Friday, August 26, 2011

A River Run for Orphans and some news...

We are sooo excited to be able to finally announce this. 

And really, this was a bigger surprise to us than it's gonna be to ya'll.

But that is the way God works, isn't it?

When you are least expecting it....

You get super blessed!!

Well, it's not quite totally official, so I can't share who the precious little one is yet... 

But....(insert drum roll here).....       

We are ADOPTING AGAIN!!!!!! 


It's somewhat surreal, cause we weren't really planning on this.  I mean, we just came home with the girls 10 months ago!!   I know, I know... there are those of you out there who adopted last year as well and are already adopting again.  Even some of you that have already been there and back again!! Wow!!!  But we just did not think it was in the plan for our family right now.  Don't get me wrong, I knew we would eventually do it again at some point.  I just didn't think the timing was right now.

But apparently God had other plans!  Things are most definitely happening in His timing, and we would not want it any other way!

Last year at this time we were stressing hard cause our dossier had been submitted for 2 weeks and we still hadn't received our travel date.  We were so anxious to go and the waiting seemed endless... 

But eventually we got there and the time has just flown by ever since we returned home with the girls last October!! 

But anyway, back to today!!  We are waaay excited and cannot wait to share more, but in the meantime, we are trying to raise some initial funds!

Here locally, there is a really cool event called the River Run for Orphans

Our church and our family participated in it last year while we were in Ukraine to help raise money for our adoptions of Anna and Victoria. 

We are so very Blessed!!

Like the awesome Reece's Rainbow booth they set up? 

We are doing it again this year!  There is a 5K run and also a 1 mile run/walk (which our whole family will be participating in).  We are trying to find people who would like to sponsor us, and help us raise money for this adoption.  If you are a runner, maybe you would like to run in the 5K part and help gather sponsors for us as well! If you are not local to us and you want to help, just leave me a message and I will get in contact with you.  You can click here to go the official website, or here's a little info as well:

River Run for Orphans
Saturday, Sept. 17
Fort Lewis College
Durango, Colorado

A River of People
Creating Resources for Orphans

      8:30 Registration
     10:00 1 Mile Run/Walk
     10:30 5K Run/Walk
     11:30 Closing Ceremonies
     12:00 Concert

The Reality of Orphans around us:
•Every day 5,760 more children in the world become orphans
•By 2015 it is projected there will be 400 million orphaned children
•HIV/AIDS alone has orphaned 15 million children
•Every 2.2 seconds a child loses a parent somewhere

If you want to know more about the statistics specifically related to orphans with Down syndrome, click hereJust do it!!  It will blow your mind!

This pic is my sweet nieces and a friend loving on little miss Madalyn last year while we were in Ukraine.  :))

If you would like to help us, please either leave a comment on the blog or you can click on Contact above and send me an email and I will get you all the information you need. 

If you do, you might get a hint at who the special little someone is.  :))

We absolutely just cannot wait to share it!!  So be sure and stay tuned...


Mel said...

KIRSTEN!!! Oh, I can' wait to see who your new little one will be!! Congratulations!!

juli said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! You know I have been waiting for this post!!!! I am beyond excited for you guys.

Melissa said...

Congrats!! I am so excited for you all! I saw something somewhere that mentioned a home study, so I was waiting for this post. Can't wait to see who you little one is!

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