Adoption!!!

The Rummerys are adopting! God placed adoption on our hearts about two years ago as a result of mission trips we took with our church in 2009 and 2010 to an orphanage in Peru. Well, to be honest, Cindy has had this on her heart since I took a trip to an orphanage in Ukraine in 1998, and it has taken me this long to open my heart to adoption! Read More Here

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Casi Un Año

Brigitte has been a part of our family for almost an entire year! When that one-year-mark comes, we'll post some highlights, but for now, you can enjoy the silliness of my little sisters. :)






Simba the Horse

Princess Simba



Doctor Brigitte

Brigitte the Monster!
So pretty!
Doctor Simba

"No, Simba! Don't hurt the Barbies!"
Dad the Mummy


Brigitte with a giant acorn!
That takes some talent


She asked me to put her hood up on her sweatshirt...



~Christina

Monday, April 9, 2012

Living a New Life

What a blessing these past four weeks have been! The five of us are adjusting well to our new life as a family in the States, and Brigitte really seems to be enjoying herself. There are so many new things to experience and take in. She likes to do anything that has to do with our dog, Simba. The poor dog even had to play dress-up with her! She likes to go on walks around the neighborhood and count all the dogs she sees and hears. We've played cards together, gone to Christina's soccer games, watched Katie do Taekwondo, and visited with friends.
First day in America
Crazy-warm weather for a mid-March soccer game!
First meal at home (pizza!)
Brigitte is just starting to speak a few English words, but she knows and understands a lot. Cindy is homeschooling her for the rest of the semester, focusing on English and Math. For the rest of us, we are getting better and better with our Spanish! Most of the time around the house Brigitte talks up a storm in Spanish, and we try to understand as much as we can.


We just enjoyed our first Easter together, and Brigitte loved coloring eggs and doing an egg hunt. Church has been somewhat of a challenge, as Brigitte easily gets overwhelmed by all the people.  She has been sitting with us in the main worship service so far, and sits very well despite not being able to understand much of what is being said. 

Faithful dog!
Bedtimes are a special event. One of us will read a book with her, Cindy helps with her shower, Brian reads a chapter of the Bible to her, and then she has some time in her bed to read on her own. 




Coloring Easter eggs

Brigitte seems happy most of the time, but there are occasions when she thinks of her good friends at Hogar de Esperanza and really misses them.  She misses the time they had to play together, to talk together, and to live life together.  Her nine years there hold some good memories and she often looks at her pictures of her friends there. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Home!!!


After enjoying a final visit with the Ingrum family and with Maria Elena and Raul on Monday, we finished packing and had one last thing we needed to do.  We walked down to the coast and enjoyed a clear view!  This time we walked all the way down the cliff to the beach and enjoyed watching the waves and surfers up close.  On our way back up (Brigitte lost count at around 200 stairs) we stopped for a beautiful view of the sunset.  Manolo’s churros were a necessity on our way back to the apartment to do the final prep to leave.





Tito, our driver, was early as usual, and got us to the airport the recommended three hours before our flight.  The Delta counter, security, and immigration were surprisingly easy, with only the immigration officer needing to go check with his jefe about Brigitte’s documents.  He insisted on keeping an original of our Adoption Resolution—that’s why we made extras!

Brigitte was still wide awake and excited when our 767 took off on time at about 12:30am.  After dinner Brigitte curled up on her seat and got about five hours of sleep!  Immigration in Atlanta went very fast as well, and as the officer stamped her passport she became a US citizen!

Since being home Brigitte has really done well, and plays with Simba whenever she can.  She really seems to enjoy learning all the new things of America, and sleeping in her new room.  She seems to be understanding more and more English, and we try our best with our Spanish.








Sunday, March 11, 2012

Last days in Lima

Some have been asking us how to pronounce Brigitte's name. Probably the most helpful way to explain it is to tell you to ignore everything you might know about Spanish language pronounciation. Think French. The accent is on the second of two syllables, and the 'g' is pronounced like the 'g' in mirage. So, something like this: Brɛ zheet'.


It has become very apparent to us that Brigitte really likes animals. One of the things she is most looking forward to in the States is seeing our dog Simba. We've watched some videos and looked at lots of pictures of Simba, and Brigitte never tires of seeing Simba. With this love for animals we thought it would be exciting for Brigitte to experience her first zoo. We were right! The Lima zoo is nicer than we expected, and has the unique feature of having several areas highlighting animals from South America. In the "Selva" section we actually felt like we were in the jungle! Brigitte has learned about most of these animals in school but now has been able to experience them up close and personal.

After our sunny day at the zoo we thought  we would stop by the coast on our way back. We got within 1/2 mile of the ocean and we again hit fog! Needless to say we didn't stay long! After we cleaned up and changed we decided to walk back down to Larcomar, dispite the fog, for dinner. Guess what--no fog! Brigitte got to see the beautiful view of the Lima coastline at night and eat her first babyback ribs. I think she's still getting use to what we consider really good food!

This morning we found a local bilingual church to attend. Potential Church is a multisite style church with the main campus in Miami. The satellite locations, including this one in Miraflores, have live worship, and then they watch the sermon on the screen from the main campus. We got to chat some with Daniel, the Lima campus pastor, about this church and their ministry. 

We also were not surprised at all to meet another couple at the church who are thinking about adopting! They are Americans who work here in Lima,  and have been thinking about adopton for quite some time. They might be able to connect up with our attorney, Maria Elena, to get help knowing how to adopt while they are here.

After a relaxing Sunday afternoon, we spent the evening with our Compassion translator, Natalia, (who we met a few weeks ago) and her son, Santiago, at the Lima Magic Water Park. Brigitte loved seeing the light and water displays and we had a wonderful time getting to know Natalia better and playing with her son.  What a blessing they are!

Brigitte is starting to understand more and more English, and we're getting a bit better with our Spanish as well. We all still have a long way to go, though, as we start this journey together, and we're realizing that the past 19 month period since we started this adoption journey was just the prelude. Now the symphony begins!






"Everyone's got a Water Buffalo..."
Dinner on the coast.
Walking to church
The Lima Coast


AHHHHHH!!! He's everywhere!!!



Natalia and Santiago met us at the Magic Water Circuit