Isaiah 43:5

Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. Isaiah 43:5

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Rejoice with those who rejoice!!
- Romans 12:15a
Precious friends and family, please rejoice with us -- Lucy Kim's puzzle has been fully sponsored and is 100% completed!!!  God has been so faithful and gracious to provide through Y-O-U.   Please accept our deep and heartfelt thanks for you generous and loving support in helping to get Lucy out of the orphanage and home to her family!
The last puzzle update reported that we were at 98%,  and we have been asked:
"What happens if you get money to sponsor puzzle pieces that exceed the 750?"
If you have done the math you will have noted that 750 pieces at $25 per sponsored piece doesn't  = the cost of  Lucy's adoption expenses. That is why we decided to make Lucy's puzzle a "picture puzzle" so that we could add on if we were so blessed with more than the 750 pieces being sponsored.  Her completed puzzle (as shown) will have the names of ALL her sponsors (through June 8th)  listed on the back!  So if you have sent in money to Lifesong for Orphans with "preference Zimmerman/3457" or if you sent in through Paypal -- the account for Lucy WILL get the donation!  All donations received up until and including JUNE 8th will have their name lovingly included on Lucy's puzzle picture.  At this point we hope to send it "to production" to have it made and framed!
  Thank you for your supportive part in orphan care!  You have helped to change the future of a sweet little girl that will now have a family to call her very own.

For those of you who generously donated in loving memory of Jason Milholin, we know without a shadow of a doubt that he would be so pleased to know that his "lucky little girl" has been helped home in loving memory of his life.  Thank you for remembering his life with your donation for Lucy!

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  Ephesians 3:20

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Learning More (part 2 of 2) Q&A post

Q: How long do you guesstimate you will be in China?
A:  Approximately 2 - 2 1/2 weeks

Q:  When does Lucy get to stay with you?
A:  The day that we meet our girl in person for the very first time, she stays with us (F-O-R-E-V-E-R!!!)  It's truly a "Gotcha Day!!"(a day that God predestined since the beginning of time)

Q:  If you don't know Chinese and Lucy doesn't know English, how will you communicate?
A:  The best we can!  Because she's only three years old, and unable to read or understand a google translator, we plan to use charades, some very, very basic Chinese words that we're learning, and picture flip cards.  We have been told repeatedly that at her age she will pick up English and most likely speak it fluently within six to nine months of being in the United States?!?!  Did I mention that we also have a very intelligent and verbal 2 1/2 year old grand daughter that we're pretty sure will be one of her BEST teachers.  Watching, observing and listening to Sadie as well as her older brothers will surely be one of the most fun ways for Lucy to learn English and "the way things run"on the 'ole ranch.

Q:Will you be traveling with a group of other adoptive families?
A:  No, not with other adoptive families from our agency.

Q: Are you planning on video taping Lucy's "Gotcha Day?"
A:  That's a "lead in question" for sure :)  If you've perused around this blog you've seen a page called "meet lucy" also here.  The videographer of that clip is planning on following Lucy's story and capturing our first meeting and introductions to Lucy on film.
**An upcoming blog post will be dedicated to a lot more explanation and exciting news of this very special film in the making

Monday, May 6, 2013

Learning More (part 1 of 2) Q&A blog

If you've seen "Lucy's Puzzle Page", you'll notice that she has a lot of loving friends that have supported her and her journey home to her family.  We thought that some of you friends, would like to know a little more about this very special little girl waiting for her family.  This is post one of two with "Question and Answers"....

Q:  When did Lucy become orphaned?
A:  Around 3 months old

Q:  What are Lucy's known "special needs" and what types of medical intervention are you predicting Lucy will need when she arrives home?
A:  Lucy seems to have one clubbed foot and a limb difference in her legs (one leg shorter then the other) and scoliosis.  Because we have limited medical  info., there are a lot of unknowns related to her disability.  We suspect she will need to have a fair amount of testing done so that the specialists will have better knowledge as to how to best help her.

Q:  Is Lucy able to walk?
A:  YES! - we have been blessed to receive short video clips and she can walk independently (albeit with a limp)

Q:  Does Lucy know she has a family yet?
A:  We don't think she knows yet (but will soon)

Q:  How are you planning to help prepare Lucy for this HUGE transition?
A:  We are planning on sending Lucy a photo book.  This book will introduce her to each member of her new family as well as her home.

Q:  Do you have any idea when you'll get to travel and bring Lucy Kim home?
A:  While we don't know for sure because at any given time paperwork (on the American side or Chinese end) could slow -- we're anticipating it could be in August??

Part 2 of the Q&A coming soon.........STAY TUNED!