Bringing Home Baby K

$5,460 of $10k goal

Raised by 39 people in 53 months
Kelli Van Winkle  OMAHA, NE

I would like to introduce you to my family the Van Winkle's, Kelli (writer), Lucas, and our daughter Corinne.  Adoption has been such a blessing for our family and we're happy to share that we have begun the adoption process for a second time. We are anxious to bring home our newest addition, who was or will be born in Korea.   You see we have yet to see the shining, beautiful face of our newest:the paperwork is a tedious process.  But with our home study, initial forms, and I600a completed, we now sit and wait to be matched with our son or daughter.  Corinne can hardly wait and has already begun to "shop" for baby items! 

 

We met Corinne for the 1st time in October of 2008 in Vietnam.  Words cannot truly express the emotions we had on that day:purely amazing.  And now that 4 years has come and gone so quickly, we prayerfully realized that it was time to get the adoption ball rolling again.  Corinne is more than ready to be a big sister, and we are more than ready to watch our family grow. 

 

Our jobs and financial circumstances are different than with Corinne's adoption, so we are humbly asking for any support that you can give to help us bring home our new son or daughter.  We have $30,000 of upcoming expenses and could use all of the support that we can find. Here is a poem that a good friend of mine shared with me that portrays how blessed we are that adoption is our forever family's way of coming together.

 

Not flesh of my flesh,

Nor bone of my bone,

But still MIRACULOUSLY my own.

Never forget for a single minute,

You didn't grow under my heart,

But in it.

 

Author
Fleur Conkling Heyliger

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to consider our plight and for your potential support.  Also, if you have any other fundraising ideas that you would like to share I would be more than happy to hear them!

 

Sincerely,

 

Kelli, Lucas, & Corinne

 

                                    kelliavanwinkle@gmail.com

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Update 4
Posted by Kelli Van Winkle
34 months ago
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Hello Friends & Family!

It has been a LONG time since I've sent out an update. Truthfully we haven't had much to update as far as our adoption process goes because it's been a lot of waiting, but we finally do today! We will be traveling to South Korea in late June to meet our son! Words can barely express the excitement, anticipation, and joy that our hearts are bursting with!!!

After this first trip, we will come back home while we wait for some paperwork to process, and then we'll return on a second trip a month or so later to bring him home, forever. There is light at the end of the tunnel and we can hardly wait to have him home with us!

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your support, prayers, and love! Our forever family is almost all together!

Love,
Kelli, Lucas, & Corinne
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Update 3
Posted by Kelli Van Winkle
46 months ago
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Hello Everyone!
I don't have much to report, but I hope that everyone had a wonderful Memorial Weekend with their families remembering those who sacrificed so much for our freedom. Currently we are waiting as patiently as we can and sending Care Packages as frequently as we can. I can't walk past the toddler boy's section without seeing something adorable that our Baby K has to have! :-)

Our son is growing so fast and is so healthy! He's 23 pounds and has 5 teeth. He turns one in a week!! We are so grateful for his foster parents and the wonderful care and love they are giving him. Right now we are waiting for a 2nd Acceptance Packet request, which will start the process for getting a court date in Korea and then his Visa interview. We did just learn that we will now have to make two trips instead of one. I can't imagine visiting once to meet him and then to have to come home without him, but there should only be a short amount of time between trips. We are so thankful for all of your support and can't wait for the day to post that we will be traveling!

Have a wonderful start to the summer!
Love,
Kelli, Lucas, & Corinne
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Update 2
Posted by Kelli Van Winkle
48 months ago
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It's been quite awhile since our last update, but we have EXCITING news to share!! It's a boy!!!!!! He is now 10 months old, weighing in at 22 lbs! He is healthy and being well taken care of by his foster parents. Corinne is super excited to be a big sister and I can hardly stay out of the baby clothes section at the store. Lucas and I cannot wait to meet him, hug him, love him, and to have our beautiful family of four together.

We wish we had some solid news about travel plans and so forth, but with the laws currently changing in Korea we are just going with the flow and waiting. We are looking at not being able to bring him home until around Thanksgiving or Christmas time, which is further out than we had hoped. There are lots of unknowns and the extended wait time is heartbreaking. However, he's healthy and well taken care of! We appreciate all of your support and prayers, and now you have a handsome face to picture when you send up those prayers!



All Our Appreciation,

Kelli, Lucas, & Corinne
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Update 1
Posted by Kelli Van Winkle
52 months ago
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We are so grateful for your support! It is such a blessing to be able to watch our family grow through adoption. We have been waiting to be matched now for a month and half...and my phone never leaves my side for "the call". Thank you, thank you!
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Cheryl Armstrong
53 months ago

Kelli, We are also adopting once again (China) and recently did a fundraiser through Both Hands/LifeSong for Orphans (www.bothhands.org) It was a really worthwhile project and not only helped us but a very sweet widow in our community. Check it out and I hope that it can bless you as much it has us. Love, Cheryl (Adopted Gavyn, Vietnam, 9-25-08)

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$5,460 of $10k goal

Raised by 39 people in 53 months
Created November 12, 2012
Kelli Van Winkle  
PR
$50
Page and Wes Rogers
33 months ago

We are so thrilled Corinne is getting a baby brother. Safe travels on your next trip to South Korea when you finally get to bring home your precious son! Xoxo

MF
$35
Matt Flynn
33 months ago

Congrats!

DK
$10
Donna Kuster
34 months ago

For my 4th cousin! Wishing you all the best & a safe trip!

$300
Anonymous
34 months ago
TW
$25
Tifani wells
34 months ago

So happy that the day is set!

$200
Anonymous
42 months ago
LK
$1,000
Lauren Korsgaden
43 months ago
LK
$250
Lauren Korsgaden
46 months ago

with love, your cousin Lauren

KH
$50
Kristen Hoffman
46 months ago
SJ
$350
Stephany & Julie
47 months ago(Offline Donation)
Cheryl Armstrong
53 months ago

Kelli, We are also adopting once again (China) and recently did a fundraiser through Both Hands/LifeSong for Orphans (www.bothhands.org) It was a really worthwhile project and not only helped us but a very sweet widow in our community. Check it out and I hope that it can bless you as much it has us. Love, Cheryl (Adopted Gavyn, Vietnam, 9-25-08)

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