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Monday, November 24, 2014

Ding, Ding Ding!!!!

Every one is Special! This guy is really special! We all met him only once in 2013 but he has been in our hearts every day since then.   He has a significant heart issue and has found a wonderful family.



  I have found my family!


Ding Ding Ding!!!!!!

We are so so Happy for you Mr. Scotty!!!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Changed Heart Can Change Lives {Family Story Friday}

This week's family story was written by adoptive mom and Superkids volunteer Dr. Darla Wrage.



My adoption journey is a journey of the heart.  I was a busy working mom of three little kids. All of a sudden, a seed was planted…adoption.  I was introduced to adoption by a pharmaceutical rep (of all people?!).  She had returned from China with little girl.  I learned that China had a one child policy, which left many girls in orphanages.  My heart changed.



Although I was ready to move forward, my husband was not.  A ten year wait ensued, but during that time our hearts were changing.  Adoption from China was changing. Most adoptions were “special needs” kids.  The healthy baby girls were few.  As we looked at the stage in life we were in, we knew that an older child would fit in best.  With a medical background, I was able to sort through the medical needs and what that would look like in our family.  We welcomed a six year old girl with nephrotic syndrome into our hearts in May 2011.  My heart changed.




While we were in China, we were connected with a family adopting a 13 year old daughter.  We heard the plight of orphans aging out of the system at age 14. The future for those kids is dismal. Their “special need” was “older child.”  My heart changed.



Then a new special need came to my attention…. “boy.”  People are taken aback when they hear that a boy is being adopted from China.  People are aware of the one child policy and the early implications of that.   They are surprised that the orphanages are filled with boys and that boys are harder to place.  My heart changed.



A school picture of a boy with no smile… our hearts changed.  Going through the listed “multiple medical needs,” I systematically checked them all off as resolved.  His special need ultimately was “older boy.” He jumped into our life in January 2014. My heart changed.



There are millions of kids… all unique… that have no family.  Their “special need” is a family to call their own.  I pray for changing hearts that will fulfill that need.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Oh Graham!



Sweet Graham!

Some say he is silly...



Some say he is sweet...



He likes cookies and stickers.


He needs a family. A family needs him. Could he be your son?

For all the information about his age and special need read this post.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Spina Bifida is just a Label

Today a sweet mom and family share about their recent adoption and parenting a child with Spina Bifida.  She tells us what helped to make their decision and what life is like.  We love this little one and her amazing family!!!  Read on, and then think about the cutie at the bottom of the page!!!!
 
 
When we first started the adoption process in the Summer of 2013, like most families, we were overwhelmed with the medical checklist. It was hard to narrow it down to which special needs we would consider. We labored over each condition, trying to decide what we could and couldn't handle and what would be realistic for our family. We skimmed right over Spina Bifida because it just sounded so scary. The bottom line is that it was a special need we had no experience with and very little exposure to. We did not check this as a need that we felt comfortable with.
 

Fast forward to the Fall of 2013. Our paperwork was almost ready to be sent to China. As we waited for the final piece of our dossier, I saw a little girl on Rainbow Kids that had the most adorable smile. Her need was Spina Bifida with post-op meningocele and TCS (tethered cord). When I saw her picture I knew we were looking at our daughter. I started to research more about this special need and began to realize how manageable it could be. There were most definitely many unknowns. There would be questions that couldn't be answered until we brought her home, but we already loved her and that love overcame any uncertainties we could have had at the time. 
 
 
 
 

We traveled to China this summer to finally meet the little girl who had been in our hearts for so many months. Ever since June 16, 2014 we have been amazed by her in every way possible. She has absolutely no limitations. She climbs, runs, jumps and plays like any other child her age. And at just barely 3 years old she is pedaling and steering a 12" bike with training wheels. She dresses herself, can bath herself, brush her teeth, eat with utensils (including chopsticks), use safe scissors proficiently, and skillfully navigate any playground equipment. Other than the scar on her back, you would never know she was born with Spina Bifida. 
 
 
 

She is the smartest and most advanced child in her preschool class. She is speaking English better than some 3 year olds that have spent their entire lives in an English-speaking culture. She is amazing in every way.
 
 

There is a possibility that she could need surgeries in the future, such as another detethering of the spinal cord, but for now we are enjoying her and watching in awe as she shows us daily what a little miracle she is.

I urge any of you that are on the fence about Spina Bifida to consider it. Research, talk to others who have experience, and then make a decision that is right for your family. Not every child with our daughter's special need will have the same outcome, but they are generally very intelligent and wonderful little children that just need a loving home, and someone who can commit to being their parents despite the unknowns. 
 

We are so thankful that we didn't let the label "Spina Bifida" keep us from our beautiful daughter, and our hope is that it won't keep others from being united with another one of these precious and amazing kids.


See this wonderful family!!!!  See the love and laughing!  Labels cannot define these amazing children.  Read about beautiful Barton below.  He needs to be in a wonderful family too!!!!  


Barton is a sweet boy who is just over one year old.  He is a handsome  with a cute little bow shaped mouth and beautiful eyes.  He is so so sweet!  He can bang together two blocks.  He can bear weight on his feet.  He is rolling and can get to a hands and knees position.  His special need is spina bifida, meningocele and a tethered cord which was treated surgically.  He is such a sweetie and enjoys peek-a-boo!

Do you see this cuddly sweet guy?  He is so so adorable!  Barton is a sweetie who is not defined by any label and needs an amazing family to love him.  Could he be your son????

For more  information about Barton,  please contact,  Pat Marcus at patriciamarcuspt@gmail.com



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Well, we made it!




In what seemed like running a marathon, the Superkids gala Friday night went off without a hitch!  the tables were beautiful and the program were lovely.  The room looked so so beautiful,  but what was  so great was our adoption village came out.  All our friends who could showed up to honor Martha Osborne.  They came to show their support for the children. We told stories and talked about some amazing Superkids who have found their forever families and those who are still waiting.



Martha Osborne, Gongzhan, and Pat

A very special moment was when we were able to present our sweet Eliana who is home with her forever family.  There will be more pictures but here is my favorite of the event.  You saw her pics on Friday here on the blog and here she is today. How special was it to share this time with her!!!!




Look at what Love can do!!! We held her in our arms in China and now here she is a beautiful loved daughter with amazing brothers and a sweet sister!!!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Look What Love Can Do!!!

Today is a wonderful day where we as team come together to share our love for all waiting children with our Superkids community.  We are celebrating Superkids and honoring Martha Osborne.   Martha rocks.  She is the champion of all advocacy and has led the charge longer than any of us!!!!!  So tonight as we have our wonderful event,  we want you to know how important each and every one of you is to Superkids.  You all rock!!!  You read our post, share our words and help on our trips with preparation, planning and donations.  So my dear friends, Adoption is an amazing way to build your family!!!  These waiting kids rock.  here are some pics of  child that Superkids helped to find their forever family.  Now, look what Love can do!!!!

 Before


 After



Tonight I get to give this very special sweetie a big hug.  Yes, Look what love can do!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Team !!!!!

We are gearing up for our event in NYC.  So today I am reflecting today on How amazing our Superkids team is!! 

Dr.  Darla is so so great. She really understands Adoption and waiting children.  She is a pleasure to travel with and just loves all our kiddos. 

Erin takes great, great photos.  We are so so grateful for her skill and dedication with a camera.  Erin is so so much more for the team. She really is devoted to advocacy on this side of the ocean as well.  


Chelsea is just amazing and her heart for waiting children is big Big Big. She also is able to get so many policy and procedure questions discussed all through out our Superkids trip.

 Hannah is new to the team and has a great heart for waiting children.  She gives so much love and comfort to all the kiddos we meet.  very often a child will sit on her lap for hours. 

Mark is our support for the team and made our mirror project work.  He loved the kiddos and very cutely taught many of them to say Texas. 

Lastly we are grateful for our team leader Gongzhan.  We know all Superkids trips are due to his hard work and connection.  
 
 
Superkids rocks as a team but most of all we rock with the kiddos.  We are so happy to spend time with them and feel so joyous for every one that finds their forever family.