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Monday, September 15, 2014

Angel Tree 2014

The sign ups for the Reece's Rainbow Angel Tree 2014 have begun!

My child for this year is...


Marlowe!
He was born in August 2001 with Down syndrome in the "B" country and a few other medical conditions. 
This photo was taken in May 2009.
He currently has $2,103 in his adoption grant and I will work hard to raise that!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Oregon & Washington RR Reunion

On July 26th, we had our annual Oregon & Southwest Washington Reece's Rainbow Advocates & Adoptive Families reunion :) 
Here are some pictures...

Amanda and her little brother Jaxon (home 2013)

Elaina (Alyssa), home 2013

Sebastian (Linden), home 2013

Livetta, home 2013

Emily (Emilie), home 2012

Veronika (Sydney), home 2012

Ethan (Beacan), home 2013

Caitlin and Sebastian

Caitlin and Elaina

Me and Sebastian

Me and Ethan

Dasha (Abigail), home in 2012, and David

Reece's Rainbow kids - Bulgaria

Reece's Rainbow kid - China

Reece's Rainbow kids - Russia

Reece's Rainbow kids - Ukraine

Group picture!

I had so, so much fun this year, and I can't wait for the next one :)










Long time, no see

Well, hello again.

As you can see, it's been quite a while since I last posted.

To tell you the truth, my passion to advocate has seriously dropped. It's because of a combination of things: the ban on Russian adoptions, losing children, and feeling like nothing I can do will ever make a difference. It's difficult when you're in your late teens and everything is changing. I graduated high school and became a legal adult this year. This fall, I'm starting college. That alone could make your head spin. However, these excuses are just that...excuses. I'm going to try and be a better advocate this upcoming year.

A few things have happened since I've been away.

- A section of Ukraine has experienced Russian invasion, and the children in that section are currently unavailable for adoption. This includes every child in the institution where Dakota passed away. Valiant, Kiril and Araminta are all currently unavailable, but I have hope that the conflict will be resolved soon.

- We got an updated picture of Caiden last month. When I saw it, my heart sank. I still feel such grief over what's happened to this beautiful child. The abuse done to him is beyond horrific.


Yes, that is Caiden. God, please don't make him suffer. He doesn't deserve to hurt so badly. I wish more than anything that I could rush over there and bust him out of that institution, out of that country.

- Daniel died this month. He was eight years old. He had been in an institution, and his hydrocephalus was left untreated until it killed him.

January 2006 - August 2014

Soar with the angels, sweet child. You are so very loved.

- Reece's Rainbow lost seven other children while I wasn't posting. Three of those seven died from institutional neglect. 

I am angry.

- Donovan is no longer on the database. I don't know what happened to him. I am trying to see if we can find out. However, I think it's likely that he is dead as well. His two most recent pictures were heartbreaking. He was emaciated and lifeless. If God has ended his suffering, I am thankful, even though I don't want him to be gone. No child deserves a life of pain like Donovan's, or Daniel's, or Hanson's, or Dakota's. If I get an update, I'll write again.


That's all I can think of right now.

Please pray for these children.






Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A last chance

My heart is breaking.

This beautiful boy...


...The one who is always helping out the other children...


...The one who is always smiling...


Is running out of time.

TODAY.

Today is his last chance to find a family before he is condemned to a life of pain in an adult mental institution, where he does not belong.

Today is his last chance to find a family that will give him all the love he deserves.

Today is his last chance at a long, happy life.

Today is his last. chance.


If a family doesn't fill out the I-1600a form by today and express it overnight to the Dallas Lockbock Facility, this beautiful boy will lose his chance at a family - FOREVER.

"Barton" (not his real name) was born on December 1st, 1997 in Eastern Europe with cerebral palsy. He is also mentally delayed and has vision issues. However, his cerebral palsy is not as severe as others'- he can walk, run and dance!


He is a quiet boy who loves to be outside. He enjoys watching the birds fly by, and loves feeling the wind on his skin. If there's a leaf on the ground and the wind blows it away, he will playfully run after it. He loves music and is a very enthusiastic dancer.

Sometimes it seems as if he lives in his own world. He doesn't make eye contact usually, but he definitely listens to anyone who speaks to him. He doesn't talk, but understands what others say, and does as he is told. If you tell him "well done", he will continue to do what he was doing before. If you ask him to do something, he will immediately do it and then come to you and stand by you for a moment.


This beautiful boy, if not rescued, will be sentenced to a horrific ordeal in an adult mental institution. He will be grouped together with much older, larger, stronger men. Abuse is very, very common in these institutions, both by the caretakers and the other inmates. If Barton is abused, whether verbally, physically or sexually, he won't be able to stand up for himself and tell anyone. He will be forced to live there until he dies.


It doesn't have to be this way! He CAN live a life filled with love and joy! The potential that this sweet boy holds is immeasurable!
In order for him to live a good life, he needs a family to do this one simple step: fill out the I-1600a form by today and express it overnight to the Dallas Lockbox Facility.

Here is the address for the facility:

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliveries:

USCIS
P.O. Box 660088
Dallas, TX 75266
For Express mail and courier deliveries:
USCIS
ATTN: Adoption
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business,
Suite 400,
Lewisville, TX 75067

And here is the link to the I-1600a form:



Please, consider adding this beautiful boy to your family. If you even think it could be a yes, but you're waiting for a sign, THIS IS YOUR SIGN! This is his very last chance! Today is all he gets! He can't wait any longer!


Update 2014: Barton has a family and they've passed court :)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Three years


I'm so sorry, sweetie. I love you so much.

5/1/2003-11/16/2010

Friday, October 4, 2013

Waiting October Orphans #4: Megan

October 4th's child is...

Megan!


This beautiful girl turns 11 this month (she's been waiting way too long!). She has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and Hepatitis B.

For prospective families... guess what! Megan has an adoption grant of over $7,000!!

To adopt from Megan's country...

-Married couples only
-No stated family size restrictions
-As of late 2011, there’s no longer an upper age limit for parents
-Parents must be a minimum of 15 years older than the child
-Total with travel approx $25k
-Both parents for 2-4 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.
-CANADIAN FAMILIES WELCOME!

Could Megan be yours? Please, she's already growing up so fast, we need to get her home!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Waiting October Orphans #3: Felix

October 3rd's child is...

Felix!


Handsome Felix will turn 10 years old on October 20th. Down syndrome is his only diagnosis.

He does not speak very many words on his own, but his understanding is very good. He is potty trained and asks to use the restroom. His caregivers describe him as being a funny, friendly little comedian!

This poor darling needs a family very badly. Until he was 8, he resided in a typical child baby house- he was the only child with Down syndrome. He was raised with love and didn't know he was any different from the other kids... but about two years ago, he was transferred to a facility for the disabled and has taken the transfer VERY hard.

But here's some amazing news: For any interested families, Felix has an adoption grant over $15,000!!

To adopt from Felix's country:

-Married couples only
-No stated family size restrictions
-As of late 2011, there’s no longer an upper age limit for parents
-Parents must be a minimum of 15 years older than the child
-Total with travel approx $25k
-Both parents for 2-4 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.
-CANADIAN FAMILIES WELCOME!

Please, we need to get Felix home to a loving family! Could Felix be yours?


Update 2014: Felix has a family :)
 
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