Sunday, July 20, 2014

Great News from Lifesong!

We were contacted on Monday by Lifesong.  They are an amazing non-profit that provides orphan care, outreach, & partners with adoptive parents to help bring home children through domestic and international adoption.  We had applied to them for all forms of assistance- an adoption matching grant, a Both Hands project, and an adoption loan In case it is needed at the end of our adoption.

We were given amazing news!!  Lifesong has approved us for a $2,500 matching grant!! :)

That means every dollar that is donated on our behalf to our Lifesong account will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Lifesong up to $2,500.  So if we can raise this- Lifesong will be able to send a check for $5,000 toward the cost of our adoption to our agency!  We are SO blessed to get this assistance!! 
The link to make a tax deductible donation to our family that will be matched dollar-for-dollar with Lifesong is:

Family Name: Wilks 
Family Account Number: 4622
I am going to try to replace the buttons at the top of our blog with a new button for paypal payment to Lifesong, but until then please use the link for any donations you make! :)

We also have one more prize giveaway (formerly known as a raffle;)  coming up soon!  I'll announce it later today!! :)

Also- we have had SO MANY requests for toddler shirts in our Ephesians 3:20 tees that we have opened it back up until Wednesday.  So if you'd like to order this shirt in toddler size, all sizes in white, or a grey hoodie- contact me on facebook or via email at

Our shirts are also available for order on Booster in size Kid-XS through Adult-4XL in grey & blue.  You can click on this link to order & have them direct shipped to you! :)

Thank you to EVERYONE who has bought a shirt or made a donation large or small to help us bring this special little girl home.  We are humbled and grateful and truly blown away by all your love & generosity!!

A Big Financial Update is coming soon as is an update on how our Laila is doing and the status of our paperwork.

Thanks for stopping by,
Fannie, Matt, & the three awesome Wilks kiddos


Thursday, June 26, 2014

IPad Mini Winner Coming Soon! Get your tickets NOW!

Just a reminder that our next raffle is underway and ends on Sunday!

Only 3 days left to enter!! 

Our current raffle is for the winner's choice of an IPad Mini- 16GB

OR a Kindle Fire HDX-16GB or Kindle Fire HD-32GB

Raffle tickets are 1 for $10, 3 for $20, or 8 for $50
You can use the Adopt Together link at the top of our blog to make a tax deductible donation or use our paypal link if you don't really care about that sort of thing!
And the money earned goes to Laila's orphanage donation!  So not only do you get to help this beautiful, precious little one get home to her family, but the donation goes directly to the orphanage to help them care for her friends she leaves behind.

Thank you ALL for helping our sweet girl!!! And even if you can't enter the raffle, we'd love for you to pray her home!  Her paperwork is on a desk somewhere in China's Adoption affairs waiting for our paperwork to reach it and be officially matched.  Please pray for that paperwork to get approved FAST!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Fannie, Matt, Kate, Chengbin, & Laila

Friday, June 20, 2014

Shirts, Raffles, & An Auction!!

We have a few leftover adult size shirts from our Ephesians shirts..

Remaining shirts available for purchase are:

Adult XL- white
Adult L- grey, white
Adult M- blue
Adult S- white, grey

4t- purple

And since we keep getting questions about these shirts, particularly in kid size, we have taken it to booster for one last order.  It will need 20 shirts ordered to print.  SO, if you'd still like to have a shirt, this way you can pay on the booster page and it will get sent directly to you.

Link to order this shirt in grey or blue is here:

We also have a new design!  This one closes out on booster in a little less than a week and we need 14 more shirts ordered for it to go to print! :)

Link to order our new shirt in green or pink (adult & kids sizes) is here:

And we are happy to announce our next adoption raffle!!
By popular demand we will be raffling off your choice of prize!!

You can choose an Ipad Mini- 16GB

Or a Kindle Fire HD-32GB or Kindle Fire HDX-16GB

Raffle tickets this time around will be 1 for $10, 3 for $20, & 8 for $50
Enter to win now through Sunday June 29th at noon!

And we are now gratefully accepting donations for an upcoming online auction.  We plan to start it up on July 1st and run it through July 10th. :)

Doctors & Animals

Chengbin was scheduled for an MRI scan of his heart and liver on Monday in Atlanta, and since he had a doctor appointment with the thalassemia clinic on Tuesday, we decided to spend the rest of Monday at the Atlanta Zoo...

First the doctor & thal stuff for interested parties... ;)

He had a ferriscan of his heart and lungs under full sedation.  Transfusion dependent thalassemia patients receive a tremendous amount of iron during each transfusion.  In America, we "chelate" these patients, that is- we give them medication to take the iron out of their bodies.  In the orphanage Chengbin wasn't afforded this luxury.  Chelation medication is incredibly expensive!  So his body has accumulated a significant amount of iron over the years. 

Our liver ferriscan from October showed liver iron of 43mg/dry gram.  This is extremely high!!  He has been receiving chelation ever since then, so we are hoping to see improvement of his liver iron from this scan.  Because his iron was so high last time, it was also determined that we should check his heart to determine if any iron had deposited in it.

This little boy is incredibly silly when you get him in a hospital.  I'm telling you, he just lights up and charms the heck out of anyone he comes into contact with!!  He laughed and laughed and got so wound up that everyone in recovery commented how quiet it suddenly was when he received the anesthesia! ;)  One nurse even had to stop by ahead of the anesthesia cause she just had to see the little boy with the infectious laugh, before the anesthesia stopped it. LOL!!

It took around an hour before he was wheeled back into the room to sleep off the lasting effects of the anesthesia.  Around 30 minutes later he began to stir and about 15 minutes later we were cleared to leave.

Easy Peasy!!!  Thank goodness he does well with anesthesia.  This was our 4th time since he came home of him going under for a procedure, so I don't get nearly as nervous as I did those first couple times.

After our hospital visit we grabbed Katelynn & Grandpa from the hotel and headed to the zoo.

Ever since Chengbin began to speak English he has talked about how much he loves pandas and wants to see them...  Well, we DID see them.  In CHINA.  But by the time we got to them... let's just say our little guy was out of sorts.  I don't think he even looked at them.  So this was his chance to finally see his beloved pandas!

The zoo was shady and pretty compact.  Perfect for us, since we had only gotten 5 hours sleep the night before.  We came, we saw, we fed giraffes, and we went back to the hotel for a nice long nap before dinner. :)

Doctors & Animals in Atlanta!  Can't wait to go again in 6 mos with all 3 of my kiddos!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Fannie, Matt, Kate, & Chengbin