Friday, December 19, 2008

A Christmas Angel

I am not sure how to begin this story. It still is kind of a shock to me.
A couple days ago I received an e-mail from a good friend. Although only 5 miles away, I haven't seen her as often as I like since I quit work to stay home with Lucy.
This woman is truly a diamond in the rough. Although I have many Christain friends, this person exemplifies what it means to "walk the talk" when it comes to the Lord.
Anyway, she sends me an e-mail asking how we were doing and how the adoption was going.
I told her we were doing well, that Lucy was potty training and in her big girl bed now. I also shared with her that for some reason I felt that it has been put on my heart to adopt a third....shocking even to me because we don't even have a second yet.
(I told Mark in Guangzhou that although I had always said I just wanted 1 child, that I felt we would be back in China one day. I was completely dumbfounded when I realized that the CCAA was now implementing stricter rules, and that we were no longer eligible .....thanks Prozac.)
Anyhow, although I don't know why, I still feel I will be back too my daughter's homeland, just to do what , I don't know.
I mentioned to her that I didn't know if finances would allow it, but if it was God's will to keep adopting, He would supply.
She wrote back a few hours later that I (little old me) had been put on HER HEART lately. She and her family had decided to take their $50 and "pay it forward". She said she had prayed about it, and that God had said that if she talked to me, and I mentioned anything about money, that I (yes, little old me again!) was to be the recipient.
I am not sure why I shared about the POSSIBILTY of #3 with her. We had barely mentioned it to our families at this point. It just came pouring out.
She also mentioned that God had told her to add money to that, and that our check would be in the mail for our adoptions. It seems adoption is on her heart because she has family that had dealt with infertility and adoption, and it made her think of us.
Part of her letter said, "....this is a good reminder that the Lord is in control, and He will provide for His will! I know you guys are not living in want and can provide great things for yourselves and Lucy, and soon these children, but I just wanted to bless you."
What I haven't shared with you yet is that I have been praying more lately. Praying that HE would provide a bigger presence in my life once again.
So, THANK YOU Christmas angel. You know who you are, and you will truly be blessed. We WILL pay it forward somehow, and I cannot wait to share that with you.


day by day said...

Beautiful story, Jill!! CHRISTmas blessings, indeed!! Thanks for sharing this with us...

Have a great week-end! : )

God's Girl said...

I do believe that God does provide for us exceedingly, abundantly, above all than we can ask or think. I will be praying for you! I pray for the sweet ways the Lord will provide for you and open doors (of adoption) that no man can shut.

Thanks for sharing!

Tammy said...

How wonderful--a Christmas miracle! I'm so happy for you and pray everything goes according to God's plan.


momwithfaithandhope said...

God is so good. What a wonderful blessing.

Melba said...

What a great story, wow!

Kelly said...

thanks for sharing that with us.
How awesome. God is AMAZING!!!

Carrie said...

Yes I think God will provide-He did with MJ and I think he will with Anna Grace. I hope you can adopt again I think that is a silly rule about Prozac. Sometimes people sertoin levels are low. Just like others levels in peoples bodys and they had to take meds for!
My prayers are with you and if it is God's will it will be done!

Jennifer said...

Wow! God does provide. Thanks for sharing a sweet story.


Mom Of Many said...

Hi Jill,
Just wanted to write and thank you for joining in the friends at A Place Called Simplicity....

I loved that your friend started blessed you for future adoptions - oh how God loves the orphan!!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

From our home to yours,

Felicia said...

Beautiful post. God will provide and He is good! What a sweet christian friend.

Kim Kenward said...

What a beautiful story. I have tears in my eyes reading it. What a blessing to your family.

Stay warm. Enjoy these last few days before Christmas.

PS. Thanks for all your support during Josie's surgery.

Jonni said...


What a FABULOUS story and what a special friend. I truly believe that things happen for a reason and I say you shouuld always follow your heart. You never know what may end up happening with China. I have my fingers crossed for baby #2 and baby #3. Please give Lucy a big hug and kiss from us.

Love you,

Debz said...

What a sweet Christmas Angel.
I love stories like this.
Merry Christmas

Michelle said...

Wow! What a powerful story. I just love reading how God provides!!

I wish you and your family a very, Merry Christmas!!


Colleen said...

Wow!!! What a beautiful story! I love that you are already thinking of #3 : ) {{{{hug}}}} to you and to your Christmas Angel.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful story!!

Missy said...

I have chills! God is at work again...I love how He shows himself in angels on earth!

God bless you guys on your journey! I can't wait to follow along : )

*Keli* said...

Jill-what an amazing story! You are truly an amazing women! Love ya! Merry Christmas! Keli

Beverly said...


Lynsay said...

What a Blessing! Merry Christmas! Thanks for the comment, glad I gave you a laugh! :) Lynsay