Monday, February 21, 2011

Scenes from Adam's Party

This was his first birthday party.

All his friends came.

Some wore Panther attire in honor of him.

Some gave him Panther gifts.

They all know he loves the Panthers!

Adam had a blast!

Actually we all had a blast.

Unfortunately Greg and Audrey Kate had to miss it.

They were just too sick.

We brought the gifts home so they could see him open them.

It was a great way to end the week considering how it started.

On another note Adam got fitted for new AFO's today.
He is now 40 inches tall. He was 36 inches in August prior to detethering surgery.
His feet have grown almost an inch.
This is huge since he has no nerve function in them.

He will have surgery at the end of March for a MACE procedure.
More on that later. All these things will help him be ready for kindergarten in August.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

The best day to go to DMV

According to our 16 year old the best day to go to DMV to get a first time license is during the same week your dad has a lacerated spleen, one sister has mono and another sister has a stomach bug. Better yet he was able to convince me that this was the best time to go.

What can I say? I am weak from all the happenings of the past several days. He has been eligible since the first of November so he has waited quite a while.

I called the DMV closest to our house (not all that close).
The "nice" lady told me there was no way to get a license after school. There were people there who had been waiting 3 hours and they were not going to get a license today either.

I called the next DMV about 25-30 minutes from our house.
The lady told me she could not guarantee he could get a license today since it gets crowded after school and the last road test goes out at 4:00pm but to try anyway. So we did.

The boys got home about 3:15. I jumped in the jeep with C.J. and off we went.
I told him it would be a miracle if he got a license today. We arrived at the DMV at 3:45. The lady said I will check you in but if they haven't called your number by 4:00 you won't be able to get it today. We took number C412 and sat down. We had 10 minutes to get called.

I prayed that God would please make this easy. I needed something to go right this week. At 3:55 I reminded God that there were only 5 minutes left to be called. I also told him that I knew time didn't matter to Him and He could still pull this off even with 30 seconds left.

At 3:59 C412 was called. C.J. and I practically ran back to cubicle #6. We made it. Of course he still had to pass the driving test. More prayer, please Lord let him pass.

We were at the DMV for less that 30 minutes.

No kidding and we now have a new licensed driver in the family.

Congratulation C.J.!
Now we pray for safety everyday.

C.J. and his cute girlfriend Megan.

So we are thankful today for answered prayer both large and small.
We were hoping to celebrate Adam's birthday Tuesday.
Well late Tuesday afternoon Greg was released from the hospital. We got home about 6:45 just in time to see this smiling face.

Just in time to see him blow out his candle after we sang.

Just in time to see him open his gift.

Again we are feeling very thankful for answered prayer.

One more request. My sweet Audrey Kate is still not feeling well.
We go back to the doctor today. Please pray we will not be sent to the hospital and she will recover quickly.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Sometimes things happen unexpectedly.

My sweetie is in the hospital after an unexpected trip to the ER early Sunday morning.

Our Valentine's Day plans were cancelled and we spent Valentines Day in an unexpected place.

This kids got to open their gifts at home but were with grandparents while Mom and Dad were at the hospital. Greg and I both got a tray from the hospital cafeteria and had a less than romantic dinner in the hospital room. It was unexpected but we made the best of it.

Also today is Adam's 5th birthday. He spent his first three b-day's in China and last year we had only been home a week and a half so we kept his b-day low key.

This year we were going to really make it special.

He is at home with his grandparents while I am spending the day with Greg at the hospital.


I am determined to get him a piece of cake with a candle so we can at least sing
Happy Birthday.

All the while Audrey Kate is battling mono. Completely unexpected!

Things could be so much worse so I am thankful today.

Thankful for:

Parents and in-laws who have stepped in to help out
Greg's medical care
Adam turning 5
Friends who will pray
and for the fact that we will get through this

Counting our blessings today!

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

So hard!

Angie and Emily together for a moment.

Emily last summer

Emily at 18 months

I had a rough week last week. Greg was out of town for 6 days.

In that time I made a trip to the emergency room, a trip to urgent care,
and had three doctors appointments.

There's more that went on but most of you will understand that that is enough to make for a rough week.

A dear friend of mine sent me an email in which she said

Consider it joy...Consider it joy...Consider it joy

I think she really...really...really wanted me to get it.

This is the verse she was referring to

James 1:2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trails of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

It was great timing for me and now I can pass it on to my friend.

She is walking a much harder road than me.

She had hoped, and prayed and dreamed that Emily would be her daughter.

While in the Dominican Republic for a missions trip she made a trip to Emily's orphanage.

She had to see her, hold her, touch her, love her.

And then leave her there.

How do you consider this joy?

My friend has a deep faith and is walking this road with God.

It is so so hard!

This story is not over.

There is a referral expected soon for my friend. It will not be Emily for many reasons that are too complicated to try to explain. The bottom line is she is not available for international adoption. Angie will always be a part of Emily's life. She will make trips back to the orphanage to bring food and other supplies as she did this time.

We wait with anticipation for how God will finish this story.

Ni Hao Yall

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Friday, February 11, 2011

They're Off

My friends are headed to the Dominican Republic.
They left this morning on a very early flight.
The mission trip is a medical clinic which will treat hundreds of people each day.

My friend Angie is the leader of the trip. She has been to the DR many times.
She is adopting from the Dominican. Remember this post?
There will be a special update on Emily soon.

Patti with her daughter Emily at a fundraising breakfast.

Please pray for this group. My friends are Angie, Jessica, Libby, Patti and Laura.
These women have left their families for 10 days to bring help and hope to those who need it.
I am proud to call them my friends!

Mark 16:15
He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation."

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

One Year Of Adam

One year ago we arrived back in Charlotte and
Adam met his brothers and sisters for the first time.

February 2010
Homecoming becomes an American citizen
Valentine's Day
Adam's 4th Birthday
Many doctors appointments!

March 2010
Heel Cord Release and Cast
Fitted for AFO's
Hospital stay for illness
Many doctors appointments
St. Patrick's Day
Cousins come to meet Adam

April 2010
Spring Break
Takes his first steps
Zoo trip
Mimi and Mom's B-day's

May 2010
Gets cast off
C.J.'s B-day
Pop-pop's surgery
First trip to the beach.

June 2010
Second trip to the beach
Sarah graduates
Brothers and sisters home for summer
First trip to Duke to meet Dr. F

July 2010
Third trip to the beach
July Fourth
First Parade

August 2010
De-tehering Surgery at Duke
Football season starts
Adam starts preschool
Hospital stay for illness

September 2010
Trip to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock
Samantha's B-day
Marvin Football season

October 2010
Family Portraits
More Football!

November 2010
Adam's dedication
Stephen's Last football game
Munnie's Birthday

December 2010
Dad's B-day
Make- a- Wish weekend
Disney World Trip
New Year's Eve

January 2011
A new year
Stephen and Audrey Kate's B-day
Gotcha Day anniversary
A trip to the Lanes

February 2011
Chinese New Year!

Well here we are one year later.
What a year it has been and these are just a few of the highlights.
It has been a great year.

Adam, you are right where you belong. We love you and are so happy to call you our son and brother. You have touched our lives and so many others. You are an inspiration with your courage and determination. There is nothing you can't overcome.

We look forward to next year as there will be so many milestones. Kindergarten is coming and you are so ready! Mommy is not sure if I am ready or not. We will meet each challenge this next year holds together. We are your family and family always stays together.

We love you!

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10
But he said to me "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Ni Hao Yall

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Thursday, February 3, 2011


We had such a great time tubing last weekend. We left the Lane's Sunday morning and headed to the mountains of NC to go tubing. We had never done this before. We are always looking for good family fun that works for teenagers and preschoolers. We haven't always been successful but this time we found something everyone including Greg and I enjoyed.
The weather was perfect. We all shed our heavy jackets. C.J. was even down to a
short sleeve t-shirt at one point it was so warm.

It was a great time of reconnecting with our kids and as a family!
Every now and then you need a day like this.

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