"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, January 17, 2015

Thoughts from Daddy-O....

Every now and again, Kevin aka Daddy-O, shares his thoughts on Facebook.  I am so thankful he has such a tender, compassionate heart.

Here is his post from this Saturday morning:

"Is it possible to miss someone you've never met?" Every Saturday morning, while we're cuddling with Nole', at some point he'll pause reflectively and say "I miss Simon!" Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Simon is being told by a caregiver at his orphanage, as she shows him our photo, "this us your family, that's your mama and papa!" For over five years, he has watched this ritual play out time and time again: a couple visits a child at the orphanage and after a few weeks of these regular visits, the child leaves, the only home they've ever known to go be with their "forever family!" I wonder if Simon will be thinking, as he doses off to sleep tonight "I miss my brudder, I miss Nole!"

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bendy Bella!

Oh my....our Bella is totally into gymnastics and tumbling lately.  She continually bends, twirls, and does splits in home AND at school.

She calls herself an acrobat.  We joke and say that her birthparents must have been circus performers the way she can contort her body either hanging from a bar or even on the floor.

Here is the shot of the day....Bendy Bella!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Picture Posts for Positive Perception!

Hello All!

Hope you all have had a wonderful start to your new year!  As my title suggests, I am going to make a concerted effort to blog more frequently--especially with more photos to demonstrate that my littles with Down syndrome are creative, smart, funny, sad, mad, jealous....you know, just like everyone else!

Here is my first installment.

Santa gave Bella this costume (that he picked up 75% off Halloween sales....Santa is good like that.) of an Egyptian queen.  As soon as I helped her put this on, she exclaimed, "I Katy Perry, Dark Horse!"

You see, her big sister Liz took Bella and Grace to the Katy Perry concert last summer.  However, the concert did not go over very well at the time.  Bella laid down in the hall of the FargoDome and became catatonic....like she was in shock or something.  After much pleading and prodding (and peeing in pants--oh Bella)  Bella finally went into the concert.  It was just too loud and over-stimulating for her.

But now, as she looks back, she thinks it was the event of the year.  Don't we all do that sometimes?  Sissy just shakes her head and can't get over the fact that she had such an awful time during the concert and how she now can remember it so fondly!

Yes, Bella you are definitely a princess!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy 2015!

Well, Simon is tucked away in his bed at the orphanage as I type this.  It's 2015 in his country.  We can't wait to have him join in our New Year's eve party next year.

Tonight, we had lasagna and hot fudge pudding cake.

We posed for picture ops.....

We waited patiently for the countdown to start......

And then we went nuts blowing our noisemakers, jumping on bubble wrap, and shouting, "Happy New Year!"

From our family to yours.....May the 2015 be a year filled with God's blessings as He guides you with his sovereign hand.

And, Simon.....let me just say, that by next year we will ALL know that this has all been worth the wait!


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas, Simon!

As I type this, it's a little after 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve in your country.

AND, we are missing you even though we haven't even met!

Back in 2010, when we were in the process of adopting your big brother Nole',
 this song spoke to my heart:

Now, in 2014...All I want for Christmas is you--Simon!

Next year, you will be home celebrating Jesus' birth with a family that loves you.

Merry Christmas, Simon!  

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Christmas Jar

Oh My! Kevin and I would like to share an amazing thing that just happened! Today, Nole' came home carrying a jar of change with a big red ribbon on top. On the jar was written, "Christmas Jar". After some investigating, we found out that the generous individuals were none other than the Melissa Wedar family. We gingerly opened the jar and found this note:

"What is a Christmas Jar? It's based on a book by Jason Wright. A Christmas Jar is a pickle jar, peanut butter jar, Mason jar or whatever else you have around to collect spare change.

All coins are dedicated to the jar and during the week before Christmas you carefully select someone to give it to. Was a neighbor laid off? Is a coworker struggling with health problems? Has a friend lost a loved one? Or, in our case, a special family decided to adopt a sweet boy named Simon and give him a forever home. We gathered our change and a few dollars here and there. Each of us giving a different amount. It was so special watching the kids decided how must to give. We heard things like "I wish we could bring all the kids over here and help them." "I don't know how much to give. I wish I could give more." It was fun to watch them get excited about helping someone. This will be one of our favorite Christmas memories this year."

Thank you....Lyn, Melissa, Sam, Sophie, Eil & Emma you are true angels! We are going to "adopt" this beautiful act of love next year and pay it forward! God bless you this Christmas and always!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Happy 5th Birthday, Simon!

Happy Birthday, dear little Simon!

This will be your last birthday as an orphan!

This year.....cake in your honor.

Next year....you will be the guest of honor.

Happy Birthday, sweet Simon!