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!


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 :)