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!

Beautiful Sunday

It has been a beautiful  2 days here in MS. The cool weather has kicked in–woohoo!!  Sean is gone for a couple of weeks–boooo! I wore my new boots today–love them–thanks, Sean!  Caleb made his wonderful costume today while Jacob and I worked on his school project.  We had a nice, relatively fight-free afternoon.

I’ve had a few questions about our tees that we’re selling. The ladies’ shirts are true to size and a medium red color.  The men’s are lighter and more “washed” in appearance.  You can click the picture to order.  I’ll put our fundraiser link HERE so you don’t have to scroll down to find it.  We appreciate those who have purchased items from us or Zoe Clothing.  We’re still on their site, by the way! Isn’t that nice of them? Seriously, it is;)  If you bought a shirt from them, upload it to their FB page! And mine, for that matter:) Did we tell you that if Caleb had been a girl his name would’ve been Zoe? We love it! (Julianna was close to being a Zoe, too, just so ya know)

While I’m soooo very excited about our baby girl coming home next year (excited is an understatement), I still have a burden in my heart for those children who don’t have families.  It just makes me sad, as a mother. Children need to be in a home where they are loved. So tonight, I’m putting up a link to Reece’s Rainbow for a boy named Felix. He is in Eastern Europe and is waiting on his family. He’s also HIV positive. And he needs a mama. He has been transferred out of the baby house into a mental institution.  That’s where children with special needs go. To a mental institution where they receive no real education and they just live there forever. Felix is 4.  There is a social worker in Oklahoma who has offered free home study services to any OK family who wants to adopt him.  It’s almost more than I can stand to write. I know that I can’t save the world and I know that everyone doesn’t adopt. We all have our own “callings”.  I get it.  But someone may be interested in learning more about Felix, so I’ll spread the word here and you can share this info to others. You can also learn more about adopting and caring for kids with HIV at Project Hopeful. Also, here’s a link for AdoptUs Kids, the US foster system’s registry for children within our country who are eligible for adoption.

Thank you for supporting us on this part of our journey! And believe me, it truly has been a journey that is changing us, hopefully, for the better.

Saturday Hello

How is your Saturday going? I have my coffee (thanks, Sean!), slept late and the boys are enjoying their morning of nothingness. It’s a good day.

One perk of being involved in advocating for adoption is that I’ve made some new friends who are also in the adoption process. Sally is currently in the second half of their adoption phase. Check out her blog about bringing Martin home.  (feel free to chip in to their fund–they have a matching grant through October)

As always, you can click my big Give1Save1 Asia button, too, to see the current family of the week!  (see it over there on the right?) The Campbell family will be featured through this weekend and next week will be the Tucker family. Take a look at their stories, too.

Our Zoe Clothing fundraiser is still up and running! You get cute clothes (the girls’ tees are especially cute!)  and they donate a percentage to us:)  We truly appreciate it!

Oh, and Sean is teaching Caleb to vacuum…….my day just got better!

Fall Break!

Yayyy, fall break’s here! I think I’m looking forward to a long weekend as much as the boys are. It’s even supposed to get cold this weekend!

We are working on our blog a lot these days, so pardon the craziness going on along the sidebar.

The boys and I celebrated National Taco Night a day late….had some Mexican food for dinner, listened to way too much talk about video games and are now back at home doing nothing.  Sean’s been gone this week, so he’ll be flying back in tonight. We all miss Dad when he’s gone.

Last year at this time, we were getting ready for our Autism Walk.  If you’re not familiar with Autism, read about it sometime.

We are heading south this weekend.  I’m going to take my tiny doll supplies and beg my mother for help. You would think I could’ve completed one by now, but no. Those teeny feet got the best of me!

Jacob was shining the laser pointer in my face, so I told him to stop. He proceeded to tell me not to worry about it because this would all be in the past very soon.  Good point! – Caleb told me that when he has to carry his baritone euphonium on the bus, his 2 buddies that share the seat with him all have to put their backpacks underneath, along with his friend’s trombone so they can all hold the (huge and heavy) euphonium! And, of course, he hits people with it on the bus.  Nice.  #mykidsarecrazy    Sorry, this isn’t Twitter, is it??

If you haven’t taken a look at Reece’s Rainbow yet, it’s a site that advocates for waiting children with special needs from around the world.  When you look at that blog, you’ll notice a box in the center right with Psalms 97:5. The little boy in the middle lives at my baby girl’s orphanage with her. They’re close in age.  He did have a family pursuing his adoption but they changed their minds. Say a little prayer for him, please. Lots of kids are waiting, so share the links  (here’s the Holt link) if you know of someone who is interested in adopting.

Since Caleb is hanging around me a lot these last few minutes, that can only mean one thing. (he just wants a hug?)  He’s wanting on the computer.

Enjoy your weekend! Do something fall-ish and tell me about it!





Reece’s Rainbow Waiting Children

Hi family and friends, old and new;) I am going to periodically post a waiting child for the world to see. Today we have Vitaly from Reece’s Rainbow🙂 He, along with other children, are either waiting on their families to find them or are waiting for their families to actually travel to pick them up.  Here’s another link to a page of waiting children. One little boy has hearing loss. Some have DS and others have various other special needs. They all need a family, so if you want info on them, click the contact button on the Reece’s Rainbow site. Or share their story with others. You can always donate to their fund, which helps families afford to bring them home.

Thanks, everyone!!

Waiting Children

Have you thought about adopting? People do it for different reasons.  Helping orphans in need, building your family…it’s a personal decision for each family.   In our process of adopting Julianna, my eyes have been opened to the great need there is for families to step up and adopt waiting children. Did you know that in some countries, special needs children are not taken care of the same as the other children in the orphanage? Why, you ask?  Because they are not valued. They may not get the same amount of food…be abused, be neglected. Some orphanages are known for it. My heart breaks when I hear about these stories that still go on in 2012.  Of course, not all orphanages are that way. Some love their children that are in their care. Some are well taken care of, fed, played with. But some are not. 

Our daughter is at an orphanage where the children are treated with dignity and love. We are truly thankful for that. I know not everyone adopts and not everyone that adopts can handle every special need. I am completely unfamiliar with Down’s Syndrome. I was also unfamiliar with Autism until our youngest son was diagnosed with it. I learned about it quickly because he is my son. That’s why we knew we could parent another child with developmental delays. It’s not scary to us anymore. We see Jacob first, for who he is. Not for his diagnosis.

You can see a number of waiting children on Reece’s Rainbow. This site advocates for children with special needs, a large majority having Down’s Syndrome.  Take a look…pass along this info to someone who is considering adopting. A lot of these children are able to be sponsored to help their families bring them home.

This is what I know. God uses his people to carry out his promises.  How we allow Him to use us is up to us.