Monthly Archives: June 2010

Our Cici’s Day!

Ah, FINALLY!  Saturday was our Cici’s Fundraising Day!  What a beautiful day it was.  Dan and I both got some nice sun.  We had such a wonderful turnout. 

The kids were super excited to spend the day with their “MIMI” (their most FAVE Aunt!!)

Dan and I went to the UPS Store and made lots of copies of our flyer.  When we got to Cici’s we asked if we could put a can next to the register for donations, but they said No.  I didn’t think they would, but it never hurts to ask!

We also learned, technically we weren’t allowed to be standing outside either…but they let us. 

So we stood outside of the store and softly approached people and told them about our fundraiser.  The second sentence out of my mouth told them it didn’t cost them anything extra.  They liked that part.  I emphasized how gracious CICI’s was being to us by donating 10% of their eat-in bill to our cause.  I had a flyer printed with Mayah’s picture on it.  I encouraged them to check out our blog and our FSP (still at ZERO Btw!!)  I had Reece’s Rainbow’s website on there as well, emphasizing if they had an interest in IA to check out the site. 

It was a wonderful turnout.  The manager even came out in the beginning and gave us free drinks for the day.  Needless to say, shortly after we had  a little bit of pop, we had water for the duration.  That sun was HOT…but totally beautiful.  And totally God. 

We were blessed with strangers, family and friends all coming together for one wonderful cause.  To answer the cry of the orphan in her distress.  Mayah’s cry.  Her cry for a family.  Little does our little princess know we are so close to hold her in our arms. 

I want to know what she looks like now as her picture is so many years old.  What does she smell like?  How is her hair?  What does her sweet little voice sound like?  Will she call Dan, “Papa”?  I long so much to see Dan transform right in front me as the Papa to his princess. 

I try so hard not to think about Mayah directly.  It hurts too badly.  I feel like  a member of our family was here and is now missing.  My heart hurts without her and I’ve never met her. 

As exhausting as it is, I try to keep my focus on our fundraisers alone.  Each one bringing us a step closer to our girl.  Each one bringing us a step closer to answering her cry.  Each one bringing us a step closer to grabbing a hold of her and never wanting to let go.   Never. 

Okay…back to the fundraiser!

We called it quits at about 6:30.  Some friends of ours told us more supporters came in after we were there.  What wonderful news!

Some good friends of ours came in at lunch time, ate and took our places outside so we could go in an eat.  I thought that was incredibly nice of them.  Thanks Steve and Erinn!  Dan and I are not used to friends stepping up like that and helping out.  Oh how the Lord is blessing us by surrounding us with people we love so much!

My bff, Billie made an awesome event announcement (that we all ended up stealing from her!) announcing the event on Saturday.  Between her friends and Erinn’s friends we had a great turnout of additional supporters who came out JUST for Mayah!!

JVF even checked my “pitch” to people.  She campaigned for Bush in her college days and wanted to help in any way she could.  She’s about to have a baby any day now and has 2-year-old twins and still wanted to hang out with us standing in the heat.  Thankfully, they had some friends coming over so she had to leave and sit!  She approved my pitch and shared how happy she is to be praying us through this journey.  I have found comfort and peace during any storms we have weathered knowing friends like her genuinely mean they are committed to praying for us and Mayah. 

When we were leaving, we thanked them for their kindness and they told us they had never seen such a successful fundraiser!  They had piles and piles of receipts.  We will not know the total until tonight.  I can hardly wait!

A thank you to all who came out and supported us that day!  Our next event is our 5k at Yellow Creek!  Sign up is here:

http://signmeup.com/70170 please join us in praying for at least 100 runners!!  we are at 19 so far.  God can do it!!

I have a picture on my camera of Dan and I at the end of the event I would love to add…I just have to find my camera first 😉

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She is Haunting Me

This beautiful little girl NEEDS a home.  There are many children in that orphanage listed with RR that could be adopted together.  Wade, from Adeye’s blog (http://nogreaterjoymom.blogspot.com) and many others.

Please, if you’re interested in adoption AT ALL.  Learn as much as you can about Down Syndrome.  Don’t be afraid of it.  Learn about it and ask God to open you to anything and anyone.  I could NOT stop thinking about this precious face last night.  We will gladly help raise commitment fees.  The rest will fall into place.  Please, I feel like I’ve been on my knees for some of these sweet faces, waiting and waiting for someone to bite.  I can only imagine how our Heavenly Father feels when He is that way every day with everyone.  All you need is to meet the income requirements which you can see them here:  http://www.reecesrainbow.org/uscisincomereqs.htm

Then find a social worker in your area (area even means your SIDE of the state in many cases!)  Begin fundraising to pay for the homestudy.  God WILL provide.  As long as you are prepping for your HS then you can commit!  You’ll need $1,000 (you can fundraise through that too!)  every LITTLE bit counts!  we’re even starting a fund here to help someone commit!!  And $230 as a love offering for the Voice of Hope Fund with Reeces Rainbow.  They do great work, the money is a great offering.  AND just in case you DIDN’T know.  The initial $1,000 to commit to a child COMES BACK TO YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL!!!  And if the child has any grants with RR you’ll get those when you travel too!!!

Here’s my list that need homes:  then we’ll work on the rest…are you ready?

Lindsey

Victoria

Sveta

Carter

Wade

Monroe

Pick any one (or two!) of those kids and we’ll help with the commitment fee.  Each child deserves a loving home to grow up in.  Not being chained in the dark to a crib and left alone.  Not being drugged with meds that weren’t ever meant for children in the first place so they can sleep their short little lives away.  Please, do not be turned away by the high cost OR by special needs.  You’re not alone, RR has a great group of families who have adopted many children with many different SN’s.  Help IS out there!!

Thanks All!!

Sveta Friday!!

Well, I was on the phone with wonderful, hard-working husband and then something (other than him!) took my breath away.

This is what I saw.

my she has grown, hasn’t she?

I really hope we get an actual updated picture in the mail from RR since we’re her Prayer Warriors.

Lu, in her “spare time” (haha) will have to update Sveta’s Button. 

I have also updated Sveta’s Fund Thermometer. It’s up to $75!! Andrea is almost 2 weeks behind on adding Sveta’s money…by the time the check gets there (so RR doesn’t have to pay paypal fees, we send a check) and by the time she gets it updated, it’s time to send another!  It’s great she has to take a while once she gets it.  Means she’s busy 😉  If only one can we could all force her into early retirement because there are no more orphans in need of forever families.  God can do it. 

I was talking with a friend of mine the other day and we were discussing special needs.  I mentioned HIV (go team Sveta!) and she made a comment about not being able to KNOW a child would die before her.  au contraire mon frere!  Immediately, I was already thinking about SVETA FRIDAY.  What information could I possible have on SF that would get the word out. 

I will do my best to describe the process of adopting a child with HIV and getting them started on their meds.  This is to the best of my small amount of knowledge.  I may have to seek counsel from my RR friends who are parents of children with HIV if we need additional information.

I’m led to believe the process in EE takes a little longer than a non-hiv adoption because they do another bloodcount check on the child before they leave.

Have an infections doctor ready at home for when you arrive so you can get your child into seeing him/her right away.  The doctor does bloodwork to make sure what meds your child may/may not have built an immunity to.  If the medication for HIV are not taken strictly on their 2x day schedule, your child could develop an immunity to it.  Once you child is on a med that is suitable for them, their levels of detection in their blood GO DOWN TO ZERO!!  Did you catch that?  ZERO.  How amazing is that?  Virtually undetectable!

Can Sveta Ever Have her own babies?    YES  A wonderful resounding YES.  She simply won’t be able to breastfeed.  The HIV meds available now reduce the rate as long as the HIV Positive mother is taking her meds regularly.  So, as long as Sveta’s parents remain healthy (I mean in general, healthwise) then not only will their daughter outlive THEM!  But they can live long enough to see their grandchildren!! 

Now that Sveta has a whole “family” of her on here.  Give her one in real life.  Are you this sweet little girl’s forever family? 

And just in case you wanted to see how she has grown:  I’ll show you!!

I don’t know exactly how old she is in this picture, but she still has that baby-ness to her.  Simply Adorable!

And Now!  This is a recent, JUNE picture.  I’d also like to add that MANY kiddos from Sveta’s orphanage were added to reecesrainbow (http://www.reecesrainbow.org) this week so she could be paired up with a little (or big) brother or sister!!  Go and take a look, could YOU be the Forever Family she has been waiting just over 3 precious years for?

Translation Please?

This picture is from June 2010 of Monroe being cuddled by a missionary 😉  imagine, who else could Monroe cuddle with, YOU?

I began looking up Monroe’s “issues”.  Understandably, many people when they even read medical terms or hear them, they get intimidated and lose immediate interest.  I have taken it upon myself to help in that category.  I LOVE looking this stuff up anyway, helps Dan and I to be more open to special needs as well.

Spastic Cerebral Palsy–  Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type of cerebral palsy, accounting for nearly 80 percent of all cerebral palsy cases. Children with this type of cerebral palsy have one or more tight muscle groups which limit movement. Children with spastic cerebral palsy have stiff and jerky movements. They often have a hard time moving from one position to another. They may also have a hard time holding and letting go of objects.(http://www.about-cerebral-palsy.org/definition/spastic-cerebral-palsy.html)

Global Delay-A child with a global delay will have delays in all areas of development. It is usually caused by a static (does not worsen with time) encephalopathy caused by a disorder before or near the time or birth. Causes of global delays include prematurity, cerebral malformations, chromosomal disorders, infections, and progressive (may worsen with time) encephalopathies (metabolic diseases, hypothyroidism, neurocutaneous syndromes (neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis), Rett syndrome, and hydrocephalus). Testing to look for the cause of a global developmental delay may include a head MRI.(http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/welcome/conditions/developmentaldelays.html)

No Speech–  No noise!  If having a non-verbal child intimidates you in anyway, I really encourage you to visit Adeye’s blog at www.nogreaterjoymom.blogspot.com and click on their adoption of HAVEN.  Haven is non-verbal and happy!  Imagine that.  Besides, it will give you an opportunity to learn sign language.  Why not? 

If you’ve got health insurance you can get him physical therapy.  The therapy you may have to do at home will be a great bonding experience for Monroe and his new Mama and Daddy. 

And let’s not forget the most important part of what Monroe’s file says….

RESTRAINED IN A CRIB IN A DARK ROOM – that’s exactly what it means, folks.  My children have NEVER BEEN restrained in any way with the exception of their carseats!!  RESTRAINED!  Dark room.  Yeah…I would be lonely, depressed, and on the verge of craziness if it were ME and he is an INNOCENT child of the Lord!  NO ONE deserves this type of treatment, no child anyway. 

Please, when you see his beautiful smile and the life that is still in his eyes, consider him.  $6,000 is a HUGE grant.  Act NOW.

How about $6,000?

This adorable little stud muffin is Monroe.

Monroe is listed here on RR http://reecesrainbow.org/angelboys.html

This is a copy of his BIO.  Unfortunately, this is all the information RR has at the moment but hopefully two wonderful women over there in EE right now will be able to get more info on this little darling!!!

Please,

When you’re done reading his bio and you feel sorry for him…PRAY, PRAY God finds a forever family in him who isn’t scared to move forward and do the right thing.  Just start find yourself asking, “Why wouldn’t I?” What do you have to lose?  Look at all you can gain.

If you’d like to pursue sweet Monroe contact Andrea Roberts, ED of RR bamaroberts@comcast.net

Monroe (12)

BOY, Born February 4, 2005

SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!

Monroe is a sunshine of a little boy!  He is already 5 and blessed to still be at the baby house.  He needs a family right away!     From a missionary who visited with him in June 2010:  I met with the doctor in his Groupa House who brought me back to meet him. The Head Doctor wanted me to meet the children who needed equipment. While measuring him for a chair, she explained to me what was more important was that he get a family. He will be traferred in six months to the worst institution, restrained in a crib in a dark room. She broke into tears! Monroe has spastic  cerebral palsy in all four limbs and is globally delayed. He is able to recognize the voices of his careworkers and understand simple directions. However, due to his spacitiy he is unable to do much of anything. No speech.  With therapy he can improve but will always have limitations. I measured his head circumfeence and once home will check with a doctor regtarding whether ir not he is microcephalic as well. I will  try to gather more information on him today. His temperament was sweet and his eyes twinkled. He needs a family fast!     From an adoptive family who visited with him in June 2009:   Monroe has CP.  It appears that he is unable to use his arms and legs and is not sitting up on his own.  He has the most beautiful smile and I don’t think there is much of a cognitive delay.  He loves to be held and his whole face lights up when you come near him.”

I have $6062 in my grant fund towards the cost of my adoption!

And if, you have said I absolutely CAN’T…please do something you can.  Get his info out there.  ANYONE is a possibility for this wonderful child of God.  Send in any extra money you can part with.  Every dollar counts.  Really!  There is no amount too small.  Please mail a check in his honor to Rainbow, PO Box 4024, Gaithersburg, MD  20885.  Be sure to Put “monroe angel boys” in the check memo.  Please do not send via paypal unless you want to add the 3% charged to RR for paypal.  We send all of our checks for Sveta via the mail, they take longer to post online, but it’s worth it.  Andrea has all the information any, she’s a busy lady!!

God IS Amazing!

I have been wanting to open up the laptop and share everything that has been going on, but time has been against us!

First, our yardsale was a success!  Our boys were instrumental with their bake sale and rocked it as advocates for their sister.  We hung a sign on their cookie table “Help our sister come home”.  People would ask Alexander where his sister was.  “An orphanage, she’s an orphan.  And my Mommy and Daddy are going to fly on a big airplane and bring her home.  I’m going to make her a welcome home sign.”  He was awesome.  Needless to say, they were sold out of their baked goods before noon…and they had quite a bit!

We have all of our docs except one to complete our dossier.  It’s a bit harrowing as we know we need to be submitted by a certain date for Dan’s medical form.  I cringe at thinking we won’t be submitted by then.  I do know God is in complete control of this situation and we work on HIS time, not ours. 

We have 15 docs left to have apostilled in PA.  The one we are waiting for needs to be certified in another state.  Oddly enough, we don’t have the money offhand to apostille them all at once either…God is up to something for sure.  i LOVE looking back and seeing how HIS timing is always so perfect.  Spot on, flawlessly.

Not only was the yardsale a success for getting the word out about orphans, we also found our widow!

I felt called to fast on Thursday, so I did.  I only had drinks.  It was about 26 hours or so and I felt I could eat again.  Did I know why?  “Do you have an answer?”  my husband asked.  “No.  But I’m okay with that.”  The next day I met our widow’s mother.  We were exchanging fundraising stories and I asked her, “your daughter doesn’t need work done on her house, does she?”  I got the reply we were looking.  A resounding YES run from her mother’s lips!  She happily shared her daughter’s contact information with me.  I was floored at how God works…I was not surprised…yet HE never ceases to amaze me…NEVER. 

I called her daughter, Brenda a few hours later.  She was excited and definitely on board.  Her husband had passed only 3.5 weeks prior.  I had been praying for her long before she was ever a widow.  She and her husband have 3 children.  Saddening to know these children will grow up without a father.  The least we can do is show them the love of our Heavenly Father. 

The next day, Dan and I went to visit with her.  We took some notes, pictures and stayed and visited for a while.  Please pray friends we are able to seek the donations we need.  We are completely faithful God is going to provide. 

We set out yesterday to find a lunch sponsor and maybe some donations for the work.  I stopped at my favorite pizza shop first and shared our information with them.  They were a bit skeptical.  Then, we ordered pizza and DAN went in, sees our paperwork on the counter and says, “oh i see my wife has been here!”  “She was YOUR wife?”  That changed their tune.  I’m really praying we’ll be having their pizza on the work day 😉

I called Holy Family, the church where Brenda attends.  I was able to speak with the priest there and ask if the church could donate any money for supplies for Brenda’s house…considering she is a parisioner we didn’t see the problem.  He expressed they were operating on a deficit from last year and would not be able to donate.  Immediately I followed up asking if we could get some information out in the bulletin.  “You are very thoughtful, Tammy.”  And continued with saying if I was able to get the info in, they would put it in the bulletin this week.  We are hoping parisioners are willing to donate their skills, time, supplies to their sister on this day.  God will provide. 

I will have some more info for sweet Sveta on Sveta Friday this week.  I need to work harder about getting the information out there for people to increase their knowledge of HIV thus desiring to save the children from a life of lonliness and neglect.

Our sweet David…once he finally got into things he was so happy to participate.  They would see a “customer” run over to their little table and say, “excuse me, would you like to buy a tookie for our sister?”  (no it’s not a typo, that’s how David says, cookie)

Sometimes, they would get “NO’s”.  It would make them sad, but I encouraged them to keep asking new people and they would get to a yes.  Something I had to remember yesterday while I was out asking for donations.  Only I have something these little guys don’t.  An absolute faith in the Lord and the knowledge topped with belief he WILL provide.  They will learn. 

Here are our hardworking Boys working hard to help their sister whom they love already and have never met.

This is our family by one of our many signs we had out to Help Save Mayah.  We had people who were willing to just donate money and not buy anything.  People are really amazing. 

Yard Sale Tomorrow! + A bit Of Sveta Friday….

It wouldn’t be a Friday without Sveta in it.  Her personal fund is up to $50 right now!  I pray for her so much.  I swear I had a dream this week that I read in an email that someone was adopting Sveta.  What a sweet dream is was indeed.  And, of course, what would a Sveta Friday be without her sweet pixie picture?

Don’t be afraid to say you’re afraid of adopting a child with HIV.  God will show you how to deal with it.  He has provided people and resources for us to utilize to make us equipped for the journey He laid out before us.  We had the same fears, now we’re ready.  Do we feel called for an HIV adoption?  Not at this moment.  But if our Heavenly Father lays one of His children in our path, you’d better believe we’ll be right there!! 

Ask God for guidance.  Ask Him to work in your heart.  Ask Him to show you how to love and care for a child with HIV and have them be “born” into your family.  Ask…go ahead…I can’t wait to hear the answer!! 

And when you get it…think SVETA from Reeces Rainbow (reecesrainbow.org) 

Our Yardsale is tomorrow morning.  I have one more try of brownies to bag up and put tags in.  I sent a batch of brownies and cookies with Dan to work and they sold quickly!!  Hmm..wish I would have thought of that earlier.  Then God kindly shows me we’re working on HIS time, not ours. 

Dan hung up all our signs and delivered everything to his parents’ house this evening.  My SIL bought lots of water we’ll sell too.  She and I are splitting the profits from the water.  Every little bit helps!!  I think our “magic” number was $517.  Wouldn’t it be awesome to meet that tomorrow?  God can do it.  If you’re reading this, please join us in prayer that God places people to financially support us, AND future adoptive parents.  I’ve said it before, I get so excited at merely thinking of having a future AP come across our path tomorrow.  Who’s parent will we meet?  Victoria’s?  Carter’s?  Lindsey’s?  Any one (or two, or three!) will do, thank you 😉

Well, it’s getting late and I need to be up in a few hours…I just had to get Sveta up again before Sveta Friday was over.