Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Our Debt Free Path

Follow our family's journey on our original blog:
 
 
Join our journey as we build our homestead from scratch and adopt two more special needs children, all without debt!
 
 
Only with God is this possible and we are truly humbled and thankful daily for His grace in our lives!
 
In Christ Jesus,
 
Goose and Gillian
 
 
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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.
 
 
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

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


Monday, February 3, 2014

...And a Few More Homeschool Activities

We have been adding preschool activities with home made tools. Super easy to put together and great resources to use with our youngest two.
Our McKenna making a rainbow salt box. Create a "rainbow" at the bottom of the box with construction paper and glue.  Then fill the box with a layer of salt. Let the kids experiment with using their fingers or a paint brush


 
We also made rice and bead boxes...
 

 
And a shaving cream sensory bag with beads.

 

Very thankful for all the great blogs and websites from other homeschooling families!! We found all these projects by reading what has worked for others then finding a way to make the activities work in our home. Our next project will be some of the great (and super easy) homemade play dough recipes with different textures.  (For now we just use molding clay we picked up at Wal Mart ;) but we are excited to make our own!! Hope to be back soon to share what we find!!
 
Our two precious oldest playing with their younger siblings before they start their homeschooling. My cup runneth over~ 
 
Bless you all for your continued prayers!!
 
In Light and Love~ Goose and Gillian
 

 
 


Friday, January 31, 2014

Our Christian (Charlotte Mason / Unschooling / Montessori Pre-school) Homeschool Day~

When we started homeschooling our oldest two many years ago we fell in love with the idea of "unschooling". We looked at Charlotte Mason and the Montessori Method and loved the whole idea of moving away from the more traditional and common approaches to education and finding ways for our children to develop a love of learning through creating and surrounding them in an educational environment all while pointing them to the Lord. As they moved up in grades we started incorporating more text book style learning for their Math and Language Arts but our hearts have always been with unschooling albeit a bit more structured than some unschooling approaches.
Our oldest love to learn through hands on activities, living books (think more library book than text book), journaling, and drawing so we still incorporate the more Charlotte Mason approach wherever we can, which is usually with their Sciences, Social Studies and Reading.
Now that our two youngest are home we get to revisit those wonderful preschool days. We will be taking a similar approach in preschooling Genie and GiGi that we did with McKenna and Mikey but altering it a bit to meet their individual needs. We will be incorporating more sensory activities, OT, speech and PT into their day and adapting our approach as we see fit.
Our youngest two have only been home a month but both have been doing beautifully with attachment and thrive on structure so we started incorporating our preschool into their daily schedule and it has been amazing!! Both kids are engaging and making steps that we never thought we'd see so soon.
We have a set up space in our unfinished (but hopefully finished someday soon :)  ) basement for their bins, pretend play, music and PT. In the dining room we have their arts and crafts, puzzles and sensory activities. But their favorite seems to be the activities we do in the kitchen.. They love food so they have really had fun being part of the food prep process.
Homeschooling doesn't need to be complicated, nor does it need to be expensive. We use the space we have. We research ( a lot) to see what has worked for other families and find ways to make what we need. You don't need hand crafted wooden toys in order to educate your preschooler (although we LOVE wooden toys ;) ) and you don't need the shelving from pottery barn to set up themed bins. Where our basement isn't finished yet we put their bins on the floor and that works just fine. ;) What matters is that the children have a calm, loving, safe environment to explore and learn.
We took some photos of what we using right now to create a learning environment for our youngest two..
 Our current Art and Crafts and puzzles that we use in the dining room. Friends donated these wooden puzzles to us for our yard sale fundraiser and we set them aside knowing they would be an great tool for our youngest. 
 Music time~ Goose and his family play the guitar and the kids love to strum along as he plays. Friends gave us a pluck box (Goose saw a man playing one in Haiti when he went to pick up the kids!) and a cajon box (originated in Peru) that are easy for preschooler to play and absolutely beautiful pieces of art.
 
 We purchased a large indoor trampoline and it has been a great asset to helping the youngest build strength and balance. We also do work on the exercise ball for strength and balance. A beautiful friend gave us a 6 foot tunnel and a ball pit with 50+balls and the kids LOVE their tunnels and balls!
This is our bin and pretend play area. (Notice the complete lack of pottery barn and the use of inexpensive Wal Mart plastic containers ;)  ) We have a play kitchen, baby doll accessories and our bins. Each bin has a theme that we can change out but for now these are the Genie and GiGis interests. We have a bin for books, balls, animals, pretend food, blocks and cars. ..(it was amazing to see Genie today with just a bit of help and encouragement he picked up his bin today when it was time to move on and put it back where it belonged. Not because we are concerned with a tidy home but because we are encouraging him to do more for himself and we are seeing his confidence grow by leaps and bounds! He is coming so far!! and this afternoon GiGi chose the animal bin and sat with me repeating the names of all the animals in the bin.. She so loves to learn!!) 
We are Blessed to be able to homeschool all our children and we are so thankful that we are able watch all four of our children blossom while learning at home..
 
Here are some snap shots of our youngest two enjoying our Christian~ Charlotte Mason Unschooling Montessori ~Homeschool. :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bless you all for your continued prayers!! Its an amazing journey and we are thankful everyday that the Lord chose us to be the parents of these four amazing children.
 
In Light and Love~ Goose and Gillian
 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Home~

On January 3, 2014, close to two years and two months since we started our journey on Reece's Rainbow's website, Eugene (Genie) John Fitzpatrick and Ginelle (GiGi) Eldora Fitzpatrick arrived home!! They are doing really well and adjusting to everything beautifully. Bless you all for praying for our journey and please continue to pray as we work on bonding, attachment and adjusting to a family of 6.
God is so very good and we thank Him for every moment of the past couple years. We can see His perfect timing in it all and we praise His name for giving us the means, strength, endurance and wisdom to make it through this process. To Him goes all the Glory.
We are following When Love is Not Enough and The Connected Child in our attachment parenting as well as cocooning for the next 3-6 months. We are already seeing the benefits of all the Lord did to prepare us for this part of the journey. We are so thankful for the knowledge, experiences and wisdom He gave us in preparing us for parenting these two precious loves.
Our older two are handling the transition beautifully and love having their siblings home.  The Lord has prepared their hearts as well and they were ready for anything that came in the first nights and weeks and that preparation has made all the difference. They are handling it all with grace and really coming into their roles as the big brother and sister.
Thanks again for all your prayers and Bless you all for continuing to cover our family in prayer.
In Light and Love~ Goose and Gillian

Friday, November 22, 2013

Break Every Chain

On May 23rd we wrote this post about the chain we made to show remaining steps left until our kids are home. Since then we have prayed that the Lord would break every link in the chain that is keeping us and from bringing our youngest children home.
 
 
 
 
 
 
As of today there are just TWO links left!! Any day now we should hear that we have our immigration approval (one less link in the chain) then within a couple weeks the final link will be broken and our children will be ready to come home!! Thank you Jesus!!!
 
 

And as of yesterday all the families who have gone through the adoption process from our orphanage with us are out of MOI!! Rejoicing with Amy and her family! We were all stuck on that step for 4 to 6 months. The 8 families (including ours) who had bio kids and needed dispensation are all bringing home ten children SOON!! The first is at the orphanage today picking up their daughter! Another family leaves Sunday to pick up their 2 girls! Still lots to pray for but thank you Jesus for these women and their families, and for the all the families we have met in this processes. Thank you Lord for bringing us through this journey along side one another and letting us cry and rejoice together!!
 
In Light and Love~ Goose and Gillian