February 8, 2017

Working to combat slavery and human trafficking

After spending the past two plus years back in the States I am now working more and more with businesses that are fighting human trafficking.

You can see what I've been up to at: www.kairostraders.com

Thank you everyone for your continued love and support!

the petersons

December 14, 2014

Life In America

Hey everyone,

Well its been a couple weeks since we landed in the States and its been crazy. We first stopped in California to stay with some close friends of ours, the Faillas. Our time was spent hanging out, going to the beach and getting reintroduced to 'home'. It was awesome to see our kids loving the beach. Chris taught the girls how to boogie board and they absolutely loved it, it was just a really fun time.  On Sunday I got to share in Chris' church a little about our story with Lily. I was really grateful for the opportunity. It was cool because this church that doesn't know us did so much to bless our family like borrowing us things we needed and helping us get around and picking us up from the airport. We were incredibly grateful.

We're now in Minnesota with my family! Its colder here than California (who knew?!). Its been great to be here with family and have our kids get to meet the people they've only seen on Facetime. In other news I had to take a written test to get my driver's license, because my last one expired. Not to worry, I passed! We're going to spend the next month in Minnesota continuing to see family and friends. It will be nice being here over the holidays as well. It was really cute seeing Lily meet her grandpa for the first time, super precious! (and I hate using that word). Lily has said that that she "LOVES" America and all the kids are really enjoying being back.

We do, however, have some needs that we want to share with you:

First, a van. As a large family we are on the lookout for a reliable family van. If you have one or someone you know has one that you would like to give to us (which is tax-deductible) or sell us for a reasonable price, let us know!

Second, a couple unlocked phones. We are looking at finding a phone solution for our family and if you have a couple unlocked phones or know someone who does we are interested!

Let us know if anyone could help out or would like to help out with these needs.

much love!
the petersons

November 28, 2014

The 26th.

I've told this story many times before, but a new wrinkle has been added.

The day we met Lily and brought her home her foster mom was with us. When we met her I asked her when Lily's birthday was. She told me it was the day they found her at the train station, May 4th. My jaw dropped. I was so excited because that's my birthday! Then my translator explained that it was actually May 10th, not the 4th. The misunderstanding came because of this woman's accent and how similar she said 4 and 10.

My friend told me that that the orphanage has the final say in choosing her birthday.

A week later we called the orphanage and found out that her birthday was going to be November 26th. My jaw dropped. Because that's Heather's birthday! And that has been the day for the past four years.

Well as we were nearing the end of our adoption process we found out that our visa appointment for Lily, was going to be on November 26th, Heather and Lily's birthday!

So we had the appointment the other day and it went well. For Thanksgiving we took the kids to the zoo and had BK for dinner. Today Heather is picking up Lily's passport and visa. Tomorrow we get on a plane heading to the States.

much love,
the petersons