Austrian citizenship extra fees for adopted Siebert kids

Update posted by CHERIE SIEBERT On Dec 04, 2017


We all do a lot of walking here, and the children take the public bus to their middle school in a town about 10K away. The bus is free during school hours. Our home is about a 20-30 minute walk up the hill from the bus stop. Big brother Kai helps Ming by carrying her heavier things. Occasionally we take the train and the train station is a bout 3k from the house. Ming also has a scooter which she frequently uses when she needs to go longer distances.

Ming has spina bifida, and as a result she has limited mobility in her left leg and that leg is shorter than the other. Recently, she got some super special custom made fuchsia house shoes to wear at school. In Austria all the children leave their outdoor shoes in their lockers in the morning and wear house shoes all day in. The special orthopedic shoes made for Ming help her to walk easier and more level. She says that the other kids think that they are cool.

Recently, we found that Kai has a hearing deficit and he is currently testing hearing aids to see if it's possible that the insurance will fund them for him. The insurance paid for all but a small portion of Ming's shoes. Next up; outdoor shoes for Ming. We are grateful for the good public schools and affordable healthcare available here.


Ming at the orthopedist. Walking and scootering from the train through the countryside to home. Kai's trial hearing aids


The bus the children take to and from school. Ming Qiao, just off the bus and ready to walk up the hill home.



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Update posted by CHERIE SIEBERT On Dec 03, 2017

Thank you to everyone who has shared and contributed so far. There's just a bit more to go to meet the fees for both children. We have enough for Kai's fees but not enough for Ming. Because Kai is turning 14 on December 20th, we're in a bit of a race with time - 14 is the cutoff age for this Austrian citizenship program for children.

Monday is the last full day in the US, due to the time difference between the US and Europe. Just a bit more to reach the goal! Thank you !

Campaign ends In Austria at Midnight Tuesday Dec 5, UTC,
Translated to US time zones it ends on December 5th
6PM EST,
3PM CST,
Noon on the West Coast


Cherie


Both of the children love to draw and paint, so today I'll share a couple of their recent works.


Ming Qiao (11) on a flying dragon with all of her friends and family - with lots of love and peace;


Kai Dong's (13) study in perspective, with our kitty Zen Wolke Mao in one of the windows;







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Update posted by CHERIE SIEBERT On Nov 29, 2017

There's no lack of effort in the Siebert family. We push and pull and walk and do every last thing we can to get whatever needs be done, DONE. This afternoon after Papa left for work, heavy snow began. Kai and Ming take the public bus about 10k from their middle school home, and then from the bus stop it's an uphill climb home. On a regular day the walk can take about 20 minutes - Ming has a mild form of spina bifida and has nerve damage to one leg, and that leg is shorter as well, so she has to work the hardest! I was getting worried as it started to get dark and still no kids, so I hung out of the upstairs window until I saw them coming over the last hill, big brother carrying the heaviest bags. Then I made hot cocoa for everyone, and Kai Dong went back out to shovel the snow.

I hope the town snowplow gives the village a visit. Papa is due home late from work tonight. On any workday, if the snow makes the road impassable, he will walk or bike to the train station 3K away. Having one vehicle isn't easy, but it's way better than having none, which was the situation for several months this summer! Occasionally, if I need to visit the doctor for a checkup or refill, I'll bike and take the train for the 20k rt to town and back.

It's been tough, but occasionally we mess up and have to laugh at ourselves. This summer, after a particularly grueling grocery run in the heat on bikes and walking, we realized that we'd forgotten to buy butter. So the next day we did it again, because, well... BUTTER. You can't go without butter.




This is kitty Zen Wolke Mao. He looks worried about his kids too.





Spring, 2017 ~ grocery shopping on foot

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Update posted by CHERIE SIEBERT On Nov 28, 2017

Both the children love to read, and also to write their own stories. A few years back they learned to type on a US-type keyboard, but the German keyboard has a slightly different layout and a few extra keys, so Kai is practicing on the typewriter that the children's Oma gave us. It's been in the family for many years, and we love to have this bit of family history. It's a beautiful typewriter, one of the first of the portables. They love computers and technology, but also we make sure that they see the craft and history behind - the way things were in what they call "the old days".

Kai and Ming's Oma, Uncles and Aunt lives in Vienna. Kai and Ming don't get to see their Vienna family nearly as often as they would like, but it's always a big event when it is possible. In the meantime, they're writing stories together, and Kai plans to type a school report on Austria's climate that is due in a few weeks. Ming likes to draw pictures for her Oma, to send her in the mail. Maybe she will type her a letter next time too!

Thank you for visiting our Siebert family fundraiser, and for helping the children become citizens of this country that they so dearly love. They are very excited to see that there are people in the world who are loving and helpful, who care.

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Update posted by CHERIE SIEBERT On Nov 23, 2017

Recent history!
This past summer's challenge; No transportation in rural and rugged terrain. Every trip to the market became an endurance event, and work commutes took a good part of the day;

From the WACAP Now blog;

In the Foothills of the Austrian Alps: A Resilience Story


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Update posted by CHERIE SIEBERT On Nov 23, 2017


A photo of the children when they were ages 5 and 3, with their Ponseti braces - used for the correction of congenital clubfoot. Both children also went through a period of wearing corrective casts, and Ming also had neurosurgery to release a tethered spinal cord related to her spina bifida.





Images of the children from the adoption agency WACAP, shortly before we brought each child home. Kai had just had an operation on his foot in the picture below. When we brought Ming home, we discovered that in addition to her clubfoot, she also had a mild form of spina bifida;






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