Tuesday, December 9, 2008

An update, Finally!

OK, so call me a bad blogger. I know I am! It has been some time since I have had any updates from Korea. Imagine my surprise when I got an email from my agency last week inquiring about my homestudy status and then ending by saying the baby is doing well after her heart surgery. Of course I had a billion questions and they were kind of answered with medical reports from Korea. Apparently, Aubrey's patch on her heart had to be repaired. She also ended up with pneumonia which really scares me because she is so little. She only weighs about 13lbs at 11 months old. I know she is getting excellent care but I just want to get her home.

In other news, I will be joining the ranks of the unemployed next year. The polymer plant that I work at has been a fixture in this community for the last 57 years. It was purchased by yet another company a year ago. This company announced about a month ago that it can't be competitive so they are shutting down. Wow! So at first I was devastated and felt like there was no way that we could go through with this adoption. Then we thought about how this could be a good thing. They are giving us a severance package which will be a good portion of the adoption fees. We are also eligible for six months of unemployment in which time we can get Aubrey healthy. I might even qualify for financial aide to get some sort of education. So, bad thing turned good! Now we just need to get this paperwork behind us and get her home.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Thank you Donna and Orphan Grain Train

Last week, a member of our Kyrg adoption group informed us all that she found a company willing to send our orphanage donations to Kyrgyzstan for free. Orphan Grain Train has come to the rescue and now 4 of the 6 cases of clothing donated by Life is Good are on their way. 2 of the cases are still in NH and I am trying to get them shipped as well. These cases are loaded with socks, shirts, onsies,rompers and sweatshirts. All of these clothing are going to make such a difference in the cold months to come. I will be forever grateful to the wonderful people at Life is Good for their incredible donation and to Donna and the kind people at Orphan Grain Train for getting this donation to the children. THANK YOU!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The race is on

As you may know, we began our fundraising campaign with October 15th as our funding goal. That date is quickly approaching. We have received some checks but we have not reached our goal yet. Tonight we are going to a Chamber of Commerce event. With that in mind, we designed and printed some material to spread the word. Our goal is still to bring Aubrey home and get her the care that she so needs but it isn't our only goal. Ultimately, we would like to develop a foundation to educate people on what special needs truly means in terms of adoption and assist others achieve their goals of expanding their families through special needs adoption. We hope that we can touch many hearts and lives this evening. I also wish to say THANK YOU to everyone that has already shown their support. We are eternally grateful!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The homestudy update is underway

If you have never adopted before, then you do not know that an adoption requires the blessing of a social worker saying that the family is suitable to care for the child to be adopted. We already had that approval for our adoption of Jyly. Now we need to update that report to reflect a new child, country and address because we no longer live in New Hampshire. We now have a local agency and the ball is rolling.

If you are looking at that little chip in widget, you may have noticed that the total hasn't changed. It's still at "0"! Well, that is not a great thing but it isn't as bad as it seems. Only the paypal funds will be reflected there. I have received a few checks but we still have a long way to go.

I got an update from Korea last week. Peanut is in the 3rd percentile at just about 12 lbs. The report from the cardiologist was excellent. She still has a very small hole in the muscle but the hope is that it will close in time with medication. She may still need another surgery as she gets bigger due to the shunt but that is understandable. The best news was that her little extra foot responds to stimulus. As soon as I can change my focus from fundraising, I have the contact information for 2 doctors at Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas that I am going to try to speak with. I am hoping that there may be a possibility of transplanting that little foot at some point. At the very least, we need to find out about having it removed.

Keep watching for updates!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sneak Peak

So here is a sneak peak of our little peanut. Because we will not offically be her parents until we get her home and adopted in the US, I can't show you her face. However, I can tell you that she is a little doll. Jyly calls her Baby Aubee.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Are we CRAZY??????

OK, so some people do think we are crazy and frankly I think they are right. When we brought Jyly home, we realized that she is going to be an only child before too long because her brothers are so much older. Jyly spent the first 2 years of her life in an orphanage with almost 100 other children. It just wouldn't be right for her to be alone. We made the decision to adopt again within the next year. We didn't realize that it would happen this soon. Everything happens for a reason. So here is our little peanuts story.

For years a couple in Korea desperately tried to start a family. They finally got pregnant and were so excited. They could not wait to meet their beautiful baby girl. That day finally arrived in January but it wasn't the happy day that they had expected. They went through the entire pregnancy with no problems and they thought their baby was just perfect. They were heartbroken! Their little miracle that they had waited so long for had significant medical challenges that they just couldn't afford. They agonized over their decision but eventually decided that the best thing that they could do for her would be to give her up. I truly believe, from the report I read that could they have afforded her care they would have kept her. They did not give her up just because she wasn't normal.

So here is where we come in. I got an email from a waiting children's list that their was a baby that needed a family that might be a good match for our family. I saw her picture, read her medical, and decided to inquire. I called the agency and they told me that another family was reviewing her file. At that point, I figured that she had found her forever family. Imagine my surprise when I got an email a month later that she was available after all. I couldn't believe how comprhensive the medical report was. She has already had one surgery for a hole in her heart. She may need another heart surgery but as of right now, they are treating her with medication. They have no plans to treat her diplopodia. We will have to find a specialist for that. The Children's Hospital in Houston is supposed to be one of the best.

So begins our second adoption journey! Because we are with an excellent agency and established country, we don't have the luxury of time to collect all the funds. I have begun my campaign to reach 10,000+ people and ask each person for a $10.00 donation. I figure I have a better chance asking a lot of people for a little than a few for a lot. Wish us luck! I will post pictures as soon as I can.