I love listening to Christmas music during this time of year. I have some of the classics, but I also have a lot of albums made by Christian contemporary artists. In 2005, Stephen Curtis Chapman wrote a song called “All I Really Want” describing what an orphan would really want for Christmas. I thought the song was sweet, but the words never hit so close to home as they have this year. These words have taken a new meaning for me:
“All I really want for Christmas is someone to tuck me in
A shoulder to cry on if I lose, shoulders to ride on if I win
There’s so much I could ask for, but there’s just one thing I need
All I really want for Christmas is a family.”
This Christmas a little girl is getting that Christmas wish. She may be too young to understand it. After all, she’s only nineteen months old. But one day she will understand. She’ll find out how her parents, Philip and Chrissy Cobb, began praying for direction in adopting a child. When the door closed for them to adopt a child from Ethiopia, they didn’t give up. They moved on to another adoption agency and were introduced to a little girl in China who was in need of a permanent family.
They first announced to the world that they were looking at adopting a little girl in China in early May of 2011. Although they had been told the process could take well over a year, they were able to fly to China on December 8 of this year and are now finalizing the paperwork in order to fly back to Florida in time to spend Christmas together with their new daughter, Li Rose. They are due to arrive in Gainesville on December 21.
The MK Meier family has finally settled into life here in Lake Jackson, Texas. During the past month, we’ve seen the weather go down from the 90’s range to the 40’s. We’ve watched the mosquito armies bring on a late summer attack for a couple weeks, just to die off every time the temperature dropped below 50. We went from using air conditioning on a regular basis to needing to use heat. We’ve settled into a routine that keeps the boys busy (and Mamma from going insane). She also been quite busy attempting to potty train Luke and to get Grace to eat some of her first solid foods.
If any of you have been following the blog, you’ll note that I’ve actually been adding posts a little at a time over the past month. However, if this is the first time that you’ve visited the blog since the past update, here are the stories you will find:
1) Our two big prayer requests (probably our biggest stressors at this time)
2) My 25 hour day (thoughts on what Cristina should do on the day that daylight savings ends)
3) Halloween alternatives (how the MK Meier family celebrated Halloween for the first time)
4) A Trip to Chicago (find out why Stephen left Lake Jackson for three days to attend a conference)
5) Remembering Smashed Potatoes (discussing some of the cute phrased the boys have said)
6) The Lake Jackson Speed Trap (owning up to Cristina’s first time caught speeding)
7) Texan invadors (dealing with the Texas mosquito population explosion)
Greetings to everyone from the family who had slipped out of e-mail contact for a month or two. We are still alive and well and enjoying a relaxing afternoon on this Mother’s Day of 2010. I manage every once in a while to open Facebook and try to see how all my FB friends and family are doing. Some of you have been so gracious to send us messages by e-mail or Skype and have been very patient in waiting for our response.
So, here I am to write a quick update about our lives as missionary educators in Quito, Ecuador. Please use the links on this web blog to find out about the following:
1) Updates in the ministry at Alliance Academy
*Read our current prayer requests
*Our upcoming summer trip to the U.S. is now available! (July 3-24)
2) Adventures with the Meier Family
*Find out how our sons, Jared and Luke, are progressing in their young lives
*Read about their adjustment to a new nanny in this past month
*Read about what Stephen has been doing lately
* Find out why Cristina is still struggling with procrastination and motivation to finish her dissertation and earn her Ph.D. in Communications
(Family News Link)
3) Fun Adventures in Quito, Ecuador
*Learn about the 21st Century ants that moved into our home
*Discover the new meaning for “did you have your coffee this morning?”
(TCK Views Link)
We continue to covet and appreciate your messages and notes of encouragement, as well as your love and prayer support. It is amazing to see God work in the lives of the people we work with. We are grateful to him in the ways that he continually provides for our needs at just the right time. We hope our correspondence with you provide you with some encouragement as well.
I know it seems that we’ve fallen off the face of the earth. When I sent out the last Meier Wire on the 11th of March, I had no idea that it would be over two months before I would have the chance to write another Meier Wire or update our newly created blog. I started writing this update at the end of April. That slowly became the end of May. And now it is already the first of June.
Playing at the park
Once my maternity leave ended on March 30th, all my free time disappeared into caring for two infants, teaching three classes, grading papers and trying to keep up with the daily tasks of life.
So, I am very glad to be able to announce that our family blog site (the MkMeier’s Blog) has been updated with the events and happenings for the past few months.
Go to the category links to find out: Under Ministry *How Stephen and Cristina were able to decide to stay in Quito one more year
*Their upcoming summer trip to the U.S. (June 23-July 16)
*What keeps students busy after school on Wednesday afternoons
*Why the Meier family skipped a week of school to go to the beach Under TCK Views
*The results of Ecuador’s recent national elections & some funny signs I’ve only seen in Ecuador
*The uncanny adventures the Meier family has had with their appliances in the past nine months Under Family News
*What new words Jared can say and how Luke is progressing as he nears 5 months of age
*What is keeping “Mamma” soooo busy these days
*Six signs to look for among those who watch too much “Dora the Explorer”