Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sponsors Needed For the Fitz Family!!!

 In order to bring our little girls home we need 120 sponsors who are willing to come along side our family in our
 
 
Fitz Family 
 120 Envelope Fundraiser!!!
 
Here's how it works:
 
We will number envelopes 1-120.  Each sponsor will choose an envelope, any number 1-120, and agrees to make a donation to our adoptions in the amount listed on that envelope.
 
For example: the  sponsor that chooses envelope #50 agrees to donate $50 to our adoptions, envelope #1-$1 and so on. All the envelopes need to be filled and no amount is too small. To us the sponsor who chooses envelope #1 is just as much of a Blessing to our family as the sponsor who chooses #120. We need 120 people to come along side us.. each one matters and each one is a Blessing!!
 
You can also fundraise on our behalf in order to fill your sponsored envelope! Share our story and ask others to help you in coming along side us! Not only will you be helping to bring our two little girls homes you will also be helping us spread the word for special needs adoptions..
 
Let us know what envelope you would like to sponsor and we will mail it to you, self addressed and stamped. Put your donation into the envelope and drop it back in the mail.  Once we receive your donation we will mail out a "Thank you" envelope from our family that will include a small thank you gift along with a picture of our family and the little girls we are adopting!! 
 
Adoptive families see the daunting cost of adoption as the ransom we need to raise to give our children a family.. We have seen how the Lord uses beautiful hearts to raise the money needed and we are always humbled by those willing to come along side us in what He has called us to do..  
 
Bless you all for prayerfully considering becoming one of our 120 sponsors!! 
 
Bless you all for your continued prayers!!
 
In His Light and Love~ Goose and Gillian
 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An Open Door..

When one door closes another opens.. We've seen it over and over. Thankfully we have learned, in all areas of our lives, not to give up.. So we keep trying..
 
 We know the Lord closed the door on us adopting from Haiti again but we have been looking since then for an other open door. We have looked at all our possibilities: embryo adoption, domestic special needs and international special needs. And recently we came upon an open door.. One that we thought was closed to us.
 
 Years ago we heard the story of the Chapmans, Steven Curtis and Mary Beth, and how they had adopted three little girls from China. Tragically they lost one little girl in an accident. The Lord used that loss to inspire the family to create Show Hope (an adoption advocacy and grant organization). Watching their story we really felt called to adopt from China but it just never seemed to work out  that way and the requirements for China were so strict we thought we'd never qualify.. Until recently..
 
We saw the picture of a precious little girl on Reeces Rainbow who lives with Down Syndrome but it was the name they were using for her that got my attention ( it holds a special place in my heart ) so we decided to call the agency that has her listed. When we did we learned about another little girl in her area the same age in the same city also living with Down Syndrome and also needing a family.
 
 
 This agency met all our criteria  and they explained that for the one area where we don't meet Chinas requirements it is likely that we could get a waiver based on the needs of the children.. We are still in awe and amazed that the Lord is opening a door that we thought would be closed to our family.  So we are stepping out in faith again..
 
 
Everything we have accomplished has been through Christ. He has also led us through times that we would have considered failures and closed doors but we know those times that it didn't work were preparing us for the time that it would.
 
We share our "successes" and our "failures" all for His glory.. As we step out in faith  we ask that you cover our family in prayer and pray for these sweet girls..  When we get the go ahead we will share their pictures. The names we will use to share the process will be the names our family has chosen for these two precious toddlers:
 
Johanna and Jillianna.
 
 
The agency has put their files on hold as we start to work on the application process. Just like anything we do we will take it one step at a time, in faith and pray for His will in it all..
 
Bless you all for your continued love, encouragement and support for our family.
 
We are truly Blessed and grateful for you all!!
 
In His Light and Love~ Goose and Gillian

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Embryo Adoption

We trust only in the Lords leading and His timing in all we do, that includes adding to our family. We felt He closed the door to us adopting again from Haiti but we know He is still calling us to adopt.
 
 One option we are prayerfully considering and stepping out in faith in is embryo adoption. We don't debate IVF and don't allow for unsolicited opinions but we are happy to share what we are learning so that others who may consider this option are informed too.
 
There are 600,000 frozen embryos in our country left over from IVF procedures or made by Drs for clinic use.. 
 
 There are clinics that will do a transfer of an existing embryo to an adoptive mother without  a homestudy for around $3,500. There are also placement agencies that handle the adoption like that of any other child with a cost of around $15,000.
 
Also within embryo adoption there are special circumstance embryos that tend to be overlooked because a sibling was born with special needs, or the bio mother has a genetic condition or because there is only one and many families prefer 2-3 embryos at least. 
 
Embryo adoption is a fairly new approach to adoption. We trust only in the Lord leading and timing and love and appreciate all the encouragement and support we receive from friends and family.
 
  With our boundaries that we have set as a family neither opinions nor negative comments  are allowed but we certainly don't mind answering questions that come from a pure heart and sharing our story.
 
We will be taking the first step in faith this week and going to see the Dr to make everything would be ok for me to carry another child (or two ;) ).
 
Just like in any adoption process there are no guarantees. Its a journey and we take each step as it comes and trust in Him with where it leads.
 
Bless you all for your continued prayers as we prayerfully consider how the Lord may call us to expand our family.
 
Praising His Name in Sprit and in Truth~ Goose and Gillian

Monday, May 12, 2014

Genie

Genie had his regular 5 year Drs appointment this past week.. He had an appointment when he was home just 2 days and at the time the Dr agreed that he was likely in the spectrum. Since coming home and starting on GAPS most of his autistic type behaviors (hand flap, head tilt and rocking) have slowed down immensely or stopped. He used to grab and throw anything in his reach but that has stopped completely. ...He used to need his chew necklace or he would chew on his shirts, he hasn't used the necklace in months and hasn't chewed his shirts at all. He used to grid his teeth so loud it would wake us up. That's stopped too. He is great at making eye contact and now communicates with signs (eat, more, go, please, Mommy, Daddy, play, book, up and love you) and he points to what he wants then signs please. He seeks out interaction with us (especially with his Daddy ) and will grunt his disproval when we leave his sight. ...and except for at night he is pretty well potty trained!! All this to say the Dr doesn't think Genie is in the spectrum any more. Now that's not to say we are positive he was.. We said he is autistic to give people a better understanding of how to interact with him and based on what we and the Dr were seeing for behaviors initially. But we do Praise God and give Him all the glory for the healing and developmental growth we have seen in Genie, no matter if he was or wasn't autistic before GAPS.. The Dr now believes that there may be some brain damage that could have occurred at birth and possible mild CP. Truly though this doesn't really change much for us or Genie. He has still made great strides and is doing amazingly well!! He will stay on GAPS where we have seen so much improvement and we will continue with his homeschool routine and therapies that we do here. 
 
 We don't like labels but this information just gives us another piece of his puzzle and a way to better research ways to help him. Our goal is never to make our special needs children neurotypical or what the world sees at "normal" (honestly thats not our goal for any of our children). Our goal is to do all we can to help them be happy and healthy and to be who God intended them to be, while pointing them to Christ. He will have some tests done down the road a bit just to check on his brain function and with his seizures to see if hopefully someday soon he could go off his antiseizure meds.. Thankful for our wonderful Christian Dr who really took the time to interact with Genie and who was just gentle and compassionate with him. You could see in her eyes how much she enjoyed spending time with our little guy (but truly who wouldn't ).. Proud of our little man and Thankful for the knowledge and wisdom the Lord provides so we can help Genie be all God intends.
 
Thankful and Blessed~

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Fitzpatricks on the GAPS Diet

We started a new blog to document our continuing journey with GAPS. We have been on GAPS as a family for 3 years but now that Genie and GiGi are home we are starting again with the intro. The new blog will be used to share our experiences and document healing.
 
Please follow our GAPS Diet journey at
 
 
In Light and Love~ Goose and Gillian