Friday, June 23, 2017

Physical Therapy and Almost There!

We ran down to our local orthopedic children's hospital today for Physical Therapy.

Timothy's pain is so minimal at this point.  We are JUST beginning though and we do know it will increase as he stretches those new hips.  Wow, just saying that...NEW HIPS.  He has come SO far!

*Six months casted from the thigh down to move his severe clubbed feet, so severe they were thinking about amputation.
*A surgery to snip his Achilles
*Multiple trips to Philly/New Jersey (though SUCH a blessed time)
*MAJOR surgery-hip sockets reformed with donor bone, 3/4" taken off each leg, feet flattened, his hips put in socket for the very first time in his almost FIVE YEAR OLD life!!!

His biggest thing to overcome at this point is his fear.  It hurt every time a medical professional touched him after surgery, so he doesn't have a lot of trust.  We TOTALLY get that!!!


Our PT asked today what our most precious and important goal was.  That was easy...WALKING!!!


As we end this day, we are blessed yet again.  We had a precious friend donate $400 to our adoption.  Yes, you heard that right!  WE ARE UNDER $1000!!!! We only need $894.00 for our adoption of Grace and Hope to be FULLY FUNDED!!!!!

Please know that IF for some reason money is donated beyond that amount, it will go toward all adoption costs first, medical needs/bills, and unexpected needs.  Any funds entrusted to us will be used diligently and with prayer.  We don't know when we will be fully funded, only that GOD WILL PROVIDE!!!!  We are almost there!!! 

The Lord is my strength and my shield;

    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
    and with my song I praise him

Psalm 28:7


If you don't know what's going on, we are two and a half weeks from bringing our two little girls (Grace and Hope) home from a very special large Asian nation.  We saw Grace's picture two years ago for the first time.  TWO YEARS and we are now at the last stage of the process.  In two and a half weeks we (a friend and I) go to bring them home!!!  We are now praying for the last $894.00 we need to bring them home!!!

If you hear God nudging your heart or speaking to your spirit about helping bring our girls home....

*You can give through our YouCaring site.  A small fee is taken out, but it is linked directly to our adoption specific account at the bank.

*Our PayPal address can be used (using the "Family and Friends" method) to 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net.   (No fee is taken out.)

*Feel free to share our need with anyone God leads you to. 

*You can email us at 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net and we will share our phone number (if you'd like to chat) or  address.  

 *If you would like a tax deductible way to give, you can email us at 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net.  We do have someone will to take donations.

*If you have an idea that may help, please feel free to email us as well. We never know how God may work!!!

Whatever avenue you feel comfortable with, thank you.  
Thank you for answering the call that will change the life of two little girls and our family forever.

  Thank you for the sacrifice...just thank you.

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, 
He hears us."
1 John 5:14


Several have asked about our needs for the girls.  Our biggest need, we were just told, is being provided (a new specific car seat).   We are overwhlemed, yet again, and so very grateful!!!! Most of the needs we have are smaller.  We've been hesitant to share since getting the girls home has to be our first priority We do have a baby registry on Amazon with items needed and though not posting the link on here, you can email us at 1thomkat (at) verizon (dot) net if you would like it . The second biggest item is a second baby carrier (the first may not come in time and both can be used with both girls) that we can use in country (not on the registry ----- with plus size straps).  It's expensive and NOT anywhere the same priority as getting the girls home!!!! NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!!!

We thank you as well for thinking about our girls needs.  Again, our absolute first priority is bringing them home, please understand.  It's NOT that we don't want to share.


PRAYER REQUESTS: (They are now all


2.  I feel a deep need to have everyone join us in prayer for the attachment of our girls.  Please pray they have NO attachment issues and attach to us as a family very quickly.  We have been in the adoption world enough to know severe attachment issues exist.  We pray that GRACE and HOPE have NO issues with attachment...NONE (that God prepares them as well).

. 3. For Grace and Hope, that they are healthy, loved on, and protected. Please pray that they dream of us and attach quicker than ANYONE could imagine.

4. PLEASE pray protection against ALL of satan's schemes.  He's been messing with our family and with Amy and her family.  PLEASE pray a strong concrete, cement, gold, silver (smile) wall between our lives and his schemes.

5.  That we have "MORE THAN ENOUGH" for this trip.  PLEASE PRAY FOR $894 in less than THREE WEEKS and please pray for those individuals God is touching to help us financially bring home the girls.

6. Please pray for Thomas and I to see clearly where God is leading and what WE are to do.  

7.  Please pray that I can fully recover and can gain strength before travel comes (both Thomas and I on the last part...physical strength)

8. That my traveling companion (Amy) and I stay well (completely) within country and are safe....not even a nauseous stomach which commonly happens at least once.

 9. That God uses us/speaks through us while we are there, see what we need to see and doing what we need to do.

10. That our families are safe while we are gone and that it is a peaceful (and safe) time for them.

11. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).  That his pain is minimal.

12. Please pray for the Stewart family as they mourn the loss of their father, grandfather, and great grandfather, uncle, brother, and loved one.


*Please pray that travel is uneventful and NO LUGGAGE is lost.

*Please pray we make the right choices in our last few travel decisions.

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