The Next 6 Months

On December 6th I will be getting on a plane to head back to India! It’s been a good time of rest and rejuvenation but I’m ready to head back to my rooftop. And I no longer have a giant hole on my ankle. American medicine is a good thing! One of the best things about being home is that I have time and good wifi to research and make plans for my kiddos. I’ve been able to talk to professionals about my kids and research some ideas. I’ve made some new goals for all my kids that I wanted to share mainly so I don’t accidentally lose all the pieces of paper I’ve written  them on! If you have any feedback or ideas on how to work towards these goals please let me know! Also I’m still looking for a PT who is willing to look at some videos I have of Penny and give me some advice on how to deal with her joints.

Penny

  • Basic Communication. Simple signs or choosing between 2 choices on switch.
  • Self feeding 25% of the time
  • Addressing her lazy eye and swallowing issues
  • Working on army crawling. Purposeful movement to get an object she wants
  • Building play skills
  • Strengthening arms with weight bearing

Katherine

  • Attempting a better sleep and nap schedule
  • Looking into cochlear implant
  • Getting an in depth assessment of her vision to see how she can best use what she has. Using a light box to work on the vision she has
  • Sensory integration (spinning, bouncing, etc) and exposures to different textures
  • Drinking from sippy cup or open cup (no more bottle)
  • Using an object schedule

Caden

  • Setting up room to do his dressing changes in that can be sterilized and kept clean
  • Getting necessary documentation and funds to take him to EB clinic in Bangalore
  • Working on crawling or movement to get toy out of his reach
  • Switching off rice and curd and onto food that has more nutrition
  • No more bottle! Drinking from sippy cup or open cup

Thomas

  • Basic communication. Eye gaze for yes/no questions
  • Better positioning in wheelchair and more time on tummy
  • Weight bearing to strengthen arms and stretch wrists
  • Working on a resting hand splint to get hand in neutral position
  • Gaining weight!
  • Getting out into community more
  • Better pain management
  • More time in arm splints to make hands more functional

Valor

  • Gaining weight
  • Working on a resting hand splint to get hand in neutral position
  • Weight bearing on arms
  • Basic communication. Choosing between 2 objects and using switch to make choices
  • Better positioning while laying on bed
  • Getting out into community more

Julie

  • Gaining weight! Figuring out emotional or physical reasons behind refusal of rice
  • Self feeding 50% of the time
  • Learning more English words and alphabet
  • Counting to 10
  • Building strength back so she can hold her head up for more than a minute
  • Figuring out where she stands academically and a plan for her schooling

Darren

  • Looking into schools for him
  • Working on standing more and building leg strength
  • Mastering alphabet and spelling his name

House Goals

  • Switching completely over to cloth diapers
  • Better cleaning and organization
  • More outings with kids
  • Taking more photos of the kids
  • Get all the kids 50% sponsored (or more)

Personal Goals

  • No more weird infections 🙂
  • Being better about having personal time and sticking to it
  • Better nutrition. More fresh fruit and veggies for me and the kids
  • Blogging more

I’ve decided to start sending out a bi-monthly email newsletter with photos of the kids, news about my home, and prayer requests. If you would like to receive this newsletter please sign up here

Also Rescue Home (the home I live in) is selling these cute onesies to raise money. They make cute Christmas or baby shower presents.

Thanks for following along and caring about my kids! It takes a village to raise my kids and I’m thankful for all the support I’ve gotten along the way.

Orphan Sunday

Today, November 8th, is Orphan Sunday. Orphan Sunday is a day dedicated to bringing awareness to the millions of orphaned and abandoned children all around the world and the role the church should play in helping children and families. I could dedicate this post to statistics and numbers but I won’t. Because numbers are just that, numbers. They don’t tell the real story behind of the statistics. And these children are so much more than statistics; they are all beautiful children who do not have families because of issues beyond their control. (If you really want to see the numbers click here, here, and here)

All children deserve to be in loving families. When my parents first started fostering my youngest brother he was a mess. He threw up multiple times a day, had no idea how to cuddle, and was an unhappy baby. His wheelchair was improperly fitted and he was a sick little boy. 10 years later he is thriving. He uses a communication device to tell us his basic needs, gets the therapy he needs, and most importantly has a family that loves him. When I look at photos from the first year he lived with us compared to now I can see the difference that difference that love and family make. He was so much more than a statistic the year he was adopted- he became a beloved family member and my little brother.

Such a little baby!

Such a little baby!

Such a little man now!

Children all around the world deserve to have the same chance at love and redemption that my brother did. The millions of children who wait for adoption in our own backyards and all around the world deserve so much better. The other weekend I was out at Camp CAMP helping with a family retreat. As I walked around and reminiscenced on my summers spent there I was struck by the fact that my children in India may never have the chance to attend a summer camp. Without a family they will never be able to attend a summer camp, go on vacations, or receive all the quality therapy services they need. I do my best to provide and advocate for them but I can never replace a forever family.

So this Orphan Sunday I ask that you take some time to educate yourself. Learn more about the children who do not have a family to call their own. These children do not have a voice so it’s up to us to advocate on their behalf. James 1:27 says “Religion that is pure and faultless before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world” Not everyone can adopt or foster but everyone can do something to help just one child who does not have a family.

How do you help millions of orphans all around the world? One at a time.

  1. Advocate! Become the voice for an abandoned child. Tell their stories to anyone who will listen. Become a CASA advocate or a volunteer at a children’s home, in the States or abroad. Check out AdoptUSkids or Reece’s Rainbow and look at the photolistings of children waiting for families.
  2. Financially Support! 5 of my 6 kids still need monthly sponsors to receive the care they need to thrive. Sponsoring is a tangible way to make a difference in the life of an orphaned child. Sometimes I get tired of asking people for money but then I remember if I don’t tell their stories or advocate for them no one will. Read through my blog and find a child that pulls on your heartstrings and sign up to sponsor them for as little as $20/month. If you think someone one else will do it, they won’t. Could you give up one dinner out a month to ensure that my kids are getting quality food for the whole month? I go back to India in a month and would love to have all my kids to at least half way sponsored.
  3. Support! If you know of an adoptive or foster family support them. Offer to babysit, bring them dinner, or listen to them without judgment. Don’t know a family? Contact a local agency to see if they have any foster or adoptive families that need help. Odds are they do. Or if you know a family struggling with raising their own children support them so they don’t have to go into the foster care system.
  4. Pray! Pray that every child will find loving homes. Pray that one day Orphan Sunday will be something from the past. Pray for those who work in orphan care. Pray for adoptive and foster families. Pray for adults who spent their childhoods without families.

Basically don’t finish reading this blog post and do nothing. The children who need your help cannot afford for you to assume someone else will do something. If nothing else share this post so other can read and be informed too.

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