Friday, August 24, 2012


Love seeing the word "matched" by our sweet girl!! In case your wondering about the name "Connie" our agency gives each referral file an English name.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


We received our PA (pre-approval) from China today so please meet and welcome to the Pruiksma fam

Abigail Joy Pruiksma

This is our sweet Abbie Joy!!  Abbie is 7 years old.  She has the most contagious smile and seems so full of joy despite her circumstances!!  We are so in love already!! When we had applied to adopt two children at once we had planned on using Joy as a middle name and it fits perfect with this sweet face.  Abigail means Fathers joy and she is definitely a joy to her Creator Father and I am quite sure she has captured her earthly fathers heart.  Please pray for us and Abbie as we have lots of paperwork and waiting ahead of us.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Party of 6, no make that 7!!

"And the King will answer them Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."

God has called us again to bring home another precious little girl from China.  He has written such a precious story in our journey.  In the very beginning of our adoption process God laid on our hearts to bring home two little girls.  It was our desire that they come from the same place and have been there at the same time so their lives would not only forever be linked as sisters but also linked in their birth place.  It was not in God's plan for us to bring home two at one time.  I have to admit it is so fun to look back now and see how he was writing our story - all the while we didn't know it.  As my friend put it God took us half way around the world to find our second daughter, only to have to go back again and get her.  So here we go again off to China.  The story of our journey to this precious one can only be attributed to our Great and Gracious God - but it will have to wait as we are awaiting a pre-approval from China and their rule is not posting pictures/stories until you receive PA (pre-approval)  What I can tell you is that my husband took great thought and prayer in telling me we were going to proceed in adopting this sweet girl.  I of course being a mama knew I did not want to let this little girls file get away!!  David was thinking the same thing as well but wasn't quite letting me in on his thoughts (purposefully might I add).  Our agency has a rule that you must be home a certain amount of time before you can even begin the process to adopt again.  I should add this is a really good rule and it gave us time to pray and see how the Lord was/is working in our lives.  Lifeline knew we were interested in this file and had said that if anything were to come up they would give us a call.  Well about a month ago I phoned LL (Lifeline) just to see about the file and how much longer it was until it was returned back to the CCCWA (the govt dept of adoption in China).  We knew once it was returned it was made available to anyone who wanted to adopt her - at least while it was with LL we knew only LL families could view it.  Well LL told me her file had already been sent back.  I was a bit disappointed in this news as they had said they would call us - but at the same time we were not at a place to accept a referral so I had peace that if the Lord wanted this for us he would work it out and if this wasn't meant to be then He had better plans.  It turned out LL made a mistake and they still had her file!! Woo Hoo more time for us to pray (and me really pray for God to move in DP as I knew I wanted to be this little girls mama!)
While we were on vacation we both got a text from LL asking us what we wanted to do as there was another family who wanted to view the file.  Well DP told me he would text them back and let them know there wasn't anything we could do so I knew that meant another family was going to view her file.  All the while I had peace about it - a gracious kindness from the Lord.  I heard from a friend at LL toward the end of our vacation and she told me the other family didn't take the file.  I just knew the Lord had plans for this precious one to be in our family - and now I just prayed harder he would reveal this to David.  All the while David hadn't texted LL back - he called them and got this file for our family, he consulted a International Adoption Specialist Pediatrician- Dr. Chambers, sent in our Letter of Intent and wrote a care plan for this sweet girl.  I of course was clueless!!  
Earlier this week DP reveals to me that he spoke with the Dr. Chambers and told me what she had to say about the file.  He asked me not to share this with anyone as he just needed more time to think.  He knows me all too well and knew I would call my friend Nat right away.  I didn't I respected his wishes and prayed some more.  I even told DP I trusted his decision because I know him and I know how much thought and prayer had/has been put into this.  I also told him if we were not the family for this sweet girl that I would advocate for her until she found a family.  Either way this girl needed a mama and I wanted to help her - mainly I wanted to be her mama but you get the point!
Saturday evening we were invited to dinner with some good friends from our church - while we were there we "previewed" the video above under the guise of we might use this for Orphan Sunday at our church.  So here we are on our way to being a complete family and one less orphan in the world.  Ethan prayed this morning "thank you God for getting us a new sister."  Yes thank you Father for allowing us to be parents again for the 5th time!! 

These are pics from the evening.  Stay tuned to meet our sweet precious girl!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

I'm an aunt!!!

Last weekend my sweet sister-in-law (DP's sister) and her husband welcomed their sweet little baby boy into the world.  What a precious gift!!!  You know me I love babies and family and all that jazz!!  As soon as I got my hands on that sweet little bundle I said oh my I am afraid I might get baby fever!! My sister-in-law says I have baby disease!!  Ha ha!! I'll take it!! I love children and family!!  We are so thankful for this new life in our family and the kids were beyond excited to have a cousin.  Linnea makes the sweetest little mamma, Ethan wanted nothing to do with that baby, and the big boys can't wait to teach him about guns, and karate, and ninja fighting - you know all that boy stuff!! Thank you to Aunt Melanie and Uncle J.R. for letting us visit and get some good snuggle time in!!

Welcome to the world Robert William Davis 
love me some babies!!
no baby holding for me!!
loving holding that sweet baby cousin
giving sweet kisses 
he was so super excited!!

3 of the boy cousins...

First Days of School 2012/2013

We came home from vacation just in time to start the new school year - literally.  Our first day home was meet the teacher and then the very next day was our first day of school.  We are so thankful that the Lord provided a way for us to be back at Crossroads this year.  I am even more thankful that what you do one year doesn't determine the next and I am so thankful that we have options for our children's education and the the freedom to choose what is best for each child.  

meet the teacher..
Luke and his best buddy Samuel - so thankful for this little friendship!
this girl wanted to come to school too! I can tell she is going to be a social butterfly!

my sweet kindergarten boy!!
checking out his desk at meet the teacher

good friends ...
the famous bunk bed pic - Kindergarten year
the famous bunk bed pic - 2nd grade 
off we go
our sweet friends the Burgess's 
so excited to go to school together

already exploring...
I love the expression on Luke's face here 

so thankful for Godly teachers - we look forward to a great year Mrs. Hunter 

all settled in 
already found his buddy!!
Luke and Mrs. Moore
hard at work...

A picture is worth a thousand words....

I had such a hard time with this post - I mean how am I supposed to journal our whole vacation and not leave out any details... on top of picking out pictures for this post!! I mean if I had all day that might have been possible - but clearly I don't!! We made so many great memories and took lots of great pictures so we could try and savor the memories we made.  So as the old saying goes "a picture really is worth a thousand words..."  so I will just let the pictures do the talking... We were so blessed to be able to go on vacation and I am thankful that God provides us with times of rest!!

and we are off!

Linnea's first time at the beach - she was not really into all that sand -  it made her dirty you know :-)

LOVED buggy boarding!!

you just have to know my kids to remotely understand this picture !!
a little tye dying on a rainy day

serious crab hunting going on!!

our finished tye dye projects!
Daddy was so wonderful to take us out on a boat adventure!! It was our favorite part of the trip!!

my little model!!

fun fun!!

we saw dolphins!

Luke loved snorkeling the  most!

checking out our find!!

not an ice cream truck but an ice cream boat!!

beautiful creation!

are these not the CUTEST kids ever??!!

a litte fun matey?!

my baby boy.... 

how fun to have met another adoptive family - I will have to post more on this later!! (who knows when??!!)
snuggle with daddy time...

he is going to be a heart breaker!!

no one would ever believe it if I didn't capture the moment!!

a little raft fun with daddy - he is the favorite on vacation!!

toward the end of the week - she was loving the sand!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these kiddos