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

Thursday, February 23, 2012


We visited Hogar de Esperanza again yesterday to get some more paperwork, buy jewelry that the kids make to raise money, and do some prep work for my new sister’s “despedida” (farwell party) later in the afternoon.  Katie, Courtney (the volunteer coordinator), and I organized all of the candy, pencils, erasers, silly bands, and stickers that we brought for the kids (thanks, Brenna, for sending the silly bands and stickers for the kids!! They loved them!).

Around noon, we took our girl out to lunch while the orphanage workers set up for the despedida.  Surprisingly to me, there is a KFC in Peru, so all five of us decided to eat there.  We had fun at the playground at KFC and at an arcade with some smaller carnival rides.

When we got back to Hogar de Esperanza, the room was full of decorations for her despedida.  During the program, one of the madres that has been there since our girl was little shared her heart for her.  Then, the four older girls in my new sister’s casita held up signs describing her and said that they love her a lot.  Dad also talked about how the kids, madres, and volunteers have been great to her and that we will take good care of her.  Alex, the director of the orphanage, talked and prayed for us, as well.  Courtney then presented our girl with a journal with letters from everyone at Hogar de Esperanza and a photo album with pictures from when she was a baby until now.  The program ended with a song that all the kids knew.  Afterwards, we handed out the bags of gifts that we brought, and the kids were so excited to get them!  We watched the movie Rio with the kids, and then we all went out for pizza with Robyn and Gordon to Papa Johns. (I love Peruvian food, but it’s also nice to get a taste of American food, too!)  The kids loved it, and we all had a good time.

Friendly, intelligent, precious, responsible--words the kids used to describe her

Last night was our girl’s last night at Hogar de Esperanza.  If everything goes according to plan we will have custody of her today!