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

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Chatting with our daughter!


Yesterday we found out that Sam and Stephanie at the orphanage in Trujillo met with our daughter and showed her pictures of our family and of our home.  We received the video of that event today (thanks again, Stephanie!) and we noticed that she seemed a bit nervous. I guess I would be, too, if I were seeing pictures of my future family from another continent! She is about to have a huge life change, as we are, too!

Even better, this afternoon Stephanie brought our girl into the library at the orphanage and we spent about 20 minutes Skyping with her!  All four of us gathered around the computer in our living room, practiced a bit of our Spanish, but mostly relied on Stephanie translating for us.  She even translated some of our Spanish into Spanish!  We told our girl how excited we were for her to be a part of our family and gave her our best guess of when we would be there to get her (end of January).  She asked a lot about us and about Simba—seems she is excited about having a pet dog!


What a blessing to talk “face to face” with our nine-year-old.  She is a really fun kid and we are grateful to be able to welcome her into our family!

Brian

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Quilt raffle

Congratulations to the Konstanty family, winners of the quilt!  Thanks to Olivia for doing the drawing for us, and thanks to all who participated in this fundraiser.  We are even closer now to bringing our little girl home!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Another Grant!!


We got another grant!!  The Katelyn’s fund is a Christian organization in Iowa that provides grant funding for Christian couples.  We had a great phone conversation/interview with the board of the fund, and they were very encouraging to us.  After finding out all about us, they spent several minutes praying for us over the phone.  Then a few days later, we got a call back telling us that they decided to give us a grant of $3,000. We now have raised over 90% of the total funds that we need!! 


We also passed another milestone in our paperwork.  Our agency just sent our I-800 off to US immigration.  As a part of this immigration process, we’ll be heading to Indianapolis soon to get Christina fingerprinted because she’s turning 18 next month!

Please continue to pray for us and our little girl.

Monday, December 12, 2011

More Documents!

We have received all of our child's documents (along with a really cute school picture!) from the Secretaria Nacional de Adopciones, along with the English translations.  Our adoption agency will be sending off our I800 this week to Immigration to receive permission to bring our daughter into the country.  As soon as all that paperwork goes from Birmingham, to Texas, to Missouri, to DC, to the Embassy in Lima and then to the SNA we will be able to travel to pick her up.  Not sure how long it will really take, but four to eight weeks is what we are told to expect.

While we wait, we are getting everything in our home ready for another child, and preparing all we need to do to travel.  Please keep praying for us as we get closer and closer to bringing our girl home!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Got our adoption referral!!!


We got our official documents today from the Secretería Nacional de Adopciones matching our family with the child we have been waiting for!!! We are so excited that we have been matched with our kid!! To celebrate and tell Katie and I about the referral, Mom and Dad bought Cookies by Design (as you can see in the picture!). They bought one flower that said “Our Family” and three mittens—each representing a child in our family. The cookies didn’t last long.  :)


The Consejo (Peruvian council meeting) was on November 30th, and we found out the results on the 1st of December. To start off another round of paperwork before we can travel, we just sent our letter of acceptance. This is the document that tells the Peruvian government that we would like to adopt the child they matched us with. Because I’m turning 18 before we leave for Peru, there is extra paperwork we have to do, like updating our home study and getting my fingerprints taken in Indianapolis. We hope to travel to get our child in two months! My parents will be there for the whole time. However, Katie and I can’t miss that much school, so we’ll go for part of the time.

We still have a way to go in the process to finalize the adoption. Thanks so much for your prayers, and please continue to pray for us.

~Christina :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Adoption Quilt Raffle!

We're having a raffle for this beautiful green and pink queen-size quilt to raise money for our adoption. Retail value of this quilt is $600!

It was made and donated by Brenda Tennill and Julie Higginson. Tickets are one for $20 or three for $50. This could be a great Christmas gift!

Only 200 tickets will be sold—pretty good chances! Contact us to buy a ticket, or let us know if we can give you a few tickets to sell to friends. Drawing will be December 18, 2011—just in time for Christmas!

PS We're still waiting on the SNA in Peru to match us with our child.


Friday, September 30, 2011

Still Waiting


We have just a quick update in our adoption process.  For some reason the adoption council (consejo) did not meet in September.  This is the meeting where the Secretaria National de Adoptiones decides which children to place with which parents.  Here is what they posted on their website:

“SNA communicates with this notice that due to the resignation of a member of the Adoptions Council and because it is impossible for the other members to attend, the council hasn't been able to carry out the Consejo session for 09/27/2011.”
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We also heard that the SNA also might need to put together some more paperwork.  So we continue to wait.  Please continue to pray for this process with us!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

End of September Match?


In the Peruvian adoption system, the National Secretary of Adoption (SNA) meets about once a month for an “adoption council.”  During these councils the SNA makes the official decisions matching up approved adoptive parents with available children.  We learned today that the next council meeting is scheduled for September 27, 9am.  We are praying that we will be matched with the child we hope to adopt at that council meeting on September 27.  If we are matched then, it might still be several months before everything is in order for us to be able to travel to pick up our child.

Thanks to all who helped us in our “curb-painting” fundraiser last month!  We earned a lot toward our total adoption goal, yet we still have quite a ways to go. God is good and His provision is evident through this process!

Thanks for your prayers through this long adoption process!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Curb-painting in Savoy Fundraiser!

  • Painting Addresses on Curbs Fundraiser
  • August 9, 20, 25--reply with dates you can help to rummery@juno.com
  • Raise money for the Rummery’s adoption AND serve residents of Savoy by helping to decrease emergency response times!
  • Two teams available—pick one. Training provided!


August 9, 5:30pm-8:15pm
August 20, 9:00am-4:30pm (we'll break for lunch! Help for half-day or whole-day)
August 25, 5:30pm-8:15pm

We feel this is a great way to serve because we can be a part of two blessings at one time! The funds we raise will help bring our child home, and we will be able to help families' homes be located by emergency workers in a time of crisis.

We need lots of help! Please join us in 1, 2, or all 3 of the dates planned. Come for all or part of any day. We have 2 different groups on each day that will be broken into teams of 2 or 3 people.

Group 1 – The Selling Team: These folks will be going up to doors in Savoy equipped with our Village permit as well as information on our fundraiser. They will take orders that will be filled by the painting teams just after the order is taken. They will be responsible for handling money.  If you can smile and interact with people, this is the team for you!

Group 2 – The Painting Team: These folks will be coming behind the Selling Team fulfilling the orders by painting the house numbers on the curbs out front using the kits that we will be providing.  If you're a whiz with a spray can and like to pay attention to details, this is the team for you!

We will have a short training session before we begin for the day/eve. Please share this service opportunity with your friends and give them our contact information.  The more teams, the more house curbs we can paint.

Thank you so much for your willing hearts!

P.S.  If you live in Savoy and would like your address number painted on your curb, let us know, and we'll send a team by your house!!



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Approved to Adopt!


Good adoption news today!  We heard from our adoption agency, who heard from our lawyer in Lima, who found out that the Secretaria National de Adopciones (SNA) in Peru approved us just yesterday as adoptive parents!  This has been the next big step in our process that we have been waiting for after our dossier was translated into Spanish.  We were anticipating that the SNA would ask us for more information about our family before they approve us (like medical stuff, documents, etc), but we're thankful that they didn't.  They still may ask for more from us at any time and so we'll wait and see.  
Now we wait for the SNA to match us for an adoption!  Please keep praying for us!

Happy Independence Day, Peru--July 28!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Grant!


This week we received great news regarding the funding of our adoption.  Show Hope, the organization started by Steven Curtis Chapman, contacted us this week and has committed to give us a grant of $4000 toward our adoption expenses!  We were so thrilled to be chosen for this grant and so thankful to the donors who give to Show Hope.  They are a crucial part of our adoption yet they don’t even know us!
We are also receiving a wonderful response from the fundraising letters we mailed out.   These gifts, along with the grant and other sources, now brings us close to 50% of what we need to make this adoption happen.  Please pray with us that the other half comes in as well.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Peru's Reality

After Dad and Katie talked to Mom and me about adoption, I was so excited about the idea!  We spent the next year praying, reading on the subject, and getting advice from others if it was God’s will for our family to adopt internationally.  We decided to have all four of us go on the Peru missions trip to the orphanage that next summer.

After many hours of planning, packing, learning Spanish, and traveling, we finally made it to Lima, Peru, the capital city!  The orphanage is located near Trujillo, about a 10-hour drive by bus through the mountains along the coast from Lima.



 Along that bus ride was when the reality of third-world country poverty really hit me.  I had seen the same kind of poverty before in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, but it had not impacted me as much as it did on this bus ride.  Whenever I looked out the window, the poverty just kept going and going—for 10 hours.  That’s like from my house to Birmingham, AL.  It seemed like it would never end.  So many people had to live like this.




I don't think pictures can even start to accurately depict what it is like, but I think they can give a small window into the reality of life in many areas of Peru.

This was before we even got to the orphanage!


~Christina

Thursday, June 30, 2011

How We Got Started

The idea of adoption was first planted in Cindy's heart when I came back from a trip in 1998 to Ukraine with pictures of kids at an orphanage. It took me until 2009 to warm up to the idea, though, when Katie and I took a trip with 23 others from our church to the Hogar de Esperanza orphanage in Trujillo, Peru.
We spent nine days there playing with the kids, doing VBS, working around the facility, and showing Christ's love to kids who don't have a mom or a dad. A few days into the trip our leader, Tim, asked me which one I would want to adopt. I laughed. “I don't think so, Tim.”
Well, not too many days later I was seriously thinking about the possibility of one of the kids becoming a Rummery! Katie really bonded with some of the kids as well, both her age and younger. I think Cindy was pretty shocked and excited when I came home and told her what I was thinking. Christina liked the idea, too. That was August, 2009. God has been working powerfully in our hearts ever since.


(by Brian)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Our dossier is finished!


This past week marked a significant milestone in our adoption process.  After almost ten months of work we have finally finished all the necessary documents for our dossier!  This includes our home study for the state of Illinois, our medical reports, psychological reports, background checks, adoption class completion certificates, copies of every imaginable document from our life (even college diplomas!), and much more.  As we walked through each of the steps of this process since August we continued to pray that God would sovereignly oversee the timing of everything.  In some situations we would only see the wisdom if His timing until after the fact, but we continue to trust that He will allow each part of the process in His best time.

 
Our agency’s representative in Lima, Maria Elena (whom we met when we were there—she and her husband, Raul, are great folks!), received our dossier on Thursday.  She will have it translated into Spanish and then take it to the National Secretary of Adoption (SNA) of the Peruvian government.  Pray with us that the review by the SNA would occur without them needing more information (which is common).  We feel like the items in our dossier are more than detailed enough for the SNA to make a decision to accept us as adoptive parents.