We have a baby girl.
Her name is Zoe Amanda.
She was only 2 pounds and 15 ounces when she was born, and we're pretty sure 15 ounces of that was in her chubby cheeks.
She is beautiful.
She has a diagnosis of PVL, a type of brain damage that usually results in an eventual diagnosis of cerebral palsy (but we all know around here that labels are only a small part of the story and that every person has gifts bestowed by God).
She lives in Taitung City, Taiwan.
We're leaving on a plane in 10 days to bring her home.
(Yes, you may have just heard my squeal from here.)
I love this blog, but it's been quieter since our adoption took off. Most adoptions are long and drawn out; ours will be exactly FIVE months from start to finish. (Seriously. We didn't even have a home study completed or any other preliminary paperwork prepared five months ago.) We also put our house on the market, sold it, bought another, and moved during that five month period. And I spoke at the Accessibility Summit to equip other churches, and we had our church's largest Joy Prom (~575 guests) and largest Respite Night (38 children, ages seven months through nine years), all during that same five month period.
We are grateful for a God who provides for His people as He leads them on crazy adventures like the one we're on right now.
(But I would be lying if I didn't admit that, most days, I'm plumb worn out.)
As He has led us on this journey, He has made me okay with the quiet here on the ol' bloggity blog. For that, I am thankful.
But now, I'd love to liven it up a bit.
With your voice.
Send me a post! No, really. I mean it.
It can be original or a reprint from another blog. (It just has to be YOUR words - no plagiarizing allowed! :)) All I ask is that the subject matter be focused on the intersection of disability and the Christian church. Personal stories, ministry how-tos, anecdotes, lists of helpful links, a profile of a disability ministry non-profit you love, theological musings, and so on - all are welcome. (Disclaimer: I do reserve the right to add a personal note from me to the beginning of posts that I don't fully agree with or, if necessary, choose not to run a post if it won't glorify God in some way.) If you have questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for the blog fodder that will keep this place going with at least one or two guests posts each week (mixed in with some adoption posts and reprints of previous posts from this blog) until we're home and the jet lag has passed.
One more thing... please pray for us.