Hello! Let me introduce myself!
Yep, it’s Mama…the two-year absent blog writer!
So much has happened since we brought Simas home two years ago. I hope to share his adoption story here soon.
But, in the mean time, I thought I would just get this started by sharing a collage of pics from Nole’s TENTH birthday part. I can’t believe he is in the two digits now.
After the whole day of fun activities, Nole’ declared, “It was fun! My Birthday!”
You are so welcome, sweet boy!
Our local newspaper, The Minot Daily News, ran a story about our adoption journeys. The writer, Marissa Howard, did a amazing job writing the piece. Here it is:
Hello! Can over two months have really gone by since I last blogged? I am a deadbeat blogger, that’s for sure!
That aside, I have exciting news to share: We are officially matched with Simon and are sending off our I-800 application to the USCIS tomorrow! There are a few more steps, but we could possibly even be traveling in June to Simon’s country for his adoption.
Also, two very kind-hearted souls, Denise Murphy and Missy Feist, are holding a special event to help raise funds and awareness for our adoption and the adoption of other orphans. It’s called “Simon Says Party”! Isn’t that just wonderful!
Here is the poster they designed:
The event is on April 17th, 2015 at the Vegas in Minot, ND. Please stop by….we would love to see you and celebrate!
We still need about $5,000 to cover the costs of the entire adoption. To date, we have paid $17,000 out of pocket and have received $3,000 from our church. We currently have received many love gifts totaling $5,500 in our grant fund held at Reece’s Rainbow. The grand total of this adoption will be around $32,000.
Thank you SO MUCH to those of you who have given us gifts already. Thank you, also, for all of your prayers and encouragement. With your support, we feel that this is truly a partnership….we may not all physically adopt an orphan, but we can all help orphans by supporting families and others who serve orphans around the world. It’s a team effort!
So, Simon Says…. Let’s Party!
Every now and again, Kevin aka Daddy-O, shares his thoughts on Facebook. I am so thankful he has such a tender, compassionate heart.
Here is his post from this Saturday morning:
“Is it possible to miss someone you’ve never met?” Every Saturday morning, while we’re cuddling with Nole’, at some point he’ll pause reflectively and say “I miss Simon!” Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Simon is being told by a caregiver at his orphanage, as she shows him our photo, “this us your family, that’s your mama and papa!” For over five years, he has watched this ritual play out time and time again: a couple visits a child at the orphanage and after a few weeks of these regular visits, the child leaves, the only home they’ve ever known to go be with their “forever family!” I wonder if Simon will be thinking, as he doses off to sleep tonight “I miss my brudder, I miss Nole!”
Oh my….our Bella is totally into gymnastics and tumbling lately. She continually bends, twirls, and does splits in home AND at school.
She calls herself an acrobat. We joke and say that her birthparents must have been circus performers the way she can contort her body either hanging from a bar or even on the floor.
Here is the shot of the day….Bendy Bella!
Hope you all have had a wonderful start to your new year! As my title suggests, I am going to make a concerted effort to blog more frequently–especially with more photos to demonstrate that my littles with Down syndrome are creative, smart, funny, sad, mad, jealous….you know, just like everyone else!
Here is my first installment.
Santa gave Bella this costume (that he picked up 75% off Halloween sales….Santa is good like that.) of an Egyptian queen. As soon as I helped her put this on, she exclaimed, “I Katy Perry, Dark Horse!”
You see, her big sister Liz took Bella and Grace to the Katy Perry concert last summer. However, the concert did not go over very well at the time. Bella laid down in the hall of the FargoDome and became catatonic….like she was in shock or something. After much pleading and prodding (and peeing in pants–oh Bella) Bella finally went into the concert. It was just too loud and over-stimulating for her.
But now, as she looks back, she thinks it was the event of the year. Don’t we all do that sometimes? Sissy just shakes her head and can’t get over the fact that she had such an awful time during the concert and how she now can remember it so fondly!
Yes, Bella you are definitely a princess!
Well, Simon is tucked away in his bed at the orphanage as I type this. It’s 2015 in his country. We can’t wait to have him join in our New Year’s eve party next year.
Tonight, we had lasagna and hot fudge pudding cake.
We posed for picture ops…..
We waited patiently for the countdown to start……
And then we went nuts blowing our noisemakers, jumping on bubble wrap, and shouting, “Happy New Year!”
From our family to yours…..May the 2015 be a year filled with God’s blessings as He guides you with his sovereign hand.
And, Simon…..let me just say, that by next year we will ALL know that this has all been worth the wait!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!