Archive for July, 2010

July 31, 2010

Whew!

I’m the VBS (Vacation Bible School) director at church and it was VBS week this week.  WHEW!  Just a bit crazy…but so much fun!

Every year we go to one of the low income apartment complexes here in town and bring kids in for VBS.  Many of the families don’t have cars, or if they do they aren’t going to take the time to drive their kids to church, so picking them up is the only way to get them to there.  It makes things pretty hectic trying to coordinate transportation for all those kids.  We love having them though and really enjoy the opportunity to minister to the children in our community. 

I’ll be back to posting regularly soon.  :)

July 26, 2010

Mayer can slide by himself!

Mayer can now go down the slide by himself! 
He’s very proud.  :)  

(sorry for poor quality – from my phone)

July 25, 2010

Awesome news!

I just heard the amazing news that little Monroe now has an adoptive family!!!!!

Thank you to everyone that prayed and advocated for this sweet boy – I’m so excited for him!

July 25, 2010

It has been HOT!

The kids have been happy to do this almost every day:

 

 

July 25, 2010

This is powerful…

July 23, 2010

Not amused…

I was searching through old pictures today on flickr (looking for something I never found) but I came across this picture and couldn’t help but laugh.

This is right after we got baby Lena from Haiti who stayed with us until we could get her to WA for surgery.

I think Schniders expression clearly shows just how he felt about having another baby in the house.  :)

My goodness, I love and miss him so much. 

July 20, 2010

Update on Monroe’s Situation

Monroe is STILL WAITING.

PLEASE continue to spread the word.   I can’t believe no one has come forward to adopt this adorable boy.

Please note that only married couples under 49 years of age can can adopt Monroe.  Reece’s Rainbow has told me that they have had a lot of inquiries but that they were all from single or older people.  

Urgent need for an adoptive family!

Monroe doesn’t have much time.  He has a $20,000 grant which will pretty much cover his entire adoption!!!!

He has just six weeks to find his forever family before being sent a mental institution where he will spend the rest of his life tied in a crib. 

Please look at his information and pray about whether you have room in your heart and home for this sweet boy.

“Once our eyes are opened, we can’t pretend we don’t know what to do.  God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act.”

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 spasticity 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! ***
July 17, 2010

URGENT!

Urgent need for an adoptive family!

Monroe doesn’t have much time.  He has a $20,000 grant which will pretty much cover his entire adoption!!!!

He has just six weeks to find his forever family before being sent a mental institution where he will spend the rest of his life tied in a crib. 

Please look at his information and pray about whether you have room in your heart and home for this sweet boy.

“Once our eyes are opened, we can’t pretend we don’t know what to do.  God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act.”

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 spasticity 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! ***
July 15, 2010

seems like forever…

It seems like Mayer has been here forever. 

I can’t believe it has only been a month and a half.

Those months in Uganda seem like a dream…did that really happen?

Mayer is such a trip.  He’s smart.  Funny.  Adorable.  Happy.  Loving.

We keep hearing from others what a lucky/blessed little boy Mayer is.  

I just shake my head…
I can’t even begin to descirbe how blessed we feel to be have been given this amazing gift of a boy.  

We are so thankful!

 

July 13, 2010

Our Family Adoptions is an awesome organization working in the Congo (DRC) – Uganda’s next door neighbor.  We’ve talked to them several times and considered adopting from the DRC (and may still consider it in the future).  The situation there is desperate.  Please consider voting for them as the compete to win $20,000.  

http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/731707036-our-family-adoptions?src=twitter