Love china

Love china

Thursday, May 19, 2016

God is Great!!

Some of you know, and some do not, but I have been collecting therapy supplies for Sunshine's Foster Facility in China. God provided in a big way for these kids!! I am so thankful for all the companies that have donated so far!!

After getting all of these supplies, I contacted the Foster Facility and mentioned that I wasn't sure how I was going to get it all to China ... the director's comment was, "well, my husband will be in the States in 2 weeks, do you think you can ship the items to him?" Well, yes!!! I then asked where  in the country he would be and the response was, "Broken Arrow, OK" ... are you kidding me?!!!

After having several conversations with her husband I found out that he was actually planning on spending some time at Grand Lake, OK ... literally an hour and 15 minutes away from me ... God is at work here!! We set a date to meet and I got everything prepped.

I was able to pull together all of the children's clothes that did not sell at the Adoption Rummage Sale, get them all washed, folded and placed into a very large tub. Knowing some of the Foster Facility's needs, I was able to send out a request to Facebook groups that re-sell and donate used therapy equipment .. This is where God started showing off ...

I sent out the request for a Feeder Seat (a supportive seat that sits on the floor), if anyone would be willing to give me one that their child had outgrown. I got a response from an amazing woman in Kansas who had a trucker friend who may be able to get it to me - a week later the plan was set up and things began to be set in motion. I was able to meet the trucker just 10 miles south of my home at a truck stop. It was quite a sight to see a specialized medical chair being taken out of a huge 18 wheeler!! The trucker said, "I used to come down to Springdale from Kansas frequently, but it has been quite a while since I have been here. I was contacted last week by a friend to see if I could bring this chair down, but I told them that it had been a while since I towed anything down this way. Wouldn't you know it, the very next day I was contacted to haul a load down here to Springdale!" ... WOW!!! If that wasn't God at work then I don't know what is!!!

I was able to get everything sent over to China last week with the Director's husband and got these AMAZING pictures back!!

These sweet kiddos were able to utilize the HipHelpers that were donated!! I am sure that they will begin to thrive in their therapy sessions!! 

This sweet little one was fitted with a new hand splint! I am so THANKFUL to Benik for donating their amazing products to these little ones!! 

This amazing boy was able to utilize the compression vest sent by Benik - helping him calm himself and be more aware of where his body is in space!! 

And, last but not least, the AMAZING chair!! When I received it, I was a little worried that it was going to be too small for this sweet girl (she is the reason I searched for one) ... but I should have never doubted - God had it all under control and it fits her perfectly!!! 

And, of course, EVERYONE wanted to try out the new chair!!! 

As for Sunshine and this adoption process, I really have no new news to report. I am still in a holding pattern. I am currently holding 2 fundraisers that I REALLY need everyone's help with...

Once my home study finally comes through, I will have to pay another round of fees. I have $2000 in prep for this, but another $3000 is needed in order to pay the fees that will need to be paid before my documents can go to China. 

The first fundraiser is with the Humble Bee Project.

The second fundraiser is with Premier Jewelry

If you are not local, you CAN still help!!! 
If you get your friends, family, church members, etc. together and receive $150 total in orders, you will get this free necklace!!! 

If you have any questions - please email me:
Any little bit will help!!! 

  GOD performed miracles in getting all of the much needed therapy items and clothes to the sweet children at Sunshine's Foster Facility. SO many children will benefit from the donations!!! 

Prayer Requests: 
That funding is found for this next round of fees. Even though I am currently still in a holding pattern, fees will come due quickly and I want to be as prepared as possible. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016


Well, it has been a bit since I have updated here ... mainly because there is really nothing new to report. I STILL do not have his fille (supposedly will take 6 weeks to get his file translated, but I have no idea when the 6 weeks started) and my homestudy report is still not complete. SO .. for the time being, I am stuck.

Being stuck is not a good feeling .... it puts you on a wild rollercoaster of emotions. Being stagnant sends waiting adoptive families into a craze. All of the fears you have for your child, for the process, for the future ... they all start to float to the front of your consciousness.
- Is he going to be eligible for the surgery he so desperately needs?
- What will his future be like - will he ever be able to walk, talk, sing, jump, run, play without constant assistance?
- Will the funding to continue this process be available when it is needed?
- Will I be the mother that he really needs?
- When I go to China, will I have everything he needs?
- Do I actually try to take a wheelchair to China when I finally get to go get him?
- If I take a wheelchair, how will I transport it around the country without it being broken?
- Will I be able to find foods that he likes once we are home?
SO, yes, my mind is in overdrive ....

In order to help support this process, I have been working 6 days/week ... but I constantly feel like it is not enough. Working 6-10 hrs. Monday - Saturday week in and week out begins to wear on a person, but it is a necessity. Being single in this process is not for the faint of heart. It's not like buying a car where you have 3-5 years to pay it off ... this is handing over $35,000 in 1 year, broken into 3-5 payments, some are larger than others.  I am praying that the upcoming fundraisers will be profitable as funding is scary in this process ...

I have gotten 3/4 of his room painted in preparation for the Dr. Seuss amazement. I still have 1 more wall to finish and a few finishing touches, but I really am excited about it. I can't wait for it to be finished and put back together.

For those interested, I am having a Premier Jewelry Party locally at the beginning of next month and I would love to see you guys there (specific details will be posted soon). For the people outside of NW Arkansas, you can participate as well and earn some free jewelry! If you collect $150 or more in orders, you will receive this beautiful necklace:

Please let me know if you are interested and I will get you the information/catalogues/order forms, etc. This jewelry is great quality for low prices and there is something for everyone! Please consider sharing this with your close friends/co-workers/family, etc because every little bit helps! :) 

Other things in the pipeline: Possible raffle for a Lillebaby Essentials baby carrier, possible online auction, Painting for a Cause night (details to be released soon), Cookout and Wacky Olympics. 

Prayer Requests:
- That Sunshine's file is FINALLY ready, translated, give to my adoption agency and I can finally request to be matched with him.
- That my homestudy report be finalized so that things can begin to move forward and I will no longer be "stuck"
- Sunshine will continue to thrive and remain healthy 
- That I will find peace with all my worries and concerns, giving them to Him to be my rock.