Monday, August 30, 2010


I can barely breathe. The mailman just rang my doorbell because I had  put a package delivery slip in the mailbox but he wanted to tell me he didn't have it today and would deliever it tomorrow. At which point I said no problem, thanked him.....and then he turned around to head back to the mail truck.

.....but then he turned back around...

....and he said, I almost is your other mail.

....and in that pile..

....was a letter...

....from China*

A letter and a picture(drawing) from Joey and answers to our questions that we asked all the waaayy back in May when we sent his package. We never received photos or answers and here it is, nearly September and I get this letter in the mail.


God knew I needed this today.
This 53rd day of waiting on their LSC's...
..just when I was tempted to let discouragement settle into my heart he sends this to me from half a world away. Thank you Lord!!!!

I must say that the tears flowed not only from how happy I was to get such a gift from my son, but more so that I felt like the Lord was standing right there in the kitchen with me. Just as excited as I was to see the joy that this letter has brought to me.
I am overwhelmed with gratitude for His love for me.
Completely and totally overwhelmed.

Our eating out budget in lieu of  dual adoption expenses is at $0 every month but this calls for some Chinese food tonight so that one of the waiters can translate all of this for us!!! I CANNOT WAIT to find out what it says. It's all I can do to not pack up the kids and head there right now for lunch but I know John will want to be with us so we will wait....VERY impatiently!! Hurry home honey!!

I'll post pictures tonight after dinner!!
Thank you Jesus for this precious gift just when I needed it!

*And in Jacob news I received an email from Ann this morning that Jacob and Joey will be receiving Jacob's cake on his birthday this Wednesday. Along with the cake is a family picture and a letter from us telling him that we are his family and that he gets to come home with Joey!! He will know! On Wednesday he will know! 7 years this boy has waited for a family and in a day and a half someone is going to walk into his home with a cake, tell him Happy Birthday and tell him the news. 
I can't breathe again!  What a week! *


  1. Oh, this makes my toes tingle. What a flood of news for these boys to know that they are going to be together as brothers soon! A family, soon! I wish I could be a fly on the wall or a cricket in a cage just to see those faces. What an amazing story.

  2. Just so very happy for you!!

  3. Now THIS is what it's all about! I'm feelin breathless myself!!

  4. This is so much fun following your PREjourney to the boys!!! Breathe! Breathe!!! And pretty soon you will PUSH your way to China!!!

  5. SO excited for your news! Thanks for your post on my blog update--just about to send you a FB message...

  6. So awesome...definitely goosebumps! Thanks for stopping by our blog, I look forward to following your families journey.

  7. Oh Martin family, we are so excited for you guys!!! Can't wait to meet the boys!!n The Machs

  8. Isn't that just how our God works? Bringing news from afar just when you needed it the most! How exciting that a special little boy is about to find out that he has a family and is loved! Can't wait to see pictures of your celebration meal!


  9. NO WAY!!!! I had goose bumps reading this and knowing your TWO boys will soon know they are coming home together - T.O.G.E.T.H.E.R!!!! Only God could orchestrate such a beautiful story. And extravagant in HIS blessings - knowing exactly what your heart needed. How fun this has been and such a blessing to me to follow along! Can't wait to see the rest of the story unfold and to soon follow along as you bring these precious boys home!
    Hugs my friend.

  10. Rejoicing with you from Hong Kong,