"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Pick Me! Pick me!"

Daddy-O (Kevin) is our guest blogger today; he shared his heart on Facebook today and made me cry. I hope it touches you as well....

"Pick me, pick me, please pick me" says the boy at the baseball field where captains are picking teams. Soon, recess will be over, and he knows he'll be back in his desk. "Pick me, pick me, please pick me" says the boy at the orphanage who, for almost 5 years, has watched couples come to visit the only home he's ever known. After weeks or months of daily visits, the couples leave with one of the "other" children, to be a "forever family." The first boy in this story is me, as a 5th grader, being passed over and often picked last, due to my athletic inability. The second boy is our soon-to-be son, Simon, who's biological parents left him at the hospital due to his physical disability. So he's spent nearly 5 years at an orphanage, hoping a mama and a papa will come to pick him, someday! What Simon, does not know, is that his "recess" at the orphanage was about to end if God had not led us to him and allowed us to commit, emotionally and financially, to be his forever family, sometime in the middle of 2015.
There are many more hurdles to clear in the weeks and months ahead, but thanks to your prayers, kind words of encouragement, and financial support, we are undeterred in this rescue mission! Simon's future roommate, our 7yr old Nole' has started setting aside toys for his new "brudder" and insisted we put a picture on the wall on Simon's side of their room.
"Pick me, pick me, please pick me" Simon says to himself, when he goes to bed at night. We already have, our son. "We're coming Simon, your days without a forever family, will soon be done!"

Friday, November 21, 2014

Extra, Extra...Read All About It!

What is extra? you may ask.

Well, we are gaining an extra son!!



So, in 2015 we will gain TWO sons: one through adoption and another through marriage!

Last Sunday, Sissy's boyfriend Shane asked us for our blessing--to ask Liz for her hand in marriage. Last night.....it happened!

We are excited! The littles are excited! Sissy always said that she would use the three littles as a "filter" to determine "the one". If the littles didn't like him or if potential beau didn't show any interest in them, she would say "Next!" :)

Needless to say, Shane is great with the littles and even wrestles with Nole'! That right there shows true love and devotion!

The date is set for August 1, 2015--which happens to be Kevin & my 28th anniversary and Grandma & Papa's 56th anniversary. So, we will all be 28 years apart....Isn't that just AMAZING!

Liz asked all her siblings to be attendants in the wedding. She and Shane have decided to have a small, private family wedding and reception. But, rest assured, I WILL share pictures!

We only hope and pray that Simon will be home by that time so he, too, could be a ring bearer. It's a long-shot, but not out of God's control. So, we will do our end and work as hard and fast as we can!

Oh, and on the adoption front....we received a draft of our home study last night as well!

Too much excitement in the Burckhard household! :)

We are thrilled to be gaining an EXTRA son....well, not just one, but two!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

While We Wait.....

Thank goodness we are so busy--it makes the waiting game a bit easier. But in the mean time, Nole' asks every morning for his "little brudder?" We've cleared out the other side of Nole's room to be able to shift Nole's toddler bed over for Simon....and then make way for a big boy twin-sized bed for Nole'.

I was so excited when another adoptive Mommy posted a link on Facebook for this adorable shirt. I just had to order it for Simon to wear on his Gotcha Day....whenever that may be.... (it was on clearance from Gymboree)

We are scheduled for our first home study meeting with our new social worker next Monday afternoon. The second meeting will take place in our home the very next day. The second meeting is for the social worker to meet and visit with our children. So excited, although nervous! You would think that after the third home study, we would be old hats at this...but nope....still nerve wracking!

Please pray that as we meet inevitable obstacles, that we would be gracious, strong, and have a sense of peace. The adoption process is NOT for the faint of heart, that is for sure!

But, we have the best network of support--So thank you for your prayers and continued encouragement. It truly does make a world of difference!

Blessings, Paula

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Adoption Update.....

Hello!

The adoption process for Simon is coming along nicely!

To date this has happened:

  • Committed to Simon
  • Approved by Reece's Rainbow, Catholic Charities, and An Open Door Adoption Agency *Reece's Rainbow is the grant funding agency. Catholic Charities is the home study agency. An Open Door Adoption Agency is the child placing agency that coordinates with Simon's home country.
  • Catholic Charities found a social worker to complete our home study update.  The oil boom in North Dakota has affected the job market drastically.  It's hard to find employees--even a social worker! :)
  • In two weeks, our grant fund went to $679!  Thank you, dear people, for your generous gifts to help bring little Simon home.
  • Several adoption requirements completed:  my TB test -done.  Local background checks- done.  Taylor-Johnson personality tests-done.  Medical appointments made.  Biography updates completed.  
  • Whew.... :)
Just so you know, Simon is not his real name.  It's a listing name that will be used until he is officially ours.  But, because of the song that influenced our adoption (Kings & Queens by Audio Adreniline), we are going to have NOBLE be his middle name.

The other children are so happy and ask almost daily when their little "brudder" will be coming home.  Grandma is also excited to have the 11th grandchild, but really wants him home now..."Why do you have to wait so long to bring him home?," she asked.

Good question, Grandma!  But, we are working as best and fast as we can so that Little Brudder can be with his forever family sooner than later! :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Wild West Rodeo

Bella and Nole' got to participate in the Wild West Rodeo for children with disabilities. If you scroll down just a bit on the blog, you can actually see the kids TWO YEARS ago (which was my last post before starting to blog again) at the same rodeo. At that time, Nole' wanted nothing to do with it....but as you can see in the photos he is doing so much better with the noise and over-stimulating environments. The rodeo is a hit not only with the kids but also with the rodeo queens and the Y's Men's group. It really was a fun time! And, thank you, Anita Nettleton, for taking the photos!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Little Brudder

When we told Nole' about Simon, and that he would be his little brother, he said, "Guys, Woody?"

Big sister Liz asked him, "What about your guys (WWE figures) and Woody?"

Nole replied, "Give, little brudder!

Oh, my heart!

But when you see how many "guys" he has, maybe it's not such a sacrifice? :) Can't you see Simon, the little Brudder, fitting right in this royal rumble?