Friday, September 21, 2012

Boy or Girl?

      Boy or girl?  That has been the question on our minds for a while now.  We had names picked out for both, and we already have one of each, so we were excited either way.  The whole time during my pregnancy I felt like it was a boy, and it is!!!  We are so excited and thankful for this precious blessing.  When I was pregnant with Eden, Jacob and I could not agree on a boy name.  This time we had a name for both, but no girl middle name.
     At the ultrasound we were allowed to have four people, so we shared that with my Mom, sister, and Aunt Linda while my Dad watched Eden and Ephraim in the waiting room.  Jacob held my hand as we looked at this special creation.  First the ultrasound tech checked all the organs etc., and we waited in anticipation.  After we found out, Jacob told the kids.  They were so excited.  This whole time, Eden had wanted a sister, so I wasn't sure how she was going to react.  She got all excited, and said, "I want a brother now."  I was so thankful for this.  Ephraim was soooo happy.  He kept talking about all his clothes that he wanted to hand down to his brother, especially his shoes.  Eden told me she wanted to help change diapers.  We'll see...
     Afterwards, we went and purchased our first outfit for the baby.  Nana and Aunt Rebekah got more than one, already spoiling little Xavier.  We then went and celebrated at Mimis where we had celebrated finding out that Eden was a girl.  Such a special Day. So thankful for this fearfully and wonderfully made little blessing.---Sarah

     Looking at this cute monkey beanie and outfit causes my heart to imagine that in 18 week or so a little baby boy will be smiling back at his daddy.  This ultrasound visit today makes me long even more to meet my son.  Apart from special visits from angels to expecting biblical moms, women had to wait to find out the gender of their babies.  It makes me wonder how Elizabeth and Mary felt when they found out the gender of their baby before it was born!  With this new found revelation would they prepare differently than otherwise?  For the Myers Family we will begin lifting up this boy to the Father in preparation for his arrival into this world.  Will you begin lifting up Xavier Luke Myers to the Father with our family as well?  Blessings---Jacob

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

365 Days & Counting!

     Today marks the 365 Day Countdown until we Make China Our Home!  One year from today we will have our bags packed and boarding a plane destined for Ft. Collins, CO for a week of training and then to Beijing, China for a three week crash course in surviving life in a new country.
     Whenever you know you only have a certain amount of time pending before you change jobs, schools, cities or even countries you begin thinking about "the lasts". The last time we'll see Dad and CeCe in October for their annual return from Kenya to raise support and visit family.  That means I won't get to see Dad for at least two years!  The last Trunk or Treat where my Dad helps take Eden and Ephraim around gathering tasty treats from our friends. The last Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter meal around the table with family when I get to sit next to and visit with Granny.  The last time Granny hands me a quittin stick after we finish one of those meals.  The last Easter Eggstravaganza, Kids Choir program, Kids Camp, G.O.T. Night,  VBS and LGFWB service all of which we share with dearly loved friends and family.  There will be many more of "the lasts" that will cause our hearts to be thankful and cherish each of those memories to come.
     However, there will also be "the firsts" in which our hearts will race with excitement and cause us to trust in the Father's plan for our family.  One such "first" occurred last month when we had our first home visit to invite a family to join our support team.  Sarah and I had been coached very well but that still didn't make "the first" home visit any easier.  Sometimes you just have to jump in with both feet and see what happens.  As we visited with the family they immediately put our nerves to rest (sweet tea helps) and made us feel very welcome.  We explained all the details of how we'll be Making Our Home in China and then inviting them to join our team.  Let me just say, the Father is good!  After inviting them to join our team, the family pledged "the first" year of monthly support that very evening!  By no means would I share who that family is and ruin their blessing but let me say thank you for making that "first" home visit a complete joy.  We don't expect every family to be able to support at that level.  We know the Father is our provider and we as the Myers Family also give joyful to other families like ourselves as we are able to.  We look forward to the many "lasts" and the many "firsts" as we countdown to Making China Our Home in 365 days!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

An Extra Plane Ticket

    The surprised and random facial expressions on the picture above, shows an example of how we felt when Sarah announced to us, "WE ARE HAVING A BABY!!!" We went to Tulsa on Friday for Sarah's first doctors visit and ultrasound to confirm her pregnancy. The doc said we can expect little baby Myers to greet the world sometime around January 23. The kids are very excited!  Eden wants to name the baby, Harriet.  She has a Franklin the turtle book where he names his new baby sister, Harriet.  Ephraim wants a baby brother but hasn't him chosen a name yet. I'm (Jacob) with Ephraim on the hopes for a brother.
    It's seems that our little grapefruit (my nickname for the baby) is effecting Sarah's sense of smell more than her pregnancy with Eden. I can't count how many times I've heard the word "nauseas" over the past nine weeks. There have been several times where I'll have to take over the meal preparations because the smell is about to make her gag. However, there have been no confirmed cases of morning sickness do to the fact that Sarah HATES to throw up!
    All that to say, if it's the Father's will, looks like we will be buying an extra plane ticket to China!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Adventure Begins

Well, here we go, our first blog post.  Jacob and I have considered living in China for many years, and now the adventure is beginning.  We are in the process of preparing as we hope to be in China by August of 2013! We are full of hope, excitement, nervousness, anticipation, concern, and gratefulness, in addition to a long list of other emotions about this journey that we are departing on.  We have both felt drawn to the Asian people for a number of years, and especially the Chinese.  So, what are we doing to prepare.  We have been accepted by an organization that sends English teachers to China.  Jacob will be teaching English to university students, and I, Sarah, will be homeschooling the kids, along with supporting Jacob by hosting students.  I also hope to be able to visit orphanages, and help in any way I can.
     To help prepare the children, I am currently reading Third Culture Kids by David Pollock.  Being a third culture kid myself, I am hoping that I will be able to help my kids in the many adjustments they'll have to make.  We have started the long process of gaining support.  One fun thing is that we have downloaded some Mandarin apps, so that we could start learning a bit of Mandarin.  It's so cute to hear our kids say things, and it was especially fun the other day when they were practicing with a waitress at a local Chinese restaurant.  She was especially gracious.  We also bought them trainer chopsticks, so that they could learn to start using them.  I homeschooled Eden last year, and plan to homeschool both children this year.  That's definitely going to be a challenge!  I included a poster about China in their homeschool room that I try to teach them a fact about every day of school.  We have also been looking for authentic Chinese restaurants, not the Americanized stuff you find at a local Chinese buffet.  We enjoyed a visit to the Hmong Cafe in East Tulsa, and my sister and I visited Asian Cuisine, where I had dried flat beef noodles with gravy.  We are so excited about this journey, and will keep you updated.                  
Until then, 回头见!(See you later!)