We have an Amazon link that if you use to purchase all your stuff on, we will get a percentage of the sales. There is NO EXTRA FEES OR CHARGES FOR YOU! It is as simple as that, you buy something using our link, and we get credit for you shopping on our link! Please share with everyone you know to use our link! Every order counts! Here is the link, save it on your favorites so you can use it each time. http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2F%3F_encoding%3DUTF8%26tag%3Dbrook08-20&h=HAQFk-zyl
For the Month of December we are asking all family, friends far and close to collect all their loose change for Emma Grace! Send it in to me by Jan 1st and the person or group to send in the most change wins a $100 gift card or money card, their choice!!! JOIN THE EVENT BELOW. LET US KNOW YOU WILL BE JOINING IN OUR OUR DRIVE! IF you have a group, women’s bible study, golf group, sewing group, Sunday School class, cooking classes, any groups, have them join in on the change drive and do it as a group!!! https://www.facebook.com/events/359908227524449/?context=create&previousaction=create&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=49&sid_create=2272657757
We are so excited to have pre approval from China for Emma Grace that is on Reece’s Rainbow! Now the hard work begins with all the paperwork and fundraising that needs to be done. Keep us in your prayers and continue to follow our journey here! Thank you God for your blessings!
Well, just a quick update, we are waiting for PA from China. This Friday will be 3 weeks, and I am not to sure what I will do if it goes past 3 weeks. Hurry, and wait is the name of the game with Adoption. I can’t wait to be able to show and tell everyone who we are going to adopt. This child has waiting a long time for a family to call their own, and deserves to have a family. Stay tune, and I hope this week I will be able to finally share with you!
Three years ago today, across the ocean a mom and dad celebrate the birth of their daughter who they have been waiting to meet. Only to find out a short while later she has a extra special gene, Trisomy 21 is what they are told. Their hearts sank, joy turned to tears and future dreams and aspirations about their daughters future turns to despair. You see, this little angel was born in a country that doctors bring the news of this diagnosis with a quick, I am sorry and I encourage you to leave her here, so the state can come take her, there is NO HOPE for her future or yours with her in it.
Our daughter was born to very loving parents, and I believe whole heartedly they LOVED her! They cherished her and felt nothing but love when they left her at the hospital! I don’t want to go into more details, but I know this to be true. In her country of Ukraine, children born with Down Syndrome are given little hope, no future and no resources. They are seen as a burden to families and nothing more. SO many misconceptions and false teachings that come from doctors own mouths that make many of us who know better scratch our heads and say How can a medical professional believe such a thing?! They are placed in orphanages, that are less than desirable, and if not adopted by age five placed in adult mental institutions where many die within a year because it is very harsh and unimaginable living conditions.
Fast Forward to today…..Isabella is celebrated today in Ukraine and here with us! She was given the gift of life and she is living it to the best she can! When we saw her precious face on a little picture on Reece’s Rainbow, we said YES!! Yes, we will go and we will bring her HOME! She deserves to be in a family, she is WORTH IT! I can’t even being to tell you how many ways she has changed our family, all of us, for the better! If Isabella could talk to everyone today, I would like to think she would tell everyone to go take a look at Reece’s Rainbow and help some of the kids who are where she was. She laid in a crib every single day, wondering why she was laying there staring at her hand all day long. I don’t let my mind go back there to often because it makes my heart so sad for her.
So today HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bella Boo!!! We celebrate the day you were born and celebrate the fact you were given to us!! Love you so much!!
Well, here we go again…….. Rich and I said lots of times, we were done with adoption and adding on to our family. It was time for us to kick back and help both children adjust, learn, joy, love and help them to be the best they could be.
Well……while we are certainly doing that, we felt that nudge again! At first it was a gentle nudge and then a full push! LOL We have found a little girl who we hope to make our daughter and who really needs to be in a family. You know it’s got to be God when it doesn’t make any sense, when it goes outside your comfort zone, and when doors open that you didn’t know even existed to begin with!
So here we go again, on a mission to a mission field where there is a child waiting to be loved and to belong to a family. A mission field that is often lonely, often unpleasant at times, and often HARD! We are saying YES, send us, we will go!!!
Please cover us in prayer and follow our journey, as it usually is very exciting and we want to have all of you on it with us!
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Well all is going great for us. Our adoption process is moving along beautifully and the RR team is wonderful. We have had no problems so far and each team member has played an exceptional role in it. I am very thankful for our boy and will be happy to bring him home to our family. He is a very smart boy and runs and plays hard. The Ipad has come in very handy for us to help communicate and play with him. We hope court will be soon then the 10 day wait will begin after court. Thank you all for following our journey!
We leave this weekend, and we are beyond excited to go see our son. We will arrive in his country and have a day to get adjusted to the time and have an appointment for our official referral to go meet him. We then go the following day to pick up the referral and hop on an overnight train of 15 hours to go to our son’s region. This is not a train as we think of I am told, but quite different and unique train. I will take pictures and try to post what it looks like, but we are not expecting much :-). The bathrooms are quite unique in that they are squat pots I am told, and they dump onto the rail road tracks, but I don’t mind, I am not going to have a vacation, this is a trip to go get our son and give him a future and hope!
We could not have made it this far without all of your friends, family and adoption community praying, donating, and cheering us on when we thought we could not go any further. Our God is an awesome God, and he cares about Tucker far more than we ever could, and used friends and family just like you to get us here where we are!
Please keep us in our prayers, we may have to raise money for airfare home, but I am being still and allowing God to control all things. I TRUST and have FAITH that God did not bring us this far and will leave us! Thank you for following our journey and stay tuned for the moments that truly matter, THE KIDS! We would like to do a diaper drive while we are over there and access the needs of the orphanage we are going to. Please, pray and consider helping us with this if and when we ask for help.
HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Well, here we are one week away from flying out to go meet our son! He has no idea what is about to happen, or how his life is going to change for the better! It is so hard to stay focused on work, and daily life here for this last week. My mind is already over there and gone! When I even stop and think about coming back home, I get very sad and feel my heart wanting to stay in Ukraine! I can say I have ever felt that way about anywhere, or anything. Don’t know why I have these feelings for Ukraine, but I do.
As I sit here and pack my baby’s clothes, I am really missing her already. You see she will have to stay in Ukraine with my husband because of many different reasons, but this is what is going to work best for our family. Trust me I have tried to make it work to where she would be coming home with me, but it will be nice for her to be with Rich and be able to bond with her brother also while over there. Keep us all in your prayers for this, because I can tell you it won’t be easy, but it will BE worth it once we are all together in the end!
Thank you for following our journey and supporting us on this road. We look forward to posting updates and pictures of our journey to Tucker and looking forward to the day we meet him!
Let the 6 day count down begin!!!!!
Wow, what a week we have had! We can now say we have enough money to fly over to our son’s country and get him. Thanks to an anonymous donor who stepped up to help us! I know my God is able, he is mighty and he moves mountains! If he has called you to it, he will equip you. Sometimes it is a struggle and I wouldn’t have had it any differently because I think that with the struggles it helps you embrace the JOY that comes from those struggles. I am rejoicing in the SON right now, preparing our home, and our travel plans and counting down the days to go meet my son. I can not wait to look into his eyes and say WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! You are loved, you are wanted, you will never be alone again! You are our son! Just to embrace him in a hug, give him a kiss and just show him love , is going to be the best experience each visit we have with him! Thank you for following our journey and stay tuned for our travels. We fly out on May 26th and we will get to see Isabella’s grandmothers for a few days too.
Thank you for your prayers, and support. We could not have made it this far without all of you! God bless you!!