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Friday, December 19, 2014

Superkids 2014 Memories {Flashback Friday- Hannah}

The following was written by Hannah Sams, a Superkids volunteer, who traveled to China for the first time in 2014. She helped with recording data and taking video. She has such a special touch with little ones! If a child seemed nervous or upset Hannah was always right there to comfort them and make them feel safe.  



When I traveled to China this past summer with Superkids I was expecting many new experiences and emotions but I wasn't expecting these kids to grab my heart and never let go. 



I met a sassy two year old. Oh, was she ever a two year old! She was a tiny spit fire who wanted to be held and let us all know she didn't like it when I put her down.



I met an adorable little boy with burn scars. When I held out my arms to him a huge smile split his face and he ran straight into my arms and heart! 

Then there was the 12 year old boy who had also been burned...Life seemed to have taken his smile away and my heart broke to watch  his lack of self-confidence. I couldn't help but think what a different person he would be if someone saw his potential and helped him also see it. 




And there were so many more. Waiting to fit into their family like a missing puzzle piece to complete a beautiful picture. It is so exciting to hear of one of these kids being matched and going home to their family. Another unique, beautiful picture completed!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christopher

See this handsome young man? We are calling him Christopher and he is ten years old. The Superkids team met Christopher in 2013 and again in 2014. He is such a sweet, cheerful boy. We all loved it when Gongzhan had him eating bananas and lifting water bottles to try to build up his strength!

Christopher has a degenerative disease. He can't move his legs and is not continent. Christopher is very smart and loves school. Someone from the orphanage drives him to school, they carry him to his desk where he remains until school is over. 
Christopher has an impish grin and wonderful laugh. He loved playing Candy Crush on Gongzhan's iPad. He also really enjoyed the hats we took in 2014. You have to admit that he looks pretty good in them too!

Christopher needs a family who will love him no matter what the future holds for him. Could he be your son?
For more information about Christopher or any of our waiting children please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tad's Adoption Story {Family Story Friday}

Today, Dr Darla, our Superkids pediatrician shares about adopting her son Tad. We met Tad in China and am so pleased to know he is home with such a wonderful family.

 

I am thrilled that I have kids of both genders, since I came from a household of all girls.  Boys add a different dimension!  As a pediatrician, I enjoy seeing both boys and girls.  Let me tell you a story of my youngest son as we come up on the completion of his first year at home.

Our son was listed as having multiple medical problems.  In reviewing the file, it was apparent that all the medical issues were resolved.  His special need was that he was a boy and he was eight.  He was in a foster family in China for 7 years.  Adoption is a step of faith, because of the unknowns.  Here was our list of unknowns/worries …


1)      Grief:  We expected that there may be a lot of grief after leaving his foster family.  It was explained to us that foster care is really viewed as a temporary solution.  I don’t know how this is communicated, but we were surprised that we haven’t seen more sadness yet.  He shares stories of his family, so we have gotten a glimpse of his life.

2)      Language:  We initially use a translator on our phones and the in-country interpreter to communicate big concepts.  With our sample size of two adoptions, we are always amazed at how quickly they learn English.  Tad wanted to start school right away.  He went to school one week after getting home.  The school used the iPad for translation for a couple of weeks (no person available to interpret) and then he was fine without it.

3)      Life lived:  We were worried about all the life that he had already lived.  Older kids come with more baggage.   Life in a foster family versus an orphanage certainly worked to his advantage.  He understands what it means to be in a family and how to build relationships.  I am thankful for his foster family who certainly invested in him.


Tad was listed as clever and introverted.  The first moment that I met him as he tip toed through the room like a monkey told me that introvert was incorrect!  He is full of life, with boredom being his biggest challenge.  Clever is spot on.  He is a whiz… at anything he tries.  He was top of the class in China and now in America.  He probably knows more than the rest of the family about the 50 states, US presidents, world geography, etc. He is a precious 9 year old boy.  It isn't always easy, but it isn't always easy with any of our children.  We are so glad we took this step of faith.  He is a blessing to our family!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Cause for Celebration!

Some know him as Alban. Some know him as Graham. Some affectionately call him "Nugget". And soon he is going to called "son".

We are so excited to announce that:

Graham has a family!!!



Monday, December 1, 2014

Dings and Happy News for the Day!

We are so pleased to announce,

I have found my family!!!

Ding,


Ding  Ding Ding!!!!

We are so happy for little Geoff

Oh yes and more happy news, our wonderful Guang Ming star Shayla ,  met her family in China yesterday!!!!

Such a great way to start the month of December!!!!