Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Today's blog hop theme is: Explain why other's should read your blog.

Simply put: To read and see for certain the power of God and all of the miracles that he has in store for us.

Halainah Grace Qinyang is our miracle. We adopted her from China and traveled to bring her to her forever home in January 2009. From the moment my husband and I decided to adopt we ran into mountain after mountain. And we actually felt the pull of the Devil to stop us from uniting with our daughter. If you read our blog from the beginning, you will be able to witness all of this. This blog is now Halainah's Lifebook that we will eventually have printed for her. I can't give her too many details about the first 8.5 months of her life. But I can certainly show her how powerful our God is and explain to her how loved she was by friends, family and even strangers from the moment we received her picture.

Why read Life After 18 Seconds? To witness the power of God, to inspire someone else who is thinking about adoption that it is the most wonderful gift, to give hope to those that think they can never adopt, and for those that adoption is just not something they can do, this blog may be their little fix...like they are embracing Halainah and growing up with her. And simply for some good ol' laughs because having an almost 2 year old has days full of funny happenings, there's always something new going on in our little old house that gives you some really good belly laughs.

Why read Life After 18 Seconds? Because our blog is all about the climb, and we are climbing our way to Halainah's mei mei (little sister) for our next miraculous adoption. Miley Cyrus says it so well in her song, The Climb.

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb
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lv2scpbk said...

A wonderful and powerful story.

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Gardenia said...

great post. thanks for sharing. and I'm definitely following your blog!

Nardeeisms said...

Sweet, heartfelt post. Wishing you well. Also wishing you joy with your darling child. Happy blog hopping! I'm having a ball! ~Nards

Courtney said...

You don't have to convince me, I love reading your blog!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Just blog hopping and enjoyed yours.....Great pictures....Hope you will stop by my new Christmas blog...There is a GREAT GIVEAWAY drawing on OCT 1st

Angie Vik said...

Stopping by on the blog hop to say Hi. You have a nice blog, a sweet daughter, and a worthy goal. I so admire people who open up their homes and hearts to love a child. Blessings on your home.