Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
My very sweet friend, east coast photographer Kelly Zaiko, has graciously offered to help bring Matthew and Ivanna home. Here is how: she is making available any SCENERY image that she has on her website to you for purchase. The portrait will be mounted on a 2mm styrene and sized at 16x20. (watermark will NOT be on image) Kelly does stunning work, and I am often impressed with her 'eye'. For those of you who are local to Washington - there are many scenes from Mt. Rainier and even the original Starbuck's located in downtown Seattle. You just need to scroll through older posts on her blog. You will not be disappointed. The price is $100.00 per print. This is a GREAT deal. Remember, these are mounted on styrene. All proceeds after shipping and printing will go to bringing Matthew and Ivanna home. If you are interested in placing an order, please contact Kelly. Her website to go to is: http://www.kellyzaikophotography.com/
Thank you Kelly, for helping us and having a heart to save Matthew and Ivanna. Thank you to those who order from her. You not only get a beautiful work to hang on your wall, but you are helping Matthew and Ivanna to know the love of a family ... finally.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Okay! No problem. He was gracious enough to say that he would meet me at the local credit union to notarize his signature. WOW! What a kind offer. He then said he would give me a call later this week and we could arrange for it. Whew!
Well, this morning was a sllllooooowwww morning. With Justus having woke up through the night and a busy day behind us, I was just exhausted. In my mind, I thought today would be a lazy sort of catch up on laundry, no need to look pretty, let the kids wear pajamas ... day. I get a call at 9:30 from our very kind chief deputy asking if he could meet me in an hour to notarize the document. AAAHHHHH!! I wipe the baby slobber from my cheek and take quick note of my pajama attire, six ragamuffin kids and very calmly said .... "That's no problem, I'll be there!"
I get to the credit union with time to spare, but when I sit for awhile - panic sets in. Did he know WHICH credit union?!? Ohhhhh nooooooo....
Sure enough, about a quarter to ten, he calls. He went to the wrong bank. So - our very kind gentleman asks if we can still just get this done now? AMEN! Oh, and by the way, he has no car - can I pick him up?
~~~ Now remember that we just berry picked ALL day yesterday with six grubby kiddos and one tired momma. ~~~~ my car is a WRECK!
~~~ I reply - "Sure Mike, not a problem, be there soon!"
I run out of the credit union with kids in tow. Quickly buckle said kids in, and get to work "cleaning" my car. After all, the CHIEF DEPUTY is about to ride in my mommy mobile. I look for my baby wipes, and guess what - not one in the diaper bag! Panicked, I toss all various and sundry items to the back seat where Mike won't be able to see them. I grab a water bottle and a bright pink baby bib and start scrubbing my car down. You know, the coffee dribble, and cracker crumbs that have somehow mixed together to create - well ... just plain groddiness.
I speed ... ahem, I mean drive efficiently to the assessor's office and sweetly smile as Mike climbs in. I'm sweating by now and silently praying that kids stay sweet for the car ride.
We get to the credit union, notarize the document, make small talk, and safely return the county's most gracious employee back to his office. No one is hurt, no need to fret. The document is now DONE! Thank you Lord for making this little adventure fun and exciting, and for reminding me that you can and will provide the means to get these things done.
~ whew ~
... I need some serious caffeine ...
Monday, July 19, 2010
After a home study is complete, it needs to be sent to immigration for approval. This is what is typically referred to as 'USCIS approval' or the I-600 approval. Normally this process has been promised to take 45 days for approval (from date of submission - to date of receiving your approval letter). NOW - it takes more like 60 - 90 days! Can you believe that?!? Apparently they have moved this all important office to a different location, thus needing to train a bunch of new people. This has slowed the process down considerably. Ugh. What a let down that could be.
Matthew and Ivanna's orphanage director is working to keep them in the orphanage and not transferred, so timing is crucial. If you could join me in praying for the approval time to be swift, I would be so thankful. God can give "our" application to just the right person. The person who is quick, and determined. The person who has a heart to see these kids come home soon. We have not submitted our home study and application, but it will probably be done this week.
I would also ask prayer for the various documents that we need to finish for our dossier to come together without complication. Matthew and Ivanna's country is very thorough when it comes to your dossier. Everything needs to match up accordingly, with no mistakes.
To some, these prayer requests may seem odd; but the paperwork and application process can be overwhelming because so many things need to come together at just the right time and way. Every detail is so important. Thank you all for your sweet encouragement and prayer.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Thank you so much for your involvement and support.
Nursing Cover: Meagan P.
Family Portrait Session: Simpson Family
Child Portrait Session: Bowden Family
Flower Hair Clips: Henson Family
Spindlenique Boutique Gift Cert. #1: Henson Family
Spindlenique Boutique Gift Cert. #2: Henson Family
Mt. Rainier Portrait: Mcarthur Family
Denim Bag: Debbie M.
Brown Bracelet: Kim H.
Coach Purse: Mark L.
Gym Membership: Jenny S.
Teeth Whitening: Cindee C.
Blankie: April N.
Ladybug, etc. Clips: Cindee C.
Guitar Strap: Spain Family
Tu-Tu: Deb Whitaker
Jammies: A. Ament
Greeting Cards: Jenny S.
Thank you for your help in saving Matthew and Ivanna. We can't wait to bring them home.
Next auction starts August 10th
Thursday, July 15, 2010
For those who want to be apart of adoption - but the financial committment is overwhelming, here is your chance to save a child. Monroe has a FULL grant of $20,000. You are literally just looking at spending out of pocket for a committment fee, homestudy, your USCIS application., and passports. Please - help save Monroe - upload this info and picture on your blog and facebook - let's get the word out. He only has six months left, and the paperwork process needs to be started NOW! You can go to http://www.reecesrainbow.com/ for more info.
BOY, Born February 4, 2005
SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!
Monroe is a sunshine of a little boy! He is already 5 and blessed to still be at the baby house. He needs a family right away!
From a missionary who visited with him in June 2010: I met with the doctor in his Groupa House who brought me back to meet him. The Head Doctor wanted me to meet the children who needed equipment. While measuring him for a chair, she explained to me what was more important was that he get a family. He will be traferred in six months to the worst institution, restrained in a crib in a dark room. She broke into tears! Monroe has spastic cerebral palsy in all four limbs and is globally delayed. He is able to recognize the voices of his careworkers and understand simple directions. However, due to his spacitiy he is unable to do much of anything. No speech. With therapy he can improve but will always have limitations. I measured his head circumfeence and once home will check with a doctor regtarding whether ir not he is microcephalic as well. I will try to gather more information on him today. His temperament was sweet and his eyes twinkled. He needs a family fast!
From an adoptive family who visited with him in June 2009: Monroe has CP. It appears that he is unable to use his arms and legs and is not sitting up on his own. He has the most beautiful smile and I don't think there is much of a cognitive delay. He loves to be held and his whole face lights up when you come near him."
*** Monroe has an incredible benefactor who has offered a FULL GRANT of $20,000 for his adoption. He is facing imminent institutionalization, and will regress quickly once he is transferred. Families who are qualified (www.reecesrainbow.org/newfamily.html) to adopt internationally and who are approved to adopt a significantly delayed child should contact Andrea for more information. This is a very fast program and it is very possible to have him home before the end of 2010! ***
MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE ~~~~ go to http://www.reecesrainbow.com/
Monroe has $20,000 in my grant fund towards the cost of his adoption!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
When Auction is Over:
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Again - Thank you!
Monday, July 5, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
We too have been moved with compassion. To the prophet he was viewing the persecution of a people that had turned from the things of God and suffered for it. Today we are moved because of the fruits of a people who have forgotten that ALL children have been formed in the womb by the hand of the Lord, made perfectly...some with extra leaves (chromosomes), some without...every one fearfully and wonderfully made by the perfect hand of a loving Father.
Many children in far away lands have no voice, and some because of their disabilities are not given the opportunity for life with a loving family. Recently we viewed a clip from the Today show on the state of foreign mental institutions for disabled children and was again moved with compassion.
Please pray for these little ones. I know that the Lord can bring them a comfort that I could never understand...and yet I know that He would not have our family stand by and not act on their behalf.
We are thankful for your prayers as we endeavor to bring Matthew and Ivanna home as soon as possible. We would not want them to spend a single day in an institution if at all possible.