Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
As our first "Family Day" approaches, we have thought a lot about what we want to do to celebrate. But when it gets right down to it, not only is the day about us being together for a year, but it's also about honoring a country who trusted us to take care of their children. On May 19, we will be celebrating our first year together as a family of five. We are eternally grateful to Colombia, South America, for Maria and Andres. The sad realization is that we have learned that on the streets of Bogotá, Colombia, there are approximately 13,000 children without a home and most have no one to care for them. In Maria and Andres’ honor, we have decided to help the Colombian children still waiting for their “forever” families. In order to do this, we have teamed up with Children's Vision International, an American-based organization, that has heard the cries of those homeless children. CVI helps to provide safe, loving homes to these orphans. (For more information, you can go to www.childrensvision.org) Currently, CVI has built three homes for these children and are currently in the process of building a school all in Colombia, South America.
From now until May 18, 2009, our family will be collecting monetary donations or items for children between the ages of 0-18 years to take care of Colombian children just like Maria and Andres. The items include toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, combs, hair brushes, ponytail holders, bandaids, cotton balls, Q-Tips, lotion, shampoo, soap, clothing, socks, underwear, shoes, blankets, clocks, calculators, pens, pencils, books in Spanish.
On our May 19th Family Day, we will package these items and send them to CVI. We are so excited to teach our children the value of serving others and helping those in need. To see how our Family Service Project is progressing, we will update the side of our blog showing what all has been collected. Thanks to all of our family and friends for continuing to support us through this incredible journey. And a special thank you to the students and staff at my high school as well as Luke's teacher and 3rd grade class for their selfless donations and excitement to support this project. It is so wonderful to see our future leaders jump aboard and get into the spirit of giving to others!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
So we went with it! I thought she'd have fun dressing up in a pretty dress and I surprised her with some princess accessories before her party which included--sparkly shoes, a tiara and a princess sash. She LOVED it! She also loved her cake that I made. We watched the video on how to make the cake over and over again on BettyCrocker.com and she could barely contain her excitement each time. It was a very special day that brought so much joy. However, at the same time, I was a little heavy-hearted because there was no doubt in my mind that her foster family had to have been missing her that day. After they spent her 2nd and 3rd birthdays with her, they know how special Maria makes the day with her smiles, squeals and laughs. I can only imagine the hole that they felt in their hearts that day was equivalent to the fullness that mine felt by being a part of her special day for the first time.