Monday, February 28, 2011

Step by Step & Giveaway Reminder

Today was a big step in our adoption journey.  Eric and I sent out our passport renewal applications.  It may not seem like a big step but it was costly and time consuming, and neither of us were feeling all that well.  Not to mention the boys did their schoolwork on the floor of the Post Office and they really didn't want to be there.  I must say, however, that their behavior was exceptional and they did well.  But it is DONE.  Lord willing we will receive the passports in 2-3 weeks.  We paid to expedite them, but we could not afford to do it any faster so now we wait.  Eric and I cannot fill out any more forms until we have those 2 passports in our hot little hands.  So the next step?  Physicals.  Blergh!  I so dislike going to the doctor for any reason and this is no exception.  But I will take one medical examination over being pregnant and needing an exam on a weekly basis; it's all about perspective, right?

I would also like to remind you that tomorrow is the last day to participate in our Old Navy gift card giveaway.  The card is worth $50 and you can donate as little or as much as you would like.  A name will be drawn from a hat on the morning of Wednesday, March 2nd and we will make a video to announce the winner.  If the winner does not live locally we will happily mail it to you!


Friday, February 25, 2011

No Regrets

Thursdays are exciting days in the Reece's Rainbow community.  We all eagerly await the news of whose dossiers have been submitted and who will soon be traveling to meet their precious children.  Yesterday was no exception and there was even some playful banter among families eagerly awaiting the happy news.  Sure enough some dossiers had made it safely overseas!  We rejoiced with the families and for me personally it gave me hope that someday in the not too distant future Eric and I will receive the same happy news, too.  Only one of the families received devastating news, news that no adoptive family ever wants to hear.

A family in our community (Reece's Rainbow) had been working feverishly to bring home not one, but two precious little ones.  A boy and girl.  You can read about their experience here.  Apparently their baby girl passed away during heart surgery the day before the dossier arrived in country and their little boy's biological family put a halt to that adoption.  What painful, painful news to receive at what should be a joyous time.  Please pray for this family as they grieve their losses and decide what their next step will be.  Pray that the Lord would give them peace in comfort.

This is an example, however, of how adoptive families really put themselves on the line for children they have never even met.  Just because Eric and I have "committed" to Daniel does not guarantee that we will absolutely get to adopt him.  We are doing it because that is what God has asked us to do and we trust Him without hesitation.  Even if after all of our paper chases, expenses, time, and effort something were to happen where we were not able to adopt Daniel, we would not, for one second, regret even trying.  We believe that God blesses those who are obedient to Him, and will do so, even if it means making sacrifices. Of course we pray that all goes well with Daniel's adoption and that we do not come up against any major roadblocks.  The love that we have for that child is the same as the love we have for our 3 boys that are with us right now; unconditional, strong, and unwavering for anyone or anything.  Eric and I will continue to walk forward with confidence until any "powers that be" (i.e. judges, not friends and family) tell us otherwise.  And in the meantime we will enjoy all that we are learning about ourselves, each other, and our boys.  I can see how Daniel already brings out the best in each of us and I pray that someday we can all bring out the best in Daniel, too.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Home Study Day!

Well folks, this evening will be our home study.  While I am not nervous, I still have that need for everything to be perfect.  That alone is probably enough to drive my sweet boys nuts.  Hopefully for the next few hours they will lay low and not go back outside to play.  They were out earlier and all you could see were their eyes!

Anyway, all of our papers are filled out, the house is clean, and we are all eager to welcome our social worker into our home.  Like I've said in previous posts, Nathan is super excited to give Miss Donna the grand tour- I look forward to seeing that.

On that note, I am off to get cleaned up and get things set!  Thanks for all of your prayers and well wishes!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Another Sweet Surprise & Major Cleaning

This morning Eric arrived at work to find another mystery envelope on his desk containing a generous donation from a member of our church.  Whoever you are (and I know you read this because you said you did in your first note!), thank you!  We will be able to put that towards passport renewals and fingerprinting!  We are blessed and grateful.  Moreover, Daniel will be grateful when he sees his momma and poppa for the first time, knowing that he has a forever family!  While we have not been doing any major fundraising within our church family, those that know us and support us has have been so generous and helpful.  We thank all of you (you know who you are) !

This past weekend has been hectic as we have been preparing for our home study that takes place tomorrow evening.  Our house needed a good scrubbing, some things needed to be pitched in the trash, furniture needed to be moved about, and Eric had to put together a bunk bed for Nathan and Daniel.  How exciting!  Nathan is super pleased with his new bed, though he desperately wants to get his new brother home so he can share his room.  Once the bunk beds were set up and made, it suddenly seemed so real to us all that we will soon have another little man in our home.  What a wonderful feeling that was.

Yesterday we took a break from the cleaning, but that was mainly because this momma got some food poisoning from a sub sandwich Saturday evening.  Wowza!  My stomach hurt so bad that I could hardly stand it!  Thankfully I never actually got sick, but the pain lasted until early this afternoon.  So glad that is over.

So today I concentrated on the kitchen and really whipped it into shape.  It can get messy so easily because we allow the boys to get their own snacks (with permission, of course!) and they are learning how to pour their own drinks.  While I certainly clean up after them or have them do it, it still is not perfect and well...I want it to be perfect for tomorrow!  In the meantime poor Elijah had to go to the dentist to get his first and hopefully last filling.  He has had this cavity for a few weeks now, but the earliest that he could be seen by the dentist was today.  That poor boy has put up with his hurting tooth long enough!  Eric and I assured him, however, that this will be easypeasy compared to when he broke his elbow and had the pins put in or his sinus surgeries.  Regardless, it will be a load off of Elijah's shoulders once it is all done and over with.

Oh and don't forget our Old Navy $50 gift card giveaway!!  You have until March 1st and all you need to do is make a donation to our Paypal account (of any amount) and the boys will draw a name at random early on the morning of March 2nd.  We will make a video of it so you can see them pull the name.  Also, if you love Fair Trade Coffee we have our own little online coffee shop and $5 of each bag of Fair Trade coffee you purchase will go towards our adoption expenses as well.  Look for the link on the left-hand side of the blog.  Then we have our "Dima Day" at Easy Street Family Fun Center on Tuesday, March 8th from 4:00 - 9:00.  50% of all proceeds will also go towards our traveling expenses.  So come on out and enjoy a great evening of fun while helping to bring home our son!!  And FINALLY, for those of you that are interested, I am in the process of setting up an online Pampered Chef party via a sweet gal from Pittsburgh.  No need to attend a party, just shop online at your leisure!  That will also benefit our traveling expenses.  There is more to come, but we also need to get crackalackin' on our dossier papers.  Eric and I are open to ideas and suggestions, too, so don't be shy!

Finally, I heard about a fire that destroyed an orphanage in Latvia.  Click here to read the full story.  So very sad.  It made me pray all the more for Daniel's safety.  Please pray for the orphans that survived.  They must be so traumatized....


Friday, February 18, 2011

Promise of Things to Come

This morning I woke up to a bright, sunny, beautiful day here in Central Florida.  The windows are open, the boys are out in the back yard playing (they did do their reading assignments), and the air smells like spring.  Spring arrives a little early here in FL and I love the days where you get a little glimpse of what is to come.  The weather is not yet hot, but the day gets to be about 80 with low humidity.  The sun is out and can make your cheeks a little pink.  Trees and flowers are blooming and you can smell their fragrance.  Summer is not too far away and the days will turn into hot lazy days days.  The boys will cease playing on the swing set during the day, and we will live in our swimming pool from the time we get up until we go to bed.  The boys especially love our nighttime swims when it is dark and we have nothing more than a porch light and moonlight to light up the pool (don't worry, the porch light is pretty bright!).

With this summer not only will it bring long, lazy days, but a new member to our family.  This morning as I gathered the dirty laundry I day dreamed about what it will be like with 4 little boys playing and splashing in the pool, staying up late to watch a movie together in the playroom, and riding bikes after supper.  Will Daniel like to splash in the pool with his brothers?  Will he like to play fetch with Jax in the evenings?  What will he like to do most?  Oh I could go on and on all day thinking like this but alas I must clean.  Today's weather just fills my heart with hope and happiness.  A promise of all of the wonderful things to come this summer.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Just Love Coffee

First, thank you to those of you participating in our Old Navy Gift Card giveaway.  We really appreciate your financial support.

Second, we are making good progress on our homes study papers.  As of right now everything is filled out and or submitted, we just need to get our physicals done.  After the physicals we will need to renew our passports and the MAJOR paper work chase can begin.  Our actual home study will take place this Tuesday evening and we are excited to meet with our social worker.  The boys will give her the grand tour of our home and Nathan is especially excited to show her his bedroom- where he and Daniel will be sleeping!  This does mean, however, that I have some MAJOR cleaning to do this weekend!  Our house is not by any means dirty, but I have 3 boys and a dog.  Enough said, right?

Finally, Eric and I have set up an account with Just Love Coffee to help raise funds for our adoption.  We have a storefront and everything!  With each bag of coffee that is purchased, we receive $5.00 of that.  For now the money will go towards traveling expenses and we will keep the tore up and running up through our adoption.  This fine company allows families adopting children with special needs to keep the store up so they can cover immediate medical expenses for their adopted child.  As far as we know with Daniel he has no major medical issues, but we will be getting him fully checked out by the pediatrician when we get home.  Sometimes children that have lived in orphanages have tonsil and adenoid issues (we are no stranger to that!), they might need glasses, and possibly some dental work.  So if you are interested, click here to check out our online coffee shop!

*We also get a return on hats, mugs, t-shirts, scoops, etc... so shop away!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Old Navy Gift Card Giveaway!

I am pleased to announce our first blog giveaway to benefit our stateside adoption expenses!  If you have questions regarding the cost of our adoption, please refer to this entry where I have broken everything down.  As you will see we have quite a bit of cost involved with some stateside expenses and we must clear those hurdles before our dossier can even be sent over to Eastern Europe.

Up for grabs is a $50 gift card to Old Navy! All you need to do is make a donation to our personal Paypal (refer to the button on the left-hand side of this blog that is for our immediate adoption expenses). Please make certain that you leave your real name and contact information when you make your donation.  On Tuesday, March 1st one of our boys will randomly draw a name out of a hat and choose the winner of the gift card.  You have 2 weeks to enter!  Only donations that have been made between February 15th and March 1st of 2011 will count towards this giveaway.

Your donation can be as little or as much as you want.  We will be grateful for even a dollar, but of course we are hoping to raise as much support as we can.  I want to make it clear that donations to our personal Paypal account are not tax deductible!  If you want to make a tax deductible donation you must donate to our Reece's Rainbow Grant.  We also welcome donations to that account as it will help with travel expenses.  We just cannot even think of traveling, however, until all of our dossier paperwork is in order.  So that is why we are raising money for stateside expenses at this time.

If you do not live near us, please do not be shy in participating!  We will happily send the gift card to you!  Happy donating!

The Cost: Why Does It Cost So Much?

I frequently get that question and now that we are in the throws of the process I have more detailed information.  Here is a breakdown of our expenses for this adoption.  Please keep in mind that most expenses are an approximation:

Homestudy - $1,000 (COVERED!)

UCIS, i-600a & fingerprinting - $1,000 (this is done here in the States and must be completed before our dossier is even sent over)  (COVERED!)

Flights - $2,800  - We have been blessed by a couple in our church that is allowing us to use their Buddy Passes with a major airline.  While the cost of our flights have been drastically reduced (we had been looking at $7,000 for flights), we still need to raise the money.  (HALF COVERED!  We still need to raise the money for our return home flights.) 

Facilitator fees - $9,000  (COVERED!)  *Our facilitator is the person who takes us around to the various government buildings/offices and translates for us.  He or she also helps us with any issues that arise while we are in country.  They are on-call 24/7 for us and more than earn their fee!

First trip lodging - $1700 which breaks down into $80/night for 3 weeks (give or take)  (COVERED!)

Second trip lodging - $1,100 ($80/night for 2 weeks (give or take)  (COVERED!)

First trip food & other supplies - $450 which breaks down into $20/day for 3 weeks (give or take)  (COVERED!)

Second trip food & other supplies - $250 which breaks down into $20/day for 2 weeks (give or take)  (COVERED!) *I should add that we are not making 2 trips.  Eric will be leaving me behind after our court date with a dear woman from our church who has volunteered to stay with me!  I must wait through the 10 day waiting period which usually ends up being more than 10 days as it does not include weekends and holidays.  We may end up needing a little more than what is suggested here*

Passport - $600 (for Dima)  (COVERED!)  

Visa & medical - $550  (for Dima)  (COVERED!)  

Transportation in country - $2,000  - (COVERED!)

Orphanage donation/dossier preparation costs - $1,000  (COVERED!) 

*Rent for the extra 2-3 weeks during our extended stay - approximately $1,500.

The total approximate cost is $25,000 (more, really, once you include all of the Stateside expenses- closer to $30,000).  Does it seem impossible?  Yes.  But our God is bigger than that! He can and will provide.  As my friend Lindy says, "God funds what He favors!".  How is God asking YOU to be His hands and feet in this?

Would you please consider making a donation to our personal Paypal account (to cover flights) or give a tax deductible donation to our grant via Reece's Rainbow?  The money from our grant goes towards our overseas expenses which is all we have left to raise.  Without the help of others this adoption could not be possible.  While not every Christian family is called to adopt, every Christian is called to help care for orphans.  Without a doubt our family has been called to adopt and provide a home for the "least of these".

Monday, February 14, 2011

Mystery Donor & Happy Valentine's Day!

Yesterday at church somebody blessed us with some cash to go towards immediate adoption expenses.  Sadly we do not know who this individual is, but we would like to thank that person.  We appreciate your generosity.  We have physicals coming up as well as some expensive background stuff to take care of so that is most likely how that money will be used.

And lest we not forget that it is Valentine's Day!!  We have no romantic plans, but we do make Valentine's Day more about the boys.  So today the boys and I  spent the day with our homeschool group, CHEA, and celebrated Valentine's Day together.  The boys played hard and had fun with their friends.  I think it is safe to say that I have 3 boys that will sleep well tonight (yay!).  And whoever said that homeschool kids do not get much socialization is nuts- I can hardly keep up with their social lives!!

My dear husband also did not forget that it was Valentine's Day and surprised me with a flowers, balloons, and candy.  The candy he hid in the house and I had to follow clues to find it which was fun.  Hopefully we can go out on a date soon....maybe.

We were also blessed with bunk beds today!  Nathan (aka Sammy) will be sharing a room with his new brother and in order to do so bunk beds were needed.  Tami Chapman from CHEA graciously offered to pass along a set of bunk beds that her children no longer use and we can pick them up sometime in the next week or so.  WOW!  Thank you, Tami!!!

I wonder if Daniel knew it was Valentine's Day.....hopefully somewhere deep in his heart he knows that his mama and poppa love him so very much and would hug and him kiss him if they could.  His brothers are also thinking of him today and would love to share their candy with him and read Valentine messages to him.

Well, I could write more, but I better catch up on some chores since we were gone all day.  Happy Valentine's Day to you all!!


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Our Dossier

Today I checked my email and found our Dossier packets were waiting in my inbox!  It was exciting and overwhelming in one fell swoop...not really sure what else to say other than if y'all do not hear from us any time soon it is because we are buried under a MASSIVE mountain of paper work!  We were also privileged to learn Daniel's given birth name.  At this time I am unable to share that with you but I was pleased with our decision to rename him Daniel.  No offense to his birth parents and the name they chose or anything.

I will also take a moment and be real about this whole process.  It is not easy.  But just because it is not an easy process does not mean that it is not worth doing.  Stressful?  You bet.  Expensive?  Oh yeah!  But the outcome?  Priceless.  Eric and I just need to remind each other and the boys (they get impatient, too!) that with each signature, each trip to the bank for papers to be notarized, and each fax sent off, that we are one step closer to bringing that awesome little man home forever.  I would like to also reassure anyone with any reservations that Eric and I have a realistic expectation that it will take time for our family to adjust.  Daniel will need to learn a whole new language, a new culture, and what it means to be part of a family.  It does not happen over night.  I am grateful, however, that he is currently in a decent orphanage and being well taken care of.  He is potty trained, he plays with toys, he has friends, and his caregivers are truly caring people.  That will make a huge difference for Daniel.  I pray for him and his caregivers every day.

In the meantime I am going to enjoy each step of this process.  It is like being pregnant, only I am not pregnant with a baby, I am pregnant with paper work!  That is not such a bad thing.  It is all an adventure that God is using to shape us, challenge us, and test our faith.  So far God has come through every time we have cried out to Him.

Now off to do more paper work!

Friday, February 11, 2011

His Name Is....

After a few days of pondering and praying, we have decided upon a new name for Dima.  At this point in time we do not have his given name, but regardless, we felt that we wanted to name him with a name that meant something special.

Daniel David.

Daniel, because of a verse Eric read.  Daniel 1:4:  young men, without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king's palace...

You see, in Daniel's country, he has been deemed "defective".  But in our eyes and in God's Daniel is perfect, just the way that God made him.  And not to mention super cute/handsome!!

The middle name, David, is after Eric's father.  Eric's father has been a wonderful "Pa" to our boys and loves his boys so very much.

So there you have it.  Dima is now known as Daniel!

Also, please keep our family in prayer.  We have been undergoing some serious spiritual attack this past week and could really use some prayer.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Why Are We Adopting a Child with Down Syndrome?

I have pondered how I was going to answer this question for weeks now.  The answer is so simple, yet not so easy to explain.  So here is my attempt to adequately share my heart with you all.

When Eric and I decided that we wanted to adopt we had originally thought of doing a domestic adoption and had not even considered a child with special needs.  After all we have 3 boys of our own to think of and we didn't want to harm them in any way.  Sounds good, right?  But then we began to pray in earnest about our future adoption plans, that God would guide us and lead us to the right agency which in turn would lead us to our future son (we always knew we wanted 4 boys).

Not too long after that my friend, Lindy, whom I have know for almost 10 years announced that she and her husband were adopting a little boy from Eastern Europe- and he has special needs.  I totally confess that at first I thought she was nuts.  She, too, has 3 children of her own to think of and she has to homeschool and her husband is in full-time ministry, and on and on and on.  All I could think about were the negatives of their decision.  Yet I rejoiced for and with her and asked about Reece's Rainbow.  There was a tiny part of me that was curious.

So Lindy began to share about children with special needs in that area of the world (Eastern Europe).  It was like a bad car wreck you see on the side of the road- it is something awful but you cannot help but gawk and look.  You see, children with Down Syndrome or any other special need for that matter, are considered "defective" and are either aborted before they even have the chance to arrive into this world (I call that MURDER) or are born and put away into an orphanage where they are kept hidden away as if they were some sort of monster.  When the children turn 4 they are then taken from the the orphanages and put into mental institutions.  MENTAL INSTITUTIONS.  And I am not talking about institutions that are kept clean and are held to some sort of standard, I am talking about institutions where in many cases the conditions have not been improved in 150 years.  Can you imagine what that must be like for a child let alone a child that really has no way of fully understanding why they are there?  To put it bluntly, it must be a living hell for them.

As a mother to 3 healthy, intelligent, happy, and active boys, my heart was sickened.  Suddenly so many things that were so "urgent" or "important" were not so important anymore.  I suddenly felt God humbling me and urging me to pray about what I had learned.  I knew that if it were one of MY boys in that situation I would move heaven and earth to save them and bring them home.  I would use every last penny to get to them and rescue them from that nightmare.  So why not one of those children?  Sure, I could probably list a trillion reasons as to why Eric and I should not adopt a child with Down Syndrome and Lord knows that some people have offered their well meaning opinions on the matter, but ultimately what it comes down to is what is GOD is asking Eric and I to do about it.

It is no secret that Eric and I are Christians that tend to live life to the fullest.  Some of you will know what I mean when I say that.  But in other words our faith is black and white and hardly has any shades of gray.  With Eric and I it is all or nothing.  So when I shared with Eric the information that I had about these children, he, too, saw that there was a need.  We prayed.  We looked at Scripture.  We asked some friends to pray for us.  We prayed some more.

God's Word is very clear on what Christians are to do about orphans.  God, the creator of the universe, cares so much for orphans and desires that they are all taken care of and placed into loving homes.  Perhaps the most quoted verse (as far as I can tell) on orphans is the following:

Pure religion that God the Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep from being polluted by the world.  James 1:27 (NIV).

I read that verse and thought about for quite sometime.  How often have I heard that "Christians are just a bunch of hypocrites"?  Too many times to keep count.  But after I read James 1:27 that is the phrase that kept popping into my head.  If Eric and I ignore this nudge from God we are no better than the hypocrites.  Wow.  Is that what Eric and I wanted?  Is that what we wanted to emulate for our boys?  No!  Eric and I want to teach our boys to love those that are unlovable, to pray for people, to put action behind their faith; faith without works is dead.  Not that one is saved by action, but if we just simply say that we are a Christian and do nothing to show for it, then how are we backing up our words?

So I was on a search for Scripture that supports why we should adopt, moreover, why we should adopt a child with Down Syndrome.  As I was looking at the Reece's Rainbow website I came across a list of Scriptures that support WHY one should adopt.  Here is the list:

A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.  God sets the lonely in families.  Psalms 68:5-6
He defends the cause of the fatherless.  Deuteronomy 10:18
In you the fatherless find mercy.  Hosea 14:4
You are the helpers of the fatherless.  Psalm 10:14
It is not the will of your Father that one of these little ones should perish.  Matthew 18:14
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.  James 1:27 - Sound familiar?
Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Luke 18:16
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  John 14:18
Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.  Matthew 18:5
And Jesus took the children in his arms, put his hands on them, and blessed them.  Mark 10:16
Remember those…who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.   Hebrews 13:3
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us…let us not love with word or tongue, but with action and in truth.  I John 3:16-18
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.   Matthew 25:35
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…defend the rights of the needy.   Proverbs 31:8,9
He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 22:16

Another Scripture that was shared with me is Proverbs 24:12.  It is the Scripture that I have on the title of our blog.  Do you see it?  Do you see what it says?  Basically God will hold each of accountable for what we know.  God knows my heart.  He knows that I know that there are children suffering and need a home.  If I have that knowledge and do nothing, nothing at all I am being disobedient.  Eric and I were going to adopt anyway, right?  God also asks us to treat the least of these with love and mercy.  These little children in Eastern Europe are most certainly considered "the least of these" in their own countries.  Again, I know this and God knows I know.  Do you understand where I am going with this?  Basically God is asking Eric and I to step out in faith and welcome one of these little ones into our home.  Some of you may not agree and that is O.K.  But that will not negate what God has asked us to do.

Can we save them all?  Hardly.  But we CAN save one. We can make the difference in the life of one little boy whose family decided that they could not handle taking care of him.  Eric, the boys, and I certainly have the love to give and the ability to care for another child, but again, so many ask why.  Why a child on the other side of the world with Down Syndrome of all things when there are so many children here in our own country that need a forever family?  Surely you should give preference to children in your own country; children that are not "defective".

Because 70% of the Eastern European children that are transferred from an orphanage to a mental institution die within the first year due to the shear trauma of it all. The remaining 30% either die soon after the first year or live out their miserables lives alone and forgotten.  That is a living nightmare that no human should ever have to endure.  With that knowledge alone it is a "no brainer" for Eric and I.  If you want to know what life is truly like in these institutions, you can watch a video about the institutions in Serbia.  Or you can ask this mother.  Her son lived an institution, but this amazing woman and her husband heeded God's call and saved their son, Aaron, from certain death.

Our son is a happy, healthy, high functioning little boy with Down Syndrome.  He deserves to live in a real home, with a Mama and a Papa who will love him for who he is and brothers that will spoil him with attention.  Our son deserves to be brought up in the church where he will have many friends and have fun learning about God.  Our son, just as all children, deserves to LIVE.

Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
Matthew 18:13 (ASV)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Our First Fundraiser!

We have our first fundraiser scheduled to help us bring our son home!  I credit this idea to our son, Elijah, and we are so proud of him for thinking of this.  For those of you local to Ocala, we will be having "Dima Day" at Easy Street Family Fun Center on Tuesday, March 8th from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  50% of everything you spend will go directly towards our adoption fund.  Even if you cannot attend during that time, you can purchase tickets during our fund raiser and purchase tickets for a time that is more convenient for you and your family. That, too, will go towards our adoption fund!

Dima Day will be a great time of fun, food, and fellowship so we hope to see you there!  If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

A HUGE thank you to Jennifer Pinard for allowing us to have a fundraiser at Easy Street!

Monday, February 7, 2011


 Our son, DIMA!!!  As of today we have officially committed to this precious boy and we are so excited and anxious to meet him.  We of course have a TON of paperwork, a home study, more paperwork, more paperwork, some traveling, more paperwork, and more traveling.  Sounds like a lot, but I think I would rather go through all of that than another pregnancy at this point.  We look forward to sharing our journey with you and we hope that you will pray for us as we step out in faith in doing what God has called us to do.  

Here is what information we have on our son for now, directly from Reece's Rainbow:

Born, Born May 15, 2004
Our Dima is still waiting!  Dima has blonde hair and a personality that just glows.  He is considered very high functioning.  He lived with his family for a while, as they did not realize he had Down syndrome.  He is facing the institution very soon and is blessed to still be at the baby house!    He is active, happy, and social.  He will make a wonderful son!

We would also like to thank those of you that have already made a contribution to Dima's adoption.  Without you we would not even be at this point!  A HUGE thank you to Coat's Roofing Company!  They lowered the cost of our roof so we could cover the rest of our Promise Trust.  They did so without hesitation and with a cheerful heart.  THANK YOU!