Thursday, December 11, 2008

Peace Speaker

This is the matching room where our "dossier" sits
and waits to be pulled. A dossier is apacket of all of
our blood sweat and tears, not to mention our
life story documented and notarized...
certified... and authenticated!
When God's perfect timing is complete, someone
from the matching department will reachfor our file and begin to read over it thoroughly. She will look through the profiles of available "paper ready babies" and match a baby to our dossier based on everything they have learned looking through our file. This is where all of our prayers meet the heart and mind of sweet Chinese social worker. She/he may not even know what is guiding them to this particular photo, that photo.... but Mark, Jason, Andrew and I know that this is the moment where an all knowing God literally creates a match made in heaven.

As some of you already know, our chosen adoption agency was Hope for Children out of Atlana. A few weeks ago we were abruptly notified that due to the failing economy, Hope was closing their doors effective immediately. An agency partner would be taking over our adoption process if we so choose. This offer came at an unexpected, significant fee increase. I don't have words to describe the fear and mistrust that began to consume my thoughts. Here we are so close to a referral and we are forced into the unknown. Then to add insult to injury came the news that the CCAA was increasing the orphanage fee donation from $3000 to $5000! Again... unexpected unforseen fees.
We have been brought to our knees (literally) by this flurry of unexpected events.
But God... that same all knowing God that will guide our daughters photo to our profile, is not shocked or caught off guard. He has used many caring family members and friends to intercede on our behalf. Peace comes like a soothing balm over a raw wound.
I'll close with Psalms 40:1-4a
I waited patiently for the Lord:
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear and
put their trust in the Lord.
Blessed is the man who
makes the Lord his trust.
Our family is blessed beyond measure this Christmas Season!
We love you ,
Cindy (for Mark, Jason, and Andrew)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Time flies when your're having fun!

I know... It's been a long time. I'll try to catch us all up to speed. Our summer was awsome, we traveled some, sent the boys to church camps and sports camps, and before we knew it the o8 school year had began. Jason is a Junior, and Andew is a Sophomore. Sniff sniff... where has the time gone. They are both having a good semester, Jason was inducted into the Beta Club in September, and voted onto the Junior class Homecoming court in October. Andrew is busy keeping his tennis skills sharp. They are both enjoying being on the praise team for the youth group. Jason has been playing the drums, (rock on) and Andrew is singing and recently began to learn the acoustic guitar.

Our parsonage has undergone a $40,000. renovation, and yes... we were foolish enough to remain in it throught the entire ordeal. Never again!!! The results are fantastic and make the "in-house camping" experience a distant memory.
Mark and I are beginning to feel the pinch of the up-coming life change with the baby. We are so very close... it looks like a possible February/March referral. That will make it a full 3 year wait since login... 3 1/2 all together. We continue to wait watch and pray. In the in-between time it's just great to be the parents of 2 of the sweetest boys I know... a priveledge to serve the Lord at the 10th st. Church of God... and loving every second of it all.
Remember our family when you pray...

Cindy (for Mark, Jason, and Andrew and Jenna??? Caroline??? Sarah??? Rebeckah???

Pslam 62:1,2
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Summer at last!!


Summer has finally arrived down here in South Georgia. So what is the first thing we do? Head up to Ohio for a family visit! My brother Dan has the perfect set-up for a family of massive proportions. As we celebrated my neice Dani's highschool graduation, we found some time to relax. I especailly love how Jason's smile is as big as Emilie's. Sorry for the awkward view of the photo's, most of you know I'm seriously electronically challenged.

This is Andrew with my Granny and Aunt. She'll soon turn 94 and has a tremendous heart for worship. It was wonderful for be in church with her. Amazingly she was able to standfor much of the praise & worship, and yes... she still actively participates!! I am very thankful that Jason and Andrew will have solid memories of her. She leaves a tremendous heritage of the faithfulness of God. Her ability to love unconditionally is uncanny. Just a week after this photo was taken Granny was hospitalized suffering symptoms of a stroke. It appears she has suffered a series of mini strokes. Please keep her in your prayers.

Now for the latest on our girl.....Referrals came in this week and we are inching ever closer to our 3/9/06 LID. It appears that the CCAA has placed children through January 20, 2006. We are Patiently awaiting our turn. We are hopeful to have a photo of her by the end of the year.

Please remember her as well as the entire Grimes family as we continue to wait... watch... and pray.

Much love,


Sunday, April 6, 2008


I can hardly believe does time go by so fast, yet we still have no referral?Our original intentions were to post once a month until we got closer to our referral.We have been attending basketball games through February, and now tennis for Andrew and baseball for Jason. I find myself doing double takes to be sure that these handsome, smart men are my sons. For those of you who know me, you know that there is not an atheletic bone in my body. I have become the epitome of "sports mom." Now for those of you who know Mark, realize these athletic abilities are soley from his gene pool. His favorite pastime is to coach the boys from the bench... fence... or bleachers and do so loudly!! We are having a great time, but I'm painfully aware that the clock is ticking. The longer we wait for a referral, the less time we have to spend as a family of five. This thought has really been weighing heavily on my heart lately. Jason will soon be a Junior, and Andrew a Sophomore.
As I "sit, soak, and sour," I realize a powerful truth. I know with all of my heart that the footsteps of my boys are ordered by the Lord. I pray for it daily and speak it over them. So this morning in church, it occured to me that our daughters footsteps are ordered by the Lord as well. By faith I know that soon those little footsteps will lead her straight to us!
Please remember to call out our names in prayer.
With much love,
Cindy (for mark, Jason & Andrew)