Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Chinese New Year Party 2015 - New York City

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Adriana

Adriana is a lovely 10 year old girl with a very sweet smile. She loves music and dances along when music is playing. Adriana has Down Syndrome and CHD.



Adriana is good with self-care and personal hygiene activities. She dresses herself and loves to be beautiful. She likes to choose pretty clips for her hair. She is very neat with her possessions.  



She is very helpful to her foster mother and enjoys doing household chores such as emptying the trash, wiping tables, and helping with dishes.



Could this precious girl be your daughter? Please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org for more information.




Sunday, January 25, 2015

Family Story

Adoption for us has been something that we never could have expected. We went from being parents of two precious boys – certain that we were finished adding to our family – to the stunning realization that we were being called to adopt a little girl from China. We were terrified of adoption on every level. We knew that we couldn’t afford adoption financially and we wondered if our family could afford the personal cost of adoption and the way that adding a new member would change the dynamics of us. But, God so gently walked with us as He made His call clear in our lives. We knew that regardless of what we thought we could afford, God has endless resources. So, we took a step forward in faith.




The process of adopting took us two long, roller coaster filled years. In those years we began to realize that we, as a family, were incomplete and our hearts radically changed from hesitant caution to gut-burning desire to be united with our daughter. It still amazes us as how quickly you can go from thinking your family is complete to feeling the pain of knowing your daughter is alone and sleeping in an orphanage unaware that she is desperately loved and that she belongs.




On July 21, 2014, we were forever united as a family. It was one of the most magical, beautiful moments of our lives. Meili Jane was 3 ½ when we met for the first time. Timid, shy, so uncertain of the moment. Looking into those forever brown eyes, I prayed that the deepest parts of her soul would recognize that she belonged with us and that God would give her rest in our arms.




We have been a complete family for six months now and they have been some of the craziest and, at the same time, most normal months of our lives. Meili Jane is fantastic. Spunky, funny, precious, and very demanding in the best of ways. She is the spotlight of every room she enters. She is the apple of her brothers’ eyes and the shiniest part of our hearts. Looking at her you can’t help but see the hands of God’s great love and redemption at work. But, not in the way that you think. You see, when we look at Meili Jane, the redemption that we see most is the redemption that she brought into our lives, into spaces that we didn’t even realize needed to be redeemed.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Let Me Introduce You to Aaron

This is Aaron. He just turned 5 and is described as an enthusiastic, courteous boy. He is shy around people he doesn't know, but in his foster home he is very happy and outgoing.

Aaron's special need is albinism. He attends Kindergarten and is doing well in school. His teacher considers him an eager learner. He also likes to dance and sing.  He is able to care for his own personal needs. His favorites toys are small toy cars and he loves to ride a bike with training wheels.



We call Aaron our "spicy boy" because he seems to be able to stand up for himself quite well, but when he is with his foster mother you see that he is also very sweet and has a soft heart.

Could Aaron be your son?

For more information about Aaron please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Superkids Coming Home!

As Superkids volunteers we meet many children. We hold them, play with them, and evaluate their development. We love on them for the short time we have with each one.



After we come home we think about them, pray for them, advocate for them, and love them from afar. We hold each child close in our hearts. We are thrilled when, time after time, we see the perfect family for each child find them. We follow the adoption progress and rejoice as each step brings the child and their family closer together.




Right now we are very excited as one family is in China now, and next week four more families are traveling to meet their little "Superkids". My heart is full as I think of each of these families meeting their child and each child becoming a treasured son or daughter.




Congratulations to the families traveling. Please know that we are cheering you on from half a world away! We travel with you in heart and we are here for you as you adjust to life with your new little ones.

And to our precious little Superkids: We are so thrilled for each of you. May you be blessed and happy, may you each thrive as you join your new families. You will always have a little piece of our hearts.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I Want You to Meet Alan

I want you to see this little boy.




Really see him.


He is so adorable!



This is Alan. The Superkids team has met him twice. He stole our hearts both times! The progress he made developmentally between the 2013 and 2014 trips was amazing! Alan is four years old and has Down Syndrome and a heart condition. He can walk on his own and follow simple commands. He speaks simple words and can throw and kick a ball. He can hold a crayon and scribble.



Alan is such a loving child. He needs a family to love him and help him develop to his full potential! Could Alan be your son?

Please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org for more information about Alan or any of our waiting children.

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Files Are A Comin' {Arielle}

Another group of files is coming very soon! Are you ready to meet some of the cute kiddos?

First up is beautiful little Arielle. She is four years old and so, so precious. She absolutely loved the hair bows and mirrors we took with us when we visited her in June. She watched with delight as we printed her picture and put it on the back of her mirror. Then she would look at her photo and flip it over to the mirror side and smile at herself. It was beyond cute!







Arielle is in foster care and is learning to take care of her own personal needs. She is potty trained and can dress herself. Her special need is a hemangioma on her left chest, an umbilical hernia, and developmental delay. She goes to half-day preschool and is doing well in school. She scribbles on paper, jumps, stands on one foot, and speaks in short sentences.



Arielle is described as a quiet, sweet little girl who is friendly to everyone. Could this darling little girl be your daughter?

For more information about Arielle or about any of our waiting children please contact April Uduhiri at april.uduhiri@gladney.org.