Family 2013

Family 2013
Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

Friday, July 30, 2010

New picture! Mark your calendar for MONDAY!!

My friend Heather sent me this picture that actually isnt new , new but had been on the Reeces website for a short time. It show our beautiful little guy with a black eye :( so my talented friend touched it up a bit. MUCH better :)
I can not wait to kiss this little face, and tell him everything will be OK.

~We have a SUPER gift from Sarah ! She has offered to do a fundraiser for us! All items on her ETSY SITE will benefit Taya and Benji MONDAY!! Any items except the custom pieces, when bought on MONDAY AUG 2 she will donate $5.00 to our family grant fund thru RR.  ALL you have to do is buy some pretty jewlery for YOU, put our name or Taya's name in the message to seller to when you pay w paypal ;)
~ALL her items are under $16 most are 7.99-11.00 for a beautiful handmade glass tile necklace ! please consider buying Christmas gifts for teachers, friends or yourself :)
go see how awesome her stuff is, and plan to shop on MONDAY !! sarah's shop is here !

There are MANY MORE to chose from :)

THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for all you kind emails and your support :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

OMGOSH! drumroll please................



Please share our joy and God's blessings for our family!  Our sweet Benji :) 
 AHHH!!!! Happy dance ;)

(and the fact that a beautiful little boy will have a family , and a future that doesnt hold a scary mental institution)

We are beyond proud and excited to share our news! We will be bringing home 2 yes 2 little ones from the orphanage!!!! 
 We received our I171H finally, after contacting sentors and our congress woman :) while waiting we were praying over adding another child to our family, it seems with SO many needing homes it would be wrong (for us) to NOT save another child when we could. You see to add another child from the same orphange is only a little bit more. Yes we would have to fundraise and pinch more pennies but if that is what God wants us to do, how could we not listen??  How could we turn away?

Remember a few posts back I advocated for Russell and Anne-marie? Russell had a family in process for over just over 15 months but  they were unable to finish and he was being sent to the MENTAL INSTITUTION very very soon. He is turning 6 on August 23. Anne-Marie also needs a family quickly for her sake, but she does have another year before she will be sent away. Russell (his reeces rainbow name) did not. He had less then a month. Time was ticking.....quickly.  If it was God's plan we would be ready and he would still need us.  My friend gretchen met him and fell in love with him, and shared so many wonderful stories..I too was fallen in love ! Well...

He was needing us. We were needing him.We were ready to help him. He will bless us !
***  We are having another son !!!!!!! We are going to have 2 new kiddos !! Holy smokes.***

We are so excited for our family but feel much  sadness for the Montilones who had hoped to be his family. I know this is a very sad time for them, and I ask if you could pray for peace for their family . This has been very hard for them and I know they could use prayers for healing. The thing to celebrate is a little boy finding a family. It isnt about us, but his future :) And I believe God has a plan for us all and I wish them the very best.

Benjiman Reece Falvo, the beautiful son we didnt know we would be blessed to have !

Yes, the Reece, is in honor of Andrea's beautiful son and the wonderful work of  Reeces  ;)

Hugs !!

for cathy, and anyone who would like to email me ~

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Outta sight, outta mind :)

No, not really. Sadly my camera is broke :( my little video production crew  aka, Peanut and Bug dropped it and broke the lens ! Yikes. Then I somehow got a really cool virus :( on my computer, so i havent been uploading pictures from my iphone for fear of losing them. So no pictures = No blogging.

I know ...boohiss.

In adopting news, we are almost done with our dossier, but sadly USCIS has changed their lovely process since we adopted in 2009, now everything goes to a "central location" where it is broke down between hague vs non hague. It is under Homeland Security and they are waaaaaaaaaaaaaay backed up and seriously NOT motivated. At all. Now there are exceptions, my friend Marianne who is adopting sweet darya (sidebar) had her fingerprints taken the week after me, and her caseworker turned her case around and mailed her I171H in less then a week !! My lovely cw will not return a call or an email, lost a paper we needed and instead of calling/emailing me to tell me he mailed me a stock letter which took a week to GET HERE !~!! aahh!  I had a copy so i overnighted it to him. He tells "well thats great but it takes a week or 2 for me to get things from the mailroom" DUDE!! We are saving a child from an institution while she is living in a less then ideal situation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I know you are busy but could you please please make this a priority? You have everything you need to approve us !

Do you hear that ?

crickets ............

He just didnt care.  So we wait. Going on 8 weeks now . We had our fp taken the 1st of july. Last 2 adoptions from mailing application to approval in mailbox, 5 1/2 weeks and 6 weeks. Oye.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New Taya picture!

Seriously? Is there anything cuter then a bonnet on a smiling baby?  I LOVE knowing how much love and stimulation Taya and all her friends received from Gretchen and her family.  What a gift for these kids to know they are valued and loved. To feel the love of Jesus thru this kind family :)

Mama's coming little one. Hang in there.

~Well we hoped to travel in August but alas in the world of IA , you never know whats around the corner :(  We are so close to being done with our dossier and now there is another change with some paperwork , and we have to have it re-done. Not huge but a hassle. Also it turns out that Taya's country closes for 2 weeks in July, so no dossier can be processed :( When it opens back guessed, backlog ! So we are still praying for August but sadly it just may not be. Dang it.
~Upside, flights are much cheaper in September :)
~Downside, well you know what those are !

Hugs !

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Winner is~~


Since we have had so much support on our fundraiser, I wanted to give back a bit more, so we picked a runner up for a 147 million  orphan t shirt / from gwen's charity :) that she was kind enough to donate ~~~

email me girls :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

147 millions orphans~ ONE AT A TIME~COOL SHIRT/SAVE A CHILD

hey guys !! I know you are out there , even if ya dont comment :) I see you ;)

~This holiday weekend if you buy the above shirt from my fundraiser at ~

ALL PROCEEDS will go to our fundraiser to bring TAYA HOME!! Not a percent, BUT ALL !!! That could truly help us to bring home Taya , AND if we have any extra it will go to the orphanage & Anne Maries grant to help her :) Shirts are fitted or relaxed fit and great quality.

Please consider a t-shirt that will bring awareness to orphans everywhere and help us to save our little "one" :)

Here's some cuteness to get ya thru your holiday weekend :) Have a wonderful , safe 4th of July !!

Kiddos, at their VBS concert.

"Do not withhold any good thing from those who deserve it when it is in your power to help them"

Proverbs 3:27

"With GOD nothing will be impossible" (Luke 1:37)

(John 14:18)
HUGS !!!
"...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..." Proverbs 24:12

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -(Mahatma Gandhi)