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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Teamwork Tuesday-- Priscilla!

Beautiful Princess Priscilla!



Isn't she just a doll?  Priscilla is 2 years old, and appears to have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.    She also has a condition called myelodysplastic syndrome, or "pre-lukemia."  That sounds really, really scary, doesn't it?   It sounds scary to me, as an adult.  Can you imagine what those big words sound like to a child?  Right now, Priscilla has no idea what that means.  Eventually, they will explain it to her.  I wonder what they will say?  Will it be a caregiver who loves her?  A doctor or nurse who pities her?  Or someone... else? 

Beautiful Princess Priscilla.  She needs her Knight in Shining Armor.  She needs her Daddy and Mama to come get her.  Desperately.

Priscilla is described as comunicative, with adequate reactions.  She is cheerful, active, friendly, and likes to play with toys. 

Priscilla only has $105 in her Reece's Rainbow Grant.  She'll need so much more to get home. 


Share Princess Priscilla.  Pass her around your Facebook, Twitter, Google +... wherever.  Get her out there, and let's get her home!  Pray for her, and pray about making a donation to her grant.  Help the Princess' Knight find her... sooner rather than later!  

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teamwork Tuesday-- Darryl!!



Let me introduce you to Darryl!  Darryl is a sweet, adorable little boy who has Down Syndrome.  He'll turn 5 very soon.  :(  If you've been reading my blog, you know what that means.  At the moment, though, he's in an orphanage in Eastern Europe.  And he has the BEST smile!!





Doesn't he just look like a TON of fun?  Darryl has brown eyes and brown hair, and he is described as friendly, sociable, physically active, and growing well. 

I just love that grin....

OK, nitty gritty.  Here is what the requirements of Darryl's region are:

3 trips
1st trip, Both parents for 5-7 days




  • 2-3 month wait for the judge to appoint the court hearing
  • Both parents travel for 2nd trip about 7 days, both parents leave after the court hearing
  • 30-day waiting period is NOT waived for special needs
  • Only one parent would need to return after the 30-day wait
  • Up to 5 young children in the home if the family income is sizeable (the adopted child being the 5th child)
  • Both parents must be younger than 60 years
  • Parents may NOT be currently on anti-depressants; prior history of anti-depressants may be permitted on a case-by-case basis
  • No criminal background (DWI's acceptable on a case by case basis)
  • EASY TRAVEL IN-COUNTRY
  • Fee includes orphanage donation
  • Married couples and single heterosexual mothers may apply
  • Un-related children may not be adopted simultaneously
  • Total program and travel fees approx $35-40K
    


  • Seems easy straightforward enough.  Darryl doesn't have a grant available, but he still needs a loving family to come find him.  And what family in the world wouldn't be blessed with a smile like that??

    Please share Darryl on Facebook, Twitter... whereever you can!!  Get this post out there, so that Darryl can find his Forever Family!  Now you know, now let's get to work! 

    Monday, May 21, 2012

    Carina



    Isn't Carina beautiful?  She looks so forlorn in this picture.  I long to see her smiling and running in the sun.   

    Today, I want to share her with you.  Carina has this awesome Warrior advocating for her, and she's asked a bunch of us to share her with you today, to try to get Carina seen. 

    Carina is 4 years old.  Which means, in her Region, she's eligible for transfer to an adult mental institution.  Can you imagine a 4 year old living, tied to a bed, in an adult insane asylum, for the rest of her life?  All because she was born with an extra chromosone?  Oh my goodness.  The reality is heartbreaking. 

    Dear Lord, break our hearts for what breaks Yours.  Break our hearts for Carina. 

    Here is what Reece's Rainbow has to share about Carina:

    1ge4r-15
    Girl; born, April 2008
    Nature: Calm
    Her picture is so forlorn … I hope we can find her a family to make her smile! She is almost 4 now and is facing imminent transfer to the institution. PLEASE do not let this happen to her!!
    Carina is said to have a moderate intellectual delay, as well as a physical / motor function delay. She has an open oval window of 2 mm (which may yet close on its own), and she has a heart murmur. She has enlarged tonsils, and dermatitis — so, pretty much your standard little girl with Down syndrome!
    SINGLE MOMS WELCOME!

    As I said before, Carina has an exceptional Warrior praying and advocating for her.  At the moment, she has over $5000 in her Fund, which puts her squarely on the Moving Mountains page!  If you feel drawn to Carina, here are the list of her Region's requirements:





  • 3 trips are required
  • 1st trip, Both parents for 5-7 days
  • 2-3 month wait for the judge to appoint the court hearing
  • Both parents travel for 2nd trip about 7 days, both parents leave after the court hearing
  • 30-day waiting period is NOT waived for special needs
  • Only one parent would need to return after the 30-day wait
  • Up to 5 young children in the home if the family income is sizeable (the adopted child being the 5th child)
  • Both parents must be younger than 60 years
  • Parents may NOT be currently on anti-depressants; prior history of anti-depressants may be permitted on a case-by-case basis
  • No criminal background (DWI's acceptable on a case by case basis)
  • EASY TRAVEL IN-COUNTRY
  • Fee includes orphanage donation
  • Married couples and single heterosexual mothers may apply
  • Un-related children may not be adopted simultaneously
  • Total program and travel fees approx $35-40K


  • Pretty standard. No surprises there.   If you're in Canada, the requirements may vary.  Please check the Canadian Info page at Reece's Rainbow.

    Please pray for Carina.  Pray that her Forever Family finds her.  Pray that she isn't transferred before they do, that she doesn't spend one day in an institution. 

    Pray for her Warrior, to give her strength to continue to advocate and fundraise for her.  This isn't easy, let me tell you.  Advocating for these kids is a HARD job. Please pray for Carina's warrior, and all advocates.

    And pray for Carina's Forever Family, wherever they are, that they find her and are able to get her home soon. 

    Want to help us?  Share this post.  Share Carina.  Share her on Facebook, Twitter, on your blog.  Put her face everywhere.  It's so easy.  Now you know.  There's no excuse.  What will you do?

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

    Teamwork Tuesday-- Kyle!

    This week's Teamwork Tuesday post goes to... (drumroll please.....)








    Kyle is a 5 year old boy with Down Syndrome.  (That bad magic number again... I hate that number.)  He is described as having blue eyes and either blonde or brown hair (a combination I personally LOVE!!).  Unfortunately, he's at significant risk of being transferred.  Kyle is 5.  He's living on borrowed time in his Babyhouse. 

    Here's what his profile on Reece's Rainbow says:

    Kyle is facing the institution. He has striking blue eyes and bright blonde hair! Kyle is medically healthy outside of his flat feet and strabismus. Please give Kyle a chance to grow up in a loving family of his own!
    But there is good news!!  Kyle is on the wonderful Moving Mountains page!  That means he has a sizable grant, in Kyle's case, $3903!!!  What a blessing to his Forever Family when they come to get him! 

    How much more do you think we could bless them??  ;-)  Let's see what the requirements are for his Region, shall we?


    3 trips are required







  • Both parents for first trip, about one week
  • 2-3 month wait for the judge to appoint the court hearing
  • Both parents travel for 2nd trip, approximately 7 days
  • After the 30 day waiting period imposed by the judge only one parent need to travel for the 3rd trip to pick-up the child, the length of this trip is 13 to 17 days depending upon the orphanage, district and the day of the week that you pick up the child. After which a minimum of 3 to 4 days is required in Moscow to obtain the child's visa and register at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Applicants should be no more than 45 years older than the child
  • Single heterosexual women may adopt; approvals on a case by case basis
  • This region prefers families with no more than 4 at home.
  • Total program and travel fees approx $35-40k
  • Fee includes a $1000 orphanage donation
  • One or two children can be adopted at the same time; approvals on a case by case basis
  • Judges pay close attention to a family's income level
  • No criminal background
  • No history of mental health concerns (depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, or other mental health issues)
  • We have an AMAZING agency partner serving the children in this region. They are a US licensed and Hague and Russia-accredited agency with a strong track record of outstanding customer service and attention to detail. This is a great program with easy travel and very accommodating, especially for single mothers! These children are located in a major city, with no cross-country travel to remote regions required.

    Canadian families are also eligable to adopt Kyle.  Please see the Canadian Info page for more details. 

    This week, pray over Kyle.  Consider donating just $10 to his grant.  Share, Tweet, Facebook, blog, do whatever it is you do best.  Let's get Kyle out there and seen!  Let's get his grant to grow by leaps and bounds!  Let's get his family found!!

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    Teamwork Tuesday--Quinten!!


    What a sweetie pie.  What a little prince!

    This is Quinten.  He is only 2, and he is just such a little muffin!  He's described as a noisy, active child.  Having 6 noisy, active kids of my own, let me say, there is NO greater joy!!

    His medical records say: 
    Down Syndrome, delayed development, protein-calorie deficiency, non-malignant growth.

    The protein-calorie deficiency caught my eye.  I hope he's eating now.  I truly, truly do.  I hope he's being given enough to eat.  When money's tight, food gets tight, and with a ton of little mouths to feed...  Well, you get the idea. 

    Quinten's region has the following requirements for adoption:

    3 trips are required






  • Both parents for first trip, about one week
  • 2-3 month wait for the judge to appoint the court hearing
  • Both parents travel for 2nd trip, approximately 7 days
  • After the 30 day waiting period imposed by the judge only one parent need to travel for the 3rd trip to pick-up the child, the length of this trip is 13 to 17 days depending upon the orphanage, district and the day of the week that you pick up the child. After which a minimum of 3 to 4 days is required in Moscow to obtain the child's visa and register at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Applicants should be no more than 45 years older than the child
  • Single heterosexual women may adopt; approvals on a case by case basis
  • This region prefers families with no more than 4 at home.
  • Total program and travel fees approx $35-40k
  • Fee includes a $1000 orphanage donation
  • One or two children can be adopted at the same time; approvals on a case by case basis
  • Judges pay close attention to a family's income level
  • No criminal background
  • No history of mental health concerns (depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, or other mental health issues)
  • We have an AMAZING agency partner serving the children in this region. They are a US licensed and Hague and Russia-accredited agency with a strong track record of outstanding customer service and attention to detail. This is a great program with easy travel and very accommodating, especially for single mothers! These children are located in a major city, with no cross-country travel to remote regions required.


    Canadians can adopt Quinten, it seems, but might have different requirements. Make sure to check out the Canadian Info page on Reece's Rainbow to find out more.

    Quinten, this 2 year old baby, this Little Prince, deserves so much more than what he's in store for.  Let's make sure he has the life he deserves.


    Thursday, May 3, 2012

    Break Our Hearts for What Breaks Yours









     
    I love this song.  I mean, this is one of my favorite bands EVER, but this song... oh my word.  It's powerful.  If you haven't heard it, stop reading right now, and listen. 
     
    See?  Powerful.  There are so many parts of this song I love, it's so simple but so multi-faceted.  But probably my favorite line is the last one in the chorus.  And it's my favorite because I prayed it, nearly word for word, just over 6 months ago.
    Jesus, Friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks Yours.


    Do you have any idea of the POWER of that simple, one line prayer?  Can you even begin to comprehend?  Because let me tell you from experience, when you pray that prayer, when you pray with an honest, searching heart, when you pray with conviction and love, He answers.
     
    And, boy does He answer. 
     
    He'll show you things you not only never knew, but you'll wish you'd never seen.  He'll show you the true nightmare of sin that we live in.  He'll remove the scales from your eyes, and you'll see.  You'll see just a point, a tiny sliver, of what He sees. 
     
    And it will break you. 
     
    Let me show you some of what He showed me.
     



    He showed me a little boy whose head is filling so full of fluid that he can no longer move his hands.  His name is Wyatt.



    He showed me a little girl who wonders why no one ever comes for her.  Her name is Tatiana.

    He showed me lonliness

    And confusion...

    And terror...

    And then, in the midst of that, he showed me laughter...


    The most beautiful laughter. 

    And hope...


    This is Laurel.  She is due to age out in June.  After that, she'd be completely unadoptable.  But, thanks to another family praying that prayer, she'll be going home.  Hopefully soon.  Because one family prayed that prayer.  Because they allowed Jesus to break their hearts, a little girl is saved. 

    It's hard.  It's hard seeing the never-ending faces.  It's hard watching kids age out.  It's hard being an advocate.  It's hard adopting.  It's just... hard.  But it's worth it. 

    Are you ready?  Are you willing?  Are you prepared to see the world through Jesus' eyes? 

    Jesus, friend of sinners, break my heart for what breaks Yours.


    Wednesday, May 2, 2012

    SavingTheBabes2012: Battling for our Boys

    Beautiful blog post by a friend.  Boys are SO often passed over.  I remember watching the My Family Found Me section of the Angel Tree this past Christmas, and it was SO apparent.  I don't understand why...


    SavingTheBabes2012: Battling for our Boys: My heart breaks so deeply for BOYS. Sweet boys who have done nothing wrong. Sweet boys that laugh and smile despite their circumstan...

    SavingTheBabes2012: Battling for our Boys

    Beautiful blog post by a friend.  Boys are SO often passed over.  I remember watching the My Family Found Me section of the Angel Tree this past Christmas, and it was SO apparent.  I don't understand why...


    SavingTheBabes2012: Battling for our Boys: My heart breaks so deeply for BOYS. Sweet boys who have done nothing wrong. Sweet boys that laugh and smile despite their circumstan...

    Beautiful Kate

    This is my sweet Kate.
    Kate is 11 years old. She's only a few months older than my firstborn daughter, whose name happens to be Katie. Isn't she absolutely beautiful?





    Kate has this absolute classic beauty about her.  Her face is timeless, I think.  Just beautiful.  But so, so sad. 

    Kate is HIV+.  That's why she's not been adopted.  That's really all of the information we have on her.  Oh, there's some character references ("She is sociable and interacts easily. She likes to wear beautiful dresses and play dress-up. She has delayed psycho-motor development. HIV+"), but the big thing is she is HIV+.

    See, in Kate's country, it's not the same as it is here.  Here, being HIV+ isn't a death sentance.  Here, there are treatments.  And, here, there are disclosure laws.  No one has to know. 


    In Kate's country, there are no disclosure laws.  In Kate's country, there are treatments, but they aren't nearly as good as they are here.  In Kate's country, there is one of the fastest rising epidemics of HIV in the world, and the stigma and shame for many mothers is unbearable, so they abandon their children at the hosptials. 

    That's what life is like in Kate's country.  And Kate has been living that life for 11 years.

    In 5 years, she'll age out.  She'll probably not be able to find a job or an apartment due to her double whammy-- she's HIV+ and an orphan.  Those are labels she'll carry with her forever.  So, statistically, she'll head to the streets.  She'll turn to drugs, crime, and prostitution to survive.  There's a 50/50 chance she'll commit suicide before she turns 18.  If she doesn't what are the chances she'll end up pregnant?  What are the chances she'll pass HIV on to her child?  (25%, by the way...)  This sweet little girl, clutching a teddy bear.  The girl who wants to play dress up.  The girl with the sad eyes. 

    And the cycle continues...

    And you know what breaks my heart?  HIV is so controlable.  Meds twice a day.  Doctors visits quarterly.  Common sense precautions.  Controlable. 


    Kate needs our help. 


    I am Kate's Guardian Angel.  I will stand by her side until she's not only committed to, until she's home.  I will be praying for her every day (along with my daughters, Caeleigh and Katie.  Kate is their assigned child out of our three), and we will be raising awareness and money for Kate.  In the process, we hope to open people's eyes and hearts towards not only Kate, but many, many orphans with HIV.  These kids need our help.  There is no reason they should be left to die in an orphanage. 

    Kate only has $20 in her grant.  Her Ransom will be somewhere up near $35K.  We've got to get her grant up.  And we've got to get her found.


    If you were as heartbroken by Kate's sad eyes as I was, here are the Region requirements for adopting her:

    3 trips


  • 1st trip, Both parents for 7 days
  • Wait 2-3 months for court
  • Both parents travel for 2nd trip for court hearing, 10 days
  • This region does not waive the 30 day wait
  • Only one parent has to make 3rd trip of 7 days
  • Applicants should be no more than 45 years older than the child
  • No family size restrictions
  • Married couples only
  • ADOPTION OF TWO UNRELATED IS OK
  • Total program and travel fees under $35K
  • Families in British Columbia can adopt from this region


  • Canadian families, check HERE for your requirements.

    I'm not going to let Kate just rot in an orphanage until she's sent to the streets.  This sweet beauty deserves better than that. 

    Help me? 

    To learn more about adopting and living with a child with HIV, please contact Project Hopeful.

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    Teamwork Tuesday--Andrey!!

    It's Teamwork Tuesday again!  This week, I'd like to introduce you to Andrey!


    What beautiful eyes!  Andrey will turn 5 years old next month (there's that horrible magic number again... sigh...), and he has Down Syndrome.  He's said to be personable, active, and friendly.  Unfortunately, that's all we really know about Andrey.  His entire life, in three little words...

    Would you like to get to know him?  Here are the requirements for adopting Andrey:



  • 3 trips
  • 5 days first, both parents travel
  • 2nd trip for court, both parents travel (about 4 days)
  • 30 day wait period after court, one parent returns
  • Region prefers no more than 4 children at home
  • Total program and travel fees approx $25k
  • MARRIED COUPLES ONLY IN THIS REGION


  • Pretty straightforward.  I wish so much that I had more to tell you.   I can tell you there's light in his eyes.  There's life there.  I don't ever, ever want to see the light go out.  I've seen pictures of kids where the light's gone out.  Let's not let it happen here.