Tuesday, October 23, 2007

An invisible red thread...

An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but will never break. -- Based on an ancient Chinese belief

Introducing our daughter from China
Kaiya Rain Zhen
forgiveness and abundant blessing- precious
Meet our newest member of the family!!!!!!! We are THRILLED beyond words to announce that we are in the adoption process to bring home Kaiya!
Kaiya is 17 months old. Her birthday is May 10th of 2006.
Kaiya has a cleft lip and palate. Her lip has been surgically repaired but she will most likely need surgery to repair her cleft palate. She is otherwise healthy and is eating plenty as you can see! :0)
She is described as sweet and happy. Her file says she will laugh without stopping if an adult makes her giggle. She HATES having wet diapers and will scream her little head off. She also loves her sleep! (just like her mommy)
I KNOW!!! I KNOW!!! We are just as surprised as you. It's the coolest surprise I have ever had. Surprise! God just gave me my little girl! Isn't she precious???? Okay... here's a little of the story. It's WILD. This has literally all happened in the last week. I would have told all of you earlier but we had to wait for certain paperwork to be filed.
As you all know we have been BACK and FORTH on whether it was time for our next adoption. We had originally thought that this time would be AA domestic adoption or an Africa adoption. We had always thought that our NEXT time around would probably be China. So we are swapping things around it seems.
I think we will adopt a little boy from Africa or domestic AA adoption next time. We actually have a meeting scheduled with an agency in a couple of weeks that I have to cancel. BUT both of us kept struggling with it and feeling like maybe we were going the wrong direction for our family this time around. We seriously just had this ambivalence about the whole thing. (which is NOT like us!) We really wanted to adopt toddler rather than newborn and are open to correctable special needs. That was not the greatest need with the type of adoption we were pursuing domestically. So we kept praying that God would make it VERY clear to us where what we should do.
SOOOO a week ago a good friend shared with me that they are adopting an older child with special needs from China. She was showing me the webpage where he had a picture. On that page was a waiting little toddler girl with cleft palate and lip unrepaired.
Now Russ and I kept saying that we weren't sure we wanted to do an international adoption this time. Mostly this was because our last international adoption experience was SO hard and painful that we have been scared to dive in again. We all know Guatemala adoption isn't for the faint of heart. :0) Plus we know there is a need here too and we've been conflicted about that.
SO ANYWAY when I saw this little girl it grabbed my heart in such a strong way. I thought "I COULD DO THAT!" It felt so RIGHT and not scary like the path we've been moving toward. Which is so ironic because the path we WERE taking was much "easier" in most people's eyes. Yet my heart was instantly pulled in this direction. It just felt right.
So I called my hubby and asked him what he thought about adopting a special needs child from China. Now he had been waffling for MONTHS just like me but I prayed that God would give us wisdom and bring us into unity on this. Within 30 seconds of me calling he said GO FOR IT. Let's do this. I HUNG UP STUNNED AND SO EXCITED!!!
I called the agency immediately and asked about this little girl. They said she had a family already. I hung up the phone completely BAFFLED and confused. I was like HUH???? I really knew God was doing something here but what NOW?
So I immediately went onto one of my many forums and for some BIZARRE reason typed in "great agencies" into the search engine. Up pops a TON of e-mails all about how WONDERFUL this certain agency called Children's House International is... so I went right to "google" to look at the agency. As soon as I went to the website I saw this part that says "waiting children" and then something that said I could join a forum. I thought, "I gotta join" but it usually takes a day or two to get approved. I applied and was approved within 5 minutes! I immediately went to look at the waiting children and when I saw this sweet little one I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT!
I thought WHAT????? What is going on?? There must be something I don't KNOW! Why has no one accepted her referral?Then I thought they just must not have changed the status yet and she really already has a family. So I did a search on her name on the the messages. Then I saw that SO MANY of the mommas on the forum had been praying for her.... These precious mommas had been praying for her to find her family and every bit of me knew that she was MINE. They kept talking about how strange it was that she hadn't been matched yet. So many other children with much more severe needs had been matched with their families and still she waited. Not only that- her time was running out. They were going to have to return her file to China very soon if they didn't find a match. Then I don't know what would have happened to her.
I KNOW that God brought me to her because these Godly women prayed for us. The path that brought me to her boggles my mind. It all happened in ONE afternoon. I have known from the second I saw her picture that she was my daughter. I am not scared, I am not worried about the money or the surgery or anything. I am BLESSED beyond words. She is supposed to be ours.
I am blessed by the women on that forum in a way I can't articulate. They prayed for my little girl to find me.
With all of my heart I know that God was holding Kaiya for us. She belongs in our family. She truly does....
Welcome baby girl. We are coming to get you. You just hang on a little longer.


_karen_ said...


you are such a great momma!


Bekah said...

ANGEL!!! Congratulations!!!! She is beautiful....so, so so precious! What an amazing story. It's so awesome to look back and see how God was working...not giving you a peace about the current path you were on because he knew your daughter was waiting in China. Got me all teared up. Blessings on your journey to Kaiya.

Kim said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! How exciting for you! Isn't God pretty cool? Kaiya and Alex are almost exactly the same age. (Alex was born May 2nd!)

Can't wait to follow you on this new journey.

Christina said...

This is so exciting. Congratulations and I hope this adoption is smooth sailing

Melissa said...

WOW!!!! What a wonderful surprise! Congratulations on your beautiful daughter.

ManyBlessings said...







The McKenzie Crew said...


I cannot believe you did not call me - You are gonna get it now sistah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so excited for you and I know if you and Russ have peace - that our father in heaven will take care of everything!!!!!!!

How can I help - do you need anything - can I do anything to help you bring your baby girl home?

You know I am here and behind anything you do 110%

I love you and I am so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Anonymous said...

Wow! Congrats, that is awesome. I enjoy reading your blog about your beautiful family. You are all an inspiration!

Mandy from OH

Diane Larson said...

How incredibly exciting! I dream that it would be so obvious for us when we recieve our referral. Hope all the rest falls in place as easily.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the start to a new adventure.

WOW!!! GOD's timing is perfect as are his plans.

Love to you,
Deb AKA Momma Bug

Alisha said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! CONGRATS, Angel!! How COOL is that !! Good luck on this AMAZING journal. I have alot of friends with children from China. What province is she from?


Keep us posted!

God is SO good!!!!!

Jocelyn said...

Oh Yeah! I am so very very happy for you, she is beautiful. Congrats...how amazing is that! Wow!


Jocelyn & Isaac

Holly said...

Congratulations! She is just a little bit older than my girl Ellie (S. Korea); Ellie's bday is May 25 2006! God truly does work in wonderfully mysterious ways! :)

Emily said...

Wow, that's an amazing story! Congratulations on your new daughter! Can you tell us more about the process to bring her home?

Farrah said...

My jaw hit the floor running... IF that is even possible.
I can't believe you didn't email me and tell me girl...I'm beyond excited for you and your family.
Oh precious is that baby???

WOW Angel let me know if I can help in anyway

Lou said...

You LITTLE sneak!!!! :) I am THRILLED. 2 of my best friends in this world have adopted children with cleft lip and palate from China. Jamie came home right under the age of 3, and he is doing great. Sandra Grace just came home Saturday. If you are interested I would be happy to get you in touch with them.....

Your daughter is absolutely beautiful..... God is AMAZING!

love you!

Anonymous said...

You know I couldn't be happier for you!!!! Congratulations- Kaiya just joined the most amazing family EVER!!! I can't wait to meet her! Amy

Whitney said...

She is just beautiful...congradulations and God bless you guys as you pursue bringing her into your family!

nikki said...

What a beautiful story and what a beautiful little girl Kaiya is.

Natalie C. said...

oh my goodness...yeahhh...she is beautiful...what are they telling you the time frame will be...i can barley contain myself, i can only imagine how you are feeling

angieshaffer said...

That is awesome. I love your "story" on how you found your daughter. Congratulations. I hope you keep your blog updated on all of your news as this new journey unravels.

Amy said...

What a God story! I am very excited for your family-the Lord has blessed this little girl and your family richly!

Emily said...

Congratulations. God is so good.

Greta Jo said...

I am blog peeper. How awesome!What an amazing story, God is so incredible.

Greta Jo

Natalie said...

Oh my heavens!!!!! This is awesome! I am soooooo excited for you guys! Your story on finding your daughter is just wonderful. It is such a testament that God does answer our prayers.

By the way...Childrens House International was our agency too! Of course you won't be working with the same coordinator, but I just wanted to let you know that I was very pleased with them.

Congratulations! I cannot wait to follow you on this exciting journey!

Shannon said...

Angel, this is such WONDERFUL news!! She is so precious and we are absolutely thrilled for you!

I look forward to seeing the day she is in your arms FOREVER!!!

Blessings and Love!!

Holly G. said...


MY GOSH!!! I go away for a day and look what I find upon my return!!! A beautiful little baby girl. YOUR baby girl. I am soooo excited for all of you.


Reba said...

Wow! My husband had just called as I brought up your page. I don't think I heard a word he said. I kept staring and staring and finally thought, "Whose page am I on???" (I do visit several websites) Congratulations! What a very neat story. I cannot wait to see how this adoption story unfolds.

Alleen said...

I came over here from Farrah's blog. congrats!!!!!!! I have very good friends in China right now picking up their 2nd daughter who also has a cleft palate! how exciting.

amber said...

Holy Smokes! I guess I am just as shocked as everyone else!!! :) Wow! And Hallelujah!!!!

God is SOOO huge! And SOOOO good!!

You want to know the crazy thing? I, too, stumbled across the CHI waiting children forum a couple days ago and asked to join it because out of the blue I felt led in that direction... I haven't actually jumped on yet, but I am looking forward to... (we are praying about our next adoption... :)

I am still smiling for you guys! and for your BEAUTIFUL Asian princess... wow...

Love ya!

McDonald Clan said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! She is so beautiful!

Rosie and Ryan said...

Hi there ;)
My name is Rosie :) I know Whitney who is adopting from EN :) Your story is amazing, Praise God! Thank you so much for sharing so much! Could you possibly do me a favor? I would love to know how you get the paypal button on your blog. I know you are probably SOOO busy, but I could really use some help on that. Could you email me?
I hope you are having a great night!

Katie said...

Amazing and Awesome --- she is beautiful !!!

Crystal said...

ANGEL!!!!!!!!!--I HAVE TEARS OF JOY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OOOOH MY GOODNESS TEARS OF JOY!!!!!!!!--CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!! PRAISE JESUS!!!!!!!! HE IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XOXOXXOXO

Betsy said...

I'm sitting her bawling my eyes out. Angel, I'm so excited for you and Kaiya. Absolutely amazing and exciting how God works. I can't wait to follow this journey!

I am so exceedingly happy for all of you.

And, I'm so proud of you too...

Dimple Queen said...

Angel....I am so excited for you all....I have been stopping by your blog since right after you brought Zoe home. You are such a special perons and I know that God is behind you and Rus 100%. You are such a wonderful Mommy!


Lynn said...

I am amazed....I thought to myself this morning....let's see what Angel is up to. WOW!! When I first started reading I thought you were telling someone else's story. I am beyond happy for you and just amazed at God's love for us!


Anonymous said...

Wow! I am speechless! Praise & Glory! Congratulations to your family and especially, Kaiya. I will pray for the entire process.


Anita said...

Life has been NUTS and I've not gotten over here for a few weeks! Imagine my surprise when I saw this! I'm over the moon excited for you!

Brittany said...

Angel and Russ, I am thrilled for you and your precious family. This baby girl is so blessed to have you. What a miracle! Love you, Julie

Stephanie (Maya's mommy) said...

Oh my!!! WOW!!!!! I am just getting caught up on my blog reading/posting. What a special surprise!!!! I am thrilled, elated, happy beyond words!! I love it!!! Thanks for letting us walk beside you on this journey!!!
Many blessings~ stephanie

Courtney said...

okay, I am caught up now!!!! WOW!!! She is adorable!! YAY!

Christine said...

What a beautiful story. I love it.