Sunday, June 27, 2010

A New Journey...

Today's Mass was about journeys. Moving forward in this life and following Jesus along the way. I found it a very fitting time to write this post.

Days after Daniel passed away, we knew in our hearts that we wanted another child. We know that we can't replace Daniel--nor would we want to. Daniel was a very special child who left a mark on us that we will carry forever--a mark of hope, a mark of love, a mark of faith. We are better people because of him.

We do feel very strongly that we have the love to give to another child, and we believe Daniel would want that for us. We know that he will be watching over us for the rest of our lives. And so, we have begun the process to adopt again. Our path seems to be taking us back to China, back to bring another special needs child home to share common roots and heritage with big sister Madi. It will take time to go through the rigorous paperwork and waiting game, but we have the support of our kind and wonderful social worker and of our adoption agency. They have been very gracious and understanding with our situation.

Once again, we invite you to join our family as we embark on a new journey--a new journey of hope, a new journey of love, a new journey of faith. Our journey to become a family of five.

15 comments:

Melissa Portie said...

I will be praying for you guys as you begin this journey. I think of you guys often and know that you will be a complete family soon....

Karen said...

We still think of you every day and admire your strength. We are so happy to read this post. You are amazing parents and will make another Chinese baby very happy. Looking forward to your new journey.

Love, Karen and Bill

Spring Transleau said...

You are truely amazing people. I will now include in my prayers a prayer for a speeding up of the adoption process for you. I pray that God will bless you abundantly.

Allie said...

Lisa and Jim: We are thinking of you and sending loving thoughts your way. Your strength and courage is amazing and inspiring. We wish you all the best as you embark on a new adoption journey. The child that gets matched with your family will be so incredibly lucky!
--Allison & family

Jennifer and Greg said...

We are so happy for you! What a happy spot in such a hard time. This brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. You are a wonderful family and we will pray for this new journey.

Daniel will be so pleased.

Congratulations!

Jennifer and Greg Smith

Dawn T. said...

You & Jimmy are God's angels on earth! I hope and pray that He quickly adds another angel to your beautiful family. God bless, Dawn

Ana said...

That's wonderful news! May you have a smooth journey. 3Ds

dawn_marshall2001@yahoo.com said...

I was so shocked to hear the news of Daniel's passing, my heart and soul go out to you, Madi and your husband. I know he is your Angel above now watching over you all as you proceed to bless another child with the love that YOU have and THEY so very much need. My prayers will be always with you and my God's golden light shine upon your family as you truly are a blessing to any child.

Dawn Marshall Moss ( Miss Dawn)

Kendra Bivins said...

Hi Lisa, Jimmy and Madi,
I haven't been on your site for a while but I'm alway thinking of you. I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you all and I look forward see you in Aug. Please give Madi a hug from me and Love to you all.
Kendra Bivins

Kim H. said...

The journey of our lives, good and bad, can be taken when we walk with God. He can lead the way to see the light. I'm so happy that your light continues to shine and your hearts can be open to another child. From the heart of an adoptee, I thank you for your grace in loving Daniel and being able to continue your love for him with another child. May God continue to walk with you during this next journey. I wish you many blessings. -Kim

Anonymous said...

We are thinking of you often. We wish you the best on this new journey. You are such a loving family. We are so happy that there is room in your hearts for more children. Wishing you speedy paperchasing.

Best wishes,

The Ozawa Family

Judy said...

I'm deeply saddened by this news. I do admire your amazing strength. Best wishes on your next journey. Thinking of you.

Judy

Carmen said...

What great news ! You guys are just awesome to move forward and bring another little one home. Praying that God will bless your new journey.

Scott Wintermute said...

Lisa, Jim, & Madi,

We think of you often and are so happy you will adopting again. You are truely special and we wish you all the best.

Scott, Lynn, Jaeden, & Ruseell

lrv41@aol said...

Why not embark on another adventure? Your mission journey to Madi was a success...and so was Daniel's in many ways, you both have a soarning spirit that will guide you in a new direction...and another child's life will be affected for the better...it's more than most of us can do...I wish you love, strength
and success!