Please remember to ask a newly adoptive parent how they are adjusting, and how their other children are adjusting as well as how the new kids are adjusting. Adjustment happens with everyone. Every single family member. And it’s hard work.
If you haven’t seen your friend in quite awhile, you want to wait a bit before reuniting with them. They want to really enjoy that time, and so do you. There is a good chance that they are in such a funk that they won’t remember much of that time with you.
Posted with love and immense gratitude for all of the love poured out for our family during this time. We treasure your prayers.
We’re home with Nicholas and Olivia! It has been quite a couple of weeks, learning about each other. It wasn’t very long after we picked them up that it became clear that the information we received about their education levels was wrong. Both of our kids are bright, but neither of them has anything like a 4th or 5th grade education. Our kids have achieved about a preschool and kindergarten level equivalent, respectively. They are capable of learning, but will need an awful lot of help to catch up. We need to do about 5 years of intensive remedial work with them to bring them up to a level near what they should be for their ages.
In order to do that, I’m going to need some materials that will help them to learn and practice. I have made Montessori materials at home for many years, but our needs are more urgent than I can meet by making them myself now. I’m going to need to purchase materials so that we can get the kids started right away.
Because our previous giveaways have been so much fun and so successful, we are going to do another one!
An Apple for the Teacher
For every 100 apples claimed, we will give away one Apple Watch. And this time every gift is the same amount: $25.
Claim as many apples as you want. The more apples you claim, the greater your chance of winning.
To claim your apples, send your gift of $25 per apple through PayPal to nissa_@_gadboisfamily_._com
We will draw a winner (or winners) on Sunday, December 6th – St Nicholas Day. Please help us spread the word! We’re sure that lots of people will want a chance at an Apple Watch right before Christmas!
Whatever we raise in excess of our needs for materials will be put toward other projects here at the house: completion of the permanent schoolroom, completion of the third floor bedrooms for our adult children and guests, an office for our ministry, workspaces for making candles, soaps, and sewn items for our shop, a room to be used as photography studio – all in support of our ministry.
*No purchase necessary, click here for details. Void where prohibited.
Tomorrow, we board a flight to Bulgaria to bring our son and daughter home. Forever. And we are so grateful. We can’t wait to see how their lives unfold, to see what things God has planned for them.
I haven’t been posting anything lately, not because there isn’t anything happening. It’s just that so much of our lives are about our adoption. The process, our memories from the trip, and our contact with them is intertwined everything we do, it touches every part of our lives.
And I am most definitely not being fearless.
I want to be very protective of the process. Not because I don’t want to share everything we are experiencing with you, but because we don’t want to do a single thing to jeopardize the process. It’s a tricky thing, this sharing. I didn’t want to share anything until I was certain of what I could safely share.
Now that I am a bit more confident about all of those things, I hope to begin posting more often. We treasure your prayers for our family, our new children, and for the children who still wait everywhere.
I’m preparing another neat giveaway, and will hopefully have that posted this week. We’re just $2100 from fully funded at Reece’s Rainbow. That means that we will have the funds we need to go back to Bulgaria this fall and bring our kiddos home!