Friday, February 24, 2012

Do you see the Chip-in?

I'd like to draw your attention to the right hand of your screen, >>>> see?!  I'm working on something, something very special, but I cannot reveal what it is, yet!  Now, I'm not asking you to donate to it for nothing in return, I will shortly be linking this post to a Facebook page that I am creating.  It will be full of crafty-type things available to "buy" via the chip-in.  Examples of items are of course the pillowcases my mom and aunt make and so generously donate to me, Down syndrome awareness angels, earrings, original paintings, etc.  I am very excited about this endeavor, but I can't do it without help, so if you find anything you like, buy, buy, BUY!!! 

Just a little Kellan to entertain you while you wait.  He pulled up to stand all alone the other day, I only caught the tail end (literally!) but you get the idea!  Note how excited he is for himself!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Desperation

My first statement here is to the "troll", Batya, Casey, whatever you are calling yourself today, go away and don't come back to my blog! Do not leave me a nasty comment, or a comment telling me how illegal everything is that we are doing. We do not need your advise or input. I really don't care that you don't like what I'm doing, or what other bloggers are doing. Maybe try some therapy, and there are lots of prayers being said for your cold hard soul!

There have been several blog posts in the past day or two that have really caught my attention...and my heart.  The first is by a momma in EE adopting and has been blessed to spend time with several of the other children in the orphanage.  In fact, when the orphanage workers saw a family come for one of their children, despite the fact that they were so shocked that someone would want them, they lined up the kids and took photos so as to list them and hopefully find them families.  Now several of them are listed on Reeces Rainbow!  Many of them are older and in desperate need of homes very soon, some have Down syndrome, some CP, some other needs.   Renee also offers an inside "mother's perspective" to these kids' abilities and personalities, and into adopting older children with special needs in general. Please visit Renee's blog here.

Next is Adeye's latest post.  She has opened her blog to others to share children who are in desperate need of homes, either because of severe, unaddressed medical problems, or institutionalization.  I don't know what to say.  The last time I looked the list had 94 children on it.  Including my sweet Lilly.  I'm obviously not the only one who fears for her life.  Please, go look at their sweet faces, and pray, donate if you can, and better yet, ADOPT one if you can!!

Last, but not least, I direct you to Jane. Jane lives in UK, and is going to visit an orphanage in EE...well, you can read her story.  She wants to help these kids, but can't do it alone.  Can we help her, help them?  I looked thru this post teary eyed, until a certain photo caught my eye...Stacy!  My darling Stacy, who I raised money for over Christmas is at this same orphanage!  Now this has special meaning to me!  I adore Stacy and pray every day for her family to find her.  This photo of Stacy in the crib is a new one, taken by a family who was there recently adopting two boys out of the same orphanage.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Kellan's physical therapy

Kellan has PT once per week, and he has the most amazing therapist.  She works his little tail off.  He fusses at her sometimes because he doesn't want to work, he wants to play!  This video is what Kristi would like to do the whole hour of therapy.

So he plays her game, he humors her a little (he's doing a great job walking, don't you think?) but soon enough he is showing Kristi what he would rather do the entire hour!



He's so funny, and quite a cutie too, so he gets away with alot!!


I want to share with you what I witnessed in the past 2 days.  There is a family, the Dirkes', who are adopting a little girl, Charlotte from Eastern Europe.  The region she is in requires 3 trips over there, with them being able to bring her home on the 3rd trip.  Their court date is February 14, and they were far from where they needed to be financially, despite a great fundraiser that had been going for quite a while.  Well, the Reece's Rainbow and adoptive parents community is far and wide, so a friend reached out to another friend, who is an awesome fundraiser and has an amazing list of "followers" on her blog and Facebook that answer the call when needed.  Patti   wrote a great post, and put the word out on the 'net that little Charlotte's parents needed some help.  And help they received!  In less than 36 hours almost $7,000 was raised for this family!  Enough to ensure they will leave Monday to go back to their girl.  They haven't seen her since November.  Three months.  My heart breaks for Charlotte, meeting her mommy and daddy, then having them leave, and not really understanding any of it.  But that is all about to change.  In March, they will go back a 3rd time, to bring this sweet girl home, forever.  The Dirkes' could still use a bit more help, for that 3rd trip.  Let me tell you that this $7K that was raised didn't come in $500 or $1,000 increments (although one kind soul did donate $1k!!)  It came in large part from $10 here, $25 there.  Yep, a whole lotta us who love the orphan, and demand to see them in a family, loved, sheltered, every need cared for.  If you feel you can help, please go to Patti's blog, there's a chip-in on the right side bar.  All donations are tax-deductable and go to Reece's Rainbow.  I go to bed honored and proud to be part of such an amazing community, most who have never laid eyes on one another, but still lay it all on the line for each other!!