by Heather Dunn
We are The Dunn Family. We are Jeff and Heather and we have two grown children, Genevieve, age 23, and Jeremiah, age 20. We are on the edge of an empty nest but have decided we have some great years in us to still parent and there are lots of kids waiting for their forever families! We are in the process of bringing home an amazing little boy, a waiting child from China, publicly known as Ryker.
After our daughter, Genevieve, came home from a trip to China in the summer of 2016 working with orphans she shared with us about the culture, the orphan crisis, and the KIDS! The photos and stories of these children broke us. There was one little boy that found a special place in our hearts, Ryker.
Ryker is currently in the care of Maria’s Big House of Hope (MBHOH), a care center run by Show Hope for orphans with medical needs. Ryker is 8 1/2 years old. Ryker was born with Spina Bifida and relies on the use of a wheelchair. He is one of the oldest kids at MBHOH. He has waited a long time for a family of his own. He has asked volunteers visiting MBHOH to take him home and be his family.
Ryker is smart. He is learning english and sign language. He even helps teach American workers at the care center Mandarin (Chinese). He likes to teach other children in the care center to share.
Ryker is creative, he LOVES craft time. I hear that his favorite is glue, or as he says it, “ga-loo.” Ryker loves taking pictures. When he comes home our phones will be filled with sefies galore! Being a photographer, I can’t wait to share a love of taking photos with him.
Jeff and I have been approved by the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) to pursue the adoption of Ryker. We submitted our official adoption contract in January. It’s been almost a year long process to bring him home.
Our family of 4 is on it’s way to be a family of 5! We are expecting to travel to China in December of 2017. We are expecting a to be with Ryker ON Christmas Day! It’ll be the best family Christmas ever.
You can read more about the Dunn’s journey to Ryker on their blog Bringing Home China.