Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Although I can’t make predictions for 2010, there’s no doubt it will be a roller coaster ride. My dad’s struggle with ALS will continue. ALS has now taken pretty much everything except his right hand. This is a blessing since he still can write and drive his power wheel chair. Unfortunately his right hand is also showing signs of weakness and it is only a matter of time before this goes too. Communication will become very difficult. I cannot predict which month it will happen, but Mike and I cannot wait to bring John “Jack” DuanShu Gentle home!
God blessed our family with many joyous memories in 2009. He has met us at every twist and turn. Our experiences have made this Christmas not about the gifts under the tree. Christmas will truly be about delighting in the joy and peace that comes from understanding the first gift, God’s sacrifice, through His son, to give us all eternal life with Him.
If you are reading this, please know you are someone very special to our family. Our prayer is that you experience the same joy this holiday season and throughout 2010.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
This is so great!
Santa says, "What would you like for Christmas little boy?"
Charlie says, "Umm...I can't know!" English translation - I don't know.
For Rob, with age comes wisdom. Knowing the truth about pre-Christmas Santa impersonators, this is as enthusiastic about and as close to Santa as Rob would come. Don't worry. Our six-year-old still believes in the real Santa, just not those you see around before Christmas!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Here's a summary of Charlie's 4th birthday celebrations. There's now a new member of the Gentle family, he goes by the name of Tom and is a mechanical hamster. Charlie couldn't be more thrilled! As if Uncle Rick and Aunt Debbie needed more bonus points, they definitely scored some with this gift!
The good news is that I have absolutely no doubt God continues to be faithful. He has led us on this journey and we will meet Jack when His time is right. Our prayers for this adoption have been and will continue to be that God’s will be done. In the mean time, Mike and I now will have more time to work on our Chinese!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Mike took this video of Charlie watching the end of The Incredibles.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I hope you had a more comfortable sleep, last night.
Rob and Charlie are getting into the Christmas spirit. They were after me from the moment we walked in the door, Sunday night, to get out our nativity set. I don’t think they are angelically acting out the nativity story; I found the set’s camel hanging by its neck from our entertainment center. But it is still fun to see them playing with it.
The boys are beginning to practice reciting their one Christmas wish at school. During their school programs, the teacher will hand each student the microphone and have them tell the audience their one wish. Rob’s will be for a Nerf gun. Charlie has decided to ask Santa for balloons. His birthday expectations for Mike and I are impossible (Santa’s sleigh, reign deer, and suit, and flubber) but all he wants from Santa for Christmas is balloons!
Hope today’s sunshine makes it into your room.