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December 13, 2008

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Christine

Some things about me...silly and not
I have tried to dye my hair, does not fit. But in the summer...love the lighter color naturally.
I love to spend time with Zane doing messy art work, just not the cleaning up part. Hence the art classes!
I love how God has brought me together with other moms who have suffered to share in the suffering and support each other.
I am struggling with where God wants us to go in regaurds to our family.
I love snowboarding, but don't like how my gear doesnot fit since moving to AZ. Plus there are very few places to go here.

Wishing all who read this a very Blessed Christmas.

julie in CA

I am Julie, I live in Central,Ca. I have been reading your blog since May. I really enjoy how God uses you and understand some of the hurts you have been through.

My husband has kidney disease and needs a new kidney and pancreas. Praying for the perfect match.

I started blogging after reading a truly great blog. I enjoy having fun and have made two new friends out of it.

I also homeschool and love how God makes it work even though it can be tough.

Kerry Hasenbalg

Dear Julie,

Thanks for sharing about yourself and your husband's prayer needs. That is quite a matter of prayer. I will join you in prayer for him. We are a family who has walked down the path of praying for organ donors - some transplants turned out successful and some not so successful. But in every case we recognized the Lord's grace. Both of my brother's have incurable diseases and these conditions keep us on our knees before Jesus on a regular basis. I am sorry for your suffering and the constant hope and waiting. Bless you. Kerry

Kerry Hasenbalg

By the way Kerry Marks is actually my maiden name and for some reason this is how typepad logs in my comments. Sorry for the confusion.
Kerry Marks Hasenbalg

Kerry Hasenbalg

Christine, also praying for God's leading for your family! He will make things clear in His time. Kerry Hasenbalg

Tammy

Kerry,
Just wanted to let you know that, although I don't always have time to comment, I follow our blog regularly and continue to lift you and your family up in prayer daily! Sure appreciate you and Scott and hope to see you sometime in 2009! Have a Merry Christmas!
Tammy....

Tammy

oops! My last comment should have said "I follow YOUR blog...." sorry for typos....it's past my bedtime and my eyes are starting to get sleepy! : )

Debbie from Ohio

Thanks Kerry for all the sharing! That was interesting!

I have been happily married to my husband for 35 years. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH! We have two amazing children who live for the Lord! Our son is a minister and is currently the Youth Pastor at our church. He has a wonderful, loving wife and they have a beautiful daughter and son...two of our precious grandchildren! They have moved back to Ohio after being in Virginia then in Maryland, for almost 4 years and we are so thankful God led them to come back here. Our daughter is married to a wonderful man, and has a beautiful voice that she uses to sing for the Lord. They have a beautiful daughter after suffering 3 miscarriages prior to having her and has had her fourth miscarriage since she's had her. I, in turn, quit my job as a Dental Receptionist after working for 11 years to stay home and take care of her. Our grandchildren are the apples of our eyes! I also have wonderful parents that raised us to serve the Lord and for that, I am so grateful.
I am the Music Director at our church and also the Women's Ministries President. I love serving the Lord! I am thankful for my Pastor, his wife, and their family. What a blessing they have been to our church!

Some requests that I would ask prayer for is for the salvation of our son-in-law, and the other one is that he and our daughter are going to try to conceive again in the near future and I would ask prayer that she be able to carry another child to term again, and that the child be whole and healthy.
Our 11 year old granddaughter suffers from Neuro-Cardiogenic Syncope and will be undergoing a stress test on Tuesday, December 16th. and will see the Cardiologist right after that. This is a condition that causes fainting, please pray that God will give her wholeness in her body. (My two children and I also have this condition).
My daughter-in-law was diagnosed with Lupus last year and has now been diagnosed with Cluster Migraines. The two together cause her to have bad days and good days. I pray for wholeness in her body also.

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Debbie

Sarah

Kerry, I love your random thoughts. This is how my mind works much of the time.
About me~
I constantly read and really enjoy your blog. The Lord has used your writings to speak to me so strongly, and often reaching me deep in my heart. Thank you for what you have been willing to write.
I am a single lady without any children, living in Idaho.
I love reading other's blogs. Reading about their lives is encouraging and brings me into their adventure.
I cannot color my hair any longer. I have too much iron in my water and it continues to process the chemicals, turning my brown hair very orange. Kind of a bummer, but I like my natural grey highlights that are coming in. Okay, I sort of like them.
I will be 35 yrs old next Wednesday and am struggling a bit with it.
I have been to China with Visiting Orphans 3 times now. Life altering! God is so big and so amazing in where He leads me to. I feel so empty not being there with the babies.
I made lots of Christmas cookies today.
My favorite sound is laying in bed late at night in the summer with the windows wide open, listening to the irrigation sprinklers running in the surrounding fields.
I treasure my friends so much!
I love the color red.
I see aloneness and being lonely as the most painful thing in our world. Being forgotten whether young or old.
I love cloud watching.
I am so glad that I have been found. And that. . . He loves me.

julie in CA

Thank you for praying Kerry, I have been praying for you and your family. It is good to have people praying who understand organ donation, you know exactly how to pray.

Praying for Debbie and Sarah also.

Ann

Kerry, Thank you for letting us know some of the fun, simple, normal things about you.
My husband and I are both nurses and we are both germ freaks.
My favorite books are, Safely home by Randy Alcorn and The Shack. I can't spell and have the worst grammer ever. When I was thinking of being a nurse my mom said, "would you rather have a nurse that can spell or a nice, kind nurse." I am kind. I met the Lord and my three best friends in 3rd grade, and are still best frinds today. I have three wonderful children 12, 10, 5. The youngest is adopted from Korea and such joy.
I would love to go to China or Korea someday to work in an orphanage as a nurse.
God has given us a great church to serve at and we a so Blessed. I like to talk, my husband likes to listen. I have a great husband, God has Blessed me with him. I'm off with my family in the MN snow, to see a train with tons of Christmas lights, it is so fun to see. Then back home to drink hot cocoa and sit be the fireplace. (Now remember I'm a great nurse but can't spell!)
I continue to pray for you often Kerry. It would be great to meet you someday to talk. I will also pray for those of you that post on here. I love to pray for others. Praying --Ann

julie warner

Keeeerrry! You made me smile tonight! I loved reading about what's going on with the Hasenbalg Family. So glad to see you blogging! 1 John 1:7 will always be the passage made real in my life because of you!

Much Love to you and yours.

Julie

cindi m.

Hey Kerry,

I'm married to a great guy (28 years) & have 2 great kids. I homeschooled my son from 8th-12th grades.

I hate hypocrisy.....in others but especially in myself. I'm uncomfortable trying to do or be something I'm not.

I'm an introvert, married to an extrovert. It's all good!

My biggest challenges right now involve elderly parents in nursing homes with health issues.

I enjoy writing poems.

I'd rather have hamburger than steak.

I often hold relationships at arm's length so I don't get too close. I so admire you opening your home to friends as often as you do. Don't see it happening on this end, though.

My favorite movies are Facing the Giants and Homeward Bound.

I wear jeans to church.

My favorite singer is.......guess who?

Brandi

Kerry,
This is first blog I've commented on-However, I read lots of China adoption blogs. My husband,two daughters and I are adopting from China. Our dossier was logged in last month. I know God spoke to me told me we would adopt. However,we never dreamed of adopting a child. It has been an amazing journey even though it is just the beginning. Please pray for the child God has planned for our family and His timing. We know at this time the wait is very long. But, we've told God we are here for ride. As we take this step of faith we trust Him and Praise Him.

Tricia

Kerry - I love your blog. It was wonderful to see you in Nashville a few weeks back.

My favorite sounds are hearing I love you from my big almost grown boys and the giggles or prayers of my little girls.

I love healthy foods but I also love desserts.

I love to read books and that is how I fall asleep every night.

Lost is the one tv show that I enjoy - my boys got me hooked.

I walk many mornings at 6 AM and talk to God the whole time. Trying to be a better listener and less of a talker.

Mark and I have been married for almost 25 years and I never dreamed our lives would look like this.

If we hadn't adopted our girls, we would have an empty nest in a year and a half. I am glad that we won't.

My favorite flowers are sunflowers.

My favorite place to drink red wine and really talk to my husband is on our back porch on the porch swing.

I have an impulsive heart but thankfully God gave me a husband who is very well thought out and balances me.

Since adopting our girls, God has broken and formed me and continues to do so everyday.

I am a morning person, but I love naps and take at least a short one almost every day. My favorites are when I curl up in bed with our 4 year old and sleep for 2 hours.

I love parenting preschoolers in my 40's - better perspective than when I did it in my 20's.

I enjoy Starbucks lattes but I sometimes feel guilty when I buy them.

I like listening to NPR.

One of my very favorite things to do is to go to our local independent book store and listen to authors talk.

Mark and I work with twenty-somethings in our church and I love them dearly.

I love the mountains.

Love to you and your family, Tricia W.


Tricia

Kerry - I love your blog. It was wonderful to see you in Nashville a few weeks back.

My favorite sounds are hearing I love you from my big almost grown boys and the giggles or prayers of my little girls.

I love healthy foods but I also love desserts.

I love to read books and that is how I fall asleep every night.

Lost is the one tv show that I enjoy - my boys got me hooked.

I walk many mornings at 6 AM and talk to God the whole time. Trying to be a better listener and less of a talker.

Mark and I have been married for almost 25 years and I never dreamed our lives would look like this.

If we hadn't adopted our girls, we would have an empty nest in a year and a half. I am glad that we won't.

My favorite flowers are sunflowers.

My favorite place to drink red wine and really talk to my husband is on our back porch on the porch swing.

I have an impulsive heart but thankfully God gave me a husband who is very well thought out and balances me.

Since adopting our girls, God has broken and formed me and continues to do so everyday.

I am a morning person, but I love naps and take at least a short one almost every day. My favorites are when I curl up in bed with our 4 year old and sleep for 2 hours.

I love parenting preschoolers in my 40's - better perspective than when I did it in my 20's.

I enjoy Starbucks lattes but I sometimes feel guilty when I buy them.

I like listening to NPR.

One of my very favorite things to do is to go to our local independent book store and listen to authors talk.

Mark and I work with twenty-somethings in our church and I love them dearly.

I love the mountains.

Love to you and your family, Tricia W.


Joni in MN

HALLELUJAH!!! Just a quick post to let you all know that CABLE (which connects my Phone, Internet, TV) has been restored, at least for now??, up here in the COLD & SNOWY Tundra of Northern Minnesota! We're all SNOWED IN but to my knowledge everyone around the area IS ok! I've heard the state & county plows will be released after 4AM... we shall see! I'm counting my blessings now for having the love I do for myself since I live alone.
See Yas,
~Joni

Joni in MN

Greetings ~ well since this is YOUR blog, I don’t feel I should take much space up  so where does one begin? First I’d like to say “THANK YOU for being who you are & sharing from your heart & the scriptures of God’s Word!” I’ve truely enjoyed & anticipated your blogging since, well since precious Maria Sue went to meet her Maker. I was online searching ‘Music’ at the time the news flash came in & my heart literally broke! I’ve had an ‘inkling’ for children I believe my whole 45 yrs of life, babysitting since age 11, being a nanny of 2 for 2yrs & also an aunty of 2 ‘boys’. And for orphans thru church for quite some time as we minister to Uganda. God has also watched me travel a path to Experience & SURVIVE 1st hand poverty & homelessness, abuse of all kinds & addiction. My heart (soul) cry’s out to Our Lord Savior that I may be of service to Him! I’ve done some public speaking but do much better ‘written than oral’… I tend to keep ‘bumping’ into ppl that are in the midst of what I’ve been thru & thus I believe is a ‘sign from God.’ Or shall I say ‘my calling.’ So… along my journey to Heaven I allow myself to be available whenever possible; (somewhere in MY profile I mention that). Of course I cannot give away what I don’t have… but always available to LISTEN :)
I’ve been actively searching & researching God’s Word from many areas over the last few yrs. including what you’ve shared. It’s taken me to lots of different branches of the tree & I’m loving it! Growth is Awesome…so when I stumble & fall, I ask God to help me get back up, brush myself off & go FORWARD!
Born, baptized, confirmed, raised, and graduated HS & College here. I’m a divorced single child of God that doesn’t have children (see MY blog). There was 4 of us siblings conceived, 3 born. Brother 6yrs older died auto acc. 1978 & Brother 3yrs older died motorcycle acc. 2005. Father died 2000. Mom lives in walking distance of me. I was on the downhill slalom ski team for 6yrs ~ MOGULS are FUN!
Enjoyed volunteering at hospital as Candy-Striper for 3yrs and volunteered various other places. Served in the US Navy. Lived in AZ for 10yrs which one day I plan to move back!
I live alone in an apt complex w/mostly elderly. Apt faces the woods so one might say, I’m ‘secluded from the world much of the time.’ But I indeed am “In Love” with Myself & God.
My love & passion for Music was born 3-4-‘63! HUGE fan of MWS, SCC & many others since LONG Ago!

I dearly & faithfully luv watching Joyce Meyer & Cleflo Dollar Ministries. Learning to be assertive, honest & bold has made me stronger……

It was Great to learn personal things about each & every one of you here & I’m thankful for that although may I say… Dearest Kerry~ you have been sharing your personal life in YOUR blogs this whole time & look forward to seeing your ‘old format’ again.
Much Peace & Love,
Joni www.myspace.com/sweet_joni

Bethany in Atlanta, GA

Thanks for sharing the 'extra' stuff with us! It's fun to know random things about people. I tried to think of the most random things I could tell you in return, lol. I still have my entire collection of Treasure Trolls, I don't like the taste of any kind of soda, the music on "Unsolved Mysteries" scares me, I still listen to a Muppets Music tape I got for my 5th birthday, I make puppets in my spare time, and Back to the Future is my favorite movie. "Run for it Marty!!" =]

Bethany in Atlanta, GA

Thanks for sharing the 'extra' stuff with us! It's fun to know random things about people. I tried to think of the most random things I could tell you in return, lol. I still have my entire collection of Treasure Trolls, I don't like the taste of any kind of soda, the music on "Unsolved Mysteries" scares me, I still listen to a Muppets Music tape I got for my 5th birthday, I make puppets in my spare time, and Back to the Future is my favorite movie. "Run for it Marty!!" =]

Shannon

Kerry~
I stumbled upon your blog via the Cry of the Orphan website earlier this fall. My husband and I are both 26 years old and live in rural Minnesota (windchill is -39 today...) We are beginning our adoption process to bring home our first child. Through this journey, the Lord has taught me so much...too much to write down here. But I feel like this first adoption (God willing) is not only a desire...it's my PURPOSE. And that my purpose goes beyond this adoption...and so between my career and my personal life with my husband and dogs, I make calls and talk to people in my community about starting an orphan care ministry.

Random things about me: I am in love with my dogs...I have 2 golden retrievers and a chihuahua, and they keep me very active. They are a constant reminder of what it is to live in the moment. Being with them reminds me of the simple things in life, of God's goodness, and forgiveness.

Winter is my favorite time of year because my husband is a farmer and it's really his only down time. Our favorite thing to do together is spend winter nights out in our fish house, ice fishing (for walleye). While it is common in MN, I will share with you...it's like a camper on the lake, complete with a stove, oven, and beds (we spend 5 nights/week out there and wake up early to come home and get ready for work).

I'm too analytical...it gets me in trouble sometimes. My husband is very simple. But yet we have the same outlook and opinions on almost everything.

I have a strained relationship with my mother-in-law, which I am trying to repair since I want our future children to have the best without me hindering any relationships they might have with my petty personal agenda. Some of the things you've written recently has really convicted me, and I am grateful for that. Thank you for your honesty and your heart, Kerry. May God continue to bless and guide you as you inspire people and continue to be obedient to God's calling.

In Christ,
Shannon
www.shannychickadee.blogspot.com

Alice

Hello,

I found your blog through a friend...who sent it to me when SCC lost his daughter. Your writing is very Godly and inspiring.

We waited and waited and prayed for a baby for serveral years. God answered many peoples prayers and now after waiting so long we have two adorable little daughters! One IVF daughter...(the drs. said we had a less than 5% chance of conceiving...we knew God was bigger) and then after waiting 3 years...7 months after the birth of our 1st daughter we were matched with our long prayed for baby girl from China. The girls are ONE DAY apart!

We are in awe of God's grace and mercy toward us and His goodness to us...even when we don't deserve anything! What a good God we serve.

Now I am busy, busy doing my dream job...and it is hard work! PTL

Wade and Alice

Kim

Ms. Hasenbalg, I have read but never responded to your blog. I have just silently been witness to some beautiful words you've written in the last few months. I am praying for you, Scott, and your kids as you go through this holiday season without your precious baby by your side. My oldest sister and her husband had a stillborn on November 20, 2006. Her name was Samantha Grace, and she was full-term. To this day, we don't know what happened. The tests didn't show any abnormality with Samantha or my sister. I don't know why God called my niece Home before she even got to experience this Earth, but I'm so glad He's in control of this place and not me. Now, my sister and brother-in-law are the parents of a 1-year-old boy named Landon, and they are having another boy in May. Though I have no idea what you and Scott have experienced, watching my sister suffer, I know how painful it is to feel as if there are no answers on this Earth for your grief. But, there's a beautiful Heaven that is just waiting for us, and He will have all the answers when we get there! God bless you during this holiday season!

Patty Smith

Well I made it to the end so I'll post something silly,not silly, prayer request and whatever else.........

I'm a stay at home mom with 4 kids, 2 whom are adopted from China. I've been a homeschool mom and public school mom depending on the year and the circumstances, and the kid. I'm completely passionate about orphan care, particularly those in China and volunteer with Grace and Hope for Children for my son's orphanage in China. I struggle daily with whether or not we are done adopting, we will probably always have room in our hearts for just one more!

I'm a huge goofball, love to dance, particularly "clogging" and I can't believe I just admitted that in public. I love to watch football even though the Seahawks stink this year.

Today I'm heartbroken as my husbands cousin died this morning after a fight with melanoma, he's young and left two young kids behind. Pray for the Hayes Family. And I'm completely humbled knowing that God allowed MY husband to survive his brain cancer battle when our first two children were very small.

I really love life, but long for the day when Jesus returns. I find myself often saying "when Lord, when".

And today my 5 year old daughter asked me why baby Jesus was wearing a tutu. (referring to the baby Jesus in our nativity set).

Way more then you wanted to know.........but this was fun to think about.

Wishing all of you in blogger world a very Merry Christmas.

Patty Smith

TO BRANDI---(who's adopting from China and has a dossier logged in last month)
Brandi, I just want to encourage you in the beginning of what could be a very LONG wait and share with you something in hopes that it will be of encouragement to you that God WILL indeed have His hand in choosing your child.

We adopted our daughter Riley in Feb. of 2004. The whole time we were waiting for her I kept a prayer journal, it was a very cheesy lazy prayer journal though. I would write very generic prayers like pray for "baby", "China", "SARS", things like that. I of course would actually PRAY more elaborately, but was only writing things with a word. After we received our referral I went back through the prayer journal and was looking to see if I EVER wrote anything specific, or if it was all pretty generic. I went through the whole thing (about a years worth---the wait was so much shorter then!) and only ONE TIME did I find something specific that I wrote.
On February 26th 2003 I wrote "I pray that our child would be hand chosen by God"

And yes, imagine my sense of complete awe when we found out our new daughters birthday----February 26th 2003. The very day I wrote down and prayed that prayer. Only God. ONLY GOD!!!!

Later this would be a bigger comfort then I'd ever imagined---because there were days that the ONLY thing that could keep us going was knowing that she most definately was to be ours. She suffered some major trauma in her first 11mos. in China---and had major sleep issues. I could always go back and look at how God hand chose her for us, and this gave me SO MUCH comfort in the days when I was so so very tired and questioned what in the world we were thinking adopting a child.

I just want to encourage you on this long journey to keep a journal, write down your thoughts and prayers and then someday when you are finally united with your new child, you will be able to look back and see all that God had planned.
Many blessings on your journey!
Patty

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