Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Black and White Wednesday ~Brothers

I am really enjoying participating in Lisa's Black and White Wednesday. To learn more about Black and White Wednesday and to see other great b & w pictures, go here.

the long road

We are all so excited to get Drew home but I think of all the kids Gabe is by far the most excited. From the moment we first told Gabe about Drew to now, he asks all the time "when is it going to be time to get my little brother?"

Don't get me wrong, Blake is a fantastic big brother but with an eight year gap in ages it is hard on both of them. They have their moments when all is right in the world of brotherhood, but they also have their moments when all is not right.

We started out telling Gabe it would be after Christmas before Drew would come home. Well, Christmas has come and gone and Gabe forgets nothing. After questions about why Drew isn't home yet we began telling him that it would be after Mylee's birthday. Okay, that hasn't worked yet either since Mylee's birthday was last week. So, now we are just reverting back to the whole as soon as we get all the money (which is pretty much the truth).

Oh how I LOVE this boy. We have a clear jar with a picture of Drew sitting on our kitchen counter. It's the "Drew Jar." Whenever we find money around the house (washer, dryer, couches, etc) we put it in the jar. Every Friday I empty the change out of my wallet and of course the bottom of my purse, and dump it in the jar. Gabe is always eager to put money in the jar which usually follows with him asking "now do we have enough to get my brother?" In fact, the other day I found him pulling the cushions off the couches.

Me: "Gabe, put the pillows back on the couches" (I thought he was making a ramp of some sort)

Gabe: "I can't"

Me: "I'm sorry, you what?"

Gabe: "I said I can't."

Me: "Why?" (at this point I thought maybe he was looking for a game)

Gabe: "Cause I'm looking for money for the Drew Jar."

Me: "Oh, did you find any?"

Gabe: "Yep" (as he walks to the jar to put the change he found in it)

Me: "You gonna put the cushions back on the couch?"

Gabe: "K, will you help me, mommy?"

Did I mention how much I love this boy? Soon enough he will have his little brother home. I cannot wait to see Gabe face to face with Drew.

We are still short quite a bit of money and anticipate traveling in April. I have created a separate fundraiser blog that has some really great prizes available. As a matter of fact, the prizes are being updated daily as more people are donating items. Please visit the fundraiser and with a suggested donation of $10.00, you will not only help us bring our son home, give a little boy a forever family, but you will also make Gabe a very happy, proud "Big Brother."


Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

what a sweet boy you have. Great photo.

Amandalynn said...

What a cutie!

Anonymous said...

I have directed people from my blog over to your fundraising blog. Hope it helps!

Tara Anderson said...

That is so sweet! I can't wait for your "brothers" to be united! Praying that God blesses your fundraiser immensely and that Drew is home SOON!!!

A little piece of 7th heaven said...

I can NOT wait to see them face to face either..I am hoping you post lots of pics..Praying for your family to reunited SOON..
I put the badge on my blog..
I titled it Help Unite these children with their forever families..I will add badges as I see families who are in need.
Hope this helps to get the word out there.

Wanda said...

You have a beautiful family. All the best with bringing your newest little one home.

Amanda said...

Oh how I pray you will fill that jar up and bring Drew home soon. Stay Strong. We'll get through this sooner or later. Keeping you all in my prayers!


PS A picture would be great. I'll e-mail you soon.

The Sanders Family said...

Such a sweet post about a sweet boy. Sounds like he'll make a GREAT big brother. Beautiful photo of him too :) {And I like his name...I have a Gabe too!}

Adeye said...

Good morning friend,
What a joy to be able to direct people to your fundraiser...and to be able to contribute just a little seed. Praying the Father will MULTIPLY it!!!!


Love Letters To China said...

What a heart warming post! You have a sweet little boy on your hands.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Aww...Gabe is such a sweet boy!! I bet he is so excited to meet his new brother!

I know the fundraiser is going to be successful. Keep the faith!

Josette said...

What I could give seems so small; I am praying there are a whole lot of "me's" that can give a little!

Gail said...

Beautiful post and picture, I can tell Gabe will be wonderful brother! Wishing you the best with your fundraiser, I will go over and participate with your chip in. :)

Lisa said...

What a sweetie!

Anonymous said...

hi, just saw a post about riley hospital. are you guys in indiana? we are in so. indiana. cant wait to see your little guy home. he is such a cutie!

Anonymous said...

Oh my! That is the sweetest thing I've heard all day! He is going to be a great big brother.. Plus he's a doll on top of it!

JCrew said...

I'm going to post about your journey and give away's on my blog today! Good luck raising the funds. You have some awesome donations. I will be watching to see how big God shows off!

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