Friday, December 09, 2011

16 Months of Rory

Rory is 16 months today.  Really, when does it stop getting more and more fun?  Every month is better than the last!

Last month's Rory-isms were short, so here's a more detailed update:
  • Rory still loves blowing kisses, giving high fives and fist bumps.
  • She's still afraid of pretty much anyone who might try to pick her up.
  • She loves singing songs and reading books with animals so she can make the noises too.  She mimics a dog, cat, duck, cow, bear, dinosaur, and a train (not an animal, I know).
  • She's learning more and more body parts.
  • Today while I was playing with her, she randomly laid on her tummy and started doing pushups.  Apparently her dad does push ups with her pretty often.
  • Speaking of her dad, he's definitely her favorite.  She will choose him over me 9/10 times.  I get it though.  He's her primary caregiver and has been doing even more since I broke my arm.  
  • She's started mimicking me when I tell her no.  Not my favorite thing...
  • She still eats like a maniac.  It's exhausting trying to come up with enough food to give her.
  • The stairs in our new house are new for her as well.  She loves crawling up them but learned the hard way that she needs help going down them.  Yep, she barrel rolled down the entire flight.  I'm happy to say that I wasn't home when that happened.  She recovered within minutes and doesn't even have a bruise to show for it.  I guess all of that chunk is good for something!
  • She is officially weaned from the bottle and milk altogether since she won't drink it.  (Don't worry mom.  She gets plenty of calcium from all of the other dairy we feed her.)  I can't tell you how happy I was to get rid of that bottle cleaner!

Monday, December 05, 2011

We Are Grafted In

Hey, I have a guest post up today on my favorite adoption blog, We Are Grafted In.  Check it out at:

Friday, December 02, 2011

Coming Home

In my previous post, I briefly mentioned that we're trying to fundraise some of the estimated $30,000 of adoption expenses it will take to bring our twin girls home.  30k is a lot of money, we get it.  But it covers a lot of things.  Physicals, FBI background checks, agency fees, home study, plane tickets, visas and notary fees... just to name a few. 

We are asking for help from our friends and family because we know that we cannot do this on our own.  That doesn't mean simply the finances, but everything else that comes with growing our family and raising girls.  It truly "takes a village", and we are so very thankful for the tremendous support that we know many of you will be our entire lives.  We also know that as we serve in unity every step of the way - from helping to pay for adoption, to babysitting, to being a role model for our kids - God will be glorified all the more.

We're trying to come up with creative ways to help raise funds.  Any suggestions are welcome!  For now, we've got some really great offers for people who are interested in helping bring the twins home from Africa.

  • For ANY donation, you will receive a small thank-you gift as a reminder to pray for our family and the estimated 147 million orphans around the world.
Please check out our facebook page here for the great things you can buy.  100% of the proceeds go toward our adoption.

How can you donate?  Look for the yellow "Donate" button on the right sidebar.  Click that and it will take you to PayPal to facilitate the rest.  Once we receive notice of your contribution, we'll email you about your thank-you gift!  And if it's important to you to get a receipt for tax deduction purposes, make checks payable to "Bringing Them Home"(please do not write our names anywhere on the check), enclose a separate note that says "For Jonathan and Sarah Pascual", and send the check and note to:

Bringing Them Home
PO Box 19212
Denver, CO 80219

Thank you so much for your support!  And keep checking in because we'll continue to add new fundraising opportunities.