Sunday, January 30, 2011

A HUGE Giveaway! For a HUGE Cause

No not here! Maybe some day when I get the nerve. The giveaway is at A Perfect Lily. My friend Patti is at it again. You all remember her successful giveaways for Olga and then for Olga and Kareen! I do believe this one promises to be even bigger!! And who is this giveaway for? A very handsome little man from RR named Peter.You'll have to go to Patti's to see a picture of Peter, as Blogger is giving me issues again about uploading photos... AGAIN!

Peter is in a desperate situation and as Patti said in her post, the success of this giveaway may very well determine if Peter lives or dies.

The giveaway starts on February first, so get ready. It's big, very big!!!

Thankful Sunday... Digging Deep

I really don't like this time of year. It's a long stretch of cold and darkness. February and March, are just ugly months. But at the end is the promise of Spring and Easter and new life.

I'm thankful for KLOVE's encouraging scripture verses that I get every morning. Somehow they always pertain to what I'm going through. Here's a few that I've recently received.

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

~ Matthew 7:7

I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.

~ Psalm 40:1,

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

~ Hebrews 4:16,

Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.

~ Psalm 17:6,

When praying and waiting for a miracle these words are so helpful. I know Brigita and Nellie and Olga are going to get homes. And when doubt creeps in I go back to these verses.

And I'm thankful for a special gift. One that I take as a personal gift from God. The other day I was looking out my window and caught a glimpse of something bright red flying by. I thought it was a cardinal. I love them and I'm always watching for them. But as I looked a little longer I noticed a huge amount of birds flying in and out of the trees and bushes. They were ROBINS!!! Never have I seen them back so early. And never have I seen so many. And never have I seen them stay in one spot for so long. They've been here for three days. It's a sea of red flying all over. To me it's hope. I watch for the first Robin every year, and usually see them in February. I can't explain what they are doing now, but it looks like a bird sanctuary right outside my window. They are beautiful. I read that in the winter they form flocks. But it's just an absurd amount of birds.

I'm thankful that the word about RR and the plight of the orphans is reaching more and more people. Every time I speak to someone about it, they look at me with complete disbelief. It's very hard to believe that something so awful is happening.

and I'm so thankful for the encouraging and just beautiful comments I got on my last post. I can easily get discouraged. My personality is the type that wants every thing done and finished quickly. I want to fix it and move on to the next task. I am realizing that advocating for these sweet children is not going to be quick.I need a severe personality make over or I'm always going to feel like I failed. I need to see the good that is happening.
A lot of really wonderful things have happened. So many children have found families.

Have a blessed Sunday!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Logical or Faithful

I'm sitting here snowed in...again, and I'm thinking about Miss Brigitta and Nellie and of course Olga. I'm thinking that my brain hurts from thinking. My faith needs to take over where logic just isn't working. Here's Olga, perfectly healthy, with a boatload of money in her account and no family yet. Miss Brigitta is sitting in the worst possible place right now. Her account has been pooled with the other girls who are 6+ years old and it's a race to see who gets the money. First one with a family wins. What the hell do you pray for in this situation? And Nellie is following in Brigitta's footsteps. All beautiful, all worthy of love and a family, yet nothing.
Then there's our family who would scoop up all three girls and love them with our whole hearts. There are so many families out there who want these children and don't qualify for some reason. Then there are so many families who do qualify but don't want these children. There is no logic in this! Why ! Why does God put the desire and want into the hearts of the people who cannot rescue these children? Why does He break our hearts for what breaks His if we are unable to help?

Sometimes raising money and spreading the word and prayers do not get a child a home.Logically, all this should work, and the child should be adopted.
When this doesn't happen, what does it mean? Does it mean we failed, or that it's God's will? When a beautiful innocent child is treated worse than an animal and sent to an institution because no family will take them, how do you deal with it? How do you not become bitter?

To me Brigitta and Nellie and Olga look like Princesses. To most of the world they are perceived as a burden, and at best pitied. This makes me bitter and mad and nauseous.
I know God doesn't always go the logical route, if He did then miracles would not be miracles. God has His own set of rules and timetable, and plans. I think my problem is, I try relentlessly to wrap my brain around what He is doing. I try to jump ahead and figure it out. I have a habit of reading the last page of a book first. Always trying to see the ending before the beginning. But there is no last page here, God has no ending. The story is never over. There is no logic in that, just blind faith. Faith to trust a God who doesn't care about logic, and is unpredictable and spontaneous. A God who loves these children more than we could ever imagine loving them. A God who has our and their best interests at heart... ALWAYS. A God who although won't tell us the ending, will walk beside us during the journey. A God who will carry us when we feel we can't go on, and A God who will comfort us when our hearts are breaking, because His is breaking too.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Bella

Bella and Emmie at school today.

Miss Bellou is nine years old today!! My fearless, fabulous, deep thinking , wonder. You floor us with your wit and wisdom, and once you loosen up you are the one who gets the part going!
You sure know how to have a good time. You're our little germaholic, and are always worried about getting sick. You monitor everyone's hand washing. That's probably why we've been so healthy this winter(knock on wood)

You have the ability to make us to make us laugh at the most unfunny moments. Once when Peter was taking Bella to gymnastics, and she was dilly dallying he threatened to leave without her. She yelled back from her bedroom, "where are you going to go?" Now normally a remark like that would be followed by a time out, but Peter and I just looked at each other and burst out laughing. Her logic caught us off guard. I mean where was he going to go without her. Was he going to take himself to gymnastics?

We love your spirit Bella and I'm excited about where it will take you. You have a beautiful heart and compassion for others, you know how to rely on prayer, and you love the orphan. All admirable qualities for a little girl of nine. You make us proud everyday.

Enjoy your special day today. And remember... I love you more!

Your're Stinky..., you're stinky. I'm not stinky, you're stinky...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Heroes -Talk

I'm going to Wp. But I'm just taking my attitude! Daily Smiles will remain here just as it is, this is Em's blog and I love it! The reason for WP is that I feel like I need to reach people who don't already know and love our kids. People who are still cowering in the corner when Down syndrome is mentioned, people who would never consider adopting a child with Down syndrome. People just like the person I used to be.
Peter has graciously donated his News site, Heroes-Talk. We've had it for a while. I was supposed to do something with it last year and never did. Meanwhile,Peter turned it into a news site , he did a lot of work on it and it has a pretty good ranking and a good amount of traffic. It's already established so I don't have to start from scratch.

It's where I can tell it how it is. I can stir the pot and bring people way out of their comfort zone. It's where people can either support what I write or walk away from it. It's also a place where what I write will most likely bring some not so nice comments. A lot of people aren't going to like what I write.
It's going to be my venting place. A place where I can scream that there are children being thrown away, and why are there so few, who have it in their hearts, to pick them up and love them!
Anyone who is interested in writing a post let me know and Peter will set you up. You don't have to sugar coat your writing. If there is something related to health or Special needs that you want out there let me know, and you can write about it. We'll also give you a back link and credit as writer of the post. If you don't want the back link and want to write anonymously that's fine too. I will most likely do that too with some posts.
I haven't written anything yet, but here's the link We are still changing things, like
the header. You'll notice it doesn't say Heroes- Talk. It's a work in progress, but it's up and running, now all I have to do is get some posts written.

As I finished writing this post and hit publish, I went to another blog I follow, Micah Six Eight, and read Julia's latest post. This is why we need to advocate for the orphans! Please read her post and join in praying for these children. Please read!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Some Comic Relief... Thanks Em

This is why after a long day, or stress that leaves you exhausted , or kids that leave you exhausted, we can still LAUGH! Miss Em is always up to something or into something. And she seems to know when we all need a good side splitting laugh. Sorry it's so dark. Olivia's room doesn't have great lighting.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Thankful Sunday

Oh this was a loooong day. Me and the girls(the girls and I) hit the stores looking for dresses for the Father /Daughter dance coming up in a couple of weeks. It's Olivia's last one, so the hunt for the perfect dress was on! Sophia hates everything so there too was a challenge, Bella was all set with a dress she got for Christmas(there's a miracle) and they all needed shoes. See shopping for fun is awesome, shopping for something that you must find by a certain date freaks me out, especially with my three girls. So, I am so thankful that we found two dresses and three pairs of shoes all for a great price. And I kept my sanity, of course it took all of my Sunday but, mission accomplished!

And some disturbing news about Sweet Brigitta, her picture is in my sidebar, Sophia is her Prayer warrior, and we are all in love with her. Well, she was moved to a different page on RR. Her account has been combined with the other girls who are either already transferred or very close to being moved. My heart sank and I seriously thought I was going to throw up when I heard . The way it works is whichever girl gets a family first gets the money in the account. I will not stop raising money for Brigitta. I will not loose hope. She could very well be the next child who gets a family.
I know this is my Thankful post so yes there is a thankful coming. Here it is. Yesterday Sophia, her friend Janise and her father held a fundraiser at his meat store. Sophia and Janise spoke to customers and passed out fliers that they made about RR and Brigitta. Because of that sitting on my table is 281.13 that will be sent to RR for the older girls account! How thankful am I about that!

And here's something to really be thankful about. Have you met Davids family yet? He scored!!! He has four siblings and he is going to be so happy with this awesome family! Meet Davids family here

And Miss Em is doing well. She continues to light our days and keep us going. And she pee peed on the potty! Once. It's a start.

And I don't have the grand total yet due to all the snow days (3) we've had in the last two weeks but the dress down fund raiser our school along with six other schools had for Olga was a great success. So far we have $1700.00 with just three schools reporting their totals!!! That, I'm so thankful for!!

Well Sunday is almost over, hope you all had a great one. Please say a prayer for Brigitta tonight. just a quick one, she is so beautiful, as they all are.

Friday, January 21, 2011

My Families Heart

Reece's Rainbow has become a well known and often spoken word in our house. The names Olga, Brigitta , Kareen, and Nellie are also commonly heard names. Even Andrew will just randomly ask about one of "the girls". Our hearts as a family have all grown for the orphans that most of the world doesn't even know exist.

One of my children in particular has grown a passion to help... that would be Sophia. I didn't really expect it. I don't know why. I know she has a huge heart, and although boasts a tough exterior she is a mush ball on the inside. She has chosen to be Brigitta's prayer warrior, and is know planning a fund raiser for her.

When Peter and I decided to open our hearts to these children and do what ever we could do to help them, I wondered how our kids would react. Would they roll their eyes and think their parents were just going through a mid life crisis, would they think the day to day stress had finally taken it's toll on us, or would they jump in with both feet and fall in love too.

I couldn't be happier to say that they all have risen to the occasion. I am so proud of my kids. They never hesitated for a moment. They speak to their friends, explaining the situation the orphans are in, they check on "the girls" and ask for updates. Andrew in his sweet and innocent way just wants to take them all home. He sees no obstacles or barriers.

I'm amazed at how our family is growing in love for these very special children, and I thank God for giving us all the same desire. We want more than anything to take a child (or two) home but I don't know if that is going to be God's will for us. It will take an enormous miracle to clear us for take off. If it is to be, than God will make it happen.
Wherever God is leading us, I am thrilled to be on this journey with my family.

I just want my kids and Peter to know how happy I am that one by one they started to follow what was initially just my dream. You guys are the best. Even though as I write this two of you are about to be punished for fighting, and another just came out of timeout, and it's not yet noon time!
I couldn't think of a better bunch to be stuck with.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Little Bit Of Bella

Bella had her first meet of the year. She did great . Took First place overall and placed in all events.
I haven't seen her do any gymnastics since the summer so I was really surprised at her improvement.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Olga Still Needs A Home

I've know for a day or two but was waiting for the high sign, to post. It is official ,Olga's family had to withdraw their commitment. They are a beautiful family and circumstances beyond their control led to this decision. Please do not judge these people.

This is my take on the situation. God uses everyone for good. All of His ways are good. It was not a mistake that this family came forward. They were guided by God. And they did what they were called to do, and I thank them.
Were they a stepping stone, a needed delay? Maybe.

I can't help but compare Olga to Lera. Sweet Lera ,who owns a piece of my heart. We all rallied for her last year, remember? And we rejoiced when a family came forward, and we cried when it didn't happen for them. But finally, a family did come forward and they are still committed to bringing Lera home. Not to get off the subject but this family is amazing and could still use all our support. They are now trying to bring home another little girl along with Lera. Please if you are not following their journey start today.

Now back to Miss Olga, I am confident that her family will find her. But we really need to act. Prayer is 100% necessary, but getting the word out about Olga is just as necessary. Only one person needs to answer, but they need to hear us in order to answer.

I put fliers in our church bulletins explaining about Olga and what happens in EE countries. Could you think about doing that at your church? I have it saved, if anyone wants it I'll email it to you.
Just tweak it to fit your community.

Another idea is to put the flier in libraries or stores at the register. Most owners are open to that. Grocery stores usually have a community bulletin board.

How about asking your school principal if you can send a flier home with each child. We have a Friday folder at our school that all the info comes home in. If we all did that we could seriously reach thousands of parents.

I feel like we need to get off the beaten path of our safe blogs. We are preaching to the choir here. We need to reach people who haven't heard. Of course I do believe that blogging and FB are huge and necessary tools to get the word out. Where else can you reach people all over the world with a click of a button. I'm just saying that maybe Olga's parents are not a FB friend or don't read our blogs. We have to adapt the, No Stone Left Unturned, attitude. Maybe a little old fashioned footwork is needed. Talking face to face with other people. Things like that.

Please I'm pleading that we all rally to get this child home! The thought of her tied to a bed is overwhelming. What would she be thinking? I look at that pretty dress she has on in the picture and I know that would be gone, replaced by some rag. I don't want her to loose that sparkle she has. I don't care what these children's mental ability is, when they are transferred they know. They know it's not good, they can sense and feel the lack of hope, the lack of a gentle touch, the lack of everything!

There are enough of us who know the truth about what happens to these kids. And knowing this should make you mad, I know it makes me madder than hell to think what is "acceptable" in other countries. And getting mad is a good thing, it makes people productive. People who are mad about things , want to change things. they are compelled to ACT! We need to act for Olga and every other Sweetheart on RR.

You know what I dream about. I dream and pray that one day Andrea will have to say...there is now a waiting list to adopt!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Thankul Sunday With Biscuit Video For Jamie

Half way through January!!! Now that's something to be thankful for! And no school tomorrow, maybe we can finally go sledding.

My lovely friend Jamie brought over a boatload of clothes for Andrew and some great toys for Emmie. Very thankful for both!!! Andrew being the only boy gets no hand me downs so his wardrobe is always lacking.

And , in the toys for Em , there was something everyone wanted... A dog!!!! This is as real as any dog (in my house) needs to be. Biscuit is perfect!! Pause my music, first.

And I'm thankful for a husband that I don't deserve who always believes that I can do anything. I can talk myself out of everything and if it weren't for him constantly telling me to go for it, I would give up on most things. Sometimes I think he has a little too much faith in me. But he really makes me believe in myself, and for that I am thankful.

Have a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

How To Go Viral

Okay, I don't really know or want to know how to go viral. I was just hoping to get your attention. I like my little blog. It's comfortable and homey. I know most of my visitors and they are called friends. My followers follow me because they want to. When a new one comes along it's easy to get to know them. I'm content here.

The only reason I would want to grow in popularity is to reach more people. So many people need to be educated, not only about Down syndrome but about what the hell is going on to our sweets who are wasting away in orphanages and institutions. WP may have me soon, but this blog is sacred to me and will always be here just as it is.

I feel like I need a place to stir the pot, so to speak. To reach people and bring them out of their comfort zone. To make them squirm. Too many people are turning the other way.They don't want to hear that children like Emmie are left in cribs all day. That no one cares about them. It's uncomfortable for people to hear, because once you know the truth, how in the hell can you walk away! and if you do,you then become no better than the ones you are, tsk tsking! Or they say "Oh that's terrible, someone should do something" Yes someone should do something, and once you know about them, guess what, YOU ARE THAT SOMEONE! Peter has been pushing me for quite some time. And believe me recent activities in blogland have helped me decide that I may be ready.

When I'm up and running I do hope you will join me . I'd hate to start all alone. I need my peeps!!

Meanwhile, this is the stuff that should go viral! Amazing family!! Please watch

Friday, January 14, 2011

Introducing Miss Nellie

The Lord will work out his plans for my life - for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don't abandon me, for you made me.

~ Psalm 138:8, NL

I've been watching Miss Nellie for some time. The thing that grabbed me was the expression on her face. My Olivia used to make that face when she was little, still does sometimes(only it was cuter back then) .

2010 was an exceptional year for RR and I'm praying this year is even better. I cannot believe the miracles... one after another. Hearts changing , obstacles being torn down, babies going home.

I've be wracking my brain trying to think of a way to raise money all year long. I've got something brewing,(it might take a while) but hopefully by spring it will be more than just a thought.

Please keep Nellie and all the other sweets in your prayers. pray that this year she gets her family, as she too is running out of time. I am a true believer that nothing on this earth is more powerful than prayer.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Miss Melanie And Davids Need a Little Help

Yes, he has a family, but they need help or they will not be able to take him home! Click here to see how you can lend a hand and get Davids home. Seriously this kid cannot be told for a second time that it's a no go. This family is good and they really want him they just need a little help.

And so does the Sader family! They are bringing home Melanie. I know you all know Melanie from RR. She's an adorable little dumpling. Well the Sader family is almost there, they are so close to being fully funded and able to go rescue Miss Melanie. Melanie needs medical attention, so, again time is of the essence for her. There is one awesome giveaway going on at
A Walk In Lily's Garden. Please check it out.

And a bit of interesting info that I found out last night... Deanna Sader who I'm friends with on FB, is also the smart gal who makes beautiful tutus, really beautiful! I've been drooling over them for quite some time on her FB. Well there is one of her tutu's up for grabs at the giveaway!
Last night I just put all the pieces together , that Deanna the magnificent tutu maker was the mom in the Sader family! I saw Deanna, I saw Melanie but somehow I never saw them together, what a surprise that was! I'm not big on FB so I miss a lot I guess! Anyway I thought it was hoot!

Two families doing incredible things and both need just a little help.
And we all know how just a little help goes such along way... I'm just saying.

There are two little girls coming home to families and not going to an institution because so many choose to help. So that dollar really does make a difference.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

I guess by now most of you have heard the news. Miss Olga has a family!!! I saw the posts going up last night and I wept. I sat and wept and could not respond. This is what we were all working towards and praying for and raising money for, and I sat in stunned silence crying until my head hurt. To say that my family and I are happy, would be the understatement of the year. We love Miss Olga like she were our own. She wrapped herself around our hearts like no other. I new the first time that I saw her that there was something up with her. God had a plan for her and we were to be a part of it. I am eternally grateful that God called on me and I answered, and in turn I called on all of you, and you all listened. Because of that, a little girl is going home and not to an institution. This was such an enormous group effort and it all came together perfectly.

Thank you to everyone who fell in love with Olga and donated, thank you to all who posted and prayed. Thank you to bloggers around the world who passed the word along, and stormed heaven for this sweet little girl. Thank you Patti R who just happened to have an ipod hanging around(I'll never get over that one) and had a Stupendous Giveaway for Olga. And then just happened to get her hands on a coveted Ipad! Your generosity is amazing! And so is your love for Olga.

And a special thank you to Pat C, my near and dear friend who jumped on board silently, and made sure that thousands heard about Olga and donated to her. I love you Pat! You have no idea how much you and your "friends" and "fans" helped this child!!! No idea!!! You are happy to stay in the background and work your magic but I need to say thank you and bring you out front where you rightfully belong!

And Thank you to ST PETER SCHOOL!!! You all ROCK!!! On Monday our little school had a dress down for Olga and raised 500.00 !!! And that's not the grand total. When I spoke to our Principal Mrs. Sickinger about a possible dress down fundraiser for Olga, she was all for. I asked if we could ask a couple of other schools that are nearby to help and she quickly responded , "I'll ask them all" There are eight in all and seven were able to be part of the fundraiser!!! I'll post the grand total when I get it. We are home today because of some real snow! Finally!! So maybe tomorrow more totals will be in.

So today is a happy day. And today we can be happy that Olga is turning five instead of fearing the day!

And Sweet Olga, we will probably never meet this side of heaven, but I want you to know how loved you are, by so many people, all over the world. I prayed that God would allow you to feel our love and be comforted by our prayers. I asked God to never let you feel alone or scared, and of course that your family would find you soon. Sweet Olga you're going home! And although I don't know your actual birth date, today I will wish you a Happy Birthday! This year you received the greatest gift ever , A Forever family!!

And may God bless your new family.We will keep them in our prayers and hope that everything goes smoothly, and you are home soon!

And in my excitement about Olga I was remiss in mentioning that Miss Kareen also got a forever home! Thank you Carol!!! I wouldn't want to forget that! she was also heading towards the institution. We will be praying for her family, to also be able to move forward quickly and smoothly.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Plea For Davids

I took this post from Ashley at, I Will Be A Carrier. Please read, and pray. This makes me crazy mad and so sad.

Davids' Story: URGENT NEED!!!

Earlier today I posted "a plea for a boy in Latvia," and later received more information about his story. It is heartbreaking, and he is URGENT need of prayer and adoption!! Please read his story, and PRAY! Below is the message I received:

"Dear Friends and Prayer Warriors:
I have prayed over the last few days about how to share this story, and I have no words to adequately express it. However, it has to be shared and I will do my best. Many who have heard it are so sick over it, our hearts just ache. We know God has a plan; is it you?

In January, 2010, I met an awesome child/young man at an orphanage in Riga , Latvia . His name is Davids. He was one of a few children we were introduced to that day for consideration in our Summer 2010 orphan hosting program. He was really sharp and smart, had a great sense of humor and looked you in the eye when he tried to speak the good amount of English he had already learned. I remember asking his favorite things to do and he didn’t hesitate to explain he loved kite flying in the sky and dreamed to be a pilot some day! He also enjoys soccer, basketball, swimming and all sports. But, the thing that surprised us most was his age! He was already 15 and effectively the size of a 9 or 10 year old child. We asked the orphanage director more about him later, and were told Davids is healthy, just small and has the kindest, gentlest heart. He generally plays with the younger group of kids because the older ones make fun of him and claim to be “too cool” to hang out with a guy his size. As for history, he has been in 4-5 different orphanages, but has managed to keep hope for a brighter future. He is a sincere and especially child towards younger children. Lego building is one of his hobbies! I remember, he made a joke when I asked him if he liked dogs and cats…a traditional question we ask… He said, “of course! But, I am no cannibal.” And gave us the biggest smile of all! Later, when he was among the group and doing art projects, he drew a picture of a jet airplane landing under a sky that resembled the American flag. When I asked him to explain it, he told me, “My dream to fly airplane and live in family in America !” From that point, he had us at “hello” and we were committed to helping him fulfill his dream.

For the summer program, Davids was hosted by a multi-cultural, multi-racial family and he did awesome! He was kind to his younger host brothers and sister and enjoyed just about everything they did. He especially liked to build and make things and play sports outside, with swimming being one of his favorites! He learned a lot more English and wasn’t shy to use it either. While his host family was not his forever family, our team and staff was so thankful when we received a call from a couple who wanted to go and visit with him before his return to Latvia . We knew time was short, and we encouraged anyone who might be interested, to meet him asap. After one meeting, the family who went, let me know they would be adopting him and how encouraged and inspired they were by Davids. After many discussions, we realized that he needed to know the plan, as his birthday was coming up…his 16th birthday, which means several things to an orphan. First, it means they are about to age out and can’t be considered for adoption. Second, it means that they are on their path of graduating the orphanage and will soon be on their own. Third, it means life as they know it now: food, shelter, protection and security is about over. In the first year after a child leaves the orphanage, generally 15% commit suicide. So, it was decided for me to talk to Davids when our interview returned to Latvia this past August and see how he felt regarding this adoption.

When I sat down with him, I had a translator with me, but he didn’t need her. We sat on a sofa in the social worker’s office and I asked him how he liked America and what he thought? He explained he loved it, and it was more than he ever imagined! I asked him if he remembered this particular man who came to meet him and spent time with him the week before he returned to Latvia , and he said “Oh Yes and we had fun!” I went on and said, “Well, this man told his wife about you and they want me to tell you they are so happy, and they want to adopt you.” Davids’ look was utter shock! He said, “Who, me?” and I confirmed it was indeed him. He said, “Oh yes! VERY VERY much YES! And, they want ME?” He was just the most excited kid I think I ever had the pleasure to tell about an adoption. Most kids are shocked, but usually have to think about it and have several questions to ask before they really accept it and consider it as real. Davids’, on the other hand, was just the happiest kid on the planet that day; his dream was coming true.

Last week, I got an email from his adoptive family… now just 10 days before his 16th birthday,it basically said they felt that they would adopt a girl they met (which was planned all along), but they no longer wanted to adopt Davids’. They had changed their mind. The next day, I got an unsolicited email from Davids’ social worker in Latvia . This is what she wrote:

"Hello Le Ann,
I wish to ask you about one of our boys, his name is Davids T. He was hosted Summer 2010 at a host family in IL. Since he was close to 16, we got information and you shared with him that there is family who will adopt him. It was not the family who hosted him, but another one.
Till this day we never received more information about the adopting family, and we confirmed that the Ministry also has no information yet. I must share, we are all worried and concerned. Davids became so nervous in this last month, his attention to everything is gone. Yesterday he was moved to hospital, because of problems with his stomach relating to the stress of not knowing. We know this all is because he is so close to his 16th birthday; it's on 23 January this year.
We don’t know what to say and can't say anything to Davids because we don't know. It will be a shock for him if it's not true, he has so long lived with this thoughts focused on this adoption and a family in America .
We wish to know the truth to share so he can know and be happy again.”

We have tried to contact his family and explain, show them, what their decision has done to this child. So far, there is no response, but more importantly, there is no time with only a few days that remain for someone to file the I800 with USCIS to adopt Davids’. I have explained to his social worker what the full situation is, and as a strong Christian, she has agreed to pray earnestly with us for a new family to come forward for this child! The adoption agency who was working on this case has agreed to do everything they can to expedite the adoption and assist where possible to get them through the system.
If you or someone you know is interested in moving NOW to adopt Davids’, this is what needs to happen:
1)You must already have an approved home study issued by a Hague Accredited adoption agency in the USA . It must be able to be amended to show you are approved for at least one child, a boy, who is age 16 or under.
2)You must be willing to file with the USCIS the form I800, which will specify Davids’ as the child you intend to adopt, and it must be received prior to January 23, 2011. If done, this gives the adopting family 180 more days to complete the adoption.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Carpet Caper Clowns Caught

A few posts back I wrote how I found some incriminating photos on my camera. photos of my baby rolled up in the carpet. If you missed that one you can see it here.

Well mystery solved and the culprit has been caught, in the act. Although I don't think any charges will be pressed as the "victim" looks like she is completely in on the "crime" .

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Out Of Space!

Blogger is starting to get on my nerves, and Wordpress is looking better and better. If I'm not here one day you'll know where to find me. A couple of days ago I sat down to write a post. When I went to upload some photos I got the message that I had used up all my free space and needed to buy more. UGH!

 Fine! I bought some more it was only a few bucks, and thought the problem was solved. WRONG, because I still can't upload any photos because I'm still getting the same stinkin message that I don't have any more space!

It does say that it can take up to 24 hours to process your order. It's been over 48 hours now and I'm having blogger withdrawals! Of course the only way to contact McGoogle is by Email, which Peter did. 

So now I wait like a schmuck, for McGoogle to get their act together or for me to take the leap to WP. 

Also, I have a very important prayer request and unfortunately I am not at liberty to go into details, but a dear, dear friend of mine has lost a family member. It was sudden and unexpected.Please pray for this young man who is gone and his family left behind. Especially his mother and father. You can pray for "T". God will know who that is.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Carpet Capers!

Yes, that's Em and yes she is rolled up in a  carpet.

I find these random pictures on my camera, and i think to myself...

do I really want to know?  Do I really want to ask WHO and WHY!
And the answer is no, no I do not.

What I really want to tell them is, If you are going to roll my baby in a carpet use your OWN camera to take the incriminating pictures ! 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Gifts From The Heart

I recently "met"someone who now has my utmost admiration. Her name is Kim and she is the founder of Gifts From The Heart For Downs.  A non- profit organization granting wishes to children and adults with Down syndrome. I love that she included adults!! 
Starting an organization like this is such an enormous undertaking,but Kim is determined to make a difference. She has already granted some wishes, and is in the process of granting even more wishes. 
What Kim could use right now is support and sponsors, and some connections would be useful in granting wishes too! 
So how about going to visit Kim's blog and grab her button. Let's help Kim get the word out about Gifts From The Heart.  Who knows maybe you can help grant a wish for someone. Wouldn't that be exciting! 

So let's spread the word. This is the Internet, we have the world at our fingertips. Blogs,FB email, twitter and word of mouth all work. Maybe you can be a sponsor or know someone who might be interested.
I love it when we can use the internet for something awesome like this. 

You can read more about Gifts From The heart at Kim's Blog. So go, go go!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Today Is For Lois!

Ready, set, let's go! Let your prayers loose on heaven!


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Tomorrow Is For Lois

Just want to send out a reminder that tomorrow is a day of fasting and prayer for Miss Lois. If you don't know Lois you can read about her here.  She is precious and in need of a miracle. 

I thought it would be great if we came together as a bloggy community to show our love and support. If you're reading this for the first time please join us tomorrow. God can move mountains. Nothing is impossible for him. 

If fasting is not an option for you tomorrow, then please join us in prayer.  

The First Thankful Of The Year

It's a foggy Sunday morning. The last day of vacation. UGH! It went by so fast. Tomorrow will be back to the usual. We are in so much trouble. We've all been sleeping late every morning, we're not going to be able to function tomorrow.

But I'm thankful for a wonderful Christmas vacation. I can truly say I did nothing! Just the minimum around the house, I didn't even do laundry. We hardly got dressed this week so there weren't a whole lot of dirty clothes! We stayed up late and got up late. We were the laziest family ever this week.

I'm thankful that we had Aniela for two weeks this Christmas. Seeing her just once a year is not enough. I really wish she would come back home. She moved to California two years ago.

And I'm thankful for a New Year without resolutions. I pass! I don't think I've ever kept one anyway.

And I'm thankful for all the children that had families commit to them this Christmas. Did you see RR lately. So many little ones have families! It's amazing. And so many of the children were ones in risk of being institutionalized.  Olga was not one of them , but she will be! 

And I'm thankful for the start of a new year. I'm excited for what it will bring. For the surprises in store for our family, and also for the challenges that we will face. I'm not as scared of our situation anymore. I know God has us in His hands and we will be okay. I can't wait to see how He wants us to help the orphans. I have no idea what He wants us to do yet, only that He definitely wants us to be a voice for the unheard and the unseen. 

And you know what. I  l know I said I had no resolutions this year but Polly wrote such a cool post today I might make this my resolution this year. To buy a purple hat!! And wear it!
Go take a look! And tell me you don't want to go buy a purple hat!!
Thanks Polly!

And I have a sad update. Little Liza Jane that I asked prayers for, went to heaven yesterday. The doctors did all they could do for her. She has been healed , but it was not to be in this world. Please say a prayer for her family.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

That's Our Em

 We forgot the bubbly last night so we made up for it tonight. Don't worry it's only sparkling cider. Pause my music, you don't want to miss the "yum yums."

Are You A Prayer Warrior?

Now that it is January 1st, I don't want to see the orphans that we rallied for disappear. The Reece's Rainbow ornaments will come down, the buttons will be removed along with the chip ins. Everything packed up neatly until next year and the next Angel Tree Fundraiser. But, meanwhile there are still children waiting, and depending on us for help. 

Are you a prayer warrior? If not check out Reece's Rainbow and see which child is available. Of course you don't need permission to pray for any of the children, but to me it's a special connection.   I'm Miss Olga's prayer warrior and although she will never know how much I love her or that I'm her prayer warrior , I know and God knows.   

What all these children need is a family. Money in their account definitely helps but I think we can all agree that nothing is stronger than the power of prayer.

So pick a child! It's free, and it could be something to do for them that could really help them. And think about it. Who prays for these children? Not a whole lot of people. Even if you count all the people at RR and all of us in blogland who we know pray for these kids, that's not a huge amount of people given how many people there are in the world.  Your prayers might be one of the few going before the throne of God for a specific child. What an honor and what a way to start the New Year!

Happy New Year!!