Friday, October 26, 2012

Are you Called???

When we first looked into hosting this winter, we saw 4 adorable little faces that will probably be in my mind and heart forever.  I knew taking on 4 more would be quiet the undertaking, but I asked anyway.  Their picture was posted 3 days before OUR children were listed, and even though I think I knew deep down these 4 weren't for me, I had to make sure.  It turns out, I am too young by 1 year!! :(

I've gone back to the photo listing every single day for nearly 2 months now, with the hope that these 4 beautiful children had been chosen.

With less than 6 days left for children to be chosen, I am starting to lose hope.  4 amazing children need a home and I have no idea how to help other than flooding my facebook wall and posting here.

Would you find it in your heart to take them?  Is God calling you to help?  (someone in Kentucky so I can come squeeze their necks?!?)  I am praying so hard someone will choose them.  They need to be loved.



Is God asking you to do something special for His glory? What about giving these 4 kiddos a Christmas they will never forget?? $2650 hosting scholarship for Ivars, Diana, Aigars, Laura are from a very rural foster family. They are all very good kids and all have the same 2 parents! Laura, the oldest, likes Barbies and is the serious, artistic one of the bunch. Diana likes to play with her babydo
lls and wishes for one with a stroller. Ivars, the older of the boys, likes soccer, ice hockey, and bike riding. He takes care of the pets and helps with the house. Aigars, the youngest, likes to play on the swings and trampoline. He would like a computer game for Christmas. All kids are very shy and innocent and definitely NOT WORLDLY kids. Though the youngest said his wish would be for a computer game, the foster mom said there is no computer so perhaps he meant a handheld game. They will be amazed at the simplest of things and most every hour in the beginning will be eye opening to them in the world of technology and "things". For more information about hosting, visit http://www.newhorizonsforchildren.org/orphan-hosting/ To donate a scholarship towards bringing them to the US this Christmas, mention their names in your PayPal donation https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=64Z9CL4FZZMCQ

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

An Update



Life is moving so fast here lately, I rarely have time to sit down at the computer for much longer than checking my email and facebook.

My soon to be 17 month old is being potty trained (on his own!), Stinky can almost do laundry by herself, Liam is learning self control (we um... spoiled him because of his special need... to make a LONG story short, we created a monster, but he's better!!!), Kathryn, my right hand.  Seriously, I don't think she really knows how much help she truly is.  She baked her first made from scratch over the weekend, all by herself.  Jesse, my 8 year old. My big boy, out growing every outfit and shoe he owns. He's missing baseball (though he still practices once a week with the Grays), but has taken up showing Liam and Jonah how to hit off a Tee. He needed a lesson in patience, this is doing it. :-D

We are all learning and growing, and time is speeding by!

After spending many hours talking with the adoption agency, NHFC, and a Social Worker, we have decided to host our 3 Latvian orphans after all.  Little did we know, it is their choice to be adopted or not.  More than likely they will not want to come to a strange place FOREVER, and just hoping it's the right thing for them without seeing it first. All they've ever known is that their parents left them and walked away and didn't look back.  They need to be sure and see with their own eyes we will love them for who they are, will always be here when they need us, and no matter what, we will not turn them away, ever! We decided to just have faith our needs would be met money wise.  Never doubt God, EVER. Seriously, He's come through for us.  We almost have all of the $9000 we need to host. We are now about $2000 away, but we have a final fundraiser, a benefit pageant.

In 51 days we will load the van with an extra booster seat, 5 overly excited children, and clothes for 2 parents and 8 children, as well as welcome gifts, and make the trip south to bring our children home.  Only for 4 weeks, but better than nothing.  They still have no idea they have been chosen, they don't know a family in Kentucky thinks about them everyday, prays for them, and already loves them unconditionally.   We are not allowed to ask them if they want to be adopted.  That will be done by a judge (? i think?) in Latvia once our homestudy is done and all the paperwork has been sent to Latvia. They only think this is a vacation, only to learn about the American culture. They have no idea they could be meeting their forever family. 51 days!!!

There is so much to do, it's not even funny.  I've heard of people that were waiting for their children to come and how time drags on slowly for them.  That is not the case here for hosting at this time.  Though I want them here NOW (:-D), we are still needing to make our home ready for 3 more.  We somehow have to get another bunk bed with mattresses, clothes, shoes, toys, still have to have our home safety visit, still have to go to our training class, and I've got to set up appointments for them to have their eyes and teeth checked too.  Before 51 days!!!

Teeth is the hardest, our dentist passed away back in June and I am so lost as far as looking for a dentist I just can't seem to pull that one together.  He wasn't just our dentist, he was my friend. No one will ever come close to him and the care he provided.  My tooth that is aching reminds me I need to bite (HA!) the bullet and find someone new, but darn it if I don't want to, you know?  The kids need to have their teeth cleaned though, the children from Latvia have never been to a dentist.  I HAVE to do this.  I will, it's just hard.

That's it in a nutshell.  We are living our normal day to day lives, but we know change is happening already. We will embrace it no matter what.  It's really scary knowing they might not like us, or our lifestyle.  They might not be a fit for our family.  That is a seriously scary thought!!!  No matter what happens, we will never be the same as we were before, even if it's not a fit they will always hold a special place in our hearts forever.      I am excited!! :)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

We're Jumping!!!


We were going to host first.  That was the plan.  That way if this didn't work out, kids didn't like each other, Latvian kids didn't like us, our home, our pets, being in a large family... we could go no further than hosting them.  They could go back and we could take what we learned from this and that would have been the end of that.  We weren't obligated to adopt them, we just would have been given the choice to adopt them.  No hard feelings if it wasn't a fit.  The children aren't even coming here thinking it's possible, they think it's just to experience the American culture.

We were playing it safe because my fear it wouldn't work out, even though it's not really what God wanted.  Hosting 3 is near $9000, that is almost 1/4 of what the cost to adopt 3 siblings from Latvia would be.  Playing it safe came with a price.. And seriously this was a lack of faith issue.  I knew in my heart what I was suppose to do, but I AM only human.  I smacked the easy button (that cost a lot) and as going on my own. (if you only knew how hard this became... we've had issue after issue this past month!!!) That is till this morning.

3 am today. TRUST ME.  Those two words. LOUDLY. Not in my head. Spoken like someone was talking (in this case... YELLING) in the room I was in. TRUST ME!  I now know how scared Moses must have felt when he was on that mountain.  It startled me! TRUST ME!!!
Not sure if Ryan heard it too, or just felt it.  We both agreed right away it was time to back out of hosting and to go onward with adoption.  I was up till 5 am.  After hearing the voice of God himself, it's not very easy to let sleep come!!

First thing this morning we called a family meeting.  Nothing major is done in our home without everyone being on board.  "Kids, what if we don't host?" (insert sad little faces) "what if we just adopt them... now WAIT! it's a LONG processes, we don't know when they will get to come here now, but what if we adopt them?" (insert thrilled little faces!! then loud shouts of joy... sorry neighbors!)

I was on the phone at 10 am.  I now have those 3 precious children's full names, birth dates, and other info.  They are about to be pulled from the hosting program and will be put in the "adoption in processes" file.  At this very moment, plans to go on with a full home study are in the works.  The ball is rolling.

We're Jumping!

Stay tuned!  This is going to be an amazing journey!!!!