Time Flies

WOW!! It has been seven months since we brought home my little brother Jamari here’s an update:)

-We had his 2nd birthday on January 22

-We officially changed his name to “Jamari Vincent Kasai Heggie”

-Jamari was able to travel to Hawaii with my parents

-He was able to meet my Great Grandma Tanner before she passed away

-He dunked it for the first time!!.. On a small hoop

-Went on water slides for the first time at medicine hat lodge

-Went camping at Waterton National Park

-Went to two parades

-Gave him dread locks (his hair is now an afro again)

-Got family photos!


He is one of the funniest kids around and is so caring for everyone. He’s not shy!! That’s for sure! Anyone he sees he’ll say “hi” to! Everyone adores him, he’s the centre of attention at any gathering.. I dont know if that’s a good thing, or a bad thing;) His favourite food is rice, I feel really bad for who ever has to clean our table when we’re done at a restaurant! RICE EVERYWHERE! My Brother and Sister love him so much and so do I! Im so thankful that he is in our family. His life has been changed forever. I always remember what it was like in Africa, and I am so grateful that he is home.

I will keep everyone updated on our wild adventures with our lil man; through tears, laughter, and joy!

Thanks to everyone that helped make this happen!

Everyone’s support made this possible. The children loved the swing set, play houses, slides, soccer nets, basketball hoops and everything else we were able to get for them. Thanks for all the help!

5 More Days!

Blankets before and after packed

We made 30 blankets to take to the orphanage in Africa. After my mom took care of them, they are going to take up a lot less space in our suit cases


So exciting now that we are starting to pack things that we are taking to the orphanage!

Today my mom and I were putting Christmas stuff away, and while we were doing it I was just thinking that it’s ONLY 5 DAYS UNTIL WE GO TO AFRICA!!! I can’t believe it! I am seriously about to cry I’m so excited. The things I’m excited for is seeing the little kids, and their smiling faces. I just want to meet Jamari and see his personality and see how he reacts to us. I want to see the kids faces as they get their sock monkeys and blankets and SWING SET(S)! Just getting  to Africa is just sooooo exciting. It’s been a long journey but it’s finally here! Even  thought it’s 22 hours on a plane and 17 hours in an airport its all worth it. I’m just hoping it goes by fast.

I was so excited (okay sorry I’ve said “excited” a lot, Im just so excited!) when we started packing gifts for the little kids and my own clothes and items to go. I’m just scared I’m going to forget something, but that always happens to me even if I’m just going to Calgary.

Now I’m sitting here writing this while my mom’s telling me about scabies! Ugh now she’s freaking me out, and she made me itchy, haha. In Jamari’s new photos he looks way more healthy and he’s getting chubby! He’s finally smiling and it looks like he’s having fun hanging out with the older boys. His little face and EYES just melt me every time I look at him. I’m so excited to go get him and I just can’t wait!

We have so many gifts to take with us to the orphanage I didn’t know how we were going to pack them all.
Leave it to MOM!
We have made about 30 blankets to take to the children, watch the video to see how mom is going to make them all fit.

Thank You!

I have achieved my goal to raise enough money for everything I need to make the trip (flight, shots, etc).  Plus, my original goal was to make enough extra that I could take some gifts over with us for the kids as well.  Thank you to the incredible generosity of so many people we are able to do that.  As you can see in my photos, we are taking many gifts with us, but I realized we are going to be able to do much more for these wonderful kids!

I am still working to raise more money.  While we are in Africa, we have someone that is going to take us shopping for the orphanage.  Depending on how much more I can raise will depend on what I can do for the orphanage, but my plan is to buy and along with my family, assemble a swing-set / play area at the orphanage.

It’s the incredible support from all of you that is making this possible.  We are going to make some children very happy!  Thank you to everyone for your help and support!

If you would like to support me in this cause, please click the “make a donation” button in the top right of this page.  Thank you!

More Gifts

More Gifts



We are starting to get our gifts together to take to the orphanage. Thanks so much for all of the support we’ve received in this!

Incredible Generosity

In my last post I mentioned that I was fund raising so that I can buy gifts to take to the kids in the orphanage.  I’m so thankful for all of the support we have received.  The generosity from family, friends and strangers has been awesome.  Thank you so much!  It is getting so close now and we are so excited to put smiles on those little one’s faces with the gifts we bring.

Getting so close!

This has been an amazing adventure so far! We are so close to getting our little man – it’s unbelievable! Just today we heard that he got his passport! We are probably going to get him BEFORE CHRISTMAS! I am seriously getting butterflies thinking about it!

Well anyways… We got this puzzle made of the latest picture of him and it is so cute! Haha! I am selling each puzzle piece for $5. When you buy/sponsor a piece you right your name on the back of it and when they are all bought we will put the puzzle together and frame it in a two-sided glass frame so that when he’s older we can show him the names of all the people that helped to bring him home! I cannot thank everyone enough for all that they’ve done for my family and me. This has been a long hard process but all of you guys made a big difference. Thanks you!

Cougar Pendants

Cougar Pendants

I’ve been making pendants with our school logo on them and have had a lot of support from a lot of students, football players and parents. Thank you so much. If you would like one with a different picture on it, let me know and I can make it.