Monday, December 13, 2010

One more shot

The time has come to release the files of the first batch of special focus children who we haven't found families for back to the shared list. Doing this has been harder on me than I had anticipated. My heart just kept hurting for them as I thought of how easily they can get "lost" on that shared list of over 2000 children....sigh. Luckily I work with a very wise woman who kept reminding me that they will now have the opportunity to find a family through another agency. So, I said a prayer for Elise, Joseph, Erin, Hannah and Bryce and released their files. However...... I couldn't help but to give one more shot to these two boys.

Jayden and Jeffrey

I'm pretty surprised that these little guys didn't find their family yet. Mostly because their special needs have been corrected and their prognosis's should be pretty good. Soooo here it is one more short description on each of these cutie patooties.

Jayden has one of the cutest little faces I have every seen. His birthday is 2/10/2008. He is very outgoing and loves to play outside and with other children. He loves to explore and learn about things he has never seen. Jayden has a deformity of some of his fingers and toes. The deformity is very minor and his fingers are very nimble. He can pick up small beads, take caps off and on bottles and sew through button holes with a plastic needle and string. Jayden also has spina bifida that has been surgically corrected. He is able to walk, go up and down stairs, and dress and undress himself. He is also potty trained. His CT showed widened lateral ventricles on both sides but he has not been diagnosed with any brain disorder. In fact he is very bright, can speak well, understands the difference between big and little, and can do puzzles.

Jeffrey is an extroverted little boy who is very active. He likes to sing children's songs and play games with other children. He had surgery for meningocele and tethered cord syndrome. The surgery went well and the conditions were repaired. Little Jeffrey can run, jump and play like other boys his age. You can view a video of sweet Jeffrey just a few posts below. Jeffrey is from the same orphanage that our first Journey of Hope camp was held. He is being cared for in one of their foster homes where he is growing and developing well.

If either of these boys is tugging at your heart please contact our office by phone 970-532-3576 or by email We will have their files only until next Monday.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Update on Gabriel

Remember Gabriel.... He's one of the seven remaining Journey of Hope children. We recently received updated pictures of him. In case you missed the post featuring this little guy. Here's a summary... Gabriel is a sweet little seven year old boy. He is very friendly and full of smiles. He has a great imagination and is very creative. Gabriel enjoys playing with other children. During game time, he was eager to participate in every activity. During the interview, Gabriel told me that he enjoys playing games and riding bikes. He is currently in first grade. He likes school and has many friends there. One of Gabriel's favorite things to do is draw. Gabriel also enjoys practicing Kung Fu. He and his foster brother are taking classes. They are both quite talented. Check out the video below. Awesome!
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Gabriel's "special need" is deformity of the genitals. It is not a severe deformity and it is clear (in my opinion) that he is a male. Children with this issue are given a genetic testing just to make sure. It confirmed that he is a boy. He has no issues with urination and is otherwise healthy. And here are the updated photos....Gabriel is still practicing hard at Kung Fu

And working hard on his schoolwork....

If you feel this little guy tugging at your heart, please call our office 970-532-3576. We would love to give you more information on him.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Another Great Event.....Mark Your Calander's For The Next One!

Last weekend was our annual holiday party. What a great turn out. The event center was packed.

As always, there was great food, and friendships. Also, there was great Christmas shopping opportunities with our culture item sale. This year we had balloon artists and the Berthoud Show Choir for entertainment.

And of course the big man was there...

Thanks to all who came. We really enjoyed seeing you.
Save the date for our next event, Chinese/Korean New Year
February 12, 2011
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Brookside Event Center (just west of AAC office)
Come ring in the Lunar New Year with us. There will be dragon dancers, arts and crafts, Red Evelope Ceremony and much more. Asian food will be provided in addition to pot luck. This event is free. Please RSVP by emailing or calling 970-532-3576.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Beth and Drew

We got new pictures of Beth and Drew!
Check them out =)

What Awesome kids!!! Please take the time to go back and read the previous posts about each of these children. They really are great!