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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

May I introduce you to...



Princess Angelina!!!  May I just say that Her Royal Highness has one of the most awesome and involved advocates I know.  She's even set up a store on Etsy, Love Leaving Legacy, to help fundraise for Princess Angelina, and now the Princess' grant is up to $4,750!!  Praise God for amazing advocates!!


Unfortunately, we don't know much about Her Highness.  Here is what is listed on her Reece's Rainbow profile: 


Girl, Born March 2008
Diagnosis: Down syndrome
This beautiful muffin, look how she has grown!   She does have a heart condition  and will need to seek a cardiologist and surgery once home.    She needs a family ASAP!
Additional photos available!  SINGLE MOMS and larger families welcome!


She's in a great Region, too!  Check out the Region Requirements:


  • 3 trips
  • Both parents for 2 weeks
  • Wait 2-3 months for court
  • Both parents travel for 2nd trip
  • 30 day wait period after court, one parent returns
  • No family size restrictions
  • Both parents must be younger than 60 years
  • Total program and travel fees around $35,000-40,000
  • Fee includes a $500 orphanage donation
  • Married couples and single mothers may apply
  • CANADIANS WELCOME!


Please consider praying over and donating to Princess Angelina's fund.  Look over Love Leaving Legacy, and purchase your next gift for someone else (or yourself!) from Angelina's advocate.  And, of course, pray, share, pray, share, and pray some more!!

Now you know.  What will you do? 
This is Millie.



Millie is 8 years old.  She has Down Syndrome, and she's in an orphanage.  Millie is our Teamwork Tuesday child this week. 

Millie's picture breaks my heart.  She looks like she's been crying.  Oh, sweet Millie!! 


Millie is described as being able to walk and run. She is not yet talking. She enjoys listening to music and playing with toys that make sound. She enjoys going outside.


She has Down Syndrome, strabismus, and excema around her nose.  Nothing overly serious.  No heart problems that we know of.  No blood born disease.  Just... Down Syndrome, strabismus, and excema. 

But, she's a sweet girl.  Let's help Millie get home, shall we?



Pray over Millie!  Let's cover her life--her caregivers, her Forever Family, everyone that comes in contact with her--in prayer.  Prayerfully consider making a donation to Millie's grant, and, if you're considering adoption, won't you consider Millie??

And let's get her out and show her face.  Let's get Millie seen!  Facebook, Twitter 

Now we know.  Now, we act! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Teamwork Tuesday: Heather!!



Look at what a little doll Heather is!!  Isn't she precious??  She looks like she should be starting preschool this year!  Can't you just see it?

Except Heather is 10.  She's tiny, so very tiny, but 10 years old.  And, other than her Down Syndrome, doesn't have any other health issues listed at all.  

So small.  So sweet.  Just waiting for her mama and daddy.  Can't we help her find them?

Now you know.  What will you do? 


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Teamwork Tuesday: R.J. 15H

Sometimes, there are kids who just get overlooked.  Sometimes, it's even we advocates who overlook.  I think R.J. is one of those kids.  I don't remember ever seeing his picture before.  I don't remember ever going to his profile.  I so regret that.  Just look at him!




Look what a handsome boy he is!!  R.J. is 3 years old, and he's already facing transfer to an adult mental institution.  My heart breaks at that idea.  We don't know a lot about him, and he doesn't have a donate button, usually that's because Reece's Rainbow is waiting on more information for him.  But we do know that he is a handsome three year old boy with Down Syndrome, in a Region that is not too difficult to adopt from.  Here are the Region requirements:

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). Up to 7 children at home may be permitted on a case-by-case basis if income is adequate and some of the children at home are older (teenagers)
  • 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


Pray for R.J. today, and share this post.  Pray that we are able to get more information and start raising funds for his family, before they even find him.  And pray, most importantly, that his family comes for him.  

Now you know.  What will you do? 
This is Millie.



Millie is 8 years old.  She has Down Syndrome, and she's in an orphanage.  Millie is our Teamwork Tuesday child this week. 

Millie's picture breaks my heart.  She looks like she's been crying.  Oh, sweet Millie!! 


Millie is described as being able to walk and run. She is not yet talking. She enjoys listening to music and playing with toys that make sound. She enjoys going outside.


She has Down Syndrome, strabismus, and excema around her nose.  Nothing overly serious.  No heart problems that we know of.  No blood born disease.  Just... Down Syndrome, strabismus, and excema. 

But, she's a sweet girl.  Let's help Millie get home, shall we?



Pray over Millie!  Let's cover her life--her caregivers, her Forever Family, everyone that comes in contact with her--in prayer.  Prayerfully consider making a donation to Millie's grant, and, if you're considering adoption, won't you consider Millie??

And let's get her out and show her face.  Let's get Millie seen!  Facebook, Twitter 

Now we know.  Now, we act! 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Matching Grant Offer--Morse family!!!

There are families that fundraise, and then there are families that FUNDRAISE.   There are families that work their tails off to squeeze every penny they can to get their children home.  They are constantly doing SOMETHING, because their baby is stuck without them, and they realize that.  

The Morse family is like that.  Oh, boy, are they like that!!!  I feel badly a lot, because they only live a couple of hours away, and I can't get to their events to help them. :p  The joys of having very small ones at the moment.  

I can do this though.  I can blog, and I can share, and I can show this beautiful family to you and show you how YOU can be blessed (and will be!) by blessing them!

The Morse family has JUST been offered a $1,000 matching grant.  Really, they need a total of nearly $7,000 in their fund, but the first $1,000 will be matched.  

Here's the thing...  Priscilla, Mom Morse, isn't just focusing on her Precious One, Kenzie.  Oh no.  This one, in the midst of a MASSIVE giveaway going on right now, and a matching grant, wants to bless ANOTHER child.  One whose family HASN'T come for them yet.  She's trusting God to provide funds for her family, and she's paying it forward in faith. BEFORE they're fully funded. 

Oh. my. heart.  May I have as much faith as Priscilla when it's my turn!!

I want to see their faith paid back ten-fold.  Allow God to use you to reward the blessed faith of the Morse family.  

Let's do this.  Quickly.  Can we get her there today?  Tomorrow?  Can we grow the Morse FSP by $2,000 in less than 24 hours?  

I dare you.  Let God use you. 

Do you have the courage to donate $10?  $20?  $50?  

I dare you.  

You'll be blessed, too. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Left-Behinds

Whenever a parent travels to adopt their child, it's inevitable that they tell us about the Left-Behinds.  The ones that had their hearts, but they just couldn't take.  The ones who cried and asked them over and over if they were sure they couldn't take them, too?  Where are their Mama's?  Why won't anyone choose them?   These are the Left-Behinds.

Reece's Rainbow has a group of Left-Behinds, too.  This is a simple fact, but the reality of it crushes my heart in ways you can't imagine.  This isn't about being picked last to play kickball, or not joining the Super Cool Girls' Club.  This is about never being picked at all, for something as basic to human function as having a family.  Wrap your mind around that.  Never being picked for a privilege that most of us take for granted.  A God-given right, snatched away from a child, through no fault of their own.  Their only crime against a culture that doesn't understand and can't comprehend, is being born.  Just existing.

Today, I'm going to share some of the Left-Behinds and their stories.  These are the ones that have been listed the longest on Reece's Rainbow.  I'm not going to show them all to you.  I just can't.  But, as advocates, there are 64 total that we are blogging about today.  I encourage you to visit the blogs at the bottom of this post and see them all.  Look at their faces.  Look in their eyes.  Share our posts on Facebook, Twitter, G+, LinkedIn, Pinterest... WHEREVER you are!  You'll have seen a few of these already, or you'll hear about them again in Teamwork Tuesday blogs.  That's OK, because the more we hear, the more we're aware.  And once we're aware... we have no excuse.


First I'm going to show you is Owen.  You know Owen, because he's one of My Angels.


Isn't this the sweetest little collage one of our advocate's daughters made of him???  And, of course, here is his new picture. 


I'm so blessed and happy to have a new picture of Owen.  To know he's alive and for the most part, OK.  But his eyes... do you see it?  The hope fading?  The way his hand is raised, nearly begging you to pick him? Please, won't someone pick him?

The thing that kills me about Owen is that I've researched his condition, Saethre-Chyndromeotzen Syndrome.  Nothing, NOTHING in there is overly scary.  With proper surgery and in time (and I don't know if it's in time already or not), there could be no cognitive delays.  Nothing about his syndrome affects his cognitive abilities.  

He just looks scary.  

We're that shallow. 

Yep, I said it.  We, as a society, are that shallow.  We'd rather let a child languish in a mental institute who has no business being there, than give  him a home.  I'm angry about this.   He's 4 years old.  He's still a baby.  And we fear him.

Next, I want to show you Kristie.



Kristie had an older sister.  They were separated (legally) and her sister was adopted.  Can you imagine?  Can you imagine watching your only sibling, your sister, walk out of your orphanage with her new parents, to her new life, and leaving you behind?  Can you imagine the hurt?  The confusion?  The questions?  Why not me??

Kristie is another one whose condition, I believe, looks and sounds scarier than it is.  Kristie has Klippel-Feil Syndrome.  The site I linked to says that if treated early, the prognosis is good.  How late is too late?  Kristie is 11 this year.   How much longer does she have, before they can't help her anymore?  



These beautiful girls are Samantha (top) and Kristina (bottom).  They're a gorgeous sibling set.  They're described as friendly, helpful, and affectionate.  They're beautiful girls, but they've already been sent to an institution.  They are 7 and 6 years old, their birthdays only 5 days apart!  I wonder if they even know that...  



This brunette beauty is Chrystyna.  She is 10 years old now.   She has developmental delays and difficulties, and that's all her orphanage says.  It's possible she has FAS.  


She's in a place where she's being well cared for at the moment, but it's not a Mama, and it's not a Papa.  It's not a family.  Chrystyna needs our help.  She has an older sister, Karen.  Karen can only be adopted with Chrystyna.  These girls need our prayers.  They need our help.  They need their family to come get them.  These girls have an amazing Guardian Angel who is holding a Facebook Event now to help raise their grants up.  Please come take a look, and pray over them.   


This is Cora Lynne.  She's in Owen's Region.  There are a LOT of Left Behinds in this Region.  I'm not sure why, but there are.  Look at this precious little baby face!!


You wouldn't know it, but this little one is 6 years old now.  This is the most recent picture we have of her.  Beautiful, beautiful Princess


And here is beautiful Lainne.  Three years old, and Left Behind.  


A beautiful princess, waiting for her Prince Charming, her Daddy, to come for her.  


These are some of the Left-Behinds.  You can read about the rest of them below.  There are 64 in all.

64 that weren't chosen.

64 that have watched their brothers, sisters, and friends as they headed off to start their new lives.  Without them.  

64 Left-Behinds.  

64 children.  

Help them.  





Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Teamwork Tuesday--Brent!!

UPDATE!!!  BRENT'S FAMILY HAS FOUND HIM!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PRAYERS! 

Please let me introduce you to Brent.



Oh my word, doesn't he look like FUN???  Look at that GRIN!!  Brent is 7 years old, and lives in an institution in Eastern Europe.  The institution is run by a man who genuinely cares for the children, and he tries his best, despite a culture working against him.  However, it receives no government funding, and there are a lot--too many--special needs children and adults there.  


Brent's medical records say: "Severe mental retardation. Down syndrome. Displastic cardiopathy (О.О.О.) Converging strabismus. Post-tuberculosis neuro-sclerosis."


Despite all of those big, scary words, Brent is "an orphanage favorite, and is blessed to be part of an orphan care program that provides him with a nanny and one-on-one stimulation.   He is considered lower functioning, but will truly blossom like a flower in a loving family environment."


Brent has a large fund, ($10,209!!) that will be a huge blessing to any family who wishes to adopt him, and is in a fairly easy place to adopt from.  Please contact Reece's Rainbow if you're interested in bring Brent into your family.  

Now you know.  What will you do? 
This is Millie.



Millie is 8 years old.  She has Down Syndrome, and she's in an orphanage.  Millie is our Teamwork Tuesday child this week. 

Millie's picture breaks my heart.  She looks like she's been crying.  Oh, sweet Millie!! 


Millie is described as being able to walk and run. She is not yet talking. She enjoys listening to music and playing with toys that make sound. She enjoys going outside.


She has Down Syndrome, strabismus, and excema around her nose.  Nothing overly serious.  No heart problems that we know of.  No blood born disease.  Just... Down Syndrome, strabismus, and excema. 

But, she's a sweet girl.  Let's help Millie get home, shall we?



Pray over Millie!  Let's cover her life--her caregivers, her Forever Family, everyone that comes in contact with her--in prayer.  Prayerfully consider making a donation to Millie's grant, and, if you're considering adoption, won't you consider Millie??

And let's get her out and show her face.  Let's get Millie seen!  Facebook, Twitter 

Now we know.  Now, we act! 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

UNACCEPTABLE!!

All right, people.  I have 2 months and 11 days to get Carter found before I end up being his Angel Tree Warrior again this year.  While I am honored to advocate for Carter-- I don't want to anymore!!  I want him safe in the arms of his Mama and Papa!!



So, let's work together on this.  I know a lot of you are just as in love with Carter as I am.  Some of you, like me, can't adopt him, for whatever reason.


That just means we have to fight that much harder, though!!  Carter has some things stacked against him, the #1 being the cost of adopting from his Region.  It's one of the more expensive Regions, requiring 4 trips to Eastern Europe.  The costs with travel add up.  They've been estimated between $40-50,000.  That's hefty. Carter has $1724 in his fund.  That seems like a lot, but compared with $40,000??  Not so much,


This is Carter's last chance.  He's on borrowed time as it is.  Any moment--ANY MOMENT-- I'm expecting to hear that he's been transferred to a mental institution.   This little boy, in  a crib, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for the rest of his life.  A life that will statistically be much shorter than it should be, simply because of neglect.


We cannot allow this to happen.  Please join me in a push to get Carter committed to NOW.  Please help us find his Forever Family.  Carter has so much more positional than can just be seen in a few photographs.  He is so much more than just a listing page.


Carter is a beautiful 5 year old boy, who is far too thin.  He has the most beautiful, soulful, dark eyes that I've ever seen.  He holds the secrets of the universe in those eyes.  Can you see it?   Don't you want to learn what he knows?



Carter is so much more.  Please, help us get Carter found.  

Who will commit with me to showing Carter's page every day from now until September 15?  September 15 is the day that we request our Angel Tree Angels.  If Carter is NOT on the My Family Found Me page by then, I will be requesting Carter again. I am committed to advocating for this child until he's home.  But I hope it doesn't come to that.  
  
Commit with me in the comments here.  Make a public declaration saying I WILL HELP!!  I will help bring Carter home!!  



Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Teamwork Tuesday--Millie!!

This is Millie.



Millie is 8 years old.  She has Down Syndrome, and she's in an orphanage.  Millie is our Teamwork Tuesday child this week. 

Millie's picture breaks my heart.  She looks like she's been crying.  Oh, sweet Millie!! 


Millie is described as being able to walk and run. She is not yet talking. She enjoys listening to music and playing with toys that make sound. She enjoys going outside.


She has Down Syndrome, strabismus, and excema around her nose.  Nothing overly serious.  No heart problems that we know of.  No blood born disease.  Just... Down Syndrome, strabismus, and excema. 

But, she's a sweet girl.  Let's help Millie get home, shall we?



Pray over Millie!  Let's cover her life--her caregivers, her Forever Family, everyone that comes in contact with her--in prayer.  Prayerfully consider making a donation to Millie's grant, and, if you're considering adoption, won't you consider Millie??

And let's get her out and show her face.  Let's get Millie seen!  Facebook, Twitter 

Now we know.  Now, we act! 


***UPDATE:  Yesterday, Millie's Teamwork Tuesday went live.  This morning, her grant had jumped over $1000!!!  Thank you so much, you know who you are!!  These are real kids, and we're seeing real miracles here!!***

GAVIN'S URGENT NEED!!!

Remember a couple of weeks ago, I posted about a beautiful little boy named Gavin?



And the wonderful Marine family that was coming to get him? 





Well, here's the deal:  They're still coming to get him..  A pediatric MD looked over Gavin's medical file.  It's not great news.  Gavin's lab work looks bad.  The doctor says he needs a new kidney sooner rather than later.  Like.. NOW.

The Thomas family is submitting their paperwork with the doctor's evaluation to USCIS to try to expedite the process.  They're slowly but surely raising funds... but it's going VERY slowly.  They are still $19,000+ away from being fully funded.

This is a huge deal, because when they get the call to travel, they need to go NOW.  They can't waste time fundraising.  They can't waste time worrying.  They need to go and get their boy!!

Please help us.  Head to Ten for Orphans today and spare what you can.  $10 can be a miracle to this family.  An absolute miracle.  More would be raining showers of blessing on them.

The Thomas family is sponsoring a giveaway. These people are incredible!!  Please come to the Give4Gavin blog, and see how you can enter.  Donate, pray, and share share share!!!  Let's rally together and save this little boy's life!


Do it.  Do it now.  Gavin doesn't have time to wait.

Kate's $10 Drive--RESULTS!!


Here's an update on how we did yesterday for Kate's $10 Drive.  First of all a HUGE thank you to Amy Brockhaus at Tiny Green Elephants for this idea.  I seemed to have fizzled out and hit a low point in my advocacy.  It's not that I'm not as passionate as I always was, I'm just out of ideas!!  And, sometimes, I wonder about the state of humanity... Amy brought us Kate's beautiful new picture and the Drive was her idea.  Thank you so much Amy!!

Now, onto the big news.  Kate's grant now stands at... (((drum roll please...)))  $610.60!!!  Praise God!!!  Thousands of people saw Kate yesterday, from everyone sharing her and letting their friends know.  I call that a COMPLETE success!!!

Please don't forget Kate!!  Don't forget that she waits, and she watches as her friends get adopted, and she wonders.  Let's not let her wait much longer!!