Friday, April 17, 2015

Meet The Dewberry Family!

      I'm so excited to introduce you to the Dewberry Family!  They will be receiving ALL of the profits from my doTerra store starting April 1st and going through May 31st!  This is our third family and they have a special place in our hearts....they adopted Keira's best friend and are the reason we knew about her in the first place!  Now they are at it again, expanding their family with two more boys from the same school.  It's incredible to watch the numbers decrease and more kids find their forever families and we are so excited for the Dewberry's!  Below is a little blurb about the family and their journey, followed by a link to the facebook page for the fundraiser.  You can also always just click the link on the side of this blog which will take you directly to my doTerra store! :)

DANIEL and BO for the Dewberry family — NC

41022135652 Daniel (1)boThe Dewberrys have been married for 15 years. They have six adopted children from Eastern Europe, Kolya 17 years, Angelica 17 years, Kristjan 15 years, Bogdan 11 years, Tania 8 years & Stopha 6 years. Kolya was adopted as a teen from Eastern Europe. The Dewberrys hosted him through a International Hosting Program. Tania, Stopha have the diagnosis of HIV. Nicole found Tania on RR when trying to locate an HIV child for a hosting program she volunteered for at the time. They were not looking to adopt at that point but God had different plans. When they found Tania they had just returned from Eastern Europe after losing a teen, Sergiy they went to adopt. They had hosted this young man but the pressure from his peers caused him to buckle. Joe and Nicole had used all their personal financial resources available to adopt Kolya & then Sergiy. There were no funds left to adopt Tania. Folks gathered around the Dewberry’s in the most moving & amazing way & helped raise ALL the funds needed to bring Tania home. When they were in country adopting Tania, Joe and Nicole could not figure out why funds were continuing to come in, then they met Stopha. Those extra funds along with fundraising brought home little Stopha. Stopha had a laundry list of medical issues along with his HIV but it was very clear with the right medical care he could have all his medical needs met in the US and flourish.
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The Dewberrys over the years after Sergiy returned to Eastern Europe to adopt teens that they were lead to or reached out to them like a young man that sought Nicole out personally knowing she did mission work in Eastern Europe and advocated for teens. Each one was a massive loss as these boys buckled under the pressure or lies of others. There is much rejoicing in these losses as there has been redemption and relationships mended and the Dewberrys are still in touch with all the boys they lost. Gods word does not go void nor the love you show. Each loss was a hard hit to their family but they focused on God and what he wanted them to do. They now had a dossier ready to go but no child with their last loss. So they decided to adopt a child with a special need (HIV). That is when they found Bogdan on Reece’s Rainbow. They had to choose to waste a whole new dossier or jump. They prayed and decided to make the move. Nicole and her oldest son, Kolya left for Eastern Europe not even fully funded too adopt Bogdan but trusted God to meet their needs along the way. He did and while in country adopting Bogdan, doing mission work and advocating for children they met Angelica and Kristjan. They wanted a family but after spending time with Nicole they said only if it was their family. God orchestrated such an awesome set of events in what looked like an impossible adoption God made it possible. During the adoption Nicole was short on funds as she remained in Eastern Europ for 4 months until she and all the kids could return home together. God met their needs literally daily. They would have one days money worth for food and a donation would come in. There were times when the kids would ask Nicole how will we eat tomorrow. She would respond God will provide as He has and He did. They prayed for God met the need. And once gain the hands and feet of Christ, you all gathered around the Dewberrys to see them all home. Once they arrived home a grant had just arrived to cover all the remaining adoption expenses they owed. God is good! Good is faithful.
The heart and passion of the Dewberry family is to serve others no matter where they are at & where God leads whether is be with teens, special needs or our servicemen. Joe & Nicole together have been working with at-risk youth for a combined 22 years. Joe works as a Network Engineer. Nicole retired from her dog-training center to be a stay at home mom & foot solider for God. Nicole and her children go back and forth to Eastern Europe doing missions work reaching out to teens to teach them about Christ, show them love & advocate for the ones that want a family. In this past several years Nicole & Joe have witnessed the spiritual battles for these teens like no other time in their life in Ukraine and here in the United States. The Dewberrys know God does not make any promises when He calls you to seek after His children, the orphans but they do know He does call you to make a move. Even if it I just praying for a family adopting. Prayer can and will move mountains. God never gave up on the Dewberrys so they believe they have no right to give up on anyone. They know it is not about them but about being Christ centered & in the service of others.
How did the Dewberrys meet Daniel and Bo? Bo is nicknamed Banana by a joke he told Nicole thinking she would walk away. It did not work, Nicole made a wise crack back at him. The two of them connected at that point. Nicole and Kolya would go to his soccer games and cheer Bogdan and Bo on. Bo and their son, Bogdan were best friends. The last times Nicole was with him he called her Mama across the yard in front of all the school and staff, then a couple days later said he hoped for a family to come for him and he wanted to be adopted. Nicole wanted to adopt him but wanted to make sure if was Gods calling not her own so she knew the best way was to advocate for him and see the family God would bring fourth. For over 9 months she advocated for him with many families wanting to adopt him but no one fully jumped. Daniel, Nicole met him through a young man that is very dear to their family as this was his little brother. Nicole had no idea the plans God had for adopting Daniel as many had inquired as well to adopt him, but no one jumped. But over the 9 months of advocating for him, the last 5 months as the family was praying over the remaining boys they were advocating for and they felt lead they were the family for him as God impressioned Daniel deeply on their hearts like Bo. Daniel had told Nicole he wanted a family, and told his brother to relay messages to Nicole over the months that he still wanted a family and would do anything to help them. He would work or clean, just to have a family. But as tradition goes with the Dewberrys, they knew they needed to push the boys back out there and let God lead. Then The Dewberrys were all brought together as it has been 9 months and they knew it was time to jump for these two boys that mean so much to them. They are ready to see them home.
Our family thanks you for all your prayers and support & helping us bring home our children that have made it home & the ones that have not. We know the Lords word does not go void nor does the love given. He will always be glorified no matter the outcomes!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A New Season

        I could hear giggling and peeked out the window to see two little girls swinging on the swings, chatting.....throwing heads back in laughter......thank you God for a new season, for a friend....excitement in this fresh air we're finally able to enjoy!  I always marvel at how a new season affects us all.  It's exciting.  Even if we don't have any grand plans approaching.....the newness, the changes.....the way it feels to be outside and enjoy nature, it's just such a blessing.

       We have new neighbors moving in next door....almost matching the ages of our kids, with one on the way.  I honestly think I was more excited than the kids if that's possible (Keira has been praying that a new friend would move in).  They've never experienced this....having friends just next door to play with daily!  It's always a process of planning and orchestrating schedules to make plans with friends, but this spontaneously being able to play for hours outdoors is so new and exciting to them.  Yesterday was their second time playing together......I listened as Caleb and his new little friend played superheroes....."now turn into Hulk!" he told her.....what a good sport she is!  They play as if they've known each other forever....I love how little ones can do that.  Keira and her friend, who she proceeded to call "girl" until I finally intervened rode bikes and chased each other....just being silly and giggling about everything.  My heart was literally bursting.  This....this is what she's been longing for....missing so desperately.  God is so good!

       Everywhere I turn....more change.....newness.  Homeschooling is much less structured these days, as we finished our kindergarten curriculum already.  Our last week was on butterflies, so we ordered our caterpillars and have been watching them as they grow.  It's so much fun to see the kids listen to them call each other over to see how they've grown and changed.


Otherwise I'm really letting Caleb take the lead these days in what we read and learn about.  His latest questions that have plagued me, because I really did not have good enough answers, have been centered around what happens when we flush the toilet.  Ummm it goes into the sewers?  "Like where the ninja turtles are?!!!"  We have some books on hold at the library and may need to take a field trip to the sewage treatment center!!  But this week we've been enjoying the outdoors.  I love how this little boy loves nature and marvels at the beautiful things God has created.  "Mama, look it's a robin!!!  It's so beautiful!"  "Mama, mama....look the sky is a little orange over's so beautiful!"  

    Yesterday we explored an area just minutes from our house that I haven't been to in years.....he was in heaven!

         Keira had her first soccer practice yesterday!  She continues to amaze me....seriously I never would have had the courage to do half of what she does.  She was so SO excited and must have asked fifty times if we were leaving soon.  We all went to watch and were so proud of her...she did great!  Everyone else would stand in line, waiting their turn to kick the ball....but Keira jumped around...unable to contain her excitement!  It was so much fun to watch her enjoy herself.

 And in true Keira fashion, she'd look over to see our reaction often....give a thumbs up or an I love you sign......

                              Such a fun, busy day so why not top it off with ice cream?!

      Keira continues to love school and is doing wonderful!  Yesterday we received her first progress report with comments about her being a joy to have in class, how she is eager to learn and make friends.....we are so proud of her!  I was also able to sit in on Levi's classes recently and was so excited to see the progress he is making.  He proudly walked around, checking to make sure I was following, showing me his school and leading me to speech class.  He loves to have a sense of control, and he seems to be thriving in an environment that is so structured and predictable for him.  He sat for 30 minutes....THIRTY minutes people.....and followed instructions, working hard and producing many sounds and words.  Sometimes it drives me crazy that he has to work SO hard at the littlest things....because in my opinion so much of that was preventable.....but it also makes me so proud of how determined and diligent he is.  How resilient.

    As I reflected on the day yesterday, I reminded Luke how just a few months prior we were collapsing into bed around 11, just finally having gotten everyone to sleep or at least in bed without tears.  Anything new and out of routine typically brought with it strong behaviors and feelings....and I really couldn't have thought about much more than the day before me.  Now our biggest issues are occasional moodiness and the tidying of one's room when they are supposed to be in bed....seriously?  We are so blessed!!  And I am excited about this new season....going to events at school, watching soccer games and being a part of a whole new aspect of life that  we were oblivious to with two toddlers.  Each child has their special interests and personalities that have already taught us so much and opened our eyes to things we never would have given a second glance.  It's so much fun to be a part of and I'm so thankful for this new season that we can all enjoy together!