Friday, July 20, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Our Both Hands Project on July 14th was a huge success! 30 volunteers transformed Pat's house and property. This video is a little glimpse of the great day we had using one hand to bless a widow and the other to bless an orphan.
There's still plenty of time for you to help us bring our daughter Anna home from China by making a tax-deductible donation to our adoption fund at www.bothhands.org/kyle-and-michelle-allen just click "Donate"
Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40/ 202 N Ford St.
Gridley, IL 61744
Thank you so much to all of you who have volunteered your time and donated money to help us bring Anna home! You are such a blessing to us.
-K.C. and Michelle
Friday, July 13, 2012
Li Na has worked for us over 2 years. She works part time at the New baby house. She works mornings but is always willing to stay all day if needed. She usually works together with our au pairs. This is at times difficult because you must be a nannie, teacher, and co-worker all at the same time. Li Na works well with others and teachers more by example. This is one reason why we have such great au pairs. Li Na is also very faithful.
We will always be indebted to Li Na and the other nannies who have been so faithful to care for "the least of these." I think sometimes people look down on the Chinese people when I talk to them about our adoption and that Anna was abandoned because of being a girl with special needs. I want people to know that Chinese people are just like us in the U.S. There are people who are selfish and hard hearted in both countries. There are also people like Li Na who day after day care for the cast off and unwanted. Day after day in both countries our God seeks out those people. Because He is "a father to the fatherless...and sets the lonely in families..." (Psalm 68:5-6) God has used Li Na to be a family to Anna until we are able to be her family. He has used Swallow's Nest Foster Home to provide for all of her needs just as He promises us He will do. Thank you today God for your faithfulness to all of your children, no matter what country they were born in.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Today is a super exciting day in our house. We received our LOA (Letter of Acceptance) from China. This signals the beginning of the end. Now we can send in the paperwork required by the US to make Anna an official US citizen and wait for the Travel Approval from China to go get our sweet little girl and bring her home. It's still another 3 months till that happens but at least we are in the final stretch and have a better idea of when we will be travelling. It looks like it will definitely be October, which is what we had planned on and hoped for. So, we've got three months to finish remodeling the boys room and get Anna's room girlified. Hoping to have the first part of that done by the beginning of August. Can't wait to have a toddler around here again!