Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays from the Tjarks!

Our family has spent 10 months in China now: Proud to say we now have 8 children in our home! We arranged 3 life saving heart surgeries, 4 kids needed other hospital care, 3 of them stayed in ICU... and next week Luca will get his second hip surgery in Shanghai. We all miss him very much and can't wait for him to get home again!
We are waiting for our first babies to get adopted now. Can't wait to hear were on this earth they will be going..... it will be hard to say goodbye, but also exciting to know they will have a loving family.

2014 has been so, so busy, but so rewarding! Every day throws something different at you..  It has also been a hard year on Starfish finances though.... we need to get more monthly donations to keep doing what we are doing and to be able to get more children to make a difference for them too. Please don't think because you can only donate a little amount it will not make a difference, because it certainly will.

I'm sorry I have done most of my updates on Facebook and not so much on this blog; I'll try to do better next year! Of course you're welcome to like our Facebook page too... ;-)
We got our 2000th like on Facebook this week! Just imagine what 2000 people can do if they all donate a little bit. Amanda always said: "It takes a village to raise a child." Let us be that village and make it possible.... 

Thank you for all the support we got this year; it really means a lot! I will try to post some more before-after photos next year. One of my favorite things!

Happy holidays from the Tjarks family!

Dream it, Live it, Love it,
Jet Tjarks

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Starfish Fosterhome

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Loves












From our family to yours with love,


Jet Tjarks
Starfish Fosterhome

Dream it, Live it, Love it

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Halloween…….Starfish Style!

In keeping with Starfish tradition, we proudly present our Halloween cuties:










Happy Halloween from our Starfish family to yours!

Jet Tjarks
Starfish Fosterhome

Dream it, Live it, Love it

Friday, April 04, 2014

Happy Easter from Starfish!

They're back!  Precious Easter pictures of the babies.  This was one of Amanda's favorite times!



Jet Tjarks
Starfish Fosterhome

Dream it, Live it, Love it

Friday, March 21, 2014

Meet Rosie!

Just after we arrived in China we were asked if we would consider fostering a six-year old girl.

Though it was not the age we expected we couldn't say no; this girl really needed it!

So.... meet Rosie!!

Rosie is soooo excited everytime she sees we have another outfit for her in the morning. She absolutely sqeals with joy!

She definitely needs lots of love and hugs. She's also slowly learning to play with the wooden blocks that we have and not only throw them. Right now we're concentrating on letting her gain some weight because she really needs to pack on the pounds.

She's a funny, outgoing and happy girl; we're so happy she's with us!


Dream it, Live it, Love it

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

And Then There Was LUCY

Suddenly we got the request to take a little girl home with us. Norah named her Lucy and she is a beauty!!!

We were not quite ready yet; but said yes immediately.

 So, after another VERY busy day she is now in her crib with pj's on and listening to sleepy music. 

Our great adventure has truly begun; the first little Starfish has arrived!!!


"Dream it, Live it, Love it."

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Pictures of the FIRST Starfish Baby Adopted

I recently received some lovely pictures from Laura Joan's family.  Laura Joan was one of Amanda's first six babies she had placed in her arms. Laura Joan was also the first Starfish baby to be adopted into her forever family.  How beautiful she is!


"and to this ONE, I will make a difference…"