Saturday, February 19, 2011

Who's Next???

born November 2, 2007
He currently lives at the 
in Xi'An, ShaanXi, China
He has spina bifida and hydrocephalus just
like our daughter, Brighton


Elijah David
who resides in KaiFeng, Henan, China
He was born on October 29, 2005
He has down syndrome and is actually attending a
public Chinese kindergarten!
For those of you who are wondering--
We submitted our paperwork to CHina for approval
stating that I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer and 
that I was undergoing treatment.  We submitted a written statement from my
oncologist saying my cancer was removed from my body and that all treatment
I was receiving was as aggressive as possible.  My life expectancy is that of any other
woman trying to adopt a child and that I would most likely be
able to raise these boys to adulthood.
Two years ago--China would have said--absolutely NO God would have it-- they have said YES!

James 1:27 (New International Version, ©2010)

27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. 

I know many of you will have opinions that may be of concern-
I have heard it all before.
The bottom line is that we feel called to each of these boys and
we are being obedient to the Lord.  We are willing
to step out in faith and we know that God ordained these boys
from the beginning of time.
I understand that some of you may feel you need to share your concern with
Bill or I.  PLEASE-- keep your thoughts of negativity to yourself.
We do not need or want to hear them
We live our lives to please Christ.....period.
I ask that if you have concern that you pray for usin a way God leads you. 
We are excited to be adopting again and feel
blessed God has taken us on this path.
I do not mean to sound harsh but I just do
not want to deal with negative comments.

Ephesians 4:29 (New International Version, ©2010)

 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 

I will post more on the way God brought each of these little guys intro our life.
They both  have their own story... each one God breathed.


  1. OH MY GOSH KELLY!!!!! You just made my day, well my life actually! I wonder now what is possible for us as well!!!!!! You have to send me the name of your agency. My cancer was a stage below yours.........oh to dream that dream that I thought had died again...........

  2. Welcome to the Kaifeng family! I was in Kaifeng in September of 2005 -- I wonder if I saw your son? I was there again in March 2007.

  3. I am soooo happy for you all. Elijah was born on Heather's birthday!!!! Children are such a blessing. Please know that I am always willing to help you out.... anytime!!!!
    Love and hugs to you :)

  4. Lots of people were praying for a family for "Jack". I couldn't be more happy that he will be in your home! Both boys are adorable, and I know your whole family will welcome them with open arms. What more could any child ask for?! Blessings to all of you, Kelly!

  5. Wow!!!! Congratulations! I am so darn excited for you and for the kids! Love it!

  6. Wow! You are going to be so blessed to have a few more boys in your family! And they will be so amazingly blessed to have the big, loving family that you and Bill have built together. Can't wait to follow along!

  7. Kelly,
    This is the most wonderful news!

  8. Oh my goodness...what a blessing to wake up this morning and read about TWO more children coming home to their family!!! Congratulations! Our 3rd daughter (age 5) is from Xi'an. You are going to love your visit there! Praying for you and your family as you begin this WONDERFUL journey! May God's blessing be poured out greatly on you and your precious family! BTW...I've been followng your sweet family since you went for sweet Joseph. You inspire me!

  9. I forgot to sign my post...

    Mary Wusterbarth

  10. WOW oh WOW you are a waiting mommy for sure once again!! Congratulations, these boys have waiting far too long for their mommy :)

  11. I know Jack, and I can only say that you are lucky!!! He is simply amazing!!! Congratulations

  12. Wow, how wonderful!!!I pray the process is smooth and these boys will be home soon!:)

  13. Kelly, This news has made my day!!! I am praising the Lord with you all.

    @Dawn, I am also a cancer survivor and in Sept we came home with our precious new son from China. It is possible.

  14. Kelly - you are certifiable! :) In the dictionary under "sold out for God" is your picture! Congratulations on your new sons! They are getting a family whose passion and faithfulness are unmatched and they will soon learn there is nothing that they can't do in this world when they follow God unconditionally. May you be blessed in your journey to your new children.

  15. Kelly - While I already knew this news, I wanted to offer you words of encouragement here and congratulations! Truly with God ALL things are possible. They are beautiful boys and I am excited to see how our Lord moves in all of your lives through your faithfulness and obedience to His calling. I am praying for you!

    Gina Claxton

  16. Congratulations! I am so happy for your family but elated for these boys. Thank you for following the call of the Lord!!!

  17. Huge congrats on your obedience to the Lord's calling on your life-and praise the Lord for your determination to focus on the positive and leave the rest behind!!
    They are 2 beatiful, blessed little boys, and you are a wonderful, God-fearing family!
    Wish you lived closer!

  18. Kelly,
    So excited for your family!! They are so cute!!
    Lyn Thomas

  19. Oh Kelly! What amazing news...and amazing blessings that God has brought into your lives! You are an inspiration, and a reason that we all must believe that Gods hand is more powerful than anything in this world!
    Happiness, blessings, and love sent your way!!!

    Amy Dinello

  20. God could have closed the door- EASILY...but He has instead opened it wide.
    He knows what He is doing- entrusting you with 2 more treasures. They are so handsome :)
    Many blessings,
    Holly Mac

  21. Awesome news. These boys and your family will be so blessed. Can't wait to read more and see pics of those boys with their new family. :)

    and BTW ... What more could be so encouraging then to have this to get your past any diagnosis - sooo glad that is going as well as it is. :)

  22. congrats!! I'm so happy to see these two sweet boys find a family! I have especially been following Jack's sorry for awhile now!! God Bless your journey!

  23. You know how excited and happy I am for you, sweet friend!! :):) Can't wait to see you bring your new sons home!!!

  24. Congrats....I am so glad China said yes! I loved your FB post for you dad to pick your mom up off the floor :)

  25. Congratulations of your new additions. They are both precious!

  26. Sweet, sweet blessings to you Kelly!!! I'm so excited for you and your family. What an amazing Father we have!! God is so good.


  27. I just found a link to your blog and wanted to say congratulations!!!!!!!! What a double blessing!!!! Sounds like you have lots and lots of blessings : )

  28. Kelly,

    I am so thrilled for these boys and your family! God will continue to bless you abundantly for your huge heart!

    Prayers for a completely, smooth process!


  29. I don't know you - but congrats to you, and bless you for your greatness! I first met Jack when he was just an infant, and just a couple weeks after he joined the Starfish family and Amanda. I was only in Xi'an for about a week visiting Amanda and her amazing group, but Jack was the one baby who left the deepest impression on me. When I received Amanda's mass email a day or two ago about Jack finding a family I was overjoyed - now to see what a great family he'll be joining is even better! Congrats to you and your family, and know that you're getting one of the sweetest little kiddos I've ever met! May God continue to bless you and your family... you're a model of who/what my wife and I hope to one day become!

  30. kelly!! so happy to meet you! I am just overjoyed to meet Jack's family...he remineds me so much of our Jarib same age same medical issues and adopted from Alabama. What a little man he is! And your other new son! Yah for Down Syndrome! Do you have other "chromosonally enhanced" kids? I will have to read your back posts on blog. he is adorable! we have 2 Down Syndrome kids at home now ages 9 and 5. Had Jonathan (surprise domestic newborn adoption born 10/23/05 died 4/3/08 after bone marrow transplant) and are adopting Elsie Ping Ping age 3 1/2 yr from Gaungxi also down syndrome. we are praying hard that CCAA lets us adopt a 2nd child with Elsie also Down Syndrome. I am just sooo happy for you and your new boys!!!

  31. Congratulations Kelly and family!! They are precious boys and will be a huge blessing to you and you all to them. I love your heart and your desire to follow the Lord in faith. Keep doing what you do! You guys inspire me. Lisa Warren AGCI mom

  32. HI kelly , Congratulations , your boys are adorable !I am so happy for your family ! If you are ever down this way let me know if I can help you .Love, Ann Bartlisnki


    I had heard sweet Jack had a family. Like I said, THRILLED to find out who his family is!!!

    And your other new son, he is ADORABLE too!
    We brought home two sons this past summer from China!

    People can have their opinions Kelly, but you are so right in saying the only one that matters is the Lord's will for YOUR family.

    Can't wait to follow along as you make your way back to China for your SONS!

  34. Kelly,
    That is awesome news!!!! I am so excited for you again!! Never underestimate the power of prayer!!
    Love you,
    Dawn L

  35. Wow Kelly, I have tears in my eyes reading your post. This type of news never fails to touch my heart and especially to see this from you. Another perfect plan and I can't wait to see if fulfilled!

  36. Dear Kelly,
    I cannot tell you how overjoyed I am that you are adopting Jack. (and elijah as well, though I don't know him personally) I met Jack a couple of years ago while volunteering at Starfish. I was drawn to him because I had a younger brother who died of complications from spina bifida and hydrocephalus. What an amazing boy Jack is! Thank you for listening to God and making room in your home and heart for these special spirits! I will forever keep you and your family in my prayers!

  37. We met Jack when we were volunteering for a brief time at Starfish back in 2008............if his finding a home with you isn't a miracle I don't know what is .............we will be praying for you all for a very long time

  38. Found your blog through one of the yahoogroups :-) Congratulations to your family and God Bless your journey to your kiddos! We are a little further ahead of you in our journey to our daughter. I will be watching your blog for updates!

  39. Such wonderful news to read this Sunday morning!

    WARM wishes of congratulations to your entire family!!!!!


  40. Dear Kelly,

    Congratulations on your two new sons. I am especially thrilled that Jack will be joining your family. We are church friends of Siew-Mei's and have adopted two kids from Xining. We met Piper when she came to HK for a medical opinion in Dec 2003. God works in wondrous ways.

    Many blessings,

    Carmen from Hong Kong

  41. Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations, congratulations!!!! I am so happy for your whole family. You are such a wonderful example of God's love. Your news brought tears to my eyes. :) By the way, "Jack" has a great birthday. Mine is November 2 as well. Also, our son is from Xian too. Looking forward to following your journey to these beautiful children.

  42. So exciting! I'm Linda, Justin Best's mom. I met your beautiful daughter and son-in-law when they were here for Justin and Maggie's wedding. They are both so precious.

    We have a daughter with Down Syndrome, she is 4 years old and her name is Lila. Maryland has lots of good resources for people with Down Syndrome. So excited for you guys- to be welcoming both of these beautiful children into your family. I will be praying for your family that all will go smoothly with both of these adoptions!

  43. Again, I'm another fan who doesn't know you but I have loved Jack for years. I've had the blessing of weighing and measuring him, holding him, singing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" with him and being with him for so many of the good times as well as some of the challenging ones each week since he arrived at Starfish. You are indeed an answer to my prayers for Jack and living evidence that a loving Heavenly Father has a wonderful plan for each of His little ones. My prayers will continue for you as you welcome these two new and precious ones into your home and family. Congratulations!

  44. Amazing! I did not know China would give waivers for cancer. Congratulations to you on these adorable boys coming home soon!

  45. Congratulations Kelly!!!
    Your family is just beautiful! I can't wait to see these two boys livin' it up with their wonderful new family.


  46. "They both have their own story..."
    DO TELL!!!!! I've been checking your blog every day... ;-)

  47. How absolutely beautiful. May the LORD continue to bless your journey as you follow the path He has laid for you to bring your new sons home.