Orphan Advocacy–Reece’s Rainbow and Holt

Time to do a bit of orphan advocacy, or, you know….James 1:27.  (by the way, “pure religion” was almost the name of this blog…just fyi)

Reece’s Rainbow advocates for waiting children.  There are 100s of children in need of families. If you feel called to adopt, visit their site and learn more.  If you want to donate to waiting children’s grants, you can.  That grant is given to their family when they are matched and ready to travel.

Here are a few of the waiting children… Justin, age 1 1/2. He has Down’s Syndrome and heart issues.  He has a huge grant to help his family bring him home.  Is it you?

Meet Miss Naomi.  She is 5, beautiful and has Cerebral Palsy. Her country is open to single moms.

And on the Holt Waiting Child Page, there are boys and girls waiting. Waiting for their forever families.

What? Did you ask about requirements to adopt? Look here for info about several countries.

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. (Proverbs 3:27)

I’m glad you stopped by today!

Autism Awareness Again!

Well, hello there!  I wrote a guest post  {<<–click to read} at Love Without Boundaries, which is really a blog about adoption and orphan advocacy BUT they asked if I would write about special needs.  Yes, please!  I would love for you to take a look and while you’re there,  see how you can get involved with orphan advocacy.

Here’s an Autism tidbit for you…..after all, it is Autism Awareness Month, remember? Yesterday, I wrote about our experience with Jacob.  However, not every parent of a child with Autism has the same experience.  Autism is hard. It’s a lot of work. It’s frustrating. It’s scary. It’s draining. Some children have major issues with communication, eating, socialization, etc. To the point that their families feel isolated.  I want to be respectful of my fellow mamas and daddies out there. No 2 children with Autism are the same. Remember that Autism is a spectrum disorder? You can have varying extremes of sooooo many issues.  So, while our experiences aren’t necessarily the same, the love for our children is. We all want the best for our children, right? Parenting is never quite what anyone expects.  For me, it’s far greater than I could have imagined.

If you know of a family who is struggling, reach out to them.  Send them a note. Drop off a meal. Offer to babysit for an hour or 2 so they can get out of the house. Without their kids! (but don’t be offended if they say no–sometimes, the offer is good enough)  Let that family know that you care.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:33-36

Dear Caleb

My favorite things about you….I’ll just pick a few.

You’re smart, hilarious, creative, a thinker, sensitive, compassionate, stubborn, a Daddy’s boy, the best big brother ever, kind, honest, caring.  And a good dancer.

I love that you’ve always thought for yourself.  Don’t stop.

You’re super creative and want to live an adventurous life.  Don’t change.

You are your own person…always have been.  You’re the old soul of our family.

You made me a mother…are Jacob’s “best brother” and still a Daddy’s boy.

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Love you bunches, Caleb P!

Dreamy

We received an update on our little girl today!  It was noted that she was pretty, cute and smiling–yayy!  She is doing well and still loves yoga. She seems to be coming right along with her speech and developmental “issues” since she’s been in preschool.  That’s my girl!! Oh, and her 2 word sentences are “What’s this?” and “Mom! No.”   Huh?? Already?

I needed this today. (Did I mention that I dreamed about going to Korea unannounced? Yeah.)  It’s hard waiting without any word for weeks (months) at a time. I remind myself that no news is good news. But a mama needs to know her children are okay.  When you think about it, pray for our daughter.  When she comes home, it will be difficult for her.  She’ll be leaving all that she knows.  That’s hard.

Did I mention that Caleb was in his first band concert last night? He’s so awesome.   It was fun to see all of the nervous kiddos playing their hearts out.  Caleb is determined to be a movie producer/director. I’ll be the first in line to watch!  (even if it’s through my own camera viewfinder)  I love that he’s not afraid to dream. I’ll be his biggest fan.

If you could be doing anything in the world right now, what would it be? Is it what you’re doing? If not, why not?  What’s stopping you?  One of new favorite verses is Psalm 37:4…Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

If He gives us the desires of our heart, what are we afraid of? Go ahead and dare to dream it.  I’ll be cheering you on!