Friday, February 11, 2011

Every Spiritual Blessing

Well, if you have noticed above, we have added WuShuang's American name to the blog. After much discussion with the girls (Mick doesn't so much care, nor does his opinion on this carry much weight with the girls!) we have decided on a name for WuShuang. Everyone agreed we needed an "M" name as we have more 'S' names now, and we wanted something that would fit her and still have an element of her Chinese heritage. So, the name "Maeleigh" has won as the favorite.

Yesterday we got an update on Maeleigh's height and weight. Amazingly, she is only an inch taller than Sophie, and pretty much is her same shoe size! We were told we will be able to take her wheelchair and crutches with us as they are hers, which is a great help. She will use the crutches a lot, and the wheelchair when needing to go longer distances. Since China is not always handicapped accessible, should be interesting!

Reactions are coming in fast and furious, some pretty much down-right nasty. Oh well, much to be expected, actually, but hurtful nonetheless, especially when they are directed at the kids. We have talked with them about how people do not 'get it' and we don't have to worry about that, but be prepared for it. We are not asked to do what we have to do because it is popular, but because it it the right thing for us to do. What a life lesson, to see how clearly the way the world rears its ugly head at families who believe in adoption, and the need to help orphans, and try to sabotage what they are doing. Truly, I don't care what people do with their money, their family planning, or their free time...why do they care so much about all of the above for my family?

The truth is, as anyone who has adopted  once, let alone three times, knows that while much thought and prayer goes into the decision, once the decision is made, it seems crazy to have ever thought there was another option. And to give a child a forever family, if you have the chance to do that, and to be given every spiritual blessing that will help you to accomplish the hard things, how easy is that to do? Pretty darn easy.
So, relax, rest of the world. While you shake your heads, tell all your friends about how crazy we are, how ridiculous this decision, how we are not thinking straight; we are adding bunkbeds to rooms, making up scrapbooks, planning for schools and tutors, and preparing our hearts and lives for loving another one of God's precious children. How lucky we are to be asked to do this again.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the
    Lord his hope and confidence.
                                                                                      - Jeremiah 17:7

Maeleigh WuShuang, on left, two years ago


  1. Beautifully said MaryAnn!!!!! I sometimes have to remind myself that it does not matter what anyone things - except our Heavenly Father!!!!

  2. I'm sorry you are getting a chunk of negative feedback right now. It sounds like you are on the right track by preparing the kids for it, but speaking of why this is so, so important to press on anyway. You are so right...once we stop being "normal" by worldly standards, you can't imagine there is any other way to live, any other way you SHOULD live. I pray all of us who are labeled as "crazy" along the way for loving His orphan children can lift eachother's spirits up when the world seems bent on tearing it down! Blessings, Jennifer

  3. What a beautiful name for a beautiful daughter! So excited for you and your family! You are right to be encouraged by the Lord. As you mentioned in another post, what is so crazy about going to get your daughter?!? Praise the Lord that He is making the way!

    Rebekah, Tianjin family

  4. If they only knew Wu Shuang...she is so special and I knew it from the moment I met her. I'm so glad you followed the call and she will have her forever family. Her life will be eternally changed and filled with a hope and a future. Nothing anyone can say can change that. I call people like that "dream killers" and it's sad for them to live in a mindset so small. Blessings to you and can't wait to meet you when you come to get your daughter!