  I'm a huge fan of doing excellent things for the poor.  

Just When Things Seemed to Be Calm...

Matt had a seizure last night and was taken to the hospital.  He has started seizure medication and amazingly got in to see a neurologist today (a minor miracle!!).  He will also have a brain wave scan next week.  This however, does mean that he cannot drive for three more months.  This is very discouraging for him...and also prevents him from job searching.

Pray with us that the medication works and there are no further seizures.  Pray for hope and joy even when things don't go the way we want them to!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What's Up With Us!

-Matt has completed his driving and can now go get his license amended.  We took the car in for a pre-modification inspection and it needs several minor things done to it.  Once we get that done it can be approved to be modified.  Matt then should be able to get around.  He would then start to interview for jobs!

-We had a nice tour of the Indians' ballpark.  I wasn't with either of my children, so I'm still trying to hunt down pictures.  My favorite part was hitting balls with the players in the batting cages.

-I went swimming today in the 67 degree weather.  It was freezing.  I can't believe it is this cold and in the middle of July!  I really hoped to never hear the words "polar vortex" again after this past winter, but here they are again.

-My classes are going well.  I have less than four more weeks!

-Ana lost a front tooth today.  She had really given up losing anymore teeth.  This one had been lose forever, but refused to fall out.

-China gets his braces next Friday.  It will be painful, but we're glad he will be able to eat and close his mouth!

-Ana got new shoes.  (Every kid in the summer program gets a pair!)  China didn't get his because they thought he was a girl--based on his name--and gave him black and pink ones.

-Mei Mei the basset is not slowing down any.  I can't wait until she becomes a living floor mat--so far no such luck.

-I've been setting in on the Spanish church service.  It's challenging and there are times when I don't get much out of it, BUT other times I understand the great majority of what he's saying.  (The pastor is a retired missionary to Mexico.)  Who knows what God has for us--so if I can brush up on my Spanish, I'll do so.  It also helps me with my class!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th!

Enjoy the fireworks and time with family!