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

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

Friday, March 9, 2012

We're done!!!

Thursday morning we were surprised how quickly we got through security at the Embassy.  The man behind the glass handed us Brigitte's passport with the visa and a packet of documents for customs, congratulated us on completing our process, and sent us on our way!

We think there might be one more paper to sign with our attorney, but we will be heading home the beginning of next week!

So, what does it look like when a bunch of gringos hang out in Lima with a little Peruana?  This!
We have been enjoying some wonderful time with the Ingrums over the past few days, including a dinner at Fridays, and coffee at Starbucks! Thursday I was able to go over to the Word Made Flesh ministry center with Geoff and see the ministry first hand.  They have a wonderful place not too far from where most of the youth are to whom they minister.  The center houses their offices, some great meeting space, and even a green backyard!

After a quick tour of the facility, Geoff, two other staff members and I went out onto the streets as they do each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon to be with the youth.  Tuesdays are Bible study times, while Thursdays are times just to be with the youth on their turf.  I don't have any pictures of our outing because we can't carry with us any valuables, cameras, cash, etc. in this area of Lima.  It is a pretty rough place, and these youth live in really poor conditions. Most have dropped out of school and are living in little rooms with a common bathroom.  Among others, we visited with Sandra, a pregnant 19 year old who lives with her boyfriend Jose and their 2-year-old son in a very dirty and dark room about 9' x 12'.  She was doing laundry in a bucket in the middle of the room when we arrived, and stopped to chat with us for a while.  Jose eventually got off his bed and chatted a bit as well.  Sandra is interested in studying the Bible with Geoff and his team, and has expressed interest in going to church.

What a blessing it is for our church to be a part of this ministry the Ingrums are having here in Lima.  They are sharing Christ's love with some of the poorest of South America.

The rest of the past couple of days have been doing life together as parents and daughter.  We’ve been to “Parque Gato” (Parque Kennedy) a lot, which is right down the street from our apartment.  Brigitte really likes animals, and counts the cats she sees at the park when we arrive.  I think she has counted over 40 at one point!  She is especially keeping her eyes out for dogs as we walk, and really wants to go and pet them when we can.  Simba is going to get a lot of attention when we get home!


A dramatic Barby production presented in high-pitched Spanish!



2 month old Miniature Schnauzer!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Applying for Brigitte's visa to the USA


Before we made our way over to the embassy to apply for Brigitte’s visa, we decided to go over to the coast to show Brigitte the ocean.  Larcomar Mall is an upscale place here in Miraflores that sits on the cliff overlooking the Pacific.  Here is the beautiful view we saw this morning:

Yes, even though it was a bright, sunny day at our apartment building ½ mile from the coast, the fog was rolling in deep and thick right along the coast.  We could almost see the beach down below!

Another spectacular view of the fog!
Here's what we were hoping to see, as we did a couple weeks ago...
Our driver picked us up early to take us to the embassy, and we had some time to just hang out in front of the building waiting for Maria Elena.  We heard that back in the 80’s there were some terrorist attacks against this embassy, so the walls are high, the doors thick, and bulletproof glass everywhere.

Raul with Brigitte
Pasta and fruit for dinner!
Uh oh, bonding time...
...bonded...
We enjoyed our chit chat with the American who processed our application, and he said we should receive the visa soon—maybe even tomorrow!  We have been surprised at how quickly the process has gone here in Lima, and we look forward to being home sooner than we thought!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Brigitte, Our Third Daughter!!!


Please let us introduce you to our new daughter, Brigitte Rummery!  We are finished with the adoption process here in Lima, the “day of silence” has passed without incident, and we have received all the documents necessary from the Peruvian government.  We have adopted a daughter!!! 

Brigitte with Cindy in front of our apartment
With Maria Elena and Raul
Brigitte, Cindy and I were picked up this morning by our attorneys, Maria Elena and Raul, at 8:30 to head over to the Secretaria National de Adopciones for the last time to receive all the paperwork.  From there we made our way over to the local government office to get Brigitte’s new birth certificate.  After a short wait in a surprisingly nice office they handed us the new birth certificates listing Cindy and I as Brigitte’s mother and father, and with Brigitte’s new last name—Rummery!  We then made our way into the downtown Lima area to the passport office to get her new passport, which is needed for her medical checkup in order to get a visa to enter the US.  The doctor’s office is back over near the birth certificate office (ie. more riding in Lima traffic!).  After her checkup and four shots (!) we were getting pretty hungry for lunch.  We all agreed that Pardo’s Chicken was a good choice, especially because they have a McDonald’s style play place!
As we said goodbye for the day to Maria Elena and Raul we did a little shopping and hung out in Park Kennedy.  Especially as  the clock approached 6:30 Brigitte kept pointing out to us how long we had been gone from our apartment today.  Taking the clue, we picked up a quick dinner of empañadas, churros, and ice cream and ate among the cats in the park.  Then back to the apartment in time to do bed routines and to bed on time!
Lunch yesterday at Plaza de Armas

A puppy in the park!
We are so thankful for all who have helped make this adoption possible, both financially and through helping in many ways along our path.  Most of all, thank you for all your prayers for us each step of our journey.  We look back and are amazed at how God has so clearly called us to this and how He has worked His sovereign will.

Sunday in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa
Trying to read Eph. 2 to Brigitte in Spanish!
Our celebration dinner at Junius with all three kids!
Even though we started 19 months ago, we are really just beginning today our new family with Brigitte.  We have a lot of adjustments and changes coming up, and we know God will work His will through our new family as He has brought us together.

Be sure to check out the recent post from Brigitte's "Madre" at the orphanage!
http://www.elizabethbayly.blogspot  .com/2012/03/twenty-year-old-mother-of-seven.html