Leaving on a jet plane

We are very excited to share that we are finally to the travel preparation stage of the adoption process.  We hope to meet Lucy late summer or early fall.  To help offset travel costs (our agency lists them as $10,000) Ginny’s mom, cousin and sewing friends have made a quilt for a quilt giveaway.   We are hoping to earn enough to pay for Lucy’s ticket home!  Tickets are 5 for $5 or a bakers dozen for $10.  Local folks can purchase directly from Ginny, Norlene, or J.T.  Donations to our Reece’s Rainbow account can also be made for the ticket purchase.  If you donate through our Reece’s Rainbow account please send a copy of your donation confirmation via FB or email to ggill@kent.edu.

This is a generously sized quilt pictured on a queen mattress.  It measures 70″x 87″.  A matching standard size pillow case is included.  This heart quilt was made with lots of love.

 

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Lucy with her purple panda.

We thank you all friends and family for your continued support, prayers and kind words. It means more than you know during these long waits and mounds of paperwork.  We know our girl is loved as are we.

And lastly a continued prayer request, along with safe travels, is to pray for her as she prepares to leave all she has know for over 5 years.  It is so much to ask of a child, to trust these strangers and walk away from her small world.  It hurts to think about it, I cant imagine being in her little shoes.

Reece’s Rainbow Reunion 2016

This is our second year attending the Reece’s Rainbow reunion.  And just like last year we had an awesome time!  It is a wonderful feeling to be surrounded by so many families that look like ours while at the campground and even when we were out and about.  It is a great time for families to connect and share experiences.  The campground, Jellystone Park, was great as were the staff.  We really appreciate the opportunity for our older boys to make friends with kids who also have special needs siblings through adoption.  Sam and Oliver gave their thoughts on vacation with some arm twisting.

Oliver  loved “The pools and jumping pillow. I really like our cabin, and vacation is fun. All the kids are awesome, the activities were fun, that’s all.”

Sam loved  “The bouncing pillows. Well I really like the water pools and it was really nice at the water park.  I really like the kids.”

Simon loved it all.  He responded with “yeth!” when asked if he wants to go on vacation again 🙂

It is a refreshing time for all of us and we were were sad to see it end.  We look forward to the RR Reunion in 2017!

 

6 months

Simon has been home for 6 months and we just celebrated his fourth birthday.  During this 6 months he was home for the holidays, he has had 3 museum trips, enjoyed himself some Chucky Cheese, went to Great Wolf Lodge, attended several birthdays parties, had his own birthday party, got a haircut, and started preschool 2 days a week.  He has also been to the adoption clinic, urologist, cardiologist, ophthalmologist, hematologist, audiologist, evaluations for speech and occupational therapies, the down syndrome clinic and his pediatrician.  We are done with several “ologists”, including hematology and cardiology!  Clean bills of health and no need to ever go back 🙂 He is to have surgery next week on his hernia, then we will be done with the urologist.

A question we are often asked is if he is talking, the answer, not really, not yet.  He is saying mamamamama, all day it seems sometimes, and to anyone he wants to help him.  He also can say no, no, no, and his version of more.  The school speech therapist says he is doing well.  He picks up sign language quickly and uses it sometimes. We are using a couple speech programs on the Ipad at home too.  He is able to communicate his wants and needs clearly…very clearly.

He has fit into our family so well, and really so easily.  I don’t think it is always this easy for families.  It is hard to remember he hasn’t always been with us, it has only been 6 months.  His brother’s think he is pretty cool but also annoying, just like any little brother.  Sam was upset at Simon about a month ago and told me to send him back to China.  The next day Sam told me he changed his mind, not to send Simon back to China.  I said, “OK, we wont” , Sam said “whoo, close one.”  I have also witnessed Oliver and Simon holding hands in the car, and Oliver reaching over to give him a kiss on the head.  The cuteness, off the charts.

I recently heard a  couple statistics and thought it appropriate to share.  At the Dropbox film, they shared there are 300,000 churches and 100,000 legally free children in the US.  So if only ONE family from every third church adopted, there would be no legally free, aka, orphans, in the U.S.  I heard this second statistic at a special needs conference I attended in February.  Thirty percent of families say they have considered adoption, only 2-3% go on to actually adopt.  If someone reading this has considered adoption we would be happy to share our experience.  We also have family and friends who have gone through domestic adoption and foster to adopt, who I am sure would be happy to chat too.  It sounds scary, hard, and expensive and it can be these things, but it is so worth it.

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Update

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We are getting close to traveling.  We hope to actually be in China this time in two months, or if we are lucky maybe we will even already be home.

Above are pictures of a care package and letter we were able to send to Simon and his foster family.  I am pretty sure he will like the cookies best 🙂

We were super blessed to receive two grants toward our final costs!  We received grants from Show Hope and the JSC Foundation.  All we have to worry about now are the plane tickets.   Since we have garage sale items left over from our first sale and a kind friend offer us space, we will be doing the Route 30 Sale 08/07, 08/08 and 08/09.  If anyone has any stuff sitting around you want rid of let us know, we would be glad to take it off your hands!

We also still have CDs for sale.  $10 for pickup, $12 shipped, or $10 for a link to download the songs.  Please email/FB message myself to order, ggill@kent.edu.

Our continued prayer requests are for the boys’ transitions, all 3.  Sam will start Kindergarten just a couple weeks before we leave.  This will all be a big adjustment for our family, and honestly we have no clue what to expect.

Hopefully we will have official travel dates soon!

Ginny

Songs for Simon

Here is one of the songs (inspired by Sam, surprising I am sure! ) on our Songs for Simon album. We hope you enjoy it and thank you for your love and support!

The CD includes 7 songs ; I love Trains, Jesus Loves Me, ABC/Twinkle Little Star, Do you know your name, Really Quiet Song, Dance Dance Dance, and It is time to go to sleep.

Orders can be placed by donating $10 to our Reece’s Rainbow account  here.  Email your receipt to ggill@kent.edu and we will email you the download.

Locals or those who prefer something in their hands can buy a CD for $12 shipped.  We are taking orders through 6/22.  Same process please donate $12 here, email me the receipt, ggill@kent.edu.  We will ship you out a CD  in about 2 weeks.

Locals can also pay in person if you like 🙂

We received our LOA!!!  This means we will be traveling in 8-12 weeks.  Woot!

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Garage Sale

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Thank you all who have donated to our garage sale!  We have lots of great things including cribs, toys, slings, baby carriers, swing, pack n play, bakeware, dishes, holiday items, books, dvds, shelves, electronics, figurines, and much more!

 

We will be open 9-5 Tr-Sat  (5/1-5/3)  this week. 🙂