Saturday, April 23, 2011

Final Yard Sale

Our Final Yard Sale is coinciding with our Neighborhood Yard Sale - a perfect time to shop and support our adoption!

MANY FAMILIES have donated
(and still donating) items to
help bring Beatrice Home.

Items include:
Children and Adult Clothing
Kitchen Items
Home Decorations
Holiday Items
New and Very Old Books
Lawn Mower (Cub Cadet Push Mower)
...and many unique items!


Friday, May 6, 2011
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 7, 2011
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
(our neighborhood yard sale closes at noon)

Saturday, May 7, 2011
12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
(this only applies to our Adoption Yard Sale and not the entire subdivision)

1029 Dorset Drive, Hendersonville
Somerset Downs' subdivision
One mile from Beech High School

Please help us spread the word to make our Final Yard Sale a HUGE SUCCESS by using your Facebook, Twitter, email, word of mouth, etc.

Thank you!
Trey and Cindy

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Beatrice is "Full of Hope"

A team from our church, including Erica Ho and Kevin Rudd, recently spent a week in Haiti loving on all the orphans, "mommas," and of course, our sweet daughter, Beatrice.

Erica's comments:

"Cindy and Trey, Beatrice is FULL of hope.  She recognized me from fairly far away and yelled my name and ran over.  She is doing GREAT.  No sugar-coating, she really is."

E R I C A   A N D   B E A T R I C E

Check out Beatrice's VERY UNHAPPY face. At first, I thought she was unhappy because someone didn't finish styling her hair. However, Erica told us the real story. She was upset, because the other children weren't following the rules and returning the crayons to their proper place. I hope this carries over to her new room once she is home! HA!

Also, Erica informed us that her sore on her shoulder was worse than when Charlie had seen her the week before. Erica treated it three times a day with Neosporin and also taught her "momma" how to keep it clean. Sadly, she felt confident that it would leave a good-sized scar.

Kevin's wife, Kelly, emailed us the below comments that her husband had said about Beatrice:

He said she is absolutely adorable! "Beautiful eyes!"

He said, "You should have seen her face when she saw the pictures of Cindy and Trey. It was like Christmas 1,000 times over. She was thrilled and couldn't stop smiling."

He said she told him that Trey has "funny hair."

I wonder why she said that Trey has "funny hair?" LOL!!!! Below is a picture from May 2010. They all LOVED playing with his hair!

Beatrice colored a picture of a "pwason" (fish) and wrote us a letter. We will let you know what it says once we have all the words translated. We do know that it says that she wants to live with us, and wants to eat "good chicken." Trey said we should stop by KFC on the way home from the airport. However, I don't consider that "good" chicken. hahaha!

We have been told for the past two months that Beatrice will be moved to the creche (transitional home in Port-au-Prince) within 1-3 weeks. Unfortunately, we are on "Haitian-time," so this process is extremely slow. Please keep us in your prayers, and specifically for:
  • All the Haitian documents (birth certificates, death certificates, etc.) to be quickly located and/or replaced for all the orphans being adopted through our church.
  • The Haitian officials to move the process along quickly.
  • All the orphans to be moved to the creche soon, so that they can receive better overall care.

Many blessings,

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rough Days Can Be Good

To say the least, yesterday was a rough day! It seemed like every arrow that Satan shot was aimed right at me. It wasn't one person or even one situation. It felt like everything was going wrong. I know we have all had those days! Before falling asleep, I knew God wanted me to seek His Word. He led me to this scripture:

Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.
‎1 John 4:4 ASV

I have been reflecting all morning on all the events that occurred yesterday, praying that God would help me understand them and find peace with it all. He reminded me of a time about a month ago when I was in counseling with Gidget. She was doing her best to get me to understand something. I couldn't. I was too mad, too upset and too angry at the person who was continuously hurting my son. I don't remember what she said or if God came down and shook me, but the light bulb came on!

We guide our children as parents. We ask them to clean their room, take a bath, don't cross the street without looking both ways, etc. They don't always like obeying, but as parents, we know that we are doing what is in their best interest. Sure! They may not always like it, but if they don't obey, there's a consequence.

God is my Father! I am to obey Him. I may not like what He asks of me. I may kick and scream along the way, and if I don't obey, there will be a consequence. Why have I never looked at it that way? I'm an adult with children, but I still have a Father in heaven who loves me, who wants what is best for me and who wants to guide me. All I have to do is obey. And, just like our children, it's not always easy to do.

As I was reflecting on this, I felt God asking me to read my sister-in-law's blog. OK, this is embarrassing. I couldn't remember the name of her site. I haven't even heard the name in over a year. I thought, "Ok God, I don't want to call her and admit that I've forgotten about her blog." Within a second, the words came - RESPITE FOR THE WEARY! I'm not making this stuff up either. This is exactly how it happened!

I ran to the computer before I forgot the name of it again and read her last blog. WOW!!!! Our God is AMAZING! Here is what Chris wrote at

Not Deciding, Is Deciding

For several days in a row, as I have driven back and forth on our country road, an indecisive squirrel has stood almost like a statue while facing my huge suburban head on. My comment to this little bushy-tailed creature has been the same on each occasion, "You better move it squirrelly; make a decision or it will be made for you." (I really am nicer than this statement sounds, I promise.) And then, at the last second, the squirrel quickly darts to the right or left just escaping his tragic ending.

Well, when I was wavering in my own decision to make this squirrel's actions a spiritual analogy in my next post, God confirmed it clearly to me... because shortly after pondering this thought, I made my way down my driveway, and then onto Warren Hollow. And within one mile, not one squirrel, but three lay dead, all hit by cars. Thankfully, I had nothing to do with their sad demise. (I promise.)

I think what the Lord is teaching me personally in this "middle-the-road-picture" is that not deciding, really is deciding. In other words, if I have been given wisdom from the Lord either from His word, or from a sermon, or from godly counsel, and I am wavering in obedience to it... then guess what... I am not obeying. And because of disobedience, natural consequences will follow.

God loves to give wisdom, but He also expects us to act on it. Hear His word on this:

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man expect to receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8

When you and I hear from the Lord, let us both trust Him wholeheartedly in what He is telling us to do. Let us not waste time in weighing our options over what might appear more attractive from a self-centered or worldly standpoint. This is putting Almighty God on our level, making Him just one of our many options to choose from. If we really trust Him, we will in faith, simply decide to follow Him, with no questions asked.

Poor squirrels. I'm sorry they had to "lay down their lives" in order to teach me a biblical truth. But, I will say this, it is one I will not forget. Because of them, I have made a definite decision: I will not waver in the wisdom that is freely given to me from my Wise Counselor; instead, I will get out of the middle of the road and "scurry on" to do His will. Because I see clearly now (from the sad, sad, sad ending of the three squirrels), that not deciding, is deciding.

Lord, I decide to obey. I decide to forgive. I decide to love my enemies. I decide to go and do whatever You ask of me. I am Yours, Lord. Do with me as you will. And, Lord, thank you for loving me unconditionally.

Both of Trey's sisters, Chris Baxter and Peggy Lively, are amazing and inspiring Christian writers. You can visit their blog and sign up to receive updates at:

Chris Baxter:
Peggy Lively:

DECIDE to have a GREAT day today,


Monday, April 11, 2011

Successful Yard Sale

Our Adoption Yard Sale was a HUGE SUCCESS! A whopping $4,000 was raised, which is the EXACT amount needed to mail with our Dossier.

Trey and I firmly believe that God has called us to adopt Beatrice. However, I didn't understand the timing. It was truly the worst time EVER, especially financially! How in the world were we going to come up with $20,000? I still remember sharing my heart with God - my fears, concerns and truly being scared. Well, I did it. I LET GO! I told Him that I was willing to do whatever He asked of me, no matter how scared I was or how impossible it seemed. Yes, there have been rough days, but even during those times, I was confident that God was in control.

I don't think it was a "coincidence" that we raised $4,000 - the exact amount needed on the next check that we need to write. Thank you, Lord, for blessing our family! Thank you to EVERYONE who donated items, baked goods and came to help. I pray that you know we are truly grateful!

There were FOUR FAMILIES that still wanted to donate items, but we just couldn't get to their homes to pick it up. We were that busy in preparing for the yard sale! The good news is that we still want to come get those items, and we STILL need more. We are going to participate in our upcoming Neighborhood Yard Sale on Saturday, May 7th. I can't believe that I'm going to put myself through this again, but no matter how exhausted I feel right this moment, I can anticipate how I will feel when our daughter is finally home and in my arms.

To donate yard sale items, please email me at or call me at 615-417-3377.

Oh! One more thing. I am going to post a HUGE and EXCITING UPDATE about Beatrice WITH PICTURES within the next week. Stay tuned...


Monday, April 4, 2011

Beatrice and Her Bible

Our dear friend and the Adoption Coordinator at our church, Erica Ho, is in Haiti right now. Erica took a gift to Beatrice from us: A French Bible with her name, Beatrice Emerson, printed on the outside, a stuffed animal, a letter (one side written in English; the other in Creole), pictures from our last trip and a picture of our home where she will live one day.

I have literally stalked Erica's Facebook page since Sunday night watching for pictures and updates. Our first one is HERE!!!! Check out this picture of Erica giving our gift to Beatrice. Her face is PRICELESS!