Monday, August 11, 2008


Last night at dinner, Nicolae was praying. He always prays for Maga(my mom) and Osita(my dog that I had for 16 years). Nicolae and Cristian used to both pray that God will help them not to be dead anymore.
Now they thank God that they are in Heaven with Him. His prayer was pretty much the same as ever other night, except for one thing....

A little insight first:
Nicolae has asked many times why God didn't let him see Maga before she died. I always tell him that I don't know, but that one day we will all get to see Maga again in Heaven if we have Jesus in our hearts and lives.

Well, last night he started asking again about how you get to heaven. He knows he wants to go there too, but how? He said I want this very much, but it is so difficult.

I explained that it really it isn't so hard. We just have to believe in God, trust in Him and invite him in our hearts. Then He will come into our lives and one day when we die we will live forever in Heaven with God.

He said that he wanted to do this. I asked him if he wanted me to pray with him and he said no...He could pray by himself. Which he did. It was so amazing.
The English version is something like this.

God, Please come into my heart and be with me. And please be with Cristian and Mom too. Thank you that Maga and Osita are in Heaven with you. Please be in my life and keep me in yours.

Later when he was sharing with Bev on skype. He said, "Auntie Bev, at dinner I prayed to Jesus and then He just came right into my heart."

God is so good.

Nicolae, Cristian and I prayed again at bedtime. Nicolae thanked God for being in his heart.
What a precious and wonderful moment.
Please pray that Nicolae would continue to grow in Christ's love and truly understand what it means to be a child of God.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Happy Oympics Day!

Hi all...Happy Olympics Day!
Our nephew Daniel is in China right now. He is one of 2008 musicians playing in the band. It is quite an honor. He got to play in Tiananmen Square, which is amazing. The band is the first non professional, non Chinese group to play there. Here is a picture of him. He plays the cymbals. The band was supposed to be playing in the opening ceremonies as well, but they later found out that they wouldn't be. A bit disappointing for sure. Pam is in China with Daniel too. What an amazing experience for the both of them..
Nicolae, Crisitian and I are wearing our Olympic T-shirts in honor of Daniel. Go USA!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Cute pictures

When pictures are as cute as these, they need to be shared!
These were taken at the water park last week. Bev, Nicolae, Cristian and I had a wonderful day together.

Bev headed back to the states yesterday. The boys and I miss her already!
We can't wait to go to the states and finally be home!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Court said "YES!"

Hi Everyone! Here is a picture of all of us celebrating!

Today was a great day. The courts said "yes" to both Karen and me. We are sending up praises for sure!

Karen and I were in separate court rooms today.My meeting was very short. It lasted 1 maybe 2 minutes. Seriously. The judge asked for a copy of the newspaper that proved we tried to contact the biological father(once again). The lawyer from the DPC and my lawyer each handed the judge the notice from the newspaper. Then immediately after that, the judge asked if Nicolae Thomas Vaughn and Cristian Jack Vaughn were the names I wanted for the boys. We gave a collective "Da" and that was it. It was so fast. I don't think the reality of it all has even hit me yet. We all hooped and hollered once we got outside the court room.
Afterwards, we went down to wait for Karen's court hearing. She was one of the very last ones. Her judge was new and asked Karen lots of questions. Karen was very nervous because she knew that they still had not located Beti's biological father. However, it all turned out great in the end!
We all went to Hard Rock Cafe afterwards. It was an amazing day. Now we can begin waiting some more for the final court papers...arrgh and then HEAD HOME!!!!!
Thanks to all of you for all your support and prayers. Tonight it is praises all around!

Monday, August 4, 2008

My New Court Date is Here...Tues. Aug. 5th

Here is a recent picture of Cristi, Bev, Nicolae and me. We are all anxious and nervous about tomorrow's court date. Please Pray. The boys, Bev and I are all ready for this to be over.
We need your prayers and a few miracles.
I found out that there will be yet another judge for tomorrow's court date, along with a different lawyer representing me from the DPC. Oh and Mr. Mocanu won't be there either. He is in Italy on vacation. Mr. Moncanu has arranged for a lawyer friend of his to be there with me. I will meet her tomorrow morning.
So... yes all these changes along with just the normal stuff that goes with trying to finally is a bit stressful. I am doing my best to remember that God is in control and that He is in control of tomorrow's outcome.
My prayer, of course, is that tomorrow will be the final court date and we can all send up praises of joy!
We need to be there at 8:30 am tomorrow (Tuesday morning), which is 10:30 pm Monday night for all of you.
Oh and Julie is coming tomorrow as a witness...Just in case. Sometimes the judges require a witness and sometimes they don't. Nannette is planning to be there as well. Rebecca and Petra are watching the boys for me. The boys will stay at their house tonight. A blessing for sure. It will be much easier getting ready tomorrow morning.
Thanks in advance for all your prayers.