“Coming Home” Puzzle Project

In many ways, our journey to adopt Lucy Joy has been a puzzle. Are we to adopt again? Where should we adopt from? Is there a particular child for us Lord? Who should share a bedroom? What can we do about those troublesome fingerprints?!?! Many of you reading have also been pieces to this puzzle. You have prayed for us, you have walked with us, you have supported us, you have counseled us, we have learned from you, you have cheered us on. The questions continue… How many of us should travel to China? Who will help those that stay home? Which city should we fly into? How will we fund this whole process?

As you probably already know, all adoptions are a big financial undertaking. Our agency estimates that we will need approximately $30,000 to complete this entire process. Some of the things covered by these funds are background checks, physicals for everyone in the family, the home study, travel expenses and fees to the US, China, and our agency.

So, today we are inviting you to be another piece of this puzzle! In fact, today we are inviting all of you to place some of the actual pieces in the puzzle that is bringing Lucy Joy home!

With the help of our wonderful brother-in-law, Bill Armstrong (who took the photograph below on a recent trip to China), we have had a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle created that we titled:

Coming Home.”

Coming Home

The village pictured is Xizhou (pronounced she-joe) in Yunnan Province near the city of Dali. Believe it or not, that is a field of garlic in the foreground. Amazing!

For each $10 that is donated, we will write the donor’s name on the back of two puzzle pieces and add them to the puzzle.


As the puzzle comes together, we will post updates on our blog.  Completing the puzzle will raise $5,000 of the needed finances. When it is complete, we plan to frame it and display it in our home. We love that this will be a visual reminder that there were so many of our friends and family working with us to
bring Lucy Joy home.

We are already off to a great start! Sixteen pieces have
already been sponsored! 

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If you would like to contribute, we have provided a Paypal button in the side bar to the right. You may also contribute funds in person or through the mail.  

Please feel free to share Lucy Joy’s “Coming Home” Puzzle Project with anyone that you think would like to contribute!

Another care package on its way!


This time it is for Lucy Joy’s Nannies.

We hope they will enjoy the snacks and use the camera to take pictures of Lucy and the other children she is sharing her life with right now.

When we go to China, they will give us the camera to bring home with us.


We want to have pictures and memories of her life before she became part of our family to help tell her story, some of which has happened before we were a part of it.

“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”
―Eudora Welty

More fingerprints!


Well, I am sad to say that I received this in the mail today!

My least favorite part is where it says, “The FBI was unable to process your fingerprint card.”  So, I will be back to try again on the 19th of this month.

Pray for this new appointment to go well?

I am choosing to trust that the Lord is working this all out in His Perfect Timing!

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Psalm 27:14