Friday, September 23, 2011
These two babies in the pictures are not babies at all. The girl is 12 years old. That's right..12!! She is sitting in a baby bouncer and she weighs 11 pounds! Most babies are born at 11 pounds! The boy is 6 years old and he weighs 12 pounds. Again...12 pounds! I don't even know how these two children are alive! But this is the sad fact about what happens to kids if they are not adopted while they are in the baby house and are transferred to institutions at ages 4 to 6 years old. The good news is these two children were in institutions that still allowed adoption (most do not allow adoptions once they are transferred) and they do have families coming for them! But there are thousands just like them sitting in a bed day after day after day..dying. And the sad fact is that all the kids on Reeces Rainbow that are not adopted will end up like these two kids.
Here is a link to a wonderful site that has a video of what happens to these babies if they are not adopted by age 4 to 6 years old and where they go. It is a long video but you can skip to 24 min and see the institution. The laying down room where a lot of these kids end up. It is heart breaking to say the least! So please say a prayer that all these kids on Reece's Rainbow to find homes and if you can donated anything that will also help!! This website is run by a wonderful person who went to Russia to volunteer at the orphanages and she fell in love with so many wonder babies and she advocates for them to find Mommy's and Daddy's! Here is her link..
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
This one hits right in the center of my heart! A sweet baby girl up for international adoption who has cystic fibrosis. That is what my boys have. To think this baby is in an orphanage just breaks my heart because I can only imagine that she is not getting the full medical treatment every day that cf people need. It is tough to think that if the workers are too bust at lunch time she may not get her medicine to eat and then later her stomach will hurt as a result. It is hard to think that she may not be getting the breathing treatments she needs every day in order to breath. It is hard to think about what happens when she gets sick and may need to go to the hospital but she won't go because she is in an orphanage. This little girl is precious and she deserves to have all the available medication that is out there for cf and she deserves to have a loving Mommy and Daddy to hold her when she is not feeling good. Here is her info from RR..
Girl, born 2009
Diagnosis: Cystic Fibrosis, caloric-malnutrition
Braska has CF. She also has problems with her digestion and absorption of nutrients and is on a high calorie diet as a result. She currently takes the medications, Creon and Linex to assist with these issues, which are believed to be contributed to the CF.
Braska is developing well for her young age. She walks independently, crouches, sits and stands up on her own. She goes up and down stairs with support. She can throw a ball in a box. She draws vertical and horizontal lines with a pencil. She folds paper. Her speech is emerging. She pronounces combinations of sounds and syllables and will imitate short words. She follows verbal directions. She plays with toys. She enjoys playing hide-and-seek. She likes to dance while listening to music. She interacts with other children and adults appropriately. She laughs out loud when teased. She seeks out help from an adult when she needs it.
Here is her link
And remember RR will take you through international adoption from beginning to end and also if you want more info on Braska you can email RR and they will email you back with more info and more pictures. Some one out there besides me is praying for Braska because she has around 200 dollars to use toward her adoption! Please pray that Braska finds a home soon! Thank you!!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I thought I would write a little about what has been going on in my life before posting the info of the sweet boy that needs a family. But don't worry, I will post info of sweet Nolan at the end.
I took a break from my blog a couple years ago because I don't really think anyone was reading it and I needed a break. Things for us as a family are great. Both my boys are doing great dealing with cf and we still try to make that as small of a piece of their life as we can. Branson is currently doing home IV's for a tune-up. This is his 3rd week. It was suppose to only be for two weeks but the first antibiotic didn't do a good of a job as we hoped so the doctor changed his med and we will see where we are at after a week on this one. For Branson it is always something about this time of year. I am not sure if it is allergies or just the one year since his last tune-up wearing off but I always hope he can skip a year but so far no luck. Maybe next year.
Kyler is doing good. He is in 7th grade now. Middle school. Wow! How did that happen? I feel like I was in middle school just yesterday. And believe me..the issues with middle school that I had are still issues today. Yuk! I really don't miss middle school! Kyler did get to skip a couple of years of tune-ups but this past summer he had to have polyps removed so we went ahead and did a tune-up since he would be in the hospital anyway.
Jade is in pre-school now but acts like she is a teenager! She is doing good with her diabetes and she is very intune with her body. She is still using the omni pod insulin pump. Her teachers are very good with her and her needs at school. I was really worried about it before we got her into school but I refuse to let diabetes hold her back and so far my fears were a waste of my time because her school has done an excellent job with her!
So I haven't written on my blog in a couple of years but I have kept up with other blogs. And how I found Reeces Rainbow was through a blog that I followed. The blog I followed was about a family that had a child with medical issues. At one point they decided to adopt through Reece's Rainbow and I followed their blog all the way through the adoption. Their daughter was beautiful but after they got her home she really just blossomed! It was amazing seeing how different and beautiful their daughter became after being home only a short couple of months. Since then I have followed many other blogs that have adopted through RR and every SINGLE child turned into a different child after just a few short weeks home. Everyone blossomed! I love watching that miracle unfold with each child.
Looking through the pictures of each child on RR just breaks my heart. I wanted to do something to help. I want all those kids to have a Mommy and Daddy! So that is why I decided to start the blog up again. I don't know how to get people to look at my blog? Anyone know any tricks? I try to make titles that might be words people google in hopes that my blog will show up. And I donate when I can and I pray ALL the time for those children! I can't keep images out of my mind about those kids going to bed with no hugs, hungry, lonely, scare. The saddest part is knowing that when they turn 5 or 6 they head off to mental institutions.
Yesterday I was going to post a picture of a little girl that I had been praying for to find a Mom and Dad for awhile. Her name was Bridgett. She was 5 and I knew her time was running out. She was a blond hair, blue eyed beauty. She had HIV. Her birth Mom refused her at birth. A couple that was at her orphanage adopting her best friend blogged about how Bridgett asked every day if she had a Mama and a Papa coming...Broke my heart to read that! They talked about how sweet she was and how she loved little bitty toys and heart stickers. They talked about how hard she cried when they walked out of the gates with their daughter, her best friend for the last time.
So I prayed for her and I donated to her fund and yesterday when I went to find her info and picture on RR it was gone. My heart started beating fast and I hoped it would be on the page "My Family Found Me." I frantically scrolled down that page and her picture was not there. I cried. The only thing it could mean is she has been transferred to a mental institution and she is no longer available for adoption. Her time ran out. Oh how my heart is hurting for her! A six year old little girl in a mental institution because she has HIV. Unthinkable! No toys, no education, no swings or slides. They will have a bed and food if they are lucky. Most children do not make it two years once they are transferred. All I can do is pray for her now.
But I will continue to advocate for these kids and hope people find my blog and hope that God will tug at their hearts. For all those who are coming and reading my blog Thank You!!! And now here is a sweet little boy up for adoption through RR..
Nolan is 7 years old and he is already at a mental institution. But it is a mental institution that will allow kids to still be adopted so that is the great news! The bad news is the mental institution that he is at is a bad one! A lot of kids die of starvation at this institution. The fact that he has held on this long is a miracle! As I have said before RR takes you through the international adoption process from beginning to end. So please if you are considering adoption please consider Nolan. From what I understand his flat feet are (were) the worst of his conditions. A lot of times when they say mental delay it is because they have never been to school and once they get to the institutions they are kept in their bed day in and day out but I have watched kids come alive once they got home. Their brains catch up quickly! If you email RR they can email you back with more pictures (if they have them) and more info on Nolan. And if you can't adopt please consider donating for the cost of his adoption. Thank you!!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
This little girl melts my heart!! She is beautiful and she is up for international adoption through Reeces Rainbow. Her name is Hannah. A beautiful name for a beautiful baby! Here is her info from RR. And remember if you email RR they normally have more info on the children and more pictures that they will email you back with. Could you be this angle's Mommy that she is waiting for?
Born August 2009
HIV & HSV/CMV
Hannah is an absolutely adorable, sweetheart girl. She is serious at first, but has such a very sweet smile and is a lovely girl once you get to know her. She makes great eye contact. She loves being in the company of others. Understandably, it takes her a little while to warm up to new people. She is developing well. She is in a decent baby house with caring nannies. She is in a small group with a good caregiver to child ratio. The children have access to outdoor time, a sensory room and physical therapy. Unrelated children can be adopted simultaneously.
Here is her link..
More info from RR..
The Reece's Rainbow HIV Family Coordinator & Support Liaison explains the medical aspects of living with a child with HIV.
HIV is a virus that claims many innocent lives when children do not have access to antiretroviral medications. Fortunately, it is treatable and the children who have access to meds and adhere to their treatment have good long-term prognosis.
Children born to women with the virus have a chance of becoming HIV positive due to mother-to-child-transmission. These children are innocent carriers of the virus.
The children you see below are currently living in institutions. Sadly, if they end up aging out of institutional life, there is a high likelihood they will be ill on the streets in a life of crime.
New laws in the US and Canada allow for these children to be adopted. Being in a loving family helps them access medical care and gives them the opportunity to have a normal, healthy, productive life. They can go to college, get married, give birth to healthy babies and live long enough to meet their grandchildren.
To learn more about adopting and parenting a child living with HIV, visit ProjectHopeful.org
PLEASE HELP US raise grant funds and awareness for these precious, waiting angels. You really can save a life, with even the smallest gift! You can make a Paypal donation or send a check (no Paypal fees) to: Reece's Rainbow, PO Box 4024, Gaithersburg, MD 20885. Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each waiting child donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund as well!
Monday, September 12, 2011
And his link..
I know there is not much info on him but a lot of times if you email RR and ask for about him they usually will have more information and more pictures. They usually email back very quickly!
Could Konner be your son? Can you see him in your arms looking up at you with a smile on that cute cubby face? Another way to help is to donate to Konner's fund that will go towards his costs for adoption. Anything will help..$1, $5, $100.
Konner has no future in his country. He will not be adopted from someone in his country. His only hope is through international adoption.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Look at those eyes! They melt my heart!! I have fallen in love with this sweet, little boy named Gregory! He has HIV. He has no hope of being adopted in his country of Easter Europe.
Kids that have aged out of the baby houses (orphanages) are currently living in institutions.(usually around age 4 to 6) Sadly, if they end up aging out of institutional life, there is a high likelihood they will be ill on the streets in a life of crime.
New laws in the US and Canada allow for these children to be adopted. Being in a loving family helps them access medical care and gives them the opportunity to have a normal, healthy, productive life. They can go to college, get married, give birth to healthy babies and live long enough to meet their grandchildren. To learn more about adopting and parenting a child living with HIV, visit ProjectHopeful.orgHe has no Mommy or Daddy to call his own. He is 6 years old. Here is his description from Reeces Rainbow..
Date of Birth: August 22, 2005
Gregory's birthmother's rights were terminated by court decree. There is no father. Diagnosis: HIV+, functional heart murmur, astigmatism. They receive excellent medical therapy and have had their innoculations.
Gregory gets embarrassed in front of the camera. He interacts very nicely with the other children. He is a sweet little boy. More photos available.
Please, someone cross that ocean and go get him. He just had a birthday on Aug 22. He didn't get a cake or presents or even a hug. No one probably even acknowledge his birthday. Please don't let another Birthday go by for Gregory. Here is the link for Gregory..
He has $4,276.47 to be used towards the cost of his adoption. If you can't adopt another way to help is to donate to Gregory's fund.
ps. My title..Easy Adoption, well its not really easy except the part on how easy it is to fall in love with sweet, little Gregory!
Reeces Rainbow will help adoptive families completely through the process of international adoption from beginning to end. So please, if you are considering adoption please consider cute little Paul. I have been assigned to be Paul's prayer warrior and I will continue to pray until he has a family that can wrap their arms around him and show him how much he is loved! So far he has 90.00 to use towards the cost of his adoption! Another way to help Paul is if you have $5.00, $10.00 or even $20.00 dollars to donate. Paul has a Mommy and Daddy out there, could that be you?