Thursday, October 20, 2011


10 days until we meet our daughter Molly Grace Li. I am in AWE!

Awe of how our lives have changed in the short time since seeing our daughter’s face for the first time. Bill and I are better people, changed people, because of her. She has already been a blessing to us! Growing us in our marriage and faith!

If you had asked me a year and a half ago if we would ever adopt again. The answer would have been “I would love to one day…when Lilian is older, finances are right, vacations have been taken, dreams have been fulfilled. And Bill? He is definitely done and I am fine with that.”

But then spring came…

and Lucy would ask for a sister her age, we would pray to open hearts, if that was where God wanted us.

Then summer came…

and I prayed the same myself.

Then fall came…

and I started hearing about a little girl who knew Jesus on the other side of the world, a little girl who needed a family.

I sent a blog post about this sweet girl to Bill, usually this would have ended with a “Yea, I saw it, she was cute.” But this time? This time?

He said, “So, bottom line, how much would it be?” then left to go jogging. On his return he asked if I wanted to get more information. Did I?? Butterflies swirled in my stomach, I could not believe what I was hearing! Get it? Only God could do this! But then my saner side thought absolutely not, she was in a wheelchair, a special need too BIG for our family!

But…she was now imbedded in both our hearts.


In our BSF lecture I hear:

He will call you and communicate in ways that you are able to understand. He will not call you until you are ready to listen.

I was reading Radical by David Platt…enough said!

Our sermon series at church was Reaction… stepping out of your comfort zone when called, take risks for our love of God, it may be a little uncomfortable but are we willing to step out?

During quiet time one day I opened my Bible and this popped out at me:

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight.

It did not make sense that we were drawn to this little girl with a wheelchair. It would be too hard. Our life is easy now. Our kids are more independent.


Received an email…Plain as day:

God does not call the equipped, He equips those He calls.

Called a wonderful friend and was talking to her about maybe adopting this little girl and she reminded me of a time when she had first met me in college and I told her I would not mind having a child in a wheelchair, Huh? Really?

I do remember faithfully watching the CP Telethons on tv when I was young.

I do remember always wanting to sit behind a family at church because they had adopted many special needs kids.

I do remember begging my mom to adopt.

I do remember telling Bill when I was pregnant with our first that if God gave us a physically handicapped child I would be fine with it. Huh? Really?

“Karen” was my favorite book and I loved Clara from “Heidi”

Met a friend for lunch to specifically discuss adopting this girl and minutes after we sat down, a man in a wheelchair came through the door and sat at the table next to us.

The words to My Own Little World by Matthew West really sink in…

What if there is a bigger picture

What if I am missing out

What if there’s a greater purpose

I could be living right now
Outside my own little word

We needed an orthopedic doctor and a radiologist to look at paperwork…

friends, check.

Met a pediatric physical therapist in BSF, check.

HMMM? The BSF lecture kept coming back to me:

He will speak to you in ways you can understand but we must be ready to listen.

People, music, now that is my language, He was speaking to me and He had already gotten Bill on board! Bill was right there solving all the problems I threw at him about adopting a child in a wheelchair.

And so we prayed and discussed, prayed and discussed, and prayed and fell more in love with this little girl we had never met.



On October 26, 2010 we submitted our application to adopt this little girl.

On October 26, 2011 we leave for China to meet our sweet daughter, Molly.

Gotta love God’s Confirmation!!


  1. Oh Maureen...I have chills just reading all your words.Truly can't wait to see you with Molly, truly cant wait to follow along on OCT 26TH!!!!!

    Blessings and hugs, Ashley(AOW)

  2. This has me all teared up. God is amazing and clear. I love how you can look back and see clearly how He has been preparing you for this for your whole life. Incredible! (Jessi from church/CG)

  3. I've got goosebumps!! Love this!!! Give Miss Molly a hug and kiss from us! Thank you for contacting me, we adore Molly and can't wait to see her in your arms!!! :) Hugs!

  4. ... open the door and let Him in! Praise God!

    Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

    Psalm 34:8

    Jane Chai-Fan :-)

  5. Sooo glad you got this all down 'on paper'... the trail that led you to Molly! God's plans are so beautiful, and so perfect! LOVE those dates, too :)
    Go GOD!!!

  6. Oh Maureen.....this is beautiful....made me cry this morning! What a beautiful journey this has been for you...... and Molly.....well, she is just incredible....such an amazing little girl! I just LOVE His timing, His plan and your faith to trust in Him!

  7. The Garrity FamilyOctober 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Mo, Bill and family
    We are so excited for you all not only for the wonderful gift of Molly but also how you are the example of how to live as disciples of Jesus. May we all follow in your path...

  8. God is awesome! Our stories have a lot of similarities. Will be praying for you all as you travel to China. Looking forward to following your journey.

    Michelle R.

  9. I love it! I love hearing the first time....I love reading it now!!!

    What a story! What a God!!!

    Btw, Molly is just too cute for words....I feel honored that I was able to meet her and talk with her last week!! :) She is a lovely, lovely child.

  10. So excited for you all! We have an AOW daughter too (Claire from the clubfoot unit). they do such amazing work with the kids there! Can't wait to follow your journey

  11. Beautiful..just beautiful! Can't wait to see her with you! Praying for every step of your journey!!

  12. Oh my goodness! I just stumbled upon your blog through a mutual friend (Chris Beringer), and I realized your darling Molly is the sweet "Amy" that has captured my heart for the past year! I have been one of her sponsers through AOW. From the moment I saw her picture, I have been praying for a family for this beautiful girl to call her own. I would have done anything to bring her home myself, but I am not eligible yet because I will not be 30 for a few years. When I first heard she was being adopted, I was overjoyed! I continued to pray for her and the lucky family that would get to call her their daughter. I am *so* happy you guys get the joy of watching her grow up. I will continue to pray for your family...I am so thrilled for what God has in store for you guys!