Victory

We need a middle name for our son Daniel. Daniel _____ Davis. We have some great family names we’re trying out in the middle, but haven’t quickly settled into something that feels right. We have the option to change his first name, but we want it to be close to the name Daniel, which is close to the name he goes by now. Hmmmm. Fun parenting decisions. 🙂

We had some credit card reward points, and with it, we purchased a special 1000 piece wooden puzzle titled, “Victory.” We got it for Daniel, to assemble and hang on the wall in his room. We want to write notes or names on the backs of the pieces of people who have prayed for him and donated to help him make it home. It will be concrete evidence of the people who loved him before he was ours and for the people who are cheering him on to Victory in the many challenges of life. It appropriately features a picture of some lions… Daniel was victorious in a lion’s den some millennia ago.

Daniel’s Victory

Let me know if you want your name on the back of the puzzle! Just let me know you prayed for him or donate some stuff for our garage sale fundraiser or you could send $5 and I’ll put your name on there. There are 1000 pieces… plenty of room for everyone!

Any act of support or financial donation will put your name on the back of the puzzle. Suggested donation $5 per piece.

(I’m making a list now of people who have already encouraged and supported this adoption. FYI: Grandparents, aunts and uncles of our kids… you automatically get put on there, because unless you avoid us forever henceforth, you are supporting us and him.)

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The Latest and Greatest

Okay – I don’t actually have the time to write a detailed post right now, but I wanted to share that our homestudy is complete and in my hands! I just need one last document and I can submit our application with immigration (USCIS). It’s exciting! I am hopeful that we will be on trip one to meet our son this summer. And I’m praying he will be home before the end of 2017. We will see.

I have a bunch of great family photos and I’ll be putting them up soon. Hmm… let me see if I can just upload them really quick before somebody needs me for something….

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Here is Hurya doing a friend's hair, Ethiopian style!

Here is Hurya doing a friend’s hair, Ethiopian style!

My family, my life.

My family, my life.

Outside.

Outside.

Sooooooo pretty!

Sooooooo pretty!

Darling girl.

Darling girl.

I love the rosy cheeks on my cheeky four-year-old!

I love the rosy cheeks on my cheeky four-year-old!

The first snow.... it was quite cold and too powdery to build a snowman.... or even to sled properly, but we tried!

The first snow…. it was quite cold and too powdery to build a snowman…. or even to sled properly, but we tried!

So pretty!

So pretty!

The chickens didn't leave their roosting area much.

The chickens didn’t leave their roosting area much.

Even our steep little hill needed a pull to get moving.

Even our steep little hill needed a pull to get moving.

Anna and her friend acting like preteens.

Anna and her friend acting like preteens.

One night, Brian applied the necessary energy to make the powdered snow into a snowman. It was just a little warmer this night and it worked! Until the dogs ate the nose and chewed off his arms, poor fella.

One night, Brian applied the necessary energy to make the powdered snow into a snowman. It was just a little warmer this night and it worked! Until the dogs ate the nose and chewed off his arms, poor fella.

A friend invited us to sled on their hill! So we put on chains and headed over twice!

A friend invited us to sled on their hill! So we put on chains and headed over twice!

Fun!

Fun!

Fast!

Fast!

More friends.

More friends.

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She went SOOOooo fast and I laughed so hard at her breathless, afraid, but having fun face the first few runs.

She went SOOOooo fast and I laughed so hard at her breathless, afraid, but having fun face the first few runs.

Wheee!

Wheee!

It was good we had chains. It is a steep, windy, packed snow AND ice road to get there.

It was good we had chains. It is a steep, windy, packed snow AND ice road to get there.

The sledding hill.

The sledding hill.

Off course!

Off course!

Knocking snow off the branches

Knocking snow off the branches

Yippeeee!

Yippeeee!

Flying!

Flying!

Sledding videos!

First day sledding:

Blast off!

Maggie….. then Carrie!

Elli and Anna over the jumps:

Easily my favorite video…. Maggie…. jumps… she said the second jump hurt. I was not at all surprised!

Brody and Carrie:

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Left Behind

I got permission to share the photos and unidentifying information about the other children who made it onto our short list. These children ARE still orphans and do NOT have anybody coming for them.

Will you pray for them?
Will you share their information… maybe somebody you know is considering adoption.

Seeing children in need is a hard thing. I won’t be upset if you can’t look at their faces.

But if your heart is broken by their story, your emotions are not wasted.
These kids deserve somebody to care. If all you can do is care… then CARE!

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I fell in love with this little girl last winter. My heart has not been at rest since and she’s part of the reason we’re adopting today. But my heart still hurts to know she also needs a family. Her listed special need is “microcephaly.”

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This little girl stole my heart. She’s nine years old like Anna, but heartbreakingly tiny. She has cerebral palsy and limited mobility. She may have epilepsy. Her gaze is gentle and aware in her video and her smile is beautiful. She weighs just 24 pounds. She’s just 33″ tall.

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http://reecesrainbow.org/101643/olie
These two boys are brothers and both have Coffin Lowry Syndrome. From their videos, big brother (age 5) is running all over the place. Little brother (age 3) was interacting more quietly in a baby bouncer.

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http://reecesrainbow.org/94738/jesse-11-51
Sweet little guy has a hard time working up the strength to hold his head up in the videos. But he does succeed and is aware and so sweet. He has hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy. But I think his main struggles have to do with his environment. Three years old. 21 pounds. 35″ tall.

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http://reecesrainbow.org/105424/sawyer-4-5
This little boy has the same diagnosis as Daniel (arthrogryposis)! He’s seven years old and playing and talking. His legs are severely affected and his arms and hands are affected also. It didn’t stop him from holding, manipulating and playing with a variety of toys. He weighs a measly 22 pounds.

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And little Kadrie. She is only two years old and has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. She appears the “least able” or “least aware” of this group. Does that mean she is the least snuggly? I am willing to wager she is the opposite. Consider this sweet soul and love her.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

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Requirements for adoption:
Meet minimum income requirements
Be a US citizen
Some more info: http://reecesrainbow.org/new-family/newfamily

I can tell you more about the adoption process for this particular country if you ask. You can email me at davis.adopt@gmail.com. Total cost for adoption (including homestudy, agency fees, international expenses, airfaire, etc.) is somewhere around $28K. You’d need around $4K to get started. There are grants and fundraising resources. Be prepared that the entire process can only be about a year long.

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Our Son, Daniel

I’m really rotten at keeping secrets. I figured out I can share Daniel’s profile page on Reece’s Rainbow! “Drake” is his pseudonym. “Daniel” is the name we will give him. I cannot share his birth name publicly at this point.

Here is the URL of his Reece’s Rainbow profile: http://reecesrainbow.org/113696/drake-1-53

I’ll cut and paste the info here also… I’ll answer questions it’ll bring up later.

An orphan for awhile longer... a son already in my heart.

An orphan for awhile longer… a son already in my heart.

Age: 3
Diagnosis: arthrogryposis
Medical report indicates contractures are at knees and 4 fingers

Videos from November 2016 show him sitting unassisted, making sounds/verbalizations to express pleasure and react to desired toys, playing appropriately with toys (taking blocks apart, interacting with stacking cups by putting them in/out, and shaking a shaker toy. He has full use of his index fingers and thumbs with a well-developed pincer grasp. He uses his other 4 fingers on each hand to help cup objects while he holds/manipulates them. He moves around on the floor on his back while swinging his legs to get to a desired location. The video shows him moving across the room to get to a desired toy. He interacts appropriately with staff. He is in an orphanage where children often have a lack of exposure to toys and developmentally appropriate activities. Drake’s developmental delays are believed to be a result of living in an orphanage.

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Adoption Update

Paperwork is still moving along, pile after pile. The homestudy is wrapping up… hopefully we’ll have a final copy in our hands within a couple weeks. We will then send that off to USCIS (immigration) for approval. Waiting for that approval takes about two months. Then we combine that with a bunch of this other paperwork we’re doing to Europe. Sometime this summer, we should be able to meet our son for the first time!

That’s right – it’s a boy! We are heading back to the exact same orphanage Jordan was adopted from… not just the same country, the same orphanage! As soon as our commitment documents are processed, I’ll share more information about out son here. That’ll be a couple weeks.

Let’s see… what else is going on here.

I am preparing to go on a mother-daughter retreat with Anna, who is approaching 10 years old. I purchased Passport 2 Purity to guide our time together and am trying to read and prepare that. Homeschooling is going on. I am still training for my first ever run-the-whole-way 5K on March 19th. After that, I want to focus my exercising on developing increased full body strength. Having another child to lift and move will make that valuable. I don’t know if I posted on the blog, but we hosted an African refugee and her toddler son for a month, from mid December to mid January! So I have been getting back into the swing of things now that she’s moved into her own apartment and I’m trying to get her some more support in her home in Vancouver, WA now too. Let me know if you’re interested. I don’t know what else is going on, but it’s been a fast-paced trot around here lately. For fun, I’ve been playing Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic on the computer and reading The Stormlight Archive books. All for now!

Carolyn during the snow.

Carolyn during the snow.

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