Thursday, June 27, 2013

100 Good Wishes

The Gocke family has been so very blessed by all of the love, support, and prayers we have received during our adoption process. Silas is already so loved!! We are hoping to bring him home in July of this year, and still have a lot to do before we are ready to bring him home! We are trying to make one final push/fundraiser to be able to finish financing the adoption. Everyone has been great and so supportive so far! This last fundraiser is called "100 Good Wishes." It is inspired by the Chinese tradition called Bai Jia Bei (100 Good Wishes), where people make a 100 piece quilt in celebration of a new life. We have our online quilt, and you can purchase a patch for just $10, and include your wish or blessing for little Silas. Just go to the link listed, and make your wish/blessing for our bundle of joy! We love you all so much and appreciate you!


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Getting Closer!!!!

Many of you have been asking for an update on Steve and I's adoption of little Silas man!!

Well things have been moving! On June 11th, we received our first court decree. Now we are waiting on the final decree and our immigration services appointment in Taiwan to be scheduled. We are hoping and praying to bring Silas home in July.

I will be traveling alone on the second trip. Steve's summer schedule is very hectic. I plan on making an extended layover on the way home in Seattle to spend time with my brother Joe, his wife Jess, and their daughter Luca Rose. The cousins need some play time!

This will be a difficult week for Silas, as his girlfriend, Claire, is leaving him and going home to her wonderful parents this week. Claire is the little girl that had the same surgery as Silas on the same day as his, and has been Silas' cribmate. I am sure he will be very sad, but her mom and I are already planning when we can get together, so the lovebirds will be reunited soon!

Several people have asked me what we still need for Silas, and there is definitely a lot that we still need. We have clothes, and we have plenty of eating and drinking utensils. We are needing some developmental toys for him. Silas is a little behind developmentally because his little body was so concerned with healing from his heart surgery, that he is a bit behind. But we will get him caught up soon!

If you want to go to our registry, we have registered at Target, and have many items on there that are still needed.

People have also asked us if we still need any help financially with our adoption fees, and we definitely do still need assistance in raising our funds. If you would like to help in this area, you can send a check to the Gocke home at 3912 Aberdeen Drive, Champaign, IL 61822.

We are so grateful for all of your love, support, and prayers!! There is no way we would be bringing our son home if it were not for each and every one of you!!