Monday, June 27, 2011

Something wonderful....

is this:
It's camps for children in foster care... and last Wednesday I went with a group from Fellowship of the Parks (my church) to give one of those camps' children a birthday party.

I rode with our senior pastor's wife, Kim, out to Hawkins, TX (north of Tyler)(2 1/2 hours from here) and Kim did it upright. She was in charge of the party .... and I repeat: she DID IT UPRIGHT:
There were three (3) bounce houses, one rock climbing 'mountain', a miniature miniature golf course (2 holes), a throw-the-beanbag-in-the-clown's-circles game, a face-painting station, plus a snow cone machine, a popcorn machine, and lots of balloons everywhere. Oh, and birthday cupcakes.

My camera sat in the car because I didn't wear clothes with pockets. (Live and learn.) (Also, we weren't allowed to take pictures of the kids, which was so understandable.)
The only pictures I got were these....
That's Kim and Doug's son, John, and his friend, Aaron.
Those clothes behind them are part of the 'Dress-up Station', where the kids can dress up as princesses, or graduates, or school teachers, or whatever their imagination lets them be.

This next picture is of Don...
Don is the missions pastor at FOTP (besides doing other stuff).... and you ought to hear about the neat mission stuff he has going on.

You can see that we brought helium balloon tanks. I was so glad. I always have trouble blowing up balloons.

These ROYAL FAMILY KIDS' CAMPs are so awesome. They're nationwide... and you can read more about them if you click HERE. (I hope you go there.)
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On a different, yet similar, note, my cousin's son and his wife have adopted one little girl and are hoping to adopt two more that they are now being foster parents to.
Here's Lily with her grandpa (my cousin, David) during our family reunion here 2 summers ago...

And here's some tablecloth art that mom Heather drew during the reunion...

Here is Lily with her dad, Chris....
Here's her extended family...
(from left:Teri (Lily's aunt), David (Lily's cousin), Nathaniel (cousin) being held by his dad Richard (who served in Iraq, by the way), Grandma Sandy, Grandpa David, and then her family, brother Owen, Dad Chris, and Lily being held by her mom, Heather.

'Course now Lily is two years older... so she's growing up!
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Oh, did I tell you that Doug and Kim from FOTP adopted a little boy a few years ago ... and that FOTP is passionate about adoption and foster care. Well, Pastor Doug was adopted and understandably has a heart for that.
Why, just this past Saturday morning they held a meeting at FOTP called "If You Were Mine", telling anyone interested how they could get involved in adoption/foster care.

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Well, I can't tell you about all this without telling you about our niece Jennifer ... and how she and her husband adopted Lewis from Vietnam.
Here is Jennifer with Lewis (and Granddaddy Ken, and sister Molly) right after they (Jennifer, Ryan and Lewis) got off the plane in July, '08 at DFW Airport (coming from Viet Nam) ...
(I love that picture of Jennifer!)

Here is Lewis now...

And here he is with his big sisters, Molly and Charlotte...
I think Lewis has found his place in the world!!
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Well, I was just going to tell you about the Royal Family Kids' Camps... but I got carried away.
Carried away by some wonderfulness, I would say!!!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

those are all wonderful stories!

i like those pictures of lewis. the only time i've ever seen him was at Rob's wedding--he's gotten a lot bigger since then!

Sara Elizabeth said...

Those pictures of Lewis make me cry. And the one of them getting off the plane... takes my breath away.

So, so, so sweet.

Heather said...

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments! We DO love our life and all we stand for with adoption/foster care. I wish you were coming to the reunion to meet our new little ones! The paperwork should be done by Christmas, I am told. What a great Christmas present...to become a family of six! Blessings, dear Nancy

Being Beth said...

What a wonderful and refreshing post, Nancy! I can't believe how big Lewis and his sisters are now - and they are SO cute. Thanks for sharing all of this - put me in a good mood!