December 8, 2008

Where We Are This Christmas, Are You There Too?

(Please Pause Christmas Music on Sidebar Before Watching the Video Above)

Where we are for Christmas is here in Texas, but our hearts are in China. Although we have just begun the journey to our child in China, we pray for our child every day throughout the day. I have followed so many of your journeys. I have watched some of you go to Taiwan and China and now you are home, Merry Christmas!

I am watching some of you prepare and pack those suitcases as I type, as you get ready to leave so very soon to get your precious babies!

Some friends are preparing their dossiers, just as we are. Merry Christmas!

Other friends I know have been waiting for a referral for many months. Some friends are waiting for the slow judge to just pick up the papers and sign. The beginning of this song really sings true to your hearts, I know. My heart goes out to each of you in this situation. Please know that I pray for your children and bureaucracy to move along. Merry Christmas!

One thing we all have in common is that God placed on each of our families' hearts a desire, an ache for a child, an orphan, who needed a Christian family, a forever home, with a mother and a father to train the child in the ways of the Lord. We are each on this journey together. Whether you are home with your child, still waiting or just beginning, this Christmas, God has given us all the gift of new life with His Son and the gift of having another child to raise to honor and serve Him. The calling He placed in all of our hearts is real. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He has chosen you, Mommy, to be a mother to an orphan. What an honor and a tremendous blessing.

So, as we all place an extra stocking up this year, whether it is to be filled, this Christmas or next, our chosen child will have a forever family so very soon.

Set an extra place at the table this Advent season. The seat will be filled soon. God is Sovereign. Praise Him to whom all blessings flow!


  1. Thanks, Shannon! I'm praying for you guys, too. Can't wait to see the next little one God has chosen for your family!

  2. Ok, I am so bawling at this point! I am so thankful that this year I sit as one of those who is home with her special child and will be spending Christmas together! :) I sit in such gratitude to the Lord and I fully remember last year when all I had at Christmas was Noah's picture! And the years before when all I had were prayers and the knowledge I was called to adopt but did not know when or who. My prayers and love go out to you my friend as you wait for God to reveal His prescious gift to you, your child's sweet face! :) I can't wait to follow you on this journey my friend! :)

    Blessings and hugs
    Noah's mama


    when you think of the sovereignty of God in placing children in families, it is overwhelming!

  4. That was a beautiful and inspiring post. It felt like you speaking directly to each & every one of us & I believe you were!
    I am praying for your family and the child that has yet to be placed in your loving arms too.
    May he/she & all the waiting children feel the embrace and wonder of His love & grace.
    Hugs my friend!
    Lisa C.


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