Saturday, July 25, 2015

Our second kiddo!!

We have had our commitment accepted by her country and have added this sweet girl to our adoption. We are so excited. I cannot wait to have them both home!!


Isn't she precious? 

God is so good. He never ceases to amaze me how he cares and the amount of perfect love & mercy he shows to us. He is the one who restores. She already has 3 totes of clothing , hair bows, barefoot sandals, and headbands ready and waiting. I will soon start on each of their "baby" quilts. 

The news that our paperwork was accepted came while we were at the Reece's Rainbow Reunion this past week. What a wonderful time to be surrounded by others that were almost as excited as we were. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Color-Me Cards!

One of the ways we are trying to raise adoption funds is through the sale of my new line of cards. These are designed to color by either the giver or recipient! Coloring has been found to be very therapeutic by many studies, especially for adults, and who doesn't like to get a lovely card?

Lovely boxed sets ready for shipping on the right, and on the left are the singles in their plastic sleeves! 
These cards are all original designs drawn by myself and printed onto 5x7 greeting cards. They can be colored in pencil, crayon, or marker and used as gifts, art to display or send them uncolored and let the recipient color them! They are all blank inside and come with blank envelopes.




They come in premade Assortments of 10 for $25 (See above picture), custom assortments (you pick any 10 cards) for $30, or as singles for $4 each. Shipping is $6 for one set, $8 for 2-5, and $1 for singles (shipped free with a box set)



(To see all available designs: http://tinyurl.com/colormecards)




To purchase: Email at chookhenge@gmail.com for your total then donate the amount here: http://reecesrainbow.org/91944/sponsorkroll-2 and forward your receipt to me at the above email address!
Check out my Etsy Shop as well!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Moving along!

Our dossier is nearly complete. We are just waiting for some final tweaks on our homestudy so we can send it to USCIS. As soon as we have approval it will be sent to the country and submitted. Everything else will be sent over soon so it can be there waiting.

We have identified our second child but are waiting for the file before anything can be made official. We should be able to announce at the end of July, God willing. All of the paperwork is ready. I cannot wait to share who it is.

We have a number of fundraisers going on right now including a garage sale (next week), T-shirts through Booster, Young Living essential oils, a Lilla Rose party, and artwork (sculpture and coloring cards) through my art studio. Little by little the funding is coming in.  We have enough for our immediate fees, but will need to raise money for trip #1 (probably November). I hope to be releasing a new sculpture in the next few weeks that should help quite a bit.

Our FSP is here if you would like to help! No donation is too small. Every little bit gets us closer to our new kiddos. http://reecesrainbow.org/91944/sponsorkroll-2

Thank you!!!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Meet "Kurt"!

We can officially announce one of the (hopefully) two kiddos we are adding to our family. 

Meet sweet little "Kurt"! 

Kurt is 2 years old and has the most beautiful curls and blue eyes. I cannot wait to hold him in my arms and hear his little voice. We hope to meet him for the first time this fall.

Here is our Reece's Rainbow Family Sponsorship Page if you would like to donate to help us bring him home.

We are still not 100% sure who our second child will be. We welcome prayers for direction. Thank you!


Friday, April 24, 2015

Walking on water

The last two and a half months have been hard. Wading through the grief and brokenness takes a lot out of you. But God is good, and he has made himself very known to us through all of it. He gives us peace where there would be none without Him. He has grown our faith in Him in ways that are impossible without this kind of trial.

Last fall we started thinking about adopting again, but logistics of caring for Timothy and his upcoming surgeries lead us to postpone any new adoption plans. Our hearts were ready then. When he passed away, people asked if we would adopt again. Both of us answered with a resounding yes. I am so thankful that God does not allow us to see the future, because if I had known then what we would go through I don't know if I would have chosen it. Who would go into something knowing you would be so completely heartbroken at the end? But to know all that we gained, yes. Yes I would do it again to not miss out on all of the joy and good times. My oldest daughter told people she gave us 6 months tops before we committed again.

And so we press on. We do so with a greater understanding of what family means for the kids left behind. And that every child deserves the love of a family no matter how long they are here for, or what challenges this earth brings them. We do so knowing they make as much of an impact on our world, if not more, than we could. The ripples of impact that Timothy had on us, the lives of those around us, and beyond, will continue for eternity. There are more children out there with stories to tell and lives to live outside of orphanage walls.

And so, with grief in our throats, and knees shaking, we step out in faith with Christ to walk across the ocean. And that is the name of our adoption journey this round.

Join us as we Walk Across the Ocean to bring *two* more children with special needs home.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

When 16 months is not enough.

This is one post no parent could ever feel "inspired" to write. We are heartbroken and shattered. On February 2nd, 2015 our sweet sunshine boy went to be with Jesus. We take comfort in knowing he is fully healed in a way that could never happen here on Earth and in knowing that one day we will hold him again in Heaven. But the hurt that pierces our souls while we await that day is beyond words. We are forever changed by having him in our lives and we will never forget him. He taught us about love and complete joy. 

In memory of our beloved son, Timothy. We would do it all again for 16 months with you.

Working hard in that stander with his favorite book. He LOVED things with velcro. 

What a big boy! He had grown 5" and gained 12 pounds in the time he was with us.  (December 2014)
Sweet sweet smile (October 2014)

"Walking" with sissy on his birthday

Laughing at Peek-a-boo Elmo on Christmas

Eating from a spoon

Oh that smile


Just one day after turning 4 he took his FIRST nap on daddy. What a gift. The day before he drank his first bottle given by daddy as well. God is so good to give my husband these priceless gifts before taking our baby home. (Jan 2015)


There is not a second that goes by that I don't miss you, little man. Your silly sense of humor, laughing hysterically at Peep & the Big Wide World episodes, and getting so excited about doors that open and pages that turn.  The snuggles. The radiant smiles as you responded to us signing with you and you knew what we meant. Oh how you changed from that vacant little boy we met in Ukraine to the joyous life filled boy that we miss so dearly.


Monday, September 1, 2014

One year of love!!

Where does the time go? In some ways it seems like the blink of an eye and in others an eternity. What a year it has been, and it is just the beginning! The transformation between then and now, not only for him but for us as a family, has been amazing to see. We have gone from a family of 7 plus 1, to a family of 8. From survival mode to living. It wasn't easy but oh has it been worth it!

When we got home, he could not hold up his head. He choked on even thick foods, and got so excited and frantic every time he saw food that we could hardly pry his mouth open (he clenches his jaw when he's excited) to put food in his mouth. His head would pull to one side with his tone if he was excited or upset. He could not bare the weight of his tiny body on his legs. He weighed 17lbs, and was 31.75" long (actually likely less as they had a hard time measuring him, and later measurements were closer to 31"). He took at least 1 two hour nap a day, sometimes 2. If you laid him on his back, his legs 'frogged' out instantly and he was unable to move them unless doing a wild flail to scoot across the floor. He cried silently and would turn blue any time he was jiggled or bounced even the slightest, or patted on the back to burp.

Now he can hold his head up about 50% of the time, he can drink juice from a sippy cup, and he opens his mouth all on his own. He licks suckers and popcicles. He LOVES to try new foods. He's learned to stand with support, can sit on my hip, and holds his face towards you when you feed him. He weighs 27lbs and is 35" tall, and only takes one short nap in the afternoon (sometimes). He can also extend his legs, and use his feet and legs to kick things on purpose (which he thinks is hilarious). He is getting better about reaching for things and manipulating toys. He can hold a sippy cup with help. If he cries, it's a full out cry that you can hear across the house, because he finally has enough strength in his diaphragm to force air to move that strongly. He no longer cries at being bounced and actually loves to 'ride the horsie' and be bounced on your knees. He has a pet chicken that he likes to pet because she's soft and fluffy. He loves watching fish. He has a crazy goofy sense of humor and will laugh at the most ridiculous things. He's extremely ticklish. All of his doctors and specialists adore him, as does his family.

He still has a lot of hurdles to overcome but we will be with him through it all. This year he gets a cochlear implant, as we have discovered that he is profoundly deaf. What windows that will open for him to develop even further! And he has started medication to help with his dystonia so that he can better control his body. He is a very hard worker at therapy and the sky is the limit for him. We are so blessed by this sweet boy. I cannot wait to see what the next year home holds.

 Here are some pictures from the last 6 months.


Cookies!! MMMMMmmm

Snoozin and looking adorable after therapy

Sporting some nifty AFOs

Killer pouty lip

Playing in the corn at the fair!

Strolling in the 4th of July Parade with 4H

First time sleeping in a tent


Adorable even in a gown while waiting for his sedated ABR
Straight legs!!!

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