Thursday, February 21, 2013


Wow. Please take a few minutes to watch this video. I know that sometimes you want to help, but are scared to contribute to a foundation that you don't trust. I can tell you from the bottom of my heart, Shane Willard Ministries is making a difference in this world. I have seen many of the faces in this video with my very own eyes. I have kissed their sweet faces. And I have had to walk away and leave them in conditions your mind can not fathom. Shane Willard Ministries is going into these places and truly making a difference in these children's (and adults!) lives. Please watch. Please help bring Heaven to earth for so many.

Shane Willard Ministries

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Three years ago exactly. That's when we received the call with a referral. We were so excited to be matched with a precious little one. She was just 7 months younger than our bio daughter, and we couldn't wait to have the girls grow up together.

There was no way at that time that I could have known the way our story would end. There is no way I could have known that in just 7 months from that call, my heart would break into a 1000 pieces. A thousand pieces of my heart that felt like would never, ever heal.  I have wondered so many times if I had known the way our journey would go, would I have still wanted to travel it? Would I choose the most devastating time in my life, just so I could have my eyes truly opened to the plight of the orphan?

Yes. Yes, I would. Over and over.

You see, my heart was changed over the course of those few months. I have always wanted to adopt a little girl from China. To bring her home and love on her here. I knew I would travel to China to get her, I just didn't know how my heart would change once I got there. At that time, it stopped being about her, the little girl I so longed for, and became about them.

While our adoption journey didn't end the way I always dreamed of, it ended in a way I never imagined. I am so much more aware of the orphan crisis. Not just in China, everywhere. I believe part of the reason God chose to send us down that path, was to accomplish so much more than making a difference to one little girl. I believe with my whole heart we are suppose to make a difference to as many orphans as we possibly can.

As I have blogged about before, in April, I had the privilege of traveling back to China to serve in an orphanage in Hengyang, Hunan. This particular orphanage is the home of many, many special needs children, as well as adults. I will share about that trip soon, but I just wanted to say that it was that trip when I realized just why we were told to embark on the greatest act of faith of our lives.

We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We are called to get out of our comfort zone to love and serve, just as Jesus did. That is my purpose. Miraculously, those children, those adults, that have never known life outside those walls, brought a joy and healing to my heart that I never imagined possible.

It gave me a renewed since of hope. For the first time in 2 years, I felt Faith begin to fill my heart once again. The devastation that I lived every day was starting to have purpose.

I don't know how our journey will continue to play out. I don't know if we will one day, finally bring our girl home. But I do know I will be forever changed. I will travel as much as I can afford to serve. Fortunately, I have built a relationship with the wonderful workers at International China Concern that will allow me to go back as often as I can. So while our actual adoption is on the back burner for now, my purpose is not!

Early in our journey, I discovered Jiayin Designs. For years I wanted a custom charm, but I just couldn't afford it with every free penny being saved. I would often go to their website or facebook page, Jiayin Designs, and just look. Always thinking about what I would get one day when I was finally able to get one.

I have been constantly reminded to have faith. Just have faith, Michele. You can trust whatever Jesus brings your way. You can trust any journey he asks you to take. Faith. So not to long ago, I was looking at the charms again and I knew. I knew what my custom charm would be - the Chinese character for "Faith". I was telling my mom about the charm, and how much I would love one. I just wanted that constant reminder to just have faith, when I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I was so excited this past Christmas when I finally got my charm (thanks momma!!)!  I can tell you, it has not left my neck since I opened that beautiful little wrapped package! I love it! It is so beautiful, and hand made! It is honestly one of my most prized possessions, absolutely worth the wait!

So now, when I feel that sadness come over me, I just reach up and touch my charm. My reminder that He is faithful.  He will never let me down. I just have to have faith!

Saturday, January 5, 2013


I know my posting has been sporadic at best. Honestly, this blog is just a painful reminder for me of what failed. Every time I have come here to start a post, I have found myself with nothing to say. There is too much hurt. Too much pain in knowing what will never be.

I thought time healed all wounds - that's what we've always been told, right? Well, that is not the truth. Here I am over a year later and it is just as painful today as it was then.

I am going to blog more. I do think it's therapeutic for me. Plus, I have a lot of catching up to do. I never told you guys about my time in China in April. I need to tell you how my heart was forever changed on that trip.

I also need to tell you all the thoughts in my mind about the latest teachings I have received under my cousin, Shane. Such profound thoughts, such absolute deliverance.

Thank you to everyone that has stuck around. I really appreciate it!