The Military life is different then the civilian world. It's always been different. It's not like the show Army Wives but it is a unique community. With this community comes strength and support like you could never imagine. We all have a very similar cause and that cause is to support our husbands. It is hard for me to explain the feeling of that last hug and kiss before they board a plane to war. That emotion is something you never forget as a military wife. As hard as it is, it brings us closer. It separates us from the outside world. It's a community made out of trust and support. I have made lasting friendships at every duty station we have been to. We have moved 6 times in 12 years. Yep that's a lot of work! But never without support. This post has to do with support. Military support! I came across a post last week by a women collecting shoes! Oh yes another shoe collector but she is collecting shoes for another cause. The post was in a military resale group. It immediately caught my eye "Collection shoes to bring our children home"!! Yep that's my kind of military wife. Let me introduce you to this wonderful family committed to saving two orphans. They hosted a little boy from the Ukraine and have decided to trust God and move forward with adopting him and his sister. Now this is no easy task. Adoption is very expensive for any family but for a military family it is near to impossible. They have trusted God that he will provide the $35,000 to bring these children HOME! You may be asking "How can I help with that amount" Please remember when we were trying to bring Gavin home. It took us $23,000 to rescue him. We raised half of that cost with fundraising. Every single penny that you give adds up. Really if you break down the cost of adoption over 300 people it's not a lot at all. That would be $116 per person. Or if we divide it by 600 people it would be $58. I know that even $58 is a lot but there is other ways to help too. Donations of $5-$10 add up very fast!! Donate shoes, donate items to auction, share share and share, and Pray. Sharing is so important to fundraising. People really want to help if you give them the opportunity but you have to share the stories. So here is where you go to help:
You can win a iPad mini here IPad
You can donate shoes-- bring them to me!
Or you can give here: Donate
Lets help this Military Family bring these children HOME!!
We are excited to announce we are moving forward with a new donor. They have started the process for screening to see if they are a match for Gavin. It takes 2 weeks after the blood test to see if the donor is a good match. We are planning to have that blood test done early next week. We are excited and ready to see what God has planned for Gavin's journey! We are also excited to announce that the garage sale brought in $2820 WOW what an amazing blessing to our family. We have put all donations into a medical fund for when transplant time comes. You have no idea what a relief it is to no longer worry about the financial part of everything. God bless you!
I'm not sure where to go with this blog post. I have actually been thinking about what to write all day and yet I'm stuck. Even with all the thoughts I have backspaces this post over and over again....
We got bad news today. The kind of news that you rewind in your head over and over again. We found out this morning that Nina is not a kidney match for Gavin. I'm not going to go into the details as to why because I feel like it's too personal. I do ask tonight that you Pray for Nina. Pray that she knows that we love her. Pray that God will comfort her heart and calm her fears for Gavin. Pray that she knows just how much we appreciate everything she has done for our family. Nina is a wonderful, generous, beautiful women. I know her heart is breaking as she wanted to give this gift to Gavin. I feel like we are feeling the same pain and loss tonight. Please add both of our families to your prayers as we work through this and continue to Trust God with the future.
Fundraising can be really exhausting at times and then your reminded that people want to help. God continues to show me through this storm that he is in charge. He continues to send angels to calm the storm and give us much needed rest. I am blown away by peoples generosity and love. This past weekend I met some of the kindest and selfless people I have ever met. Their selfless acts are a wonderful encouragement to show love to strangers. They weren't all strangers though. I found out Gavin had a very special friend at school. A best friend... A friend that doesn't see renal failure, orphan or deaf. Just a child that sees Gavin! That loves Gavin for the fun loving, crazy child he is. She said "Gavin just wants to play and run"! With the help of her family, friends and the community they put on an amazing garage sale for my special little prince. Watching him and his best friend run around and play just reminded me what love can do.
We met our goal for our shoe drive that ended this week. We collected 1815 pairs of shoes!! Which equals $1179 towards Gavins kidney fund!! AMAZING. We had shoes come from 5 different states. Thank you everyone for your support and prayers! With every fundraiser comes new friends. I am so thankful for how many people we have been able to impact with Gavins story. It is so special when complete strangers come forward and help. God is so good!
It's been a busy week for Nina and Gavin. Nina had to have some more testing done this week. All the test were normal and we thought just maybe she was finally done. Almost Done, looks like they now want one more test to make certain that she has the best kidney for Gavin. She will be having a kidney biopsy hopefully next week. After the biopsy is done we wait for those results and hopefully the final stamp of approval! Nina has been through so much these last few months. All for my Bulgarian Prince. She has such an amazing heart. I wish I could be there every time she goes through another painful, annoying test. It's going to be very difficult for me come transplant time to not be able to hold both of their hands as they are wheeled of into separate operating rooms. Unfortunately we found out their surgeries will be done in separate hospitals 20 minutes away from each other. Gavin also had a few appointments this week. We met with the surgeon that will be placing his hemodialysis catheter. We went over the risk and procedure. Seems pretty basic to me and Gavin has so many medical devices right now, one more tube won't make a difference :) He also had the last of his transplant labs done. He has had a port-A-cath device for about 4 months now that is wonderful. I just numb the skin prior to us leaving and by the time we get to the hospital his skin is numb and ready for them to use the device in his chest for lab work. He will be keeping that device long after transplant. As he will need lab work frequently for a long time.