On the Homefront
It's Official! May 11, 2007

It's official!  We got bloodwork results back this afternoon and it shows that Mia is going into remission again with her kidney disease!  Thank You Lord!!!  This isn't the full remission that she was in the past 6 months prior to her relapse -- at that time she was off her medication.  But even with her current medication, her nephrologist is calling this "remission."  So we'll take it and praise the Lord! 

As for how she is doing, she is still pretty weak, lethargic, swollen/puffy, and pale at times, although you can't see it in this picture.  She obviously isn't 100% yet and is still needing to become less immunosuppressed before we can be around many children (church nursery for example), but she is making progress and her numbers have been perfect for a week now.  Trusting that the Lord will have her in even better shape by the time we get to that airport on Thursday!  Thanks so much for all your prayers -- He hears you and is answering with the reply for which we had all hoped!  All glory to Him!

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night, with the ten-stringed lute and with the harp, with resounding music upon the lyre.  For You, O Lord have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands."  -Psalm 92:1-4

 

Grammy, the Organizational Queen! May 10, 2007
If you are wondering why I haven't posted in a while it is because my Mom is keeping me busy with "clean sweeping" our entire house!  Here's a photo where she dumped out my entire linen closet in the process of weeding out plenty for Goodwill.  Of course, Mia was a big helper!  My parents are in the process of buying a top-of-the-line RV (Monaco Coach).  They've just sold and moved out of their home in North Canton, OH and are hitting the road shortly after the China trip.  All this to say, my Mom is in cleaning mode!  And what a blessing it is to finally have the time to get all this nesting done before the rest of the gang gets back.  Thanks Mom for the gift of order! 
Oh That Sweet Face! May 08, 2007

Oh that sweet face!!!  I just want to scoop him up in my arms and plant a million kisses on his cheeks!  The pain in his eyes right now is so tangible even through pictures, especially the shot of his reflection in the window.  Our hearts ache for all that this sweet boy has had to endure in his short lifetime.  At the age of 6, this is the second time he has lost everything and everyone he has ever known (the first time at the age of 3). I don't know many adults that could fare so well.  John said that the first day, Jonathan would get a look of sadness about every ten minutes and a tear would fall down his cheek and then he would just try to be a big boy and get a stiff upper lip.  It is obvious that he is trying to work through the grieving and embrace all that his life will be.  We suspect that one of his biggest losses at this point is his father figure Mr. Zhang (the Baotou orphanage director) with whom he had a very special bond.  I see this as one of the obvious reasons that the Lord orchestrated this trip with the men in my life going to get my son.  The Lord knew he needed to fill that void and bond with other important men in his life first.  Thank You Lord!

John, you are a trooper to be on the frontline right now and have your heart torn apart and feel so helpless up as you watch him grieve.  The Lord knew what He was doing when he commissioned you as the head of the Lossing household to walk this part of the journey with your son.  He left us sensitive ones at home until you walk this part out with him!  I don't think Mia and I would have survived unscathed if we were there right now, to be honest.  I love you.  Know that so many of us on the homefront are praying for Jonathan's heart to heal and fill to overflowing with Christ's love that you continually show him.  It WILL get better!  I can't wait to see the smiles and giggles that are soon to come.  You are an AMAZING servant leader, husband and dad!

""Behold, I am going to send an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared."  -Exodus 23:20

Early Delivery! May 06, 2007

It is about 1:00 a.m. and my water just  broke!  John called en route to their hotel in Hohhot to say that they were informed that Jonathan would be at the hotel in 2 hours!!!  Woooo Hoooo!!!!  This is a day early!  Instead of having a leisurely day to get settled in, he is now scrambling to assemble nanny and orphanage director gift bags with his heart pounding out of his chest.  And he said to me, "Good luck going back to sleep."  HA!  We are so very excited and nervous for this Gotcha Day!  We can't wait to meet our new son! 

Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift!

 

A Letter to John May 06, 2007
MSM,
 
I miss you terribly!!!!  Come home soon okay?  I can't believe that in less than 48 hours we will have a son.  Mia and I have been praying every night that God would bless your meeting.  Mia said she wants to talk to Jonathan on the phone and tell him "Bie Pa", "Don't be afraid."  Where does she come up with things like this on her own?  She also said today that she really wishes she could be there.  And I said, "I know honey.  We both do."  On the heels of that conversation, she reiterated that she wants 3 brothers and another sister too.  She said she wants "her Emma Jane" after Jonathan.  I asked her again today if her sister will be older or younger and she changed her mind and said older this time.  I asked about a special need or healthy.  She started to say, "healthy" but then said, "Maybe she will have a sore lip."  Hmmmmmm.  Very interesting.  :-)  Wonder what the Lord has in store?
 
I have been doing okay these first few days with Mia's progress and my Mom as a distraction, but being apart from you has quickly become unbearable.  I don't know how I am going to make it another 11 days!!!  Know that I think about you constantly and am praying for every step of our journey.  I must look at the clock a hundred times a day wondering where you are and what you are doing.  I am so "lucky" to be married to you and I know the distance these next 2 weeks will underscore what I often take for granted.  Thank You Lord for showing me these things so clearly and help me not forget!  You are the most amazing husband and dad and a gift from above to our family.  I love and respect you completely.  Now go get our boy! 
 
Love,
PAG