Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hello From Beijing!

Well, We made it! We are in Beijing! The day that we left was the biggest fight to get her that I have ever experienced. I honestly was afraid that things would not come together and that we would not make it. But! I serve a mighty and awesome God that cares for the orphans and He showed up! Everyprayer was answered! Every dollar that was needed was provided! Praise God for the dear friends that we have and the family that supported us. Everyone that pitched in to bring Jailynn home will forever be in my heart and prayers! Everything worked out at the 11th hour and 59 minutes! No Kidding! God is awesome and really hears our prayers and meets our need.We just have to be willing to ask Him and then Wait on Him. Here are some pics of us on the flight, airport, and hotel.
More to come later.
Counting down to Gotcha day on Monday May 4th!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Two more days left till we are on the plane!

Well, we are continuing to pack and repack! Laundry is finished and clothing is packed...prescriptions and meds and travel size shampoo are all packed! Snack food packed! Little teddy bears and gifts from friends are packed! We are so close that we just can hardly stand it. I am trying to imagine what it will be like having another precious daughter running around the house, laughing, and playing and I just can't wait. I am nervous too. Waiting as patiently as possible on the Lord, and I have to say that He is faithful. I have a feeling that tomorrow we will have good news to report that the funds are all available and there will be no worries. We have received donations from wonderful and thoughtful people on Jailynn's behalf and cannot thank them enough. This has been a huge lesson on so many levels that I will have to write about it someday and give the details of all that has happened. I have learned to trust in God and truly believe in Him that He will provide. We are still trusting and believing. I have learned what it means to have faith of a mustard seed and what it means to walk on water. This has seemed like an impossible journey that would not make it and I know with all my heart we are meant to have Jailynn and we WILL make it. I have learned to look to the Lord to meet our needs and not to myself, my paycheck, or my plans. God has had different plans and in the end, He will have all the Glory for bringing these two girls together. I have also learned that more than anything else...I am called to be a mother to the children that God has given me and a wife to my husband. I have always looked for another call on my life like being a Registered Nurse, my career, or ministry. Now, I know what my call in life is and that is to my family. I have put them in the wrong place in the past and after the last few months and even the last few days...I can say that I Know my calling is with my family. I am looking forward to bringing Jailynn home and becoming her mother. The mother that she has not had growing up in the orphanage. I am looking forward to the day that I can hold her in my arms and tell her that I have loved her from the moment I saw her picture standing next to Jordyn.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Five Days and Counting Down!!!

Five days and counting till we are on our way to bring Jailynn Home! I found this picture of Jordyn and Jailynn in their room. Jordyn had it on her dresser and had decorated it with my scrap book pages...she wrote on the bottom of the page: "I love you!" This picture was taken in China before we brought Jordyn home. We never imagined when we started the process to adopt Jordyn that we would be bringing a sister back for her two years later. When we saw the pictures of Jordyn and Jailynn together for the time we immediately felt in our hearts that the two girls should be kept together. We knew that it would be next to impossible for this to happen so we did the only thing that we could do: we prayed. And Praise God because with God all Things are possible!!! Now we leave in five days to bring home Jailynn! We are still praying and beleiving God for his provision.When God gives the Vision He brings the Provision! It may happen in the 11th hour, but it will happen. Keep us in your prayers!

More Easter Fun!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Our Prom Queen!

Anna was asked to go to Prom with Ryan for his senior prom. Ryan is my friend Sheri's son. I worked with Sheri at the Baylor Hospital in L&D. Sheri and her husband began their adoption journey to Leilah while we were in China adopting Jordyn. Now, they are stepping out in faith to bring home a sister for Leilah. Anna and Ryan are good friends and Anna was thrilled to go to prom. Anna is homeschooled and she was so happy to get asked to prom. I was happy that she was asked from a friend of the family that we knew very well (otherwise she may have had to wait another year or two). We had a special mother/daughter time getting her ready for Prom. She looks sooo beautiful and has grown up so fast!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Jordyn's Passport and Our Visa's!!!

I am happy to say that I am back from Austin and Houston tonight and we have Jordyn's American Passport and our Chinese Visa's. We drove to Austin on Wednesday to get one last document State Certified and arrived at the Secretary of State office just minutes before they closed. Wew...It would have been terrible if they had closed because I had to get that Document done which was the Power of Attorney for one parent traveling. I still can't believe that I am going without Tim. I know it will be fine, but I will miss him and I will be sad. From austin we drove to Houston to get Jordyn's passport and the Visa's. We stayed at my sisters home in Seabrook TX off the Bay and it is beautiful there. To hear the Bay from her deck and see the Ocean and smell the salt water...that was very therapeutic during a stressfull couple of days.
The plan was to get the document done on Wed and the passport on Thursday, but there was a complication. I personally have decided that some people just do not understand adoption and are determined to make the red tape process difficult. The lady at the passport counter wanted to send the passport to me in 5 days. I cannot afford a 5 day delay. Granted, I should have gotten Jordyn's passport sooner and not procrastinated (yes, I admit it...I am the queen of procrastination) until the very last minute....I still need the passport TODAY! Now! I have to get the Visas and that takes 4 days unless you pay an arm and leg to expedite them and I do not have the money or time to make a second trip and expedite the visas! Then, the lady started to give me a hard time because Jordyn's adoption certificate was written in Chinese and does not have the words "Adoptive Parents" in English on it. I am sure that it says it in Chinese. Then, she said it would have to be translated. So I told her that is fine, Is there a passport employee that speaks and translates Mandarin? Of course not. I think she was really giving me a hard time on purpose. I was extremely polite and I was praying the whole time for God to intervene. I have learned from the past that sweetness works better than anger in these situations. Oh, and prayer too ;> Finally, she said I could pick up the passport the next day which was still not what I wanted or needed. But, I did not want to push it with her. So now, I am paying a courier to get our Visas for us and they will be mailed back by next week. I am just relieved to know that is done and not hanging over my head on my TO DO LIST.
I am also praising God for His protection during our trip. We had one very scary close call that would have been, could have been an awful accident. I am not exaggerating one single bit. We were very close to being involved in a terrible accident and I truly believe that Angles were protecting us. Two cars were speeding and swerving in and out of traffic and I mean a high speed race or chase or something. They had to be driving at least 90 miles an hour. The second car sped past us, weaved between two cars trying to change lanes and lost control of the vehicle right in front of us! He spun around through 4 lanes barely missing a car ahead of us and then spun back across the interstate into the HOV lane and came to a stop. I thought that he was going to stop on the other side after the first spin and kept going. My dad was in the back seat and started saying slow,down, slow down, slow down. I started to put on my brakes as he was coming back across the lanes and almost had to come to a complete stop to avoid hitting him. I do not know how to explain the fact that he was able to drive away and that we did not hit him. We were just millimeters from hitting him. It seemed as though the time/space/speed velocity continuum went into slow motion. It was so scary...I was reaching over to Jordyn bracing for an impact! I am thanking God and Praising God that I am still alive and breathing today. I am thanking God that I will see Jailynn and hug her in China. That I will see Jailynn and Jordyn reunited as sisters and that I can still be their Mommy! That I am still here with my family. Maybe I sound ridiculous, but that seemed like a near-death or serious injury accident to me. I know that God still has a purpose for me here and that is to be a mother to my children. I am not done yet!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

You Know You're An Adoptive Parent When...

1. The fact that there are 143 million children without a parent to kiss them goodnight has made you lose sleep.
2. You realize DNA has nothing to do with love and family.
3. You can't watch Adoption Stories on TLC without sobbing.
4. The fact that, if 7% of Christians adopted 1 child there would be no orphans in the world, is convicting to you.
5. You spend free time surfing blogs about families who have experienced the blessing of adoption.
6. It drives you crazy when people ask you about adopted child's 'real' parents.
7. You have ever been 'pregnant' with your adoptive child longer than it takes an elephant to give birth.(2 years!)
8. You had no idea how you would afford to adopt but stepped out in faith anyway, knowing where God calls you He will provide.
9. You have ever taken an airplane ride half-way around the world with a child you just met.
10. You believe God's heart is for adoption.
11. You realize that welcoming a child into your heart and family is one of the most important legacies you could ever leave on this earth.
12. You know what the word 'Dossier' means, and you can actually pronounce it!
13. You have welcomed a social worker into the most private parts of your life.
14. You shudder when people say your child is so lucky that you adopted them, knowing full well you are the blessed one to have him or her in your life.

-Author unknown

Monday, April 13, 2009

Random Pics!

Jordy, Amanda, and Anna at Nann's house. Where are teh smiles??

JonMarc, cousin Elijah, and Jordyn at the Galvaston Bay having fun in the sun!

So Much to Do and So Little Time!

So this is what all I did today....wake up early and finished the Easter to the store for film and bunnies that I forgot laundry...paint eggs with laundry...clean laundry...have egg laundry...paint Jordyn's room with help from Kym and laundry...feed laundry...clean jonmarc's room...paint JonMarc's room with help from Kym and laundry...clean laundry...
Who ever said a woman's work is never done was absolutely right! Wew...I am exhausted and still not finished. Tomorrow is another day with a new list of it's own. I am going to take Noah and Jordyn to a Doctor's appointment...Joey to get his TX ID ( pray that he can get it so he can find a job!)...take Kym to look at apartments ( please pray they find a great apartment at the right price with a move in special)...pick kids up from school at 2:30...fix dinner...and then get ready to go to work.
I am helping Kym and Joey find their own apartment to move out. I am praying that they find the best place for them close to Kym's school and praying for the finances. I am also praying for supernatural strength to get through the next two weeks! I have sooo much to do and soooo little time to do it!
I packed Jailynn's suitcase tonight and went through her clothes...I am getting so excited as the time is getting closer.
17 days until I am on the Plane!!!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

HE IS Risen!

Happy Easter!
I love Easter! This is by far my favorite holiday because it has such a special meaning to me...celebrating the day that Jesus rose from the grave. Many people do not believe that this truly happned and think Christians are crazy to believe it. When you believe in Jesus...He makes His presense known to those that seek Him. Just try and you will see. Ask Him to make himself known to you and He will.
With that said, I want to share that I am thankful this Easter that my son Joey has rededicated himself to the Lord! I felt that it was important for Joey and Kym to come to church with us this Sunday and I was praying that they would come. I knew that there would be oppositional force against me and believe me there was. Not from Joey and Kym...but from the enemy. We have been under spiritual attack for a while. And it always seems the worse on the day we are going to church. Well, the important part is that Joey and Kym came to church and Joey made a life changing decision. I am praising God for that.I have been praying for Joey and Kym since they have moved in with us...and before that too. I will keep praying for their family as well. I am just so thankful that Joey has taken the first step to get his life together and i am excited to see where the Lord leads him.
Hope that everyone had a Happy and Blessed Easter Holiday!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Timely Encouragement!

I love my little daily devotional on my blog! Yes...I love it because a times the message is so encouraging and just what I need to hear! Todays message just strengthens and encourages me to keep the faith and keep believing that God will provide the way where there seems to be no way. I believe that God is going to provide for us to bring Jailynn home. I do not know when, how, or where, but I know that He will. I am sorry that I bring this up...but these are my thoughts and where I am at right now. We have run short on the money we need for many reasons, but God is the one that has called us to keep these two precious girls together, and he will enable us to do it. He will provide more than enough. I believe it with all my heart. I will letyou know how he does it and how the miracles happen! Read the below message on that is on the devotional:
Willing, Ready, Enabled

Hebrews 11:11 NIV: By faith Abraham, even though he was past age-and Sarah herself was barren-was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.

We hold in our hearts a great and remarkable power. It is a power that overcomes adversity and brings us victory over the most difficult of situations. It is a power that is found simply through complete trust in Christ, with the smallest of things unto the greatest. There will be times that God will ask something of us. It may be to do a ministerial work, or to simply extend His grace to someone in need. Sometimes His call comes to us when we least expect it--when we are at our weakest. We wonder where we will find what we need to do what He asks. But even as He asks, He also enables. He does not ask you to have all the answers, or to find it within yourself to do His work. For "my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." He simply asks that you be willing to do what He asks, ready to follow Him, and that you trust Him. He will enable. He will equip. And He will provide.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bragging on My Kiddo's

I wanted to post a little something about my kiddo's. I love each and everyone dearly and I am truly blessed to be their Mommy. Each one is a gift from God!

Jailynn Charity Yu Kerr will be with her family on May 2nd! We cannot wait to see her and hug her! I cannot wait to see her reunited with Jordyn and see their reaction together. More to come...soon!

Jordyn Zohe Faith Kerr was adopted on September 18, 2007 from China. She is our Spicy Hunan Darling. Sometimes I call her my little sassy girl. She has personality and wisdom beyond her years. She is beautiful and loving. She has embraced our family as her own and shows her love to us everyday. My favorite thing that Jordyn does is that she sends me sweet little emails when I am at work. She usually writes: dear mommy...ilove you love me? I love you love God? That makes my day and metls my heart. Jordyn makes the A and B honor role and she is now reading on a second grade level. Jordyn learned to speak English phenominally fast! Jordyn cannot wait for our trip to China to bring Jailynn home.

Amanda Hope Kerr was born on September 20 1998, Amanda is such a blessing to us. She is so beautiful and has a sweet spirit. Amanda is funny and very smart. She is nominated to the gifted and talented program in school for the 5th grade. She makes straight A's and loves to write. Amanda is kind and caring. She loves animals especially wolves and horses.Amanda collects breyer horses and makes videos with her horses. She has also created her own animal website. Amanda is also very creative and artsy. She loves to write and draw. Amanda also loves to sing and her favorite singer is Taylor Swift.I cannot say enough about her and how much I love her and how proud I am to be her mommy.

JonMarc Timothy Kerr was born on May 17,2002. He is a daddy's boy all around and loves his Mommy. JonMarc loves to play his playstation and he loves to play games on the computer. JonMarc is smart and funny. He has the best sense of Humor and loves to make you laugh. He has a contagious laugh. JonMarc's favorite thing is dinner time. That boy can eat! He love lasagna, spaghetti, and Pizza. JonMarc really loves to play with Army men and loves the Incredible Hulk. He is all boy! He also loves animals and has four dogs that he enjoys playing with outside. My favorite conversation with JonMarc happened when we were in the car driving home last year and he aske me "Mom, why do people work? to pay thier bills, eat, live was my reply..."Mom, what will kind of Job will I have when i grow up?" I said that I did not know but he likes to build things...then he said "Mom, when I grow up, I will be a home builder and I will build you a big house!" Such a sweetie that loves his Mommy!

Anna Joy Kerr was born on July 25, 1994. I am very proud of Anna. She is a beautiful, smart, and helpful daughter. She is in Homeschool in the 9th grade and making straight A's. She hopes to become an author and write a novel. Anna is a self motivated person. She can be a little type A and I have to tell her to slow down. She loves the Lord with all her heart adn witnesses to her friends. Anna has led her friends to know Jesus and i am very proud of her for that. It is not easy to be a teen and to stand up for what you believe in and she does. She also helps me with chores and makes her own schedule. I have to tell her not to do some things at times because I worry that she does too much. Anna also loves to dance with Jordyn and they practice together every day ontheir dances. So cute! Anna is very loving and compassionate.Such a sweet heart and I am blessed to be her mother.

Noah Riley Turner was born on June 13, 2007. Noah was born premature and had gastroscesis- where there is a hole in the stomache wall and the intestines come out. We have had Noah since last year in August and he will be adopted after Jailynn comes home from China. Noah is a sweet baby and he is very smart. He loves to eat! Noah also loves to sing and dance and loves it when we play our music. He also loves to dance with Anna and Jordyn. I have finally been able to get his insurance in line and will be taking him to see specialists. I am afraid he has some hearing loss and needs a hearing aid. His speech is not where it should be. However, he can let you know what he wants and makes his presence known quickly! Noah has brightened up our lives and Jordyn loves to play with him!

Do yo think Jailynn has enough siblings??

Saturday, April 4, 2009

New Revelation and Understanding! All you can need. Rules!

I just want to share a couple of things that God has been teaching me this week. I am so thankful to have a relationship with the Father and that He is renewing my heart and mind, and teaching me how to Trust in Him. These are concepts that I should know, I know in my head, i have heard before, and now God is giving me revelation knowledge of His Truth! God is so good to us! When we ask.. we receive. When we knock.. the door opens, and when we seek we find! I have been seeking God and asking for a deeper relationship with Him and He has answered my prayers. The truth that God has revealed to me is that I have been in bondage thinking. I have thought that God does not truly hear my prayers, that I am not worthy, or that He just chooses not to answer me to teach me a lesson. The truth is that He has heard my prayers, He is answering them whether I see it or not, and I am worhty through His Son Jesus! I have also realized by His gentle nudging, that I have had a poverty mindset. I have operated in a state of lack, not having enough, not able to make ends meet, etc...etc.. Maybe this is harder to explain than I thought. What I am trying to say is that God has set me free from a wrong way of thinking, and He has opened my eyes to the truth. God is a loving Father and wants to bless me and my family. He is capable of providing More than Enough for us so that we can in turn be a blessing to others. I am not talking about name it and claim..I want a BMW thing (by the way...I do not want a BMW, this is just an example, I am a minivan Mommy). But that God can and will provide more than enough for our family when we learn how to see Him as our provider and not our paycheck. I read a book called Prosperity with A Purpose and I Highly recommend it. I understand now the Godly and Biblical truth about Finances and Prosperity that I did not understand before. I can see a clearer picture of how God wants to use us and bless us. Maybe I am babbling away and not making sense, then I apologize. I am thankful to God for His revelation of truth to me and I can now declare in Faith that I know He will provide for us More than enough!!
Now if I can Humor you just a little longer...I want to share about what happened in church tonight! First of all, my glasses were misplaced by a certain little toddler running around our house. We were a little late for Church trying to find my glasses! I looked everywhere and could not find them so I had to go to Church half blind. We had a special speaker tonight and I have really been looking forward to this service. I was disappointed that I could not see but I was listening really closely. Maybe more so because I could not see! The speaker was Jim Cavziel, the actor who played Jesus in The Passion of The Christ. I highly recommend watching that movie if you have never seen it before. His message was soooo good and he is so humble. Well, we got to meet him and he signed a CD of the Bible on CD we purchased. I can honestly say I was star struck as I shook his hand and tried to communicate with Him. All I could say is that he was awesome and his message was awesome! My hands shook and my voice shook as I spoke to him. Yes...I admit it...I am a goofball. Anyway, my point is, I wonder how I will react to seeing Jesus face to face in heaven? Will I be able to speak at all? Will I fall down in worship? Or will I jump up and down in worship and praising Him? I think I will probably not be able to speak and fall down at His feet. But I really just want to give Him a big HUG! Happy Easter Week and I hope that everyone reading this knows Jesus on a personal level and will go to church this Easter!

Jailynn's 1st Thanksgiving

My GuestBook

Hi! I am glad you are visiting my blog! Please sign my guestbook or leave me a comment. It will mean so much to me, Jordyn and Jailynn!

The rest of our family

In case anyone was curious: Here are som pictures of my oldest son, Joey and his family. Joey and Kym have three children: my beloved grandbabies: Hayden 4yrs old, Noah 22 months old, and Phoenix 9 months old. We have been helping Joey and Kym get on their feet and they have been living with us since December. They are now able to get their own place and will move out in April. I will miss them and miss the babies. I will just have to babysit!

God Is Awesome!



I am Praising God tonight because He has Heard my cries and answered my prayers. We have recieved a generation donation from a wonderful family toward our fund raising efforts. We have also recieved generous donations from wonderful people through this website and through Jailynn's Prayer. So far, the total fundraising has reached a total of $4000!!!!!!!! Thank you! Thank You! Thank you to everyone for helping us to bring Jailynn home! We are hoping to travel sometime this month and still need to raise money. I know that God is providing for our family through the unselfish and generous giving from special and wonderful people like you!

We have our LOA!!

Lilypie Waiting to adopt Ticker

Happy Holidays!

Happy Halloween (a little late)

Our Fun At the Texas State Fair

Amanda's Party!

Jordyn and Amanda's Birthday Party