Sunday, January 15, 2017

God Has His Hand on Her Life

This girl....yes, this is the one!  You have to hear her story....it is pretty amazing.



No...it's Seriously, amazing!

This girl was an orphan and adopted in her home country.  We do not know the details.  Her adoptive father passed away.  She was taken to the local orphanage.  I just can't imagine how hard this was for her.

She was close to an aging out situation....she would lose her chance at ever having family....

BUT as she would have it....a family came for her!  

While shopping in China, her new family went into a book store.  They even let her pick a book!  She chose a comic book.  Just a simple act.....

The family left her....left her in China because she did not pick a 'classic' is how the story goes....somehow, somehow...it was picked up in the local media.  There was an outcry...After all, she was an age out.

But sometimes all of our hopes come tumbling down....but then HE always makes Beauty from Ashes!

The ONE who has always known her...took those ashes and used them for her good.

A unnamed public official orders a bone density scan to prove her age.  It finds she is younger than expected and a new age is set! Praise God!

And then....our stories collide!  

Actually crash through a series of events!

We (me actually) were looking at aging out boys....ONLY boys.  

My hubby said I feel it's a girl....I laughed (you would think by now I would just kind of know better!). You see dear husband, there can't be a girl because said wife is not looking at girls!  End of story!  

But we all know how that goes...

Well....somehow Sara's file ends up at our agency.  They were doing work for another agency and it fell through!

We get a call...Louisa, we feel this is your girl!  I am always open....and ask questions.  When I call my hubby, he immediately looks for the email, opens her file and knows.....

"That's my girl!  Let's go get her!"



(Yep, never, ever laugh ladies)

Don't you just love it when God has a bigger plan and it just catches you off guard and you find that it is...well, a BEAUTIFUL thing?

It seems HE has had His hand on her life and we are so grateful to be a part of her story!

Please help us pray this sweet young girl home!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Help us Bring HOME Sara and Jacob

This amazing little company is coming along side us to help us bring home Jacob and Sara!  The have pledged all of of their profits for the month of January towards our adoption!  How cool is that?

We are SO excited to be a part of this and to offer it to you too.  Local folks...this company is right in our home town and we can get product to you locally.  If you aren't local....they are offering a flat rate shipping for all orders....an extra bonus gift!



Place your order here at this link https://squareup.com/store/homespun-organics

You will receive great....ALL natural products and help us bring our kiddos home!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Great JOY!

It is with GREAT JOY that we are able to announce the newest Lowman is on his way...his name will be Jacob!

We have called out the prayer warriors on this one and oh! boy!....does he have a story of God providing!

We are loving that he has provided and he was a gift....his paperwork went through on Christmas....December 25th!  HOW COOL IS THAT?

Jacob....our gift....our sweet gift that God moved mountains for him to join our family!  It is time to celebrate....lots of happy tears!

Thank you Lord!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Birthday Louisa

Happy Birthday Louisa my bride of 28 years.
Louisa, I am thankful that I get to share your birthday today with you.

You are the love of my life and the mother to our 11 children. 
And soon to be 12 children with the addition of Sara.
Happy Birthday my dear.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Colebrook Railroad



This beautifully restored train was the setting for one of our family adventures .....to say trains are loved in our family is an understatement!  My husband Darrell is an avid train lover and this was a gift to our family ... he was in his glory on this trip.



Here is our gang with the conductors ....these men are all volunteers and love their job!

The coolest thing....we picked up this Santa in a field on the way as he flagged us down with a hearty wave.   The kids were SO excited!  You could feel it in the air and what a gem he was!

Ben and Eli had never made letters to Santa.  Ben thought he was a bit big for it but we just knew he wanted too but Eli grasped it and made a list.  He is so sweet....a lollipop was at the top of his list!

But this Santa took his time with each child.  Even the ones who were reluctant just totally warmed up to him.  He really cared about them and that came shining through.  He even asked Ben if he knew the real reason for the Season and told him about Jesus!



Here is Kiara with Santa....look at the smiles!






Even the big kids loved on Santa!  Jason hugged the guy too!






Devon was in awe.   He did the real Santa test told to him by his cousin, Caris....thanks Caris!  He tugged his beard to see if it was real.....oooppps!   It was real!   How cool was that!





Mike and Santa....Mike just loved him.  Who couldn't?






Brandon was perhaps the most reluctant.  But boy oh, boy did he love this man who sat with him quite awhile chatting with him.





Ben was reserved because he didn't know what to think....but I think he wished he wrote his letter because he talked about it for quite awhile afterwards about never doing that before.

Now this one ...saying Eli loved Santa was an understatement!  He was so over joyed he squealed with great delight!   When we got off the train, Santa was standing there....Eli jumped into his arms and told him thank you!


Joe was excited too and made a letter for him!





Here is some of the crew with Aunt Suzy....



Oma and Eli sat together but we were able to walk around and visit during the ride and many kids had numerous seats on the ride!

What a wonderful morning on a beautifully decorated and restored train....great time!






Saturday, December 3, 2016

And then there were 12!

This sweet little girl holds a special place in our hearts and we haven't even met her!  Let us introduce you to our Sara!

She has an amazing story and where our story collides is even more amazing...story to come later but just know we are excited to be able to call her daughter!

Please pray for us....she ages out in March and we are racing to bring her home!

Santa Shuffle

The girls decided to offer the younger 9 a chance to run in the Santa Shuffle....most jumped at the chance.  Eli was in it for the suit....don't they look fabulous?



We met up with Michaela in Manchester.


It was hysterical seeing thousands of people running around in Santa suits but even funnier seeing them all waiting for the bathroom!


Here are the official cheering crew!


Rebecca braved it out to ask Miss New Hampshire for a photo opp...

The kids all did great and even Eli said running was fun and worth the Santa suit!