Journey to China

This blog documents the Spitlers' progress towards the adoption of Xia Ping He (Noah Spitler) from the PR China. It also documents Noah's medical process in pursuit of a total repair to his CHD (congenital heart defect).

Friday, September 10, 2010

Noah's Dedication

Last Sunday (Sep 5th), we dedicated Noah to God's work. Our pastor, Dr. John Waters (FBC Statesboro) did the short ceremony. John and his wife, Cynthia, are adoptive parents, too. With this connection, his words were even more encouraging. Dr. Waters asked that anyone who had been adopted, in foster care, or was in an adoptive family to stand. It was encouraging to see many respond. He also said, "Women ai ni" to Noah, which means "We love you" in Chinese.

Considering Noah's heart condition and the ongoing miracle that he is alive day-to-day, we asked the pastor to read the following verse at the dedication.

Jer 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart."

It is encouraging to know that the God of this universe knew Noah wouldn't have a pulmonary artery - even before he was born. God also knew Noah would come to America and become a Spitler. God even knows what will happen tomorrow... (I certainly don't.)

Noah continues to adapt well into our family. After taking the kids to school each day, Robin tutors Noah for about 2 hours (English and math). He then has a snack and watches an educational video. Lunch is followed by a 90 minute nap (as he was accustomed to in China), then after 3pm, he plays with the girls. On Tuesdays, he attends preschool at FBC Statesboro, and seems to really enjoy that.

I'm happy to report that Noah weighs 36lbs again. We offer him whole milk, food, and healthy snacks throughout the day. His weight had dipped from 37lbs to 34 shortly after our adoption.

Thank you for praying for Noah and sharing in the daily blessing he is to us.



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