Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Henry, our 200th Starfish!!!

Hello Henry! Welcome to our Starfish family!!
Everyone was so curious and happy to meet you!

You are our 200th Starfish.... I think this is a good reason for chocolate cake next week!!!



Thursday, January 21, 2016

Alumni 2015


Some of my favorite images of our recent alumni:

 Connor

 Liam

 Luca

 Summer

 Lucy

 Tessa

 Annie

 Angee Mae

Bryan


Jet
Starfish Fosterhome


Dream it, Live it, Love it


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Throwing Starfish Continues.....

 
When I first got started in our new location it felt strange to write on this, Amanda's, blog. Almost like violating her legacy. Add to that that I didn't have the password but had to send text to Eve in the USA to post and the fact that Google is still blocked in China.... 

But.... now that I've been here for almost two years I really feel I have to resurrect this blog. I don't know how many of you have stuck around and continued following us; I hope to let the people that have not been following our Facebook Page know that Starfish is alive and doing well!! I want to sincerely thank Eve, for posting the few updates that I did manage to send and I'm very grateful that she is willing to stick around as back up.

I am so excited to tell you that we are currently waiting for our 200th Starfish baby; which I think is huge!! We've taken care of 29 babies in our new apartments and had 9 adoptions. Annie, Lucy, Summer, Luca, Angee Mae, Bryan and Tessa went to live with their families in the USA. Connor is living in Norway now and Liam went to Sweden.

For now, I'm posting this first blog post with an old photo of Amanda. Miss you my friend... I wish you could be here and we could share our funny and sad stories. I'm sure we would have lots to talk about!! Your blog is back to stay.... 

Bye for now; I'll post again soon!!

(Also, I'm sorry to say there's some outdated information in the right column of the blog. I will try to address that as soon as possible... thank you for your patience!)


Jet
Starfish Fosterhome

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

Visit our website at www.starfishfosterhome.org


Jet Tjarks
Starfish Fosterhome

Dream it, Live it, Love it
http://www.starfishfosterhome.org
http://chinesestarfish.blogspot.com

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Loves

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

HAPPY WISHES TO YOU FROM THE STARFISH BABIES!


AMBER

BRYAN

CINDY

CONNOR

KAITLYN


LIAM

LUCA

MAE

SEAN

From our family to yours with love,

Jet


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:

Amber

Bryan

Cindy

Connor

Liam

Luca

Mae

Sean

Kaitlyn


Happy Halloween from our Starfish family to yours!

Jet Tjarks
Starfish Fosterhome

Dream it, Live it, Love it
http://www.starfishfosterhome.org
http://chinesestarfish.blogspot.com

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!

Rosie

Lucy


Jet Tjarks
Starfish Fosterhome

Dream it, Live it, Love it
http://www.starfishfosterhome.org
http://chinesestarfish.blogspot.com