Thursday, March 21, 2013

My Heart Hurts... and Heals

Badly.  I think most of you know the Russian Government has closed adoptions to US citizens.  That means none--not ONE of my Angels is adoptable in the US right now.  Not Kate, not Carter, not Owen.  They're completely unreachable at the moment.

And that breaks my heart.

And it sent me for a complete tailspin.

Which is why I haven't been on here for a while.  Well, one of many reasons (including a crisis with one of my children, and a move across country...), but it was a big one.  Honestly, I didn't know what TO do.  So many kids were taken off the listings when Russia closed... so very, very many.  And it just looked so bleak.

Last week, Reece's Rainbow finally took down the donation buttons and stopped accepting any funds for the children in Russia.  That was sort of it for me.  God hit me upside the head, and reminded me.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)

This applies even to little ones, stuck in frozen orphanages far away, who have probably never heard His name.  Even to them... he has good plans.

I'm holding onto that Promise for all it's worth, because if I don't, if I don't believe it in the very core of my being, I'll probably crack.

But, God has spoken to my heart, and there is nothing I can do for Carter, Kate, and Owen, save pray for them.  And pray for them I will, every day, every hour.  I encourage you strongly to pray with me.  Prayer can move mountains, and it can definitely shake and break one man's heart!!

But, as we pray, it's time for me to move to being a Guardian Angel to someone I can help and raise money for.  And so, it's with GREAT pride that I announce that our family has been approved to be Kristie's Guardian Angel!!

Kristie is a beautiful 12 year old girl girl who suffers from Klippel Feil syndrome.  You can learn more about Klippel Feil syndrome at the Klippel-Feil Syndrome Alliance.  What that basically means for Kristie is that 6 of her vertebrae are fused.  From her Reece's Rainbow profile:
Kristie was born with Klippel Feil syndrome, as kyphosis and 6 of her vertebrates are fused together.   Despite this, she is completely mobile and totally functional/self sufficient.  She is also of typical development cognitively.  Kristie’s older sister was recently adopted into another family (separated legally), so Kristie is still waiting for her own “forever family”.
Hope someone will consider her, more photos available.

Kristie has a biological sister who has already been adopted to the US.  And Kristie was left behind.

((sigh))  Those words again... left behind.  It's heartbreaking.  Can you imagine saying goodbye to your sister, forever?  Because she was chosen, and you weren't?

Can you imagine the thoughts going through her head?  Why not me?  Why must they take her away?  Why can't I go, too?

This Precious One deserves better than that.

I'm going to be working on getting some fundraisers going for Kristie, but in the meantime, she has $1,258 available in her Fund.  She only needs $25,000 to be FULLY FUNDED!!

We're going to take this one mountain at a time...  Our first goal is to get Kristie to the Moving Mountains page.  She needs $2,500 to get there.  We have to basically DOUBLE her current grant.  But, this is SO DOABLE!!

Let's show Kristie she hasn't been forgotten.  That she isn't all alone.  That Someone loves her, and He has sent us to show her.

  • Married couples only
  • No parental age restrictions
  • No stated family size restrictions
  • Total with travel approx $25k
  • Both parents for 2 1/2 weeks to attend court
  • Both parents return home for 10 day wait
  • Only one must return to complete the adoption for approx 14 days
  • No history of mental health conditions or infectious diseases
  • No criminal history
  • May adopt multiple unrelated children
  • This is a very fast program! Start to finish is an average of 7 months. Families committing to children in this program, especially the children at risk of the institution, should be in a financial position to complete the adoption quickly. It is a blessing to be able to adopt so quickly, but leaves little time for major fundraising efforts.


  1. YAY! Glad you are back! It really is hard to press forward, isn't it!? We finally "chose" a new baby two days ago, and yesterday she was put on MFFM! We got to pray once! :)

  2. Wow, Deb, how awesome!!! Congratulations!! <3

  3. yay! glad someone is yelling for Kristie :)