All From Asia #17…

allfromasia11_map_20140114This is post #17 in our series highlighting families who are adopting special needs orphans from Asia. International adoptions are long, tiring and expensive affairs but these families strive on because they want to share their home with an orphan who needs it and because they know they will be blessed by the child/children they are opening their hearts to. Through these posts i hope to provide you with an opportunity to be a small part of their journey. These families truly need emotional, spiritual and financial support so please read their stories and help where you can.

Families Who Are Home:

The Anderson Family is home with Jake and Finn and all are doing well. You can follow their journey here.

The Speelman Family is home with Seth. You can follow their journey here.

Families Who Are Still On Their Journey:

The Aschoff Family will be leaving in less than 24 hours!! That’s right, they will fly on October 25th to go bring Leo home. They are still short US$3200 and are asking for YOUR HELP! Please help them meet this very last funding need! You can contribute directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Fraley Family has had a setback. They have already been on this adoption journey for 2.5 years! Abby’s and Autumn’s country has just now decided that their homestudy needs to be re-done. This is costing them lots of funds and time. Please please HELP by buying from their Adoption Shop. You can contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Cassel Family will be travelling in a week’s time to bring Shawna (Hannah) home. They still need about US$5000. They are fundraising through the sale of beautiful handmade pens – check them out  here. You can contribute to their adoption grant here.

The Duvall Family is in the final stages of their journey – they are waiting for Travel Approval and they hope to travel in November. They are just US$500 shy of fully funded. Please do help them meet this last tiny bit of funding. They still have their Puzzle Fundraiser. You can also contribute to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Maples Family has had so many roadblocks and now finally after 17 months, they are in the final stages. They are still short US$5000 and hope to travel to bring Coral (Callie) home in the second week of December. They have a T-shirt Fundraiser here. You can give directly to their adoption grants here and here. You can follow their journey here.

Laurence’s Family has completed their dossier and has received USCIS Approval. You can give directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Lee Family is still waiting on LOA so they can bring Phineas and Love home. They are still in need of much funding. Please help them raise the funds they need. You can give to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Stickley Family is waiting for USCIS Approval. They have a matching grant of US$5000. When their FSP reaches, US$5246 another US$5000 will be added, which will be a great help in bringing Maddox and Amos home. You can give to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Dubbs Family has done their update of their homestudy and is now waiting for Travel Approval. They are still in need of US$28,000! They have a Stella & Dot Fundraiser here. They also have a Lifesong for Orphans Matching Grant of US$4000! They need this. To help them meet this grant, you would have to contribute to their Lifesongs’ account – see details here. You can give directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The King Family has just returned with 2 adopted daughter in February and has PA (pre-approval) to re-use their dossier for Leanne who will be turning 12 in June. Their blog link and FSP will be up soon. Stay tuned. In the meantime, do pray for them as they start the long international adoption process again.

The Nap Family is waiting on Travel Dates. Please pray for the trip the family will make to bring Lenny home and pray for Lenny’s heart to be ready to receive his new family. You can give to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Goodwin Family has finished their dossier and it is on the way to Elijah’s and Isaiah’s country. They hope to travel just after the new year. You can give towards their adoption grant here. You can follow their updates on that same link. They also have all their fundraisers and updates on this FB page.

The Preciado Family has LID (Log-in-date) which means their dossier is in Hallie’s country’s administration system. They have the following fundraisers: Enter “Family Preciado”in the order notes when purchasing from Johari Creations and Ginger On A Mission and they will receive a percentage of the sales, for Our Visiting Orphans please designate “Preciado”and they will again receive a percentage. You can also give directly to their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Bison Family‘s dossier is OOT (Out-of-translation), which means TA will not be far behind. Do continue to pray for their family and for Lisa (Gracie) as this is a big life change for all involved. You can give towards their adoption grants here and here. You can follow their journey here.

The Matthews Family has completed their homestudy and is waiting on USCIS Approval. They are still in need of funds to bring Paxton and Noah (Corbin) home. They have a wonderful Bamboletta Doll Giveaway (if you have never seen these dolls you have to – i LOVE these dolls!) – take part here. They are also a Young Living Rep – buy from them here and part of the sale goes to their adoption. You can also give directly to their adoption grant here and here. You can follow their journey here.

The O’Brien Family has the Article 5 and now they wait for court approval and issue of their boy’s passport. Please pray that there will no delays. You can give towards their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Thomas Family‘s dossier is in Lily’s country and they have received news that it is OOT (Out-of-translation) which means they are waiting on LOA (Letter of Approval). They are still in need of funding. You can give towards their adoption grant here. You can follow their journey here.

The Bishop Family has LOA and hope to travel in January to bring Aran home. You can give towards their adoption grant here.

 2 families home! 18 families still needing your prayers, spiritual and emotional support, as well as financial support – please help. Thank you.

syc

#happyhandmade eighty-five…

i LOVE Animals! Don’t you?

So for this week’s #happyhandmade eight-five, i have chosen to show off some animal crafts; handmade animals from different materials, for different purposes.

Now here are my six picks (please note that pictures are copyrighted by the creators of the items and i’m using them just to direct you to their shop – click on the pictures to see more):

feltelephant LuellaLion minihedgehog pheonix-ruggle-top-by-bewhiskered Sherman_monkey vampirebatMy favourite animal would have to be a dog! Unfortunately, none of the crafts featured this week was a dog – i guess they can be difficult to get just right and just cute enough ;)

What is your favourite animal?

syc

1st Week of Autumn Holidays…

Actually, we are nearing the end of our 3 week Autumn School Holidays. As usual, i wait till the end to consolidate what we did.

So the first few days was given over to boring stuff like housework and grocery shopping. We did have fun at our usual Squash lesson and meeting a new friend at an indoor play-park we haven’t been to in ages.

Then we hit it big time at the annual Suisse Toy Fair; it’s a huge toy fair showcasing all the new toys, gadgets and games. Well, actually… we go every year and i have been noticing that it seems to be getting smaller. But still we had fun. Tobias invited his good friend to come along with us. We arrived there an hour after they opened, at 11am. i had expected to get out of there by 4pm. That didn’t happen – we left at closing – 6pm! We had a good time so it was worth the time and money.

Top Left: T trying his hand at wood craving, Top Right: T and his friend testing new Wii games, Bottom Right: T and his friend trying out a funny boardgame, Bottom Left: Trying out a new cycle.
Top Left: T trying his hand at wood craving, Top Right: T and his friend testing new Wii games, Bottom Right: T and his friend trying out a funny board game, Bottom Left: Trying out a new cycle.
Top Left: Climbing the Ovalmatine moving rock wall, Top Right: T with his Lego creation, Bottom Right: the Loot from the toy fair, Bottom Left: The boys doing a last race before we leave.
Top Left: Climbing the Ovalmaltine moving rock wall, Top Right: T with his Lego creation, Bottom Right: the Loot from the toy fair, Bottom Left: The boys doing a last race before we leave.

The next day we joined some friends and headed out to the Juckerhof – a rather well-known pumpkin/fruit/veggie farm in the Zürich region. People go during this time of the year to see their spectacular pumpkin displays.

Top Left: 1st sight of the farm, Top Right: Lots of pumpkins everywhere!! All for sale, Bottom Right: giant butterfly made of pumpkins - you could ride on it (if they let you), Bottom Left: giant piano which plays recorded music, it's so big , my head only comes up to the keys.
Top Left: 1st sight of the farm, Top Right: Lots of pumpkins everywhere!! All for sale, Bottom Right: giant butterfly made of pumpkins – you could ride on it (if they let you), Bottom Left: giant piano which plays recorded music, it’s so big , my head only comes up to the keys.
Top Left: that's one BIG pumpkin!! They have a bigger one on their other farm, Top Right: we paid to walk thru the 3 apple mazes and you could eat the variety they indicated - which was Red Spring and they were yummy! Well worth the CHF5 and the walk, Bottom Right: we brought back  yummy pumpkins and other produce, Bottom Left: in the large maze at the end of the field, we played a sort of bingo type game. We were given a sheet showing the pests & helpful insects of the field. We were to find all these board & get a stamp to indicate we found them all. It was all for a chance to win a dinner for 4 at the farm - they do serve fresh yummy food!
Top Left: that’s one BIG pumpkin!! They have a bigger one on their other farm, Top Right: we paid to walk thru the 3 apple mazes. You could eat the variety they indicated – which was Red Spring and they were yummy! Well worth the CHF 5 and the rather long walk, Bottom Right: we bought yummy pumpkins and other produce, Bottom Left: in the large maze at the end of the field, we played a sort of bingo type game. We were given a sheet showing the pests & helpful insects of the field. We were to find all these boards, get a stamp to indicate we found them all. It was all for a chance to win a dinner for 4 at the farm – they do serve fresh yummy food!

Tobias also volunteered to cook dinner one time that week – he cooked Spaghetti Bolognese. It was yum! He enjoys cooking – still a little fearful of the hot stove – but he did a good job and we tucked into a good dinner that evening. He has cooked other dinners before too… and i hope to help him learn more recipes and fall in love with cooking.

1stweekautumnhols20141017eAll in all it was a fun-filled week! Stay tuned for the 2nd installment.

syc