Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Adoption Fundraiser

Bill has opened his Etsy Shop again.  He has added some new things that he's made and plans to keep adding to it.  We hope that selling the items will help offset some of the adoption cost.  So take a look and be sure to keep checking to see when new items are added.  Here is a picture of one of the items.  A doll apron.  (doll not included)

Bill's Shop-Studio Frog Store

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Homecoming 2011

Tiff had a great time at Homecoming and she looked so pretty.  I can't believe how fast she is growing up. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Another Miracle Coming Home!

Please pray for our dear friends Kim & Stacy.  They are on their way to China to bring home their new son. Isaac who is turning 14 on October 30th.  They worked as hard and fast as they could to make sure he is home before his birthday.  Praise God he will be! 

You can follow their journey on Stacy's site.  We are so excited to see their family continue to grow through adoption.

Thanks a lot!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Successful Yard Sale!

Our community held it's bi-annual yard sale this weekend.  We thought we should do it to try to raise money for the adoptions.  We had several friends donate items to the sale.  We are so appreciative because we sold most of what they donated. :-)

We were afraid of the weather.  Just as the sale officially started, it rained. Yep. Of course. So we hurried and brought things in the garage.  Then the rain stopped.  And it was a beautiful evening. 

Same thing happened on Saturday.  But thankfully the rain brought cooler temps for a while.  It did not rain long and TONS of people came out to the sale.

Abby & Jadyn did great.  Over the 2 days, they collected $56 selling sodas & water.  A few people just donated money.  We had a sign on their table explaining why they were selling the drinks. We had 1 lady ask us if this was true.  We said 'yes" and she said "I'm adopted too. But from Korea". She gave them $14 for 2 waters & 1 can of root beer.  So sweet!

We got rid of a lot of stuff. Stuff that was just going to go to Good Will.  And we made $466.  Not bad.  So our total came to $522.  We are thrilled. 

Thanks to our friends who donated items to our sale, and to our friends who came out to the sale. 

We're thinking about doing the sale again in April. We have a couch & some end tables to sell.  So if you'd like to donate to the April sale, start saving your things now.  :-) 

Here are some pics from Friday & Saturday.

Ready to sell things

Thursday, October 6, 2011

More Pictures & a Video of Peter

Please click on the link below to watch a video of Peter.  He's so cute. He's waiting for his forever family.  Could YOU be his family?

Video of Peter at Bring Me Hope Camp

Sweet Peter

Becca & Peter

Becca & Peter shopping

Peter's picture to Becca.  She's the princess and he's the prince

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Peter is Waiting for His Forever Family

We received this email yesterday from our dear friend.  They asked that we pass it along in hopes that we can find Peter his forever family.  Please feel free to pass this info along.  He's been waiting way too long to meet his Forever Family.  Please contact Becca Bolt (her info is below).  She has access to Peter's file. Thanks!

Ever since we left China, my buddy Peter's words have been running through my head, "You're going to find me a family, aren't you?"

So I started by checking his paperwork, and adoption status.  He is not matched, and his paperwork is ready.  Actually, he's been waiting for 10 years for a family because someone diagnosed him with Mental Retardation, but when you check the paperwork it shows he's fine.  We also know this from being with him!  The adoption rep who found his file mentioned that when a child is diagnosed with Mental Retardation it is basically a dead file.  No one wants that child.  So Peter has been waiting...and no one has known his real diagnosis.  I know God's timing is perfect though...and I know there is a family for Peter.  The gal I worked with is trying to update his file now...
 I think it would be good to work through lifeline adoption agency because they are the ones that found his file.   

Please let me know what you heart is beating for this little guy

Becca Bolt
Bring Me Hope Foundation
(2169 Green Canyon Rd. Fallbrook, CA 92028 USA)
(Phone: 760.723.5885 / Fax: 760.723.4433)

"Live the Good News daily."

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A little about our new daughters!

I thought I would post a little about what we know about our new daughters.  It's not much. And it's just what is in their referral information.  Who knows if this is accurate.  But it's all we have right now.

Hope is 12 years old. Her birthday is May 19, 1999.  She has been in the orphanage since she was 1 day old.  She had a cleft lip and cleft palate.  Her cleft lip was repaired when she was 5 years old. 

She obeys the rules in the school and gets on well with other children. She is fond of PE classes and painting classes. After back in school, she can finish the homework on time.

She is an outgoing girl who is active, restless and found of sing children’s songs, listening to music, watching TV, playing games. She is quick in reaction and energetic. Her favorite activities are singing and playing with other children. She is a talkative, lovely girl who has a ready smile.

She is 50 pounds and 46 inches tall.  She's small. Just for comparison, Jadyn is 49 inches tall and she's 7 years old.

Maggie is 11 years old.  Her birthday is June 1, 2000. She has been in the orphanage since she was 2 days old.  The SN (special need) she has that  I referred to in my last post is torticoliar cleidomastoid.  This is a description I found online....
-A contracted state of the neck muscles that causes the neck to rotate and tilt sideways, forwards, or backwards. Also called wryneck.
-an abnormal position of the head, usually with the neck bent to one side, caused congenitally by contracture of muscles, muscular spasm, etc.
She had surgery in 2004 when she was 4 years old and from what we can tell by her reports, she is doing fine.  The surgery was a success.

She is obedient, and she is united to the classmates, can obey class discipline; she likes having the PE and art class. After school she can finish the homework in time, and teaches younger sisters and brothers to sing songs, recite ancient poems. She was taken by the bus with other children; they often go to school and return home with singing.

Extroverted, active, lovely, fond of playing games, listening to music, singing nursery songs, watching TV, and she is polite, clean, and her clothes are always very clean, which are put in the closet in order. Sometimes she has bad temper, likes crying, and she is a clever and smart little girl.

She is 55 pounds and 51 inches.  She is about the same size as Abby who is 8. 

Both girls are in the same orphanage. They are in the Anhui Province.  We have never been to this part of China so we're excited to go there. 

Anyway, that's a little bit about our girls.  We hope to learn more in the coming months.  Thank you for your prayers, good wishes & support.  I will keep you updated as we know more.