Family 2013

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

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mud babies, Piggie babies and an Ipad!

SO proud of my little Ethiopian Princess had her first dentist appointment this week! At only 3 1/2 years old she was a CHAMP! Cute little teeth and no cavities. Very brave girl :)

We are still waiting to hear if we can submit our Dossier. You have to submit a paper asking to "skip the line" if you have a special needs child you adopting. Then the government will  give you permission to submit your Dossier. That's where we are now. Waiting...

We spend almost everyday outside most of the day around here. I have some serious nature lovers ;)  With the Florida heat comes LOTS of water play. And dirt.  I am quite sure the nannies at the orphanage would be freaking out if they saw my little mud babies :)

They are so darn happy when they are playing I just wince and look away ;) as long as they aren't sticky -I am HAPPY!

We have new baby Pot belly pigs!!!! 

 Our mama pig Clara-Bell had 9 babies! Gasp! Yes that's a lot of babies. Sadly we lost a few to pneumonia, and several more to natural causes. We are left now with 3 :) one little one is being hand fed by my dear friend because, well she is awesome at it and I truly dont have the time to care for the wee one . Its has been both amazing and sad caring for these cuties. Hate to see them pass away. 

 What is more amazing then new born baby animals? My littles are so in love with these teeny babies!
These 2 little one are thriving now. They were out  for a walk with mama :) 

We will be starting our fundraiser VERY SOON! Do you wish you had an Ipad? A kindle Fire? Maybe a boutique dress for your little ones? OR maybe COACH is your thing? We will have EACH of these items plus many more!! SO MANY generous donors have stepped up to help THE HOUSE family and our family raise the last of our ransoms to bring home our beautiful boys :):)

Stay tuned :)


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Great news! OUR BOY!!

After I posted , I received several new pictures of our son! Folks who have traveled or are traveling now. What a blessing. 
It does hurt a bit to see how thin he is and in some pictures he looks so sad :( but in a few we can see his smile! AND a family who is there now, has been a HUGE blessing to him. They are showing him pictures of HIS family and bringing him yummy fruit. Just loving on him. SO. AWESOME. (Thank you Bonnie!)
Our dossier is over there. So we wait to hear. In the meantime we are planning a BIG blog fundraiser !  We are joining forces with the HOUSE family who is also going back with us to adopt a little one Kory on RR, who they met last year while adopting 2 little ones with Down syndrome like us :) There sweet Gabe was Taiya's crib mate! AND their Levi moved into Benji's room when we brought him home! Another connection? 
~WE ARE NEIGHBORS! Our kids will all grow up together! 
~We will have 6 little Ukrainian beauties all from the SAME orphanage , living 5 minutes apart :)
~ GOD is good!!
 So this  fundraiser will help 2 boys come home!
2 families pay the final ransom to their children.
 Both our families have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to save every penny for our boys. We are so close!
This is our childs RR page click here for Phillip (his Reeces Rainbow name)
This is Lindy and Guy House's little one Kole , Kory on RR click here.
The amazing way God has woven our families 2 stories is truly amazing. I still get goose bumps when I share :)

This picture was taken around November of 2011

This picture was taken in January 2012 He is in the middle front.

These 2 photos were taken this week. He has a boo-boo
on his head with blue medicine. 
He is SO thin. 

Benji says 
'Hang in there buddy! Mama and Papa and Gigi are coming :)'


"...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)