We had our first big fundraiser for Vienna at the beginning of July!
We combined visiting our family and friends in Indiana with making and selling COOKIE DOUGH! Thank you so much to everyone that bought, sold and made cookie dough!! Thank you too for the extra donations!
We made $1335 !!
We are in awe at God’s working! We are so thankful. It was a little more time consuming than we expected, but I kept telling myself, “This is still easier than a garage sale! This is still easier than a garage sale!” haha! (I have a garage that is filling up with garage sale stuff…and I’m thrilled! When I do the garage sale I’ll just have to tell myself, “This is less sticky than cookie dough!”)
We had so much fun in Indiana that I failed to take many pictures. I still have a dinosaur phone, so taking pictures actually requires carrying a camera and using it. :) Here are a few that I did manage to take!
Joseph had a great time playing with his cousins and swimming. When we came back to Texas and he swam with his physical therapist, he was able to show his therapist some of his new tricks. (AND, in therapy he decided to take off his arm floaties and swim on his own!!!) Last year, when his legs were still bent he had such a hard time in the water, although he loved it. This year, because he is now in a different position, he is able to put his legs out behind and float without tipping backward or forward!
Joseph spent a large part of his time playing Nerf guns with his cousins. It was fun to watch him get to know his cousins better. He fit right in. :) Wish I’d taken pictures of the hours that they spent in my Mom’s yard playing!
A bunch of our family went to Six Flags in Chicago one day. Everyone had a good time! Honestly, it was pretty eye opening to us, as Joseph’s parents. We are so used to “normal life” with Joseph, and what he’s capable/incapable of doing that we don’t even really remember that there are things he CAN’T do! It’s just part of our lives. It’s when we go somewhere like an amusement park we are reminded that some things just aren’t made for nonwalkers/limited arm movement. At first we were sad, but then once we “got in the groove” and figured out what he COULD do, it was fun! That kid is way too BRAVE!
After a good time with family and not enough time to do everything we wanted, we came home and got back down to business. (We actually took our vacation at a good time. Several people who are helping us with our adoption were out of their offices over the 4th of July holidays.)
We ran into a glitch and have had to hire an attorney to help us with Joseph’s birth certificate. After a lot of trying to figure things out, and feeling like we were wasting time, we finally found an attorney that will help us get a certificate that is an official recognition of his adoption from the state of Texas. It is an unexpected big chunk of extra money, but we feel we made the right decision. Joseph’s birth city/state in Ukraine has been taken over by Russia, so if we were to ever lose his one original birth certificate that we were given at his adoption, we would be in trouble. There would be no way to get a new one. So, by getting this official recognition, we should be covered. Plus, we will now have an official document to send to Vienna’s country. (That’s what started this whole deal!!) We will go before a judge in Dallas next week to petition for the certificate. (We originally thought it would be this week, but that was changed.)
We are finished with our part of the home study and are waiting for the final draft. (She is actually holding off in completing it so we can get Joseph’s birth certificate back first.) I have started working on our dossier a little, but I can’t do much because everything is dated, and nothing can be more than a few months old when we send it to Vienna’s country. I’m getting a little antsy. :)
Thursday, Joseph and I head back to Philadelphia for a check up. We are excited to show everyone all he has learned to do since April. He can’t wait to ask the doctor if he can move his braces a few notches straighter, since his legs have stretched out more!! I will try to remember to post his improvements when we come home. From the numbers his therapist gave us last month, his leg contractures have lessened by quite a lot!! (That’s a good thing!!)
As always, we really appreciate your prayers. We are encouraged in many ways. God is faithful. He has faithfully reminded us almost daily WHY we have decided to adopt again. Even when things aren’t easy it’s worth it.
He brings people into our lives out of the blue. (We’ve had random conversations with other adopting parents…like Darrel’s dentist who we saw at Hamburger Depot one day.)
He reminds us to read His Word and be encouraged by His promises. He reminds us to keep our focus on HIM and the ETERNAL.
He encourages us with books and movies.
(If you have not seen the movie “The Drop Box” I totally recommend watching it.)
We are encouraged because Vienna is our daughter. God loves her. We love her. It is the right thing to do. We WANT to adopt her and we know God wants us to.
Oh, and guess what! I’ve now been married to this man for half of my life. Hard to believe!