Thursday, August 1, 2013

ADOPTING AGAIN: Our Daughter with Dwarfism!

We have been keeping a little secret.

We are adopting a little girl from China 
with achondroplasia dwarfism and special needs and... 

TODAY is her 6th BIRTHDAY!!!

Meet our new daughter,

Happy Birthday, 
My Beautiful Girl.

At 31 inches tall, 
Haven will be our oldest,
even though she stands smaller than Moses!

We think she is just perfect.
Just as she is.

She is "a planting of the Lord 
for the display of His splendor."
-Isaiah 61:1-3

While there are many uncertainties about 
her overall health, her medical needs, 
and which type of dwarfism she has...

We know that He has a Plan,

and that He has been writing her story
since the Beginning.

We found Haven on a waiting child "special focus" list 
for older or harder to place children 
with moderate to severe special needs.

This is the picture we saw:

Then came the question...

(And we've heard it before)

"Do you have room for me?"




Haven has been waiting 
in an orphanage for a family 
SINCE 2007.

The wait is OVER.

This is the face of a little girl 
being told that she has been Chosen, that she is Cherished, 
and that she will not spend her life in an institution: 

This is the face of a little girl being told that the family 
in the photo album are her people - and that 
She is no longer a "Waiting Child"  
because WE are now waiting for HER:

And this...

This is the face of a little girl who was her sister's biggest advocate, who insisted that Haven would come home even after we lost her file and all hope seemed lost, who refused to accept "no" and prayed every. single. night.

So, while this adoption may not be
the picture that 
we had imagined for our family... 

we know that God is painting a picture that is 
much. more. beautiful.  

And we are going to watch Him put 
it all together, piece by piece.

Because of some of the uncertainties that Haven's health brings, 
the probability of surgical needs, and our recent double adoption from Ethiopia, 
we need to fundraise towards the 29K adoption cost to bring Haven home.  

Will you be a part of her story? 

For every $20 donated
we will write your name on the back of one puzzle piece. 

The completed puzzle will be placed in a double-sided frame and hung on her wall!
1)  DONATE by Paypal:

2)  Or DONATE to our tax-deductible 
AdoptTogether Fund:
Happy Birthday, Haven!
And thank you, Friends.

Please share our story,
because you KNOW He writes a Good One:

"Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love,
for His wondrous works to the children of man!
For He shatters the doors of bronze
and cuts in two the bars of iron."

-Happy Birthday, Baby.


  1. She is absolutely precious! Congrats mama! She is so loved!

  2. Missy, I thought of you and your family just the other day (I've missed your blog posts). What exciting news - and what a beautiful little girl Haven is! Blessings as you step into adoption once more!

  3. wow! this is beautiful!! will be praying for Haven + for God to provide ALL you need to bring that sweet girl home!

  4. Love is Beautiful. I am so happy for her and You!

  5. Such a wonderful and uplifting story God had all planned and the Roepnack's said "yes" let our family be the one.

  6. Oh Missy, I am sitting here in tears and my heart is full of joy!!! Oh girlfriend, we are with you 100% and will continue to pray for your precious daughter to come home quickly! We MUST get together....I was just thinking about you last Friday and had now idea this Friday I would learn about this! God is so good!!

  7. Congratulations! ALL children are a gift from God!! Haven is beautiful! Love the name.

  8. What a beautiful post. You have a gorgeous family and I hope Haven is able to come home quickly!

  9. Hi. I'm pay off the Lifeline FB group. We have PA for "Charlotte" from Wonderful Waiting Kids special focus list. I saw Haven on that site and prayed for her. So happy to hear she had a family! Blessings to you all!

  10. I love how you are going to watch the Lord put each piece into place, one by one, as only He can do!

  11. This touched me...i found out about your website via my blogging buddy Laura who says she used to be your English teacher!! You have a beautiful family and what a blessing it is that you can adopt this little girl from China. I am a special ed teacher and my heart was just thrilled and moved to tears to read of this. God bless you!!

  12. I only know of you through my daughter Nicole, but I thank my God for you and for what He has enabled you to do for these beautiful children.

  13. Thank you for sharing. My daughter works with disabled orphans oversees. May the Lord bless you to bring her home soon. Wish I could pay for whatever is left, but all we can give is our congratulations and prayers. For her safety, I'll remain anonymous...

  14. I couldn't love this more...

    Your picture? Hangs above my writing desk, friends...
    Pray for us?
    We are trying to adopt from China... and every door seems to be closing. But we are trusting God!
    Thank you for being a LIGHT!
    I send so much love!

    1. Ann, I have written you back in your gmail. So good to hear from you Friend.


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