Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Teamwork Tuesday: Casey!!

This week's Teamwork Tuesday post is for such a special little boy--Casey!

Casey is 15 years old.  Yep, you read that right, 15!!  He turns 16 in June.  And that's an even worse magic number than 5.  Why, you ask?  Because at 16, these children are no longer adoptable by US citizens.  :'(

Casey has Cerebral palsy, significant mental delays, and seborrheic dermatitis.  You can see the results of his seborrheic dermatitis in the picture below, on his scalp.  

Casey desperately needs a family to help him, before he ages out.  From his Reece's Rainbow page:

Casey is very sweet.   He is bedridden, yet full of smiles.  He desperately needs a family to save him.

This is our latest update on Casey, sent to a friend and fellow advocate, just Friday:

I write to you both, because you've promoted Casey for adoption in different waysso he was seen by many doctors last months and had a special treatment and now we know - he will never be able to walk and his condition is getting worse every month, because he has spastic tetraparesis of 4 limbs...maybe this info can help to find someone to help him=to resсue him=to adopt himthank you for your help!!!

Casey also has quite the little grant going, and it's growing every day!  As of the time I write this, he has $3,588 ready for his Forever Family to come and get him.  That's not chump change!  His country is also friendly to large families, and to older parents.  It's a great country to adopt from, and there have been MANY happy adoptions from this area of the world.

It does have hope, though!!  Casey has a LOT of people pulling for him, and right now, he has a $250 matching grant!!  But, we've GOT to get him there, first!!  I'm SURE we can do this!! I know we can!! $250 is not that much... let's get this done!!  The MAGIC NUMBER for Casey's grant to get to is $3,838... that's what it needs to read, to get his grant.  

Will you please pray over Casey this week?  Pray that we can increase his grant, and consider donating to it.  And, please, please, please, share and pray and help us find his Forever Family.  The more people who see this post, the better chance Casey has of getting found.  So, please, Facebook, Tweet, G+, whatever it is that you do, do it for Casey!

In June, Casey will age out.  Can we find his Forever Family by then?

Monday, April 29, 2013

Spotlight On... Daisy!!

Isn't she a beautiful little girl?  Her name is Daisy, and I've been trying to figure out a way to share with you how wonderful she is and how much potential she has.  But, I don't think I can say it any better than another Teamwork Tuesday Blogger over at Tripping Differently.  So, please head over to Tripping Differently and read the post Not Limited, and, please, pray for Daisy today.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spotlight On... Nastya!!

Have you ever been sick?  Like really, really sick?  The type of sick that has you in bed for three days, trying not to move?  I have.  When I get sick, I feel like I got hit with a Mac truck, and I know the BEST thing for me to do is go to bed.

But, after a day or so, I get incredibly bored.  Lucky for me, I have a TV.  And an iPad.  And a laptop. And 6 kids to come and keep me company. ;-)  And, in the end, I know that I'll be better soon, and I'll be up and about.

What if I didn't know that?  What if every day, for the rest of my life, I was stuck in bed?  What if the only sights I ever saw were the walls of the room I was in, and the only people I ever saw were the other children, also bedridden, and the caregivers.  What if that became my whole world?

I think I would really, truly go mad.

That's what Nastya is fated to, if her forever family doesn't find her.

Nastya is 7 years old, and has spina bifida and minor hydrocephalus.  She's had corrective surgery, but is still, she can't walk.  What this means in her country is that she will soon, any day now, be confined to a "laying down room" in an institution, where she will stay, day and night, for the rest of her life.  Until she dies.

She's 7.  And her fate has already been decided.  No learning to read or write.  No science experiments or history lessons.  No music, no... nothing.  Just a bed and four walls.  Jesus, have mercy on Nastya!

This can't be the end of the line for Nastya.  I know there is a family out there who needs this blonde haired princess with them.  And she needs you, too!!  

Nastya has $1,457 in her Reece's Rainbow Grant.  It's not a small amount, but she's not fully funded, either, and we can get her there!!  Please, prayerfully consider donating to Nastya's grant.  Her family has a long way to go to get to her, and they're going to need all of the help they can get!

Please share Nastya's Reece's Rainbow page, or this blog post, where ever it is that you do your social media.  The more people that see this beautiful Princess, the greater chance she has of getting adopted, so we need your help!!  I can show my friends... but it takes ALL of us to get her found!!

And finally, and most importantly, please pray over Nastya today.  She needs your prayers more than anything in the world.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Spotlight On... Angelina!!

Today, I want to show you a very special, very sweet little girl.  May I introduce... Angelina!

Picture from July, 2011

Angelina is a beautiful almost-6-year-old girl, who desperately needs her forever family to come and find her.  From her Reece's Rainbow page:

Girl, Born May 2007   
Miss Angelina has spina bifida.  She has blonde hair and giant blue eyes!
From her medical records:  Congenital dysfunction, myelocele of lumbosacral part of spinal cord (had surgery); internal hydrocephalus, flail legs with dysfunction of pelvis/hips, delay of psychological development.
More photos available.
A family who met her in 2011 says she’s the happiest child, always smiling and laughing.
Can't you just see her with pigtails and bows??

And she has the most beautiful smile!  Angelina lives in a country that is very easy to adopt from, and she already has a grant of $1,597!!  

Angelina's diagnosis has a lot of big, scary words in it.  I don't even know what they all mean.  What I do know, however, is that God doesn't see diagnosis.  He sees children.  And hearts.  And love.  And He sees Angelina, and wants her Forever Family to come for her.  Is it you?  Is this your daughter?

Maybe not.  So what can you do in the meantime?  Well, you can storm the gates of heaven with prayer for Angelina.  You can donate to her fund.  $1,597 is a lot, but it's not enough to get her home, and money should NEVER stand in the way of adoption!  And, you can share her.  You might not be her parents, but maybe someone you know is!  So share this post, everywhere you can.  Share Angelina's Reece's Rainbow Page, and let's get this girl home!!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Teamwork Tuesday Catch Up

I know, I've been AWFUL about Teamwork Tuesday.  I mean really, really, really bad.  But, I'm a-gonna fix that!!  So, stay tuned!  You're about to go on a whirlwind ride to get caught up on all of the kids you SHOULD have been introduced to while I was sobbing into my pillow.  And first up...


Ashton is 2 1/2 years old.  Oh be still my heart!!  From his Reece's Rainbow page:
Boy, born August 2010
Spinal bifida of lumbar area with hydrocephaly;  lower smoldering paraparesis

An adorable grin on Ashton!

Large families welcome, travel required.  Married couples only.

This sweet boy is not going to make it long without us.  Eventually, in the next few years, he'll be transferred to an institution. And there he will waste away.  That beautiful, beautiful smile won't last long behind walls and bars.

So, what can we do?  Well, we can share Ashton.  We can donate to his grant (which already has $180 in it--definitely a start!!).  We can, most importantly, pray over Ashton.  Print out his picture and pray that his family finds him.  That he's no longer overlooked.  Will you do that for Ashton today?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

It's Been So Hard...

You all can probably tell, it's been REALLY hard for me to blog here.  Really hard.  Russia closing their doors to adoptions from the US has really, truly knocked me for a loop.  Today, a knock I knew was coming, but didn't want to think about, hit me again.  This morning, Reece's Rainbow announced that they had to reallocate the funds in the Russian Children's accounts to waiting children who could be adopted.


Another sledgehammer to the heart.  It's the right thing to do, there are children all over the world that desperately need forever families, but I can just hear the doors slamming all over Russia right now.  It sounds like jail cells.


Did you hear them?  That's Carter's door.  And Owen's.  And Kate's.  And Anna's.  Slammed shut, for only heaven knows how long.

18 months, I've been advocating for these kids.  18 months, that's how long ago it was since I found Reece's Rainbow.  18 months since I first was approved to be Carter's Christmas Warrior.  Just over a year since I was approved to be Kate and Owen's Guardian Angel.  These kids have had my heart this entire time.  We've wrestled with wanting, desperately, to adopt Kate, but not being in the place to be able to.  We trusted that it would happen in God's time.  We still trust him with her life, but, OH! it's so hard to give her up to Him now.  Now that the door has slammed shut.  But, I will.  I'll lay her on the alter, and trust that God's plans for Kate are good.  I have to trust Him, because I totally didn't have a back-up plan that included Evil shutting the door in Russia.

There is a madman in Russia right now.  He cares more about his own personal pride than he does the children whose care has been trusted to him.  He cares more about nationalism, than humanity.  Therefore, he's lost his.  If I say much more about this man, I'm liable to dive into some very un-Christian language, so I'll let it go, but please pray for Russia.  There's a madman on the loose there.

All of that said, I want to let you know that all of our hard work isn't for nothing!  The funds ARE being reallocated.  I know that Anna's fund, that we all worked so hard for over Christmas, is going to Kristie!!  That puts Kristie on the Moving Mountains page, and that's a wonderful place to be!!  Our next goal needs to be to get her to the $5,000 level of the MM page!  We can do this!!

Carter's fund is going to a sweet boy in Africa known as Scott, who is 9 years old, and cannot walk or talk.  It is believed he has Down Syndrome, but it's not been confirmed.

Owen's fund is being given to a beautiful boy in Asia with a facial deformity, known as Victor.  He is 2 years old, and seems to be doing very well.  We pray he is adopted quickly with this large new grant! 

I don't know who will get Kate's grant, but I'll let you know when I do!

****UPDATE****  Kate's grant has been split between Iris and Adam.  

I'm asking you today to please, keep praying for Kate, Carter, Owen, and Anna.  Their need isn't any less, if anything, it's greater.  They need your prayers now, more than ever!  Please pray, first and foremost, that Jesus is able to reach them in their darkness.  Pray that another family, who can still adopt from Russia, finds them, and quickly.  And pray for those families, that they have the peace and love of Jesus in them. 

What will I do?  Well, Kristie still needs her family!!  And we will find them!  And in the meantime, we  will grow her grant.  And when she's home... we'll move on to the next one.  Because there are hundreds of millions of orphans in the world today, and we're going to take it one child, and one voice, at a time.  

The rest of the pictures I have of my Precious Ones in Russia...  Please, pray for them.  Remember them.  Never forget them.