Tuesday, October 4, 2011


...these last few weeks have been hard.  And I know that many other families can say the same.  How I pray that we may encourage each other, and lift each other up in prayer.  I haven’t said much, because we haven’t been sure of what is wrong; but Landon has been in the hospital and at the Dr.’s office often the last week.  Something is wrong in his tummy, and we are still searching for answers.  So far the blood work is negative for the “bad” diseases - and that is good.  However, every day Landon is on the couch, moaning in pain, and that is bad. Tomorrow we will have an outpatient surgery looking into other possibilities.   
I hate seeing him in pain, of course, but the other stress for me has been that we just started our new home school schedule and yet, “I can’t do it all”, so the home education has to be put off for now while I take Landon to various appointments.  That means make up some where.  
And here is something interesting in a “oh my gosh, that is a monster”...
...see that mushroom shape sticking out where it says “Here”?  That is the bone spurt that is crippling Caresse’s shoulder.  I know...it’s HUGE!  We are suppose to meet with the 2nd surgeon on the 31st of this month and get a surgery plan in place.  
Now all that is good and all I can think is that “Thank goodness the LORD is in control of all things”, because if things go right Steve and I will be on an airplane to China within a few days of Caresse’s appointment to bring home Clive and Noelani.   (Do you hear my nervous, eye twitching giggle?) .
Also...(there are usually “also’s” aren’t there?)...our leach field has failed (a few thousand dollars to fix), the bladder on our well pump has broke (SEVERAL hundred - but thank you Jesus for friends who are helping us on this one), no tax refund yet...the list is overwhelming sometimes,
HOWEVER, the LORD is always faithful and always provides for His children.  So tonight, we rest in Him and we ask for prayers.  And how can I pray for you this week?  


  1. I totally get it. Let's be honest here. With all of the doctor's appointments we've had lately, it took over 3 weeks to get through 1 week of school. A slow start for sure. But God is faithful to bring "us" all through this year of change, a year of life lessons for my family and for yours.

    Be blessed and know that He has a plan.

  2. Praying for Landon and Carrese... and for you! Your plate is full but your heart always makes more room.

    You are a great Mom!

    As we get busier and our family gets bigger I often think of you and wonder okay- how does Shonni do it?!
    It is a challenge! Praise God it is also a JOY!!

  3. Shonni, I will continue to pray for your children and your trip to China and your homs school success. Please pray we get TA in record time. We only waited 127 days for LOA, so this process has not been "normal" for us. It's a hard and difficult wait, as you know. Thank you! God bless you!

  4. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. -Ephesians 3:17-19

  5. oh sweet friend let us know how we can pray! BIG HUGS! thankful that God has this all under control!!!! rest in His leading the way and knowing every detail ahead of you! love you

  6. You have a lot on your plate. I know what you mean about dr appts interfering with school plans. It can be so stressful. I will be praying for you and your sweet children and also for God's perfect timing at the end of your adoption process.

  7. Oh PRAYING!!

    God is teaching your dear sweet children so much about love and compassion. Lessons that can't be learned in a text book.

    Excited your sweet littles are coming home soon!

  8. Dear Shonni
    I pray for you often, but will pray right now for your precious children. Praying, praying & looking forward to "meeting" your newest blessings
    Love to you

  9. Oh, Shonni! You have soo much going on! Good to know in confidence that God is in control! We will be praying for all!

  10. I'm so sorry for all the pain your kiddo's are in right now! Praying for y'all BIG TIME!!!

  11. Life as a large family! Take a deep breath and know that He is there! He has called you to do this and you honor Him each and every day. Take care of family, bring your new treasures home and then worry about school!!


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