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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Slow Boat to China




Some of you may remember a post I wrote in January about how sad I was to return to work after spending Christmas break with Abbey.

"When I went back to work last January after getting Abbey it was hard. When I went back to work after being with her this summer it was harder. Going back today is the hardest of all. I'd give anything to have a year at home with her."

One of the comments that came in was...

"The Bible says, "You do not have, because you do not ask". It cannot be wrong of us to ask for this in prayer. So, we will. We do. Now we shall see what the Lord will do. Is *anything* too hard for Him?Let us know what happens...Teri(from Iowa)"

Those words hit me like a ton of bricks. It was a message to my heart. I began praying and asking God that week if there was a way I could be with Abbey for a year while she is a preschooler. As I thought and prayed I began to consider the school we visited in China when I first got Abbey. I contacted my friends there and they said they would love to have us come for a year. That set me down a path I am still on of asking, seeking, knocking to find God's will in the matter. Believe me when I say that these months have been filled with many thoughts, questions, and decisions. I hope this gives some explanation and excuse as to why I haven't posted much in this time.
So the end result is that Abbey and I leave July 23 for a year in China! Over the coming weeks I will share more about why we are going and what we will be doing. We would love to have you join us on this venture and I would cherish you prayers. More to follow soon.

33 Comments:

  • At 5:59 AM, Blogger Joanne said…

    Oh, I am thrilled for you! What an experience this will be for the both of you :)
    I look forward to following you on your journey!

     
  • At 7:09 AM, Blogger thorvet said…

    Boy was that a secret that was hard for me to keep! Congratulations again and I am beyond thrilled (and a bit envious :) for you. What an adventure awaits you and Abbey! What a terrific opportunity! Keep us informed on your blog!

    Love, Teresa

     
  • At 7:29 AM, Blogger Dori's Mommy (Diana) said…

    How completely AWESOME! I can't wait to hear more!

     
  • At 7:58 AM, Blogger Kudo said…

    I am so excited for you and Abbey this will be the time of your life. I am so excited to be a small part of your journey and will wait for you to share more before I chime in.

     
  • At 8:02 AM, Blogger Beverly said…

    I am so happy for you and so jealous. That is wonderful. Congrats. What an exciting time.

     
  • At 8:06 AM, Blogger D said…

    I am sooooo very excited for you!

     
  • At 8:31 AM, Blogger Julie said…

    I remember that post very well because I identified so much with the feelings you had. I also thought based on what I knew about the faith you had in the Lord that you would keep praying and I wondered what would come of it. I am also struggling with not being with my girl as much as I like and feeling a need for a change. Though I know given my situation things will be much more gradual if at all.

    I am so very happy for you and Abbey and anxious to follow your journey.

    It has been my dream to live in another country one day so I will be anxious to follow the experience.

     
  • At 8:58 AM, Blogger Cherith said…

    What an absolutely amazing God we have. Such wonderful news, I am SO happy for you!

     
  • At 9:51 AM, Blogger Lindiana Jones said…

    Definitely can't wait to hear more and to watch your blog for changes while you're there! How incredible to have such a dream fulfilled!

     
  • At 10:03 AM, Blogger M3 said…

    Wow!!! What huge, wonderful news. Can't wait to hear more. So excited for you guys!

     
  • At 11:36 AM, Blogger Cindy said…

    Wow! Christy, Wow! I am SO SO SUPER looking forward to hearing more about this...what an incredible treat for you and Abbey...Wow! Incredible...

     
  • At 11:37 AM, Blogger Cindy said…

    Whoops! I can't believe I spelled your name wrong...so sorry :-(
    Hugs!

     
  • At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow! What a wonderful adventure for you and Abbey. This is so exciting. God does listen.

    I can't wait to hear more and watch your new journey.
    Praying for you!

    Lisa in Colorado
    Mom to Lily Lu (Jiangxi) and Jack

     
  • At 1:26 PM, Blogger Donna said…

    Wow, what a great opportunity! I can't wait to hear all about your new adventure!

     
  • At 1:47 PM, Blogger Terynn said…

    SCREEEEEEECHING!!!!! with joy here in Iowa for you, dear Christie!!!! (and excitedly clapping my hands). hehehehe

    I am at work, but in my mind's eye I have thrown back my head in bellowing laughter for the unpredictable, perfect love of God for His children. He cracks me up!!!!

    I could not be more excited for you and Abbey, hon. Truly, God delights in you. He is well pleased!

    (more muffled laughter) ::snort::

     
  • At 2:09 PM, Blogger Terynn said…

    hehehe

    Back again.

    Just referenced your blog on mine...might wanna take a peek! lol

     
  • At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! I have not been able to check blogs as often now that we are home with Lillie...but I had some time today and am I so happy that I came to yours!!!! I am so very thrilled for you and Abbey..what an incredible adventure and blessing to be able to spend a year in China....I am so excited for you and cannot wait to follow along. You will be in my daily prayers!! Love and blessings~ Bobbi www.thenewsomes.com

     
  • At 3:40 PM, Blogger Super Mommy said…

    Wow - can't wait to follow THAT adventure!

     
  • At 4:01 PM, Blogger Kim :) said…

    What an awesome bit of news!!! I have been following your blog since we decided to pursue our adoption, and look forward to following your year in China!! I will be in prayer for you both!!

     
  • At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You are a constant inspiration to me Christi...I admire you so much and I love watching how God has worked so beautiful and wondrously in the many miracles He has provide in your life.
    We will be praying and can't wait to follow along. Only wish we were still in SoCal to give you a big hug before you off.
    Love,
    K & T xx

     
  • At 7:04 PM, Blogger Linette said…

    Oh, I am SO excited for you. I can't wait to hear more and will definitely be following along. God is so good! :)

     
  • At 8:06 PM, Blogger R in TX said…

    Wow Christi! What exciting news! That is an amazing journey for you & Abbey to be embarking on. our family will eagerly follow your new chapter of life with Abbey in China. Looking forward to see what you all will be doing there.

     
  • At 8:13 PM, Blogger Angel said…

    That is amazing! What a wonderful opportunity. I can't wait to hear more about your big adventure.

    Angel

     
  • At 9:17 PM, Blogger Dale said…

    Amazing! I wish you both all the best. I so admire your ability to make your dreams into reality. I am taking notes! I will definitely be following along. If I get to China in the next year and it's anywhere near you, I will look you up! God bless! XXOO Dale

     
  • At 9:39 PM, Blogger fuzzandfuzzlet said…

    OMGOSH that is exciting...really exciting.

    I hope you blog from China.

     
  • At 10:42 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    Such wonderful news!!

     
  • At 3:26 AM, Blogger k1 said…

    What an experience for you both!!!

    Will keep you in my prayers. Can't wait to follow your adventures.

     
  • At 3:42 PM, Blogger Dawn said…

    WOW WOW WOW that is the most exciting thing I have heard all day!!!!! I would give anything to do the same but convincing my DH and 16 yo DD of it might be a little difficult!!

    I can't wait to hear all about it!!!!

     
  • At 8:29 PM, Blogger Heather said…

    AWESOME! So happy for you both! Can't wait to hear more.

     
  • At 1:05 PM, Blogger Kelley said…

    God truly TRULY answers prayer! I am so excited for you!!!

    If you'd like an invitation to my blog, please email me at kapow1969@yahoo.com. I'd love for you to see Chloe, as I continue to follow yours and Abbey's adventures!

     
  • At 9:02 AM, Blogger Joannah said…

    Wow! This is huge! What an incredible opportunity. I hope you will be able to blog while you're there.

    I'm so excited for you and Abbey!!!

     
  • At 8:34 PM, Blogger Chris & Deb said…

    WOW! What awesome news Christy! You will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers as you begin this exciting year ahead of you in China!

     
  • At 12:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow Congrats!!!
    John wants to move to Vietnam..but I am worried to leave my parents since they are in thier 70s

    So thrilled for you two!

    Kathleen

     

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