"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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Adoption Update.....


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?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Simon, We Are Coming!

Yep, it's true! We are adopting again! This time it's a little man from an orphanage in a Eastern European country.

Here he is. His online name is Simon:

He reminds me a little of our Grace because he looks "fluffy" like her!

He is four and will be five this December. But because this adoption will take longer than the previous ones from Ukraine & Serbia, he will most likely be close to six by the time he joins our family.

As is the case in other Eastern European countries, orphans are generally transferred to an institution when they reach an age of four or five. He was due to be transferred to a institution at the end of the year. Because we committed to adopting him, the orphanage will hold him for us, knowing that we are coming to bring him home.

Can you tell we are happy?

Adoption is not done in isolation. All of us can play a part in the process: Some adopt, some pray, some provide financial assistance, and so on. If you would like to partner with us through a gift, we would be thrilled--there is a Reece's Rainbow button on the right that you can click for your convenience. This adoption will be approximately $30,000. Even so, we are happy to announce:

"Simon, we are coming!"

Saturday, October 4, 2014

"Kings and Queens"

This song pierces our hearts.

Each and every time.

Please, Please take the time to watch the video below!

It's our family's theme song!

"Kings & Queens"

Little hands, shoeless feet, lonely eyes looking back at me
Will we leave behind the innocent too brief
On their own, on the run when their lives have only begun
These could be our daughters and our sons
And just like a drum I can hear their hearts beating
I know my God won’t let them be defeated
Every child has a dream to belong and be loved

Boys become kings, girls will be queens
Wrapped in Your majesty
When we love, when we love the least of these
Then they will be brave and free
Shout your name in victory
When we love when we love the least of these
When we love the least of these

Break our hearts once again
Help us to remember when
We were only children hoping for a friend
Won’t you look around these are the lives that the world has forgotten
Waiting for doors of our hearts and our homes to open


If not us who will be like Jesus
To the least of these
If not us tell me who will be like Jesus
Like Jesus to the least of these

Boys become kings, girls will be queens
Wrapped in your majesty
When we love, when we love the least of these
Then they will be brave and free shout your name in victory
We will love we will love the least of these
We will love the least of these
We will love the least of these
We will love the least of these
We will love the least of these
We will love the least of these

Audio Adrenaline - Kings and Queens (Exclusive Music Video Premiere) from audio-adrenaline on GodTube.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Bringing Back Blogdana.....

Hello Friends!

Okay, this blog probably holds the record of longest time between posts. Last blog entry...October 2012?

Can time really go by that fast?

So much has happened in those two years, so I "Blogdana" (as Kevin calls me) am going to blog on some of the bigger events that have happened during that time period.

Just not today.

But, I will be back with some big news to report when the time is right.

In the mean time, Here is a photo of the Trisomy Trio on their first day of school:

Be back soon!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Wild West Rodeo.....

Tonight was a big night for the littles....All three got to take part in the Y's Men's Wild West Rodeo for children with disabilities. Each year the club puts on this event prior to the first night of the rodeo. All the participants get a hat, a T-shirt, a bandana, and a rodeo number. They are then escorted one by one by either a Rodeo queen or a cowboy where each child rotates through eight different stations--riding a horse, a "mechanical" bull, roping, etc. Here's a group shot of our posse' right before the big event (with caregivers Chelsey & Stephanie)....
You know how Grace likes the boys? Well, she roped herself a cowBOY!
She is quite pleased with her catch!
Grace riding her horse....
And Bella.....she LOVED it!
And, Nole', not so much....
All in all a fun time at the rodeo. Can I get a "Yeehaw!"?