Victoria is HOME! Amazingly, she was released from the hospital last night and spent her first night sleeping in her very own bed. One more precious orphan, Christopher, will be sprung from the same orphanage in just 18 days. We still have spots in the gift card giveaway. Let's wrap this up and get them awarded! Someone will win $100, Folks! Prizes: $100 at Shop Source $25 at iTunes $25 at Target $10 at Starbucks $10 at Target $10 at Target
THIS GIVEAWAY IS COMPLETE!
Entries are $10 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Forward the receipt to email@example.com. This little boy is so valuable. Let's push through to see him HOME, too.
After a very long and sometimes difficult trip, Victoria has arrived in the US. She is currently admitted to the hospital, where she will remain for days, at least, perhaps a few weeks. Please pray. Thanksgiving prayers for her survival through the flight. Against re-feeding syndrome and other digestive troubles. For comfort as she endures IV's, blood draws and other procedures. Strength, for me. More later. Love you all.
Sweet girl almost seems to know she needed LOVE maybe more than nutrition.
She is such a cuddle bug.
We arrived at Victoria's orphanage on Monday after having gotten permission to make a stop to put flowers on sweet Heavenleigh’s gravesite. Such an emotional visit....but that is for a separate post.
It was about a three hour drive from her orphanage back to the capital city where we went immediately to get Victoria's passport photo taken (in her car seat as she cannot sit) . We then headed to the hospital and had her admitted and settled into her room, along with a basketful of diagnosis that the admitting Doctor seemed to think had little to do with the fact that she spent eight years in a crib systematically being starved. But I digress.
The stay in the hospital was unfortunately not a good one and as soon as Nurse Maureen arrived on Friday we were able to have Victoria released and we returned to the hotel where we are monitoring her blood sugar with heel pricks, monitoring her O2, and feeding her every three hours round the clock via NG....
Refeeding Syndrome is a real concern for a child who is not even 10 pounds at almost 8 years old...and who's body has fed itself on its own muscles...
Today, Monday , we will go to the US Embassy and have our VISAInterview, and we will also go to a local clinic and get a complete blood panel done to see if we are safe to fly home.
It is literally unbelievable how quickly this little girl has changed.....last Monday she was a shell of a girl...her eyes dull and flitting aimlessly, her body and spirit turned in on themselves, no life to be found....no hope. Five days later her eyes are bright, she seeks me out, she coos and smiles, her body is relaxed.
Oh Lord....how blessed I am to be able to witness this miracle unfold.
When we picked Victoria up from the orphanage her paper work stated Deep Mental Delay. When we checked her into the hospital we were told she had Severe Neurological Impairment.
We don't know what the coming years hold for this precious girl or how her development will play out. We do know that her development does not determine her worth, her potential does not equate to her value, the love we have for her is not dependent on her accomplishments.
She is a girl who LOVES music.....we play it for her and then we help her sign "more" .....and we play it again.
Take a look at this video....the "experts" did not account for the Power of Love.
Great news! Lauren was offered a $500 matching grant by the Anonymous Angels! You can 'double' your donation AND enter our Gift Card Galore giveaway for every $5 you donate to Lauren by paypal (and don't forget to send $5 to Lynda Collicot, too!) Donate to Lauren by Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org Donate to Lynda by Paypal to email@example.com You can also help match the $500 grant by donating tax deductibly to Lauren's FSP account. Victoria (Hope) is slowly being rehydrated and nourished. Please continue to pray against refeeding syndrome, as her body learns to digest, for extraordinary wisdom for the doctors treating her, and for the final paperwork to be finished quickly so she can endure the flight to America.
Lauren and Victoria have reached the hospital and Victoria is getting treatment. Her condition is very precarious and she is unbelievably tiny and fragile. Please storm heaven for this little one's precious life. Please pray that the doctors would make wise choices in her care and that she can be stabilized and on her way as soon as possible.
Lauren is traveling now, crossing the ocean and continents to bring home a hidden treasure. Please pray for traveling mercies, ease of transfers, safety....Please continue to remember Victoria in your prayers. May she need little stabilization before flying home. We still have entries left in the Gift Card giveaway that benefits Lauren and Lynda. Details from the previous blog:
Entries are $10; with $5 sent with the friend/family option to EACH family. Of course you may donate more and earn more entries. We are limiting this giveaway to 50 entries. Time is so limited, so please share this post.If you share, let me know by leaving a comment and you will get a free entry.
PaypalLauren's donations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PaypalLynda's donations to email@example.com.
Send your receipt tothis address and your name will go into the drawing. I will draw for the cards in the order listed above as soon as all 50 paid entries have been claimed.
I will post pictures and updates as soon as I am able.
$100 at Shop Source WINNER-Katie L. $25 at iTunes WINNER- Heather N. $25 at Target WINNER-Denee L. $10 at Starbucks WINNER-Anna K. $10 at Target WINNER-Laurel F. $10 at Target WINNER-Swaddles These are the gift cards that are available in this giveaway. It's a barebones affair. We are all worn out. Lauren leaves to pick up Hope in just three days.
Lynda Collicot is picking up Christopher January 15th.
Both children must be hospitalized before they can be flown to the US for more hospitalization. Two fragile, discarded children from one orphanage in one country. Two families called by God to sacrifice greatly to bring these children home. Two, who know no love, who are about to experience a whole new world. Can you help these two families with their final push to fully funded? Entries are $10.Of course you may donate more and earn more entries. We are limiting this giveaway to 50 paid entries. Time is so limited, so please share this post. If you share, let me know by leaving a comment and you will get a free entry. Paypal Lauren's donations to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Lauren is FULLY FUNDED! Any donations sent now will go toward medical care here in the States.) Paypal Lynda's donations to email@example.com. Send your receipt to this address and your name will go into the drawing. I will draw winners for the cards in the order listed above as soon as all 50 paid entries have been claimed. The more you donate, the more chances you will have to win! Thank you for praying for these precious children and their families.
"God sets the solitary in families;
He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;" Ps. 68:6a
How can I be so excited about transferring coconut oil from our big jar into a little plastic container so that I can sooth our sweet girls tiny, dry feet? Oh my goodness.....I get such joy just thinking of being able to do this in less than ONE WEEK.
Less than one week...yep, it's true!
.....we still do not have an accurate estimation of what hospitalization in country will cost us....but HALLELUJAH ...we received an extremely generous gift from dear friends that will definitely put a dent in the hospitalization fees.
I have to tell you the story.
This incredible couple are not "rich". She is a nurse and is recovering from a serious work related injury and is in pretty much constant pain. He is a disabled vet who drives long haul truck to make ends meet. After years of fighting the system he received a small settlement from the VA and a slight increase in his monthly stipend.
What did they choose to do with that settlement??
Yes......that is why we now have some of the funding needed to hospitalize Victoria! What a gift, what an honor, what a blessing !
We are $2215 from fully funded for actual adoption expenses........
We got some amazingly comforting news this morning.
Our attorney contacted the orphanage director and we got this update. "She is doing well and is not unstable"
Oh my......the knowledge that Victoria (Hope) is so very fragile....and the lack of updates (very typical) has been stressful. So to hear those few words....sigh.... "Thank you Lord!!"
In ELEVEN DAYS we will take her from the orphanage and admit her to the hospital I country.
......and that is where the cha-cha-cha dance begins.
One step forward
Two steps back
Good think I love to dance.
We had been under the impression that part of Victoria's hospitalization in country would be covered by her insurance supplied by that government. However..... Once her new birth certificate is issued she is no longer covered by that country's insurance.....and until she is an American citizen (when we land in the U.S.A.) she will not be covered by our insurance.
So thankful for the incredible support shown to us as we slide into home plate with this adoption fundraising.
Seven months ago we saw (Victoria) Hope's photo.....
We inquired about her and found she was in the same orphanage that our Sophia had been in. Here is Sophia's orphanage photo:
They are eleven months a part in age. I often wonder if they were roommates....When I think that Hope was there...in her crib...and we probably walked past her ....that she stayed there for 2 1/2 YEARS before we even knew about her....when I think how many children, how many hurting people, we walk past every day....it overwhelms me.....
Seven months ago we KNEW we were to adopt (Victoria) Hope but it was our fourth adoption in less than three years and we were overwhelmed by the financial aspect.
We look back over the past seven months and the support we have received is unreal. Your participation in the MULTITUDE of fundraisers has been so very humbling. It truly does take a village and it is abundantly clear that (Victoria) Hope is loved and supported by the BEST and most GENEROUS village ever!
Frankie Miller .....our family warrior has been with us every step of the way. Supporting, advocating, donating, sharing, praying, talking sense into me, crocheting....and crocheting some more.
We can never repay the generosity of so many .....but we can promise to not only embrace Victoria as our precious daughter but to pay forward the generosity you have shown us to other adopting families.
So where do we stand financially?
We are $2,583 from fully funded.
What?! Seriously......That in itself is a true miracle!
We had a very successful auction and the proceeds were distributed to our personal adoption account....therefore our original goal 25,000 has been modified. Hallelujah!
In two weeks I will walk out those orphanage doors with Victoria in my arms.....we will have a long road ahead of us...but no matter what she will know she is loved and wanted and worthy.
I don’t know how much we will be able to post when we are in country, but updates and pictures will be available on our Facebook page A Family For Gary and Marnie and Hope. I will also keep this blog updated occasionally, of course, but more will be posted there. Please follow along our continuing journey!
Have you been hearing Christmas carols at stores yet? I sure have. Thanksgiving is drawing near, and it is really starting to seem like the holiday season! Molly over at Tall Enough For This Rollercoaster had an excellent idea for ringing in the Christmas spirit AND helping bring Hope home Let me introduce "But First Let me Take An Elfie"! The idea is simple. Challenge your friends to a simple and silly act and donate!
1. Post an elfie (selfie with an elf hat). Elf hats are sold at grocery stores, dollar stores, and drugstores so no worries about not being able to find one. If you don’t want to pay for it, take an elfie at the store =)
2. Post a video of you singing part of your favorite Christmas Carol. We know this option would make Buddy the Elf smile because the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!
After you post you picture or video you must call out THREE people to take on the challenge! If your friends take on the challenge you must donate money which I will explain next (most important part so don’t stop reading)!!!
Friend posts an elfie: 5$
Friend posts a video singing their favorite Christmas carol: 10$
Friend posts a video singing a Christmas Carol in a public place: 15$
What could be funner or easier! Get started today and let me know if you are playing.
On the morning of December 14th I will walk out those orphanage doors and Victoria will be set free.
How can I be so busy.... yet that day seems so far away?!
I think it is that fear, that ever present pit in the stomach, that knowledge.... That there is the real possibility that 576 hours is too long for her to hold on.
So...time seems to drag, the days on the calendar seem to just sit there.
Yet....there are kids to feed, bathe, clothe, love, be silly with, read stories to. Homework to be done, Thanksgiving meal to prepare, Christmas gifts to buy. Recitals, concerts, competitions.
Yes ....Victoria....we are busy as we wait. But you are always with us.
Yes, my almost eight year old girl....We have your stroller and your car seat (so thankful for friends who pass along such things)
We have sweet jammies with snap fronts....as I learned from our adoption with Sophia that those work best in the hospital for access to ports and lines. We will be direct admitting when we arrive home on December 23rd....and our Children's Hospital is two hours from our home....so I need to plan ahead.
Christmas in the hospital....must have something festive yet practical!
We have cozy blankets made with love . (Thank you Ms. H ...for loving ALL our children so well.)
We have teeny tiny diapers .....a huge supply passed on from a dear friend.
They do seem tiny......but then again
Life goes on....
And we can't wait until you dear Victoria are part of it.
We are so excited for our upcoming auction with the Sutton and Collicot Families! I can't begin to describe the incredible number and variety of items that have been donated. I have NEVER seen items like this offered in one auction! Well over 100 BRAND-NEW items, all donated to benefit four orphans being brought home by three families. Here's a glimpse at some of the goodies: A brand new, in-the-box, no longer available in stores, American Girl doll!
A Natibaby Wrap!
A RadianRXT car seat!
CHRISTIAN HEROES: THEN & NOW donated a complete set (books 1-42)!!
There's a Scout Zip Hammock from Hennessy Hammock!
THREE winners receive Universal sets of Math-U-See!
THREE winners receive a complete set of Spelling You See!
Really, truly, there's something for EVERYONE in this auction! Come take a peek at more of the items available at this link: Changing Lives Auction.
Bidding will start on Nov. 1 and continue to November 15th. I hope to see you there!