Frank's Freedom

Meet Frank. He’s 13 years old, and is curious, busy, fun happy and bright. He has a mental delay, but that doesn’t stop him from being friendly, engaging and kind. He’s also an orphan in Eastern Europe. This means he is in an institution. If he is not adopted by age 16, he will be thrown out on the street with nothing but the clothes on his back and his “disabled orphan” status. Let me tell you more about Frank.

He’s little, about the size of a 7 year old. And he’s smart. He is in a group with teenage boys ages 16-24. He does puzzles and he does his chores diligently. He is very kind to the younger children. Frank is friendly and engaging. He likes being with the boys, but is happy being alone too. He plays appropriately with toys and is “all boy”. He could very easily function in a family. Frank is curious, smart, fun and sweet. He likes to play in the dirt and jump on the trampoline. Frank is independent, a good eater, is happy and content. Frank is physically healthy. He walks, runs, feeds himself, speaks, does puzzles and interacts with others well. He's a sweet boy who seems rather unaffected by his surroundings. He has no future where he's at, and without help, he's never getting out. Institutions are a one way ticket to nowhere. And this little boy deserves a future. This little boy will be a blessing to any family.

The Baker family has committed to adopt Frank and another boy, Emmitt. But international adoption is pretty expensive. The adoption would cost about $30,000. Reece’s Rainbow is an organization that helps with this cost. They set up grants for children in 25 countries around the world, and any money that is donated to these funds is given to the families to help with adoption fees. With Reece's Rainbow's help, the Baker family only needs about $10,000 to bring home both boys!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I love G!

I don't know if I'm supposed to use his name, but I was in contact with the in-country coordinater of Seth's country, and he sent me this new picture of Seth! Doesn't he just melt your heart?? I am so grateful, thanks G!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Its Dmitriy/Seth's 6th today. Does he know? Did anyone tell him? I know he'll be home by his next one! Along with his sister, Sarah! Happy Birthday my sweet boy!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I have multiple Christmas posts running through my head. But I'll go with this one.
I went to a deaf coffee house Friday night. I am in my second year of taking ASL, and it was sign only. One of my friends from school, M, came and talked with me. I know him from our Christian Club, he's one of the leaders. I was signing with him, and its amazing to talk with him.
I want to point something out for you. The Lord of the universe, the God that breathes stars, that can make everything out of nothing, came as a BABY! People don't understand how amazing this is! He came as a BABY! THE GOD OF THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE CAME AS A BABY!!!! Why can people not understand that? It seems to me that its been, for lack of a better phrase, watered down, mellowed down. Most of us have grown up hearing it, so it doesn't seem like that big a deal. M gets it! He was 'freaking out' about it. We all should freak out! GOD HAS COME!

Christmas isn't about Santa. If it was, it would be called 'Santamas'. Frankly, Santa's creepy. He sneaks into your house, always knows when you've been bad or good, and eats your cookies. CHRISTMAS is about CHRIST JESUS!
I want to give you an example from the play I helped with:
The main characters were really excited because it was "only two more days untill Christmas and one more day till they got to perform their show in Town Square. But the pagent was then canceled, because it would cause too much traffic, and was a little old fashioned. The kids get together and go Christmas Caroling, trying to gain support. The first house has lots of fancy decorations and lights. But that couple is happy it is canceled, because "it kinda belongs in church, not the town square".  "Why do they have all those lights if they don't like Christmas?" one character asked after the couple had gone back inside. Another character replied, "Oh, they like Christmas, its Christ they have a problem with." At the next house, the couple celebrated everything. "But if you believe in everything, you don't really believe in anything." 
Where are you this Christmas? Do you know, that Jesus came as a BABY? Do you understand the magnitude of that? Let me know if you want to talk. I hope you all have a great Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Who knows what will happen next year?

Saturday, December 24, 2011


Merry Christmas my friends! remember, Christmas is all about Jesus! Read Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-20 to learn all about it! but, lets be honest, there are presents involved! Spend time with your family this holiday season, you never know who's life you'll change! Merry Christmas to all!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Heart Aches Tonight

For two families. Andriy's family will not be adopting him. Due to some political thing in his country, he has been transfered to a 'nursing home for disabled children' or something like that, and isn't available for adoption anymore. Molly was also taken. To read more about it, check Andrea's blog (in the links on the side, post titled Gone). It is good that now their needs will be taken care of, but two families are heart broken. Pray for healing in these families. And Vika has a possible family (Spud posted the worng picture I think).
Clarification: When I say Vika, I mean my blind Vika on the left. Victoria will be the one on the bottom.

Friday, December 16, 2011


Remember this cutie from a few posts ago!?! ya... well she possibly has a family coming for her! Amanda emailed me telling me she was $175 short of the commitment cost! she is in desperate need of that $175! if you could please spare some loose change for her, that would be amazing if your wondering where to send/donate that $, check out her blog!
somehow, God WILL provide that $175!
<3 Spud

Sunday, December 11, 2011


I seriously have no idea how i did this but this is a video of victoria :)

My focus- New

Wow, so fast, Dmitriy already has a committed family. So, now I have picked a new child. This one took me a while, but I have decided on another blind child. Her name is Victoria. Here she is.

I added some more of her pictures on the side. Her is her Reece's Rainbow page info.

Girl, Born November 13, 2005

Victoria is too cute! She has brown hair and blue eyes, and is in the same orphanage as Andriy and several other children with Down syndrome. Victoria is a smart little girl and very *able*. From her medical records: congenital cataract of both eyes (blind), microphtalm, delay of psychological development. Outgoing, can walk independently, knows her way around in her group, is interested in studies, responds well when adults refer to her.
From a missionary who has spent time with Victoria: "What a sweetheart! Gentle, calm, outgoing, and very affectionate. She has made a lot of progress since she was at the baby orphanage. Vika has had some self-harming tendencies but the workers have been working with her on that… Whenever she would start banging her head they would pick her up, lay her across their lap and start massaging her back. Now, when she gets upset she goes to them and lays across their lap all on her own, no longer resorting to self-harming behaviours. Vika is independent and was walking around all over the room hardly ever bumping into anything. She doesn't speak much but she does say "Mama". She also knows how to let the workers know when she needs to go to the bathroom. They also said that her fine motor skills have greatly improved as well. Finally, she is a real snuggler. First thing she did when I called her over to me was climb up onto my lap. I tried to get better pictures of her but all she wanted to do was cuddle in close… how could I say no to that???" This orphanage is one of the good ones. Small, with all higher functioning special needs children of "preschool" age (ages 4-8). There were only 6 kids in Victoria and "Andriy"'s room and two workers caring for them. It was clear that workers care about them very much and showed them plenty of love and affection. The director is not only open to adoption, she is actively looking for families for all of the kids so that they don't have to be transferred once they turn 8-years-old! Unfortunately, "Andriy" and Vika are in the lowest functioning group and they usually have a hard time finding families for those kids… but maybe that's something RR can help with :)
$3757.80 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

I have more info from a missionary named Andrea (not Andrea Roberts, the Andrea that 'Just ONE more 4 Us?!' has mentioned in her posts), which I'll be posting occasionally.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

English Project

Make sure to scroll down and see my "Christmas Miracle" post. Kinda important.

So, got an English assignment today. 'Imagine giving up everything- no responsibilities, no school, no job, no sports, family or friends to wrry about. You have $2,000. You can do anything you want with it. What will you do? Where will you go?'

Of course mine is an orphan thing. This is it (we were supposed to do like journal entries. We had to involve some 'transendentalist' stuff, thats what the snow is about). I used the name Dmitriy, but has almost nothing to do with my Dmitriy. Let me know what you think. And I used two Reece's Rainbow pics

David. Supposed to be 'Maxim'. And Brandon, supposed to be 'Dmitriy'.

"November 20
Today I left my home. Embarking on this magnificent journey to my boys. My parents were hesitant to let me go, but now I am going. Most people look down at me for adopting my boys, for truly they are my boys, when I am only 11 years older. But who cares what the world says when my boys are waiting? Today I departed, for my boys, for Ukraine.
November 25
Much to be thankful for! I have arrived in Ukraine. After spending three days on a ferry from Seattle to Anchorage, AK, I took a flight from Anchorage to Kiev, Ukraine. George met me here, and drove me to this hotel. I checked in and have a room upstairs. George showed me around Kiev a bit, and today at 9am, I entered my son's building, and finally met Dmitriy. His brother, Maxim, is at another building about 100 miles from here. Dmitriy and I will take a train from Kiev to Torez, and go pick up Maxim. George explained all of this to me.
George is my translator, guide, and much more. He is older, probably in his sixties. He has thinning gray hair, a short beard, and brown eyes. He is tall, and lean. He's been running around Ukraine helping me organize this for months.
Kiev is very beautiful, full of nature. There is a giant oak tree out front of Dmitriy’s building, and the leaves are piled up. It snowed today, and I felt enlightened by the beauty.
Today I met Dmitriy. I was ready to go at 8:30, and at 8:45, George picked me up in his car. We drove to Dmitriy's orphanage, and I was excited. I was finally going to meet him, after so many months of waiting. A caregiver took us around the orphanage, which wasn't in very good shape. Then we were led into a small room. Normally, George would have left at this point, but I asked him to stay, to help me translate. After 5 minutes, the door opened. And Dmitriy was led in.
Dmitriy is small, smaller than I imagined. Even though he is six, he seems as small as a 3yr old. His hair is short and uneven, like it had been cut in a hurry. He wore a red, fleece jacket and thick brown tights that functioned as pants. He saw me, and instantly asked his caregiver, "мама?" The caregiver nodded, and he shouted, "Мама!" and dove into my lap. He hugged me, smiling big. Then he jumped off my lap, and said something in Russian. “He said, ‘Come with me!’” George translated. Dmitriy took my hand and led me through his home. He was speaking constantly, and George translated every word. ‘Come on Mama,’, ‘This is where my friend sleeps’. Finally, he led us to his room.
Rows of beds line the wall, and rows in the middle. He led us to his bed, one in a corner with a small, light blue blanket. He showed us, excited to show everything. Then his caregiver called him over, for snack, George told me. He was sad for us to leave, but we needed to get me started on paperwork anyway. I was lead into the directors’ office, and George translated. I had to sign some papers, and then received a file about Dmitriy’s history.
I am shocked at what Dmitriy and Maxim experienced at the hands of their parents. The two were removed from the home after Maxim went blind from abuse. I can’t say anymore, I am so appalled. I spent some time with Dmitriy today, and I am so glad. I look forward in anticipation of the day that I don’t have to leave him there, which hopefully will be soon. I want them to both be mine by Christmas if possible. I am waiting for my court date, where the judge will see if I am fit to adopt Dmitriy and Maxim. It’s getting very late, and I need to sleep.

December 3
So much has happen in a week. Dmitriy is officially mine! I had court on the 30th, and the judge was pretty quick to say yes. Probably Dmitriy sold it to her, as he got up from his seat in the back, came up and curled up in my lap, saying ‘Mama’. He has a lot of energy, this boy. We took the train to Maxim’s orphanage, which took 2 days (the 1st and 2nd), and we met Maxim today.
George volunteered himself to watch Dmitriy for a while, while Maxim got warmed up to me. Dmitriy was a bit wild, and I didn’t want to scare Maxim. It had been four years since they had been separated. George took Dmitriy to a park, where George reported he loved playing in the new fallen, sparkling snow.
I went into the building, which was bigger than Dmitriy’s building. It was gray, with rows of windows. I was immediately led to the ‘meeting room’. I was given paperwork to sign, and more information about Maxim and his past. I found myself almost in tears at his past. Then there was a quiet, hesitant knock on the door. The lady giving me the info said something in Russian, and the door opened. Maxim entered. He had a long, thin stick in his hand, probably the closest thing he had to a walking stick. He wore a way-too-big shirt with long sleeves, and blue pajama pants. He wore slipper shoes, and white socks. He is skinny for his age, which is 7. His eyes were closed. He timidly came in, visibly shaking. The lady ordered him to do something, and he felt around for the couch. He sat, and laid his stick on the ground, between his feet. “Hi, Maxim,” I said, gently touching his shoulder. He still jumped. I had learned from his file that Maxim was studying English, and was pretty fluent in it. “You my Mama?” he asked. “Yes, I am adopting you and your brother, Dmitriy.” I said, slowly so could understand. He turned his face toward me. “Why me? I blind.” He said. “Because you are you, and you’re my son now.” I said. Tears began to flow down his face, and I found myself crying too. I hugged him, and he hugged me back, pressing his face into my shoulder. We sat there, crying for a couple minutes.
Maxim wiped his face with his sleeve. “Thank you. You are nice, not like my old mama papa?” He asked. “Oh, yes, I will make sure you are never hurt like that again. I am sorry I wasn’t here before now.” I said, hugging him. He reached up hesitantly and felt my face, getting a picture in his mind. I signed some more paperwork, and had to leave Maxim there, with promises that I would come back.
Luckily, I already got my second court date, the 15. If all goes well, we could be on our way home by Christmas!

December 15
Maxim and Dmitriy got to meet again today. I had court, and both boys came up. Dmitriy’s court date wasn’t really an official court, it was just granting me temporary guardianship, I learned today. But now they are officially mine. Their names are now Maxim David Alexander and Dmitriy Brandon Kristopher. I got their birth certificates, and am so happy that I can officially call them my sons (though I have been for months). George treated the boys and me to dinner and dessert at a nearby restaurant. He insisted, as it was tradition to take the new family out, or so he told me.
Dmitriy has quite the appetite; I didn’t know you could shove that much food into that small of a child! He ate a whole hamburger (his first one, I might add), a corn dog, and a serving of fries. Maxim ate more according to his size, just a small kid’s meal with chicken strips. Both boys enjoyed the food, as they had never had it before. At their orphanages, they just had Cheerios and fruit.
Seeing the boys enjoying the meal, and not worrying about their past, made me feel calm. This was what made life worth living, those little moments, when we don’t have to worry about the world, or what’s going on on Facebook, but can just relax and enjoy the tranquility.
I laughed, as George did, at the look on Dmitriy’s face when he took his first bite of ice cream, eyes wide. He loved ice cream. Maxim, on the other hand, more enjoyed the cherry on top of his sundae, and the melted fudge at the bottom.
We’re on the train right now, back to Kiev so we can fly home. I can see flakes of snow outside. They cover the land in white, and make it look clean. Dmitriy is asleep, curled up on the seat. Maxim is next to me, his head on my shoulder. I think he’s asleep. Even in his sleep, he is hanging on to his walking stick. It’s worn from years of age, and I think that’s why he likes it. We’ll be this train until the 18th, then we’ll fly back home. I think we’ll be home by Christmas.
It’s hard to believe that Maxim and Dmitriy are blood- related sometimes. Dmitriy is so loud and energetic. Maxim is quiet, reserved, and wise beyond his years. We were talking just a few minutes ago, about his family before. He brought it up. He said, “I remember seeing. Mama Papa mean, they hurt me and yell at me. One time, I wake up and I blind. I scared of them. You stay me safe?” He asked. He asked if I would keep him safe, and I promised him I would. He didn’t seem to talk anymore, and I didn’t push it. I know that he is still working on accepting his past, and is in shock that he has a ‘good Mama’ now. “Dmitriy is lucky. He doesn’t remember. But I do.” Maxim told me. Dmitriy is very, demanding, in that he always wants to be held. I think it’s because before he was adopted, he almost never got held. He loves the snow, and danced in the rain yesterday. I can’t believe they are really with me. It’s been a blast. Maxim said it best with “We used to be orphans, but now we have our Mama. Yay!”"

What do you think?

'Another Incredible, Wonderful, Beautiful Christmas Miracle!'

A quote from the play I helped with this weekend at our church. 70 kids, 6 1 hour shows, 3 days, 5 adult cast, countless volenteers, and LOTS OF FUN!

Well, here's the miracle :)

Tell me, what does that tag say?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

World AIDS Day

These are some of the orphans on Reece's Rainbow who are HIV+, in honor of World AIDS Day

Go to ReecesRainbow.Org for these kids info and many more.

Now a little info about AIDS/ HIV:

AIDS is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By damaging your immune system, HIV interferes with your body's ability to fight the organisms that cause disease.

HIV is a sexually transmitted disease. It can also be spread by contact with infected blood, or from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or breast-feeding. It can take years before HIV weakens your immune system to the point that you have AIDS.

There's no cure for HIV/AIDS, but there are medications that can dramatically slow the progression of the disease. These drugs have reduced AIDS deaths in many developed nations. But HIV continues to decimate populations in Africa, Haiti and parts of Asia.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!! WE'RE POSSIBLY (PROBABLY) SENDING DMITRIY HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So the other day, Tink was looking on the "RR New Commitments" page. she saw a girl She recognized named Genesis.

she clicked on The Family's blog link and read the 'was then' top post, "In the Middle Of A Miracle" she found out that not only does Dmitriy have the exact same extremely rare 'disease' i guess (they believe, it's called Peter's Anomaly), but they said they were thinking about adopting Dmitriy as well!

it would only be $5000 more. now $5000 sounds like a lot of money, but in God's eyes, that's less than a penny! Tink and i think Dmitriy and Genesis are related, so we've commited to raising that $5000 ourselves. thats rite, 2 young teenagers raising $5000 to bring a little blind kid home! we'll do all sorts of fundraisers (church offering [hopefully], selling knit items at our church...). We will try to make a documentary. PLEASE PRAY that this all works out! we hope to at least send the money to their family by Christmas!

"I can do ALL things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me!" Philipians 4:13

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas Presents For Orphans

This year, we hope to send Christmas presents to 8 U*rainian orphans. This stuff is what we have for them. Please comment on what you think would be good for each child.

We also have a dark, thicker twin sheet, a child spiderman blanket, and a child blue blanket.

Dmitriy is five years old, a month until he turns six. He is blind (only one eye, blind). He was recently transferred to (1).

Y is 14 years old. 3 feet and 3inches. She is Severely mentally delayed, cerebral palsy, double hemiplegia, dysarthria. She is at (1).

A is 18. He will be my pen pal. He was recently transferred from (1) to an adult building. He has a repaired cleft lip, injured hands, and no feet.

Sergey is five and a half. His records: congenital brain anomaly, spastic tetraparesis, simptomatic epilepsy, generalized tonic clonic seizures, cryptorchidism, adenoid vegetation, bending-movable contractures of the hip joints, deficiency anemia, mental delay. Pretty much some physical and mental delays. He lives at (25).

Noel is 7. She has severe CP and hydrocephaly. She lives at (25).

I is 13. He is 75cm. From his records: Mentally Delayed, Spina Bifida, lower paralysis, abnormal development of the left lung, right-sided inward turned foot

AJ, formally known as Anthony, is 6 years old. He has CP. He is at (25), and has a family coming for him!

Victoria is 8, almost nine. She has arthrogryposis. She is (1).

Please let us know your suggestions, preferably from the top picture.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ephesians 5:20

Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20

I am thankful for my family
I am thankful for my Loving Jesus who took the weight of all my sin and all our sin so I can be free
I am thankful for my friends, who never fail to make me laugh (I was in stiches x3 yesterday)
I am thankful for my church, which isn't just the building, its the people. (we went out to dinner at a pizza place after service last weekend)
I am thankful that I might have a pen pal in U*raine (more on that later)
I am thankful for everything Gid has given me

I am thankful Sam is home
I am thankful AJ/ Antony has a family coming for him
I am thankful that Katya is home, and is doing well from her surgery (check the blog)
I am thankful that Noel hasn't been transfered yet
I am thankful Dmitriy is alive and well, and still can smile
I am thankful I got new visual of Dmitriy

So i ask you: What are you thankful for today?

'Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.' Ephesians 5:20

Friday, November 18, 2011

My focus

I have made a decision. Although I will be keeping Sergey and Victoria on the blog, I'm going to be focusing on Dmitriy, as I feel I can better sponsor him, and I feel a certain passion for the blind (I really don't know why, probably because I met E and in my story I am writing, two of the characters are blind). So, please be praying for all three!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


While I was helping at a camp recently, there was a boy. His name is E, and he is blind. He was the sweetest boy I have ever met, and about 2 years older than Dmitriy. He was pretty independent, and his voice sounded kind of like Sam. I believe he had slight autism as well, at campfire, he sat in the front, with his hat covering his eyes, and then his hand over his eyes. He wanted to do everything at camp, including the climbing wall.
His dad told him he would help him, just getting started, and E kept saying "I can do it myself! I can do it myself!" Then, as he was climbing, he would lose his grip and come off the wall, hanging like a pinata, and he would say "why do i keep flying off the wall?". Before, when I was putting on his harness, I would tap his foot and say "E, lift this foot." and he would lift it almost as high as he could. He almost lost his balance the first time. While he was waiting, he was standing off to the side. He kept asking "is it my turn?" I got him in line about 5. So I got to watch him climb the wall. He got about a third of the way up!! May not seem that high to you, but imagine being 6 or 7, blind, and climbing the wall. He got about 7 feet above ground. He also was very adventurous, wandering about 10 feet from his dad, then asking what was in front of him (i think he could tell the difference between light and dark).
I wanted to share this because
1). E is a cute little boy
2). To show Dmitriy's potential families out there that blindness isn't the worst thing out there. This boy climbed a wall. Look at all the possibilities out there for Dmitriy. I know because his eye, people turn away. I don't have a winning smile from him. But take a leap of faith and save this little boy. Imagine the pride if you saw Dmitriy climbing a climbing wall in two years. It begins with you. I want people to pray that Dmitriy will find a family. That they will look past his physical disability, and see a sweet little boy begging for a chance at life. That they will TAKE THAT LEAP OF FAITH and save him.
Stay Safe, God Bless
Jesus Loves You


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Another Prince and Princess

I've now decided to sponsor three children, one from 25 and two from 1. Here are the newest Prince and Princess!

If you didn't know, 1 is a mental institution. The worst one. More on that is coming.
On top is Dmitriy. He is 5 years old, will turn 6 on December 26. He is blind (only has one eye, and it is blind). This picture is already old, from October 2009. I have another picture of each of them.
And right above is Victoria. She is already eight years old, and will turn 9 on December 12. She has arthrogryposis. It is so sad that a boy has longer hair than her, but this picture is a year old, maybe in the next picture she will have long hair.
I'm going to be sposoring all three, fighting for their lives.

An older picture of Victoria, where you can see how arthrogryposis has affected her legs and feet.

A 'baby' picture of Dmitriy.

Friday, October 21, 2011

One Year

One year ago today, I posted this, a desperate plea for Sullivan's family. The next day, I found out he was getting adopted. I never would have imagined that Sam (his new name) would be home in only a year. It's fantastic.
One year ago, he was lonely, and had no idea that somewhere in America, a family was praying that adopting him was right.
One year, he is home.
One year, he is no longer an orphan
One year, he knows that someone loves him
One year, no more birthday's gone forgotten.
One year.
What has happened in your life in One Year?

At our summer camp, we watched this video. It is a video called "One Year", made by the Nations Foundation. Our college pastor is mentioned in the end, so when we all saw his name come up, we cheered. It's a great movie, and features many olympic snowboarders like Andy Finch and Tommy Czechin (I said these two because for any 'Amazing Race' fans out there, this season, they are on it. They are the snowboarders and have come in 1st the last three weeks, just thought I'd throw that out there).
God can do a lot in one year.
Watch the video, and what has happened this year? What will happen in one year?

Monday, October 10, 2011


I made this vid asan advocation tool, please watch and comment! Thanks for your time!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Answered Prayers
Spud and I have wanted to go on a mission trip to Ukraine to tell kids
about JESUS and to love orphans. We first thought Boyarka, but they
are babies. Then an older child internat, butwe didnt know where in
ukraine there was one. Then i said we should go to roj like the reeds,
christine could help us. But we never really asked. God just answered
our prayers about where to go. C. Reed just posted about a mission
opportunity at River Of Joy ( for two weeks
next june.
This is unbelievably amazing. We have been praying about where to go,
how to go. There it is in black and white. An offer to go and serve at
ROJ next summer. This is with an organization. Its planned. Im
freaking out this so amazing, i dont think spud understandz that THIS
IS THE ANSWER TO OUR PRAYERS! God really does answer prayers. Thank
you, Jesus!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Have you ever had a line, a stanza or even a song that has just 'spoken' to you? I have one, it is a line from Steven Curtis Chapman's new song, "Do Everything". Here are the lyrics.

Oh, oh, oh

You're picking up toys on the living room floor
For the fifteenth time today
Matching up socks and sweeping up lost Cheerios that got away
You put a baby on your hip and color on your lips
And head out the door

And while I may not know you I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes does it matter at all
Well let me remind you it all matters just as long

As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
Cause He made you To do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do

Oh, oh, oh

Maybe you're that guy with the suit and tie
Maybe your shirt says your name
You may be hooking up mergers, cooking up burgers
But at the end of the day

Little stuff big stuff in between stuff
God sees it all the same

And while I may not know you I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes does it matter at all
Well let me remind you it all matters just as long

As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
Cause He made you
To do Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace With every move that you make
And every thing that you do

Well maybe you're sitting in math class
Or maybe you're on a mission in the Congo
Maybe you're working at the office
Singing along with the radio

Maybe you're dining at a five star
Or feeding orphans in Myanmar
Anywhere and everywhere you are
Whatever you do

It all matters

So do what you do

Don't ever forget

To do Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
Cause He made you
To do Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace
As you do

Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
Cause He made you
To do

Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do

Oh, oh, oh

And every little thing you do

The line that just, touches me when I hear it is the second line of the the eighth section. It's the beginning of the bridge, where it goes (first line) "Well, maybe you're sitting in math class, (second line, the one that speaks to me, I don't know why) Maybe you're on mission in the Congo"
I think it's a sign that Spud and I are meant to go to Ukraine, I just know it. Please be praying for us.

Monday, October 3, 2011

143 million

143 million is a HUGE number! It's the number of people living in the 50 largest us cities combined! It seems like a logical guess as to how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop (I tried once when I was little, I got to a million and wasn't even close) anyways... What about orphans? Ya, there's more than 143 million orphans in the world today, and that number is growing daily! Idc how you help whether it's prayer to financial giving to bringing home a child of your own, as long as you help an orphan in need. This is an unacceptable number of fatherless kids without a roof over their head. The God of the Universe weeps for his children. I cry when I think about this number for too long. One of these days there's gonna be no more orphans crying for a mom and dad to bring them home. I am so excited for that day! God works in miraculous ways! Noel, Sergey, and 2 others that I don't think tink has told you about yet need your help, desperately! You're their only hope! Help these kids, they need your help! If you're not sure where to start, contact one of us for suggestions! Wed be more than happy to help you! As I said before, God works in miraculous ways! Agapé!

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Anthony's family found him only a couple months ago at the beginning of July! They are going to go meet their son this fall! Fastest international adoption process evr! I can hardly contain myself! I'm so happy!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Patrick 2H and Marcus- Please Help

Boy, Born October 11, 2003

Patrick is a sweet and able boy who is diagnosed with CP.  He does
have significant facial features of FAS, although this is not
documented in his medical records.  Patrick is able to walk and play
on his own, and is very high functioning.  He is the best friend of
MICHAELA.  Although they can not be adopted together, they both
strongly desire a family of their own and are high encough functioning
cognitively to recognize and fear the next transfer.

From our coordinator:  Patrick is the very best friend of Michaela.
They spend all the time together: playing together, helping each
other. He is a smart, inquisitive, very friendly and kind boy. His
dream is to have a family and loving parents.  He knows he is facing a
transfer to an institution for disabled children of older age, where
he will not have a chance to develop his potential. The orphanage
staff advocates for these two children with all their hearts.

From a family who met him in July 2011:   He has strabismus and
cerebral palsy. But, as you know, cerebral palsy is a spectrum
disorder. He can walk, talk, and play just fine. When he walked, there
was a slight halting to each step, but it did not slow him down one
bit!! When he came up to us, he looked in my bag and saw "Chutes and
Ladders." He kept pulling at it, and then he opened the game board and
let out a squeal of delight. Then he went in my bag to find the
pieces. I could tell he really wanted to play the board game, but we
were in the hallway and there was no room, so I pulled out the box of
playdoh. He managed to pull out one of the containers and open it
himself (which is difficult for an adult to do!) I showed him how to
work the playdoh, and he was so happy. He was able to play and shape
playdoh just fine. He was so creative with the playdoh. I helped him
make a duck from the stencil and then he pretended it was swimming
through the air. He was telling a whole story about this pink duck in
his language. I gave (our daughter) the camera, and they kept taking
pictures of each other. He kept making funny faces for most of the
pictures. When he was done playing with one thing, he carefully put it
back where it came from. When it was time to go, he just said
"bye-bye" and left. No fits or anything. Such a happy boy. He might
not be the most active child, but I am confident he would be a great
child for any family.


$0.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!
Russia Region 02

Boy, Born December 2002
Marcus is a sweet little boy!  He is 8 years old and hoping for his
own forever family.  He was born with spina bifida.  He is not able to
walk on his own.

From his medical records:  myelocele; Q 5, hydrocephaly;  flail legs
with damage of functions of pelvic organs.

From our facilitation team:  " I personally saw this boy and talked to
him. He is a very smart boy. Unfortunately he cannot walk at all, and
he uses a wheelchair. I am not sure whether he is toilet trained or
wears diapers, because he is a big boy who was uncomfortable with
careful attention to him, particularly to his disability.   He told me
that he wants to be adopted., and that's why he allowed to make a
picture of him.  He did not want to demonstrate his disability, so he
covered his legs with a blanket.

Several kids had been adopted from this orphanage before, and the
Director is rather open to foreign adoption. She keeps in touch with
all the families who adopted the children from her orphanage. She
showed me only the kids who demonstrated their wish to be taken to the
family. And when I made pictures all of them confirmed their desire to
be adopted. I believe the Director will be very glad if this child is
taken to the good family."

The boy is very smart, communicative, and friendly. He wants be adopted.

More photos available, married couples only.

$0.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Orphanage 39

Please help these sweet boys find families and donate to their adoptions.

Monday, September 19, 2011

So, what's your story?

So you see this girl on the side of the road. she is homeless. you talk to her, her name is Rebbeca. you ask her, "What's your story?" she tells you "when i was a youth, guards came into my house and dragged my family to the middle of the arena. the arena had doors all around it. Behind each one of the doors, were hungry lions. the guards said, 'all you have to do to live is deny Jesus' I just couldnt, so that day, me and my  family were eaten alive by lions and died. So, What's your story?"

I don't know for sure if this story is true, but they had a video of a youth leader saying this at church yesterday at the beginning of service. impacted me thats for sure. So, how would you respond?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Yet Untitled

I feel called to do something. You know why? Because the world out
there needs someone who will do whatever it takes to get the word out
about our Savior. Jesus is the only one who can save you. I'm sorry if
that offends you, it's true.
I need to do something. Everyday, I want to think "What will people
remember me as after I'm gone?" What is your answer? What do you want
to be remembered by? That full-of-hot-air person who tells you to do
something, yet doesn't do it themselves? Sometimes I feel like that
person. The hyprocrite Christian? I'm ashamed to say I've been there
too. No, I want to be known as a Christian who loves Jesus with all my
heart, and as a way to serve him, advocate for orphans.
Let me tell you a story, it's a true story. It's about a boy. I will
call him Gabriel James. Now, Gabriel is an artist. He draws and
paints, and is very good. But no one sees his drawings except him and
a few people. Because Gabriel is an orphan. A disabled orphan. In a
mental institution. In Eastern Europe. If he had been born elsewhere,
Gabriel would have had the chance to become a very well-known artist.
But instead, he remains yet undiscovered.
And a note to all of you who know us personally and live in the area;
I am sending a box of clothes and supplies to two orphans in Eastern
Europe. Gabriel is one of them. If you have any clothes you have
outgrown and could donate, please donate! I'd love any donations,
makes it easier for my gift to last longer. Thanks!
Random: Pick a song you would rather see in ASL
One Less by Matthew West
All I Really Want by Steven Curtis Chapman
And comment.

Monday, September 5, 2011

This made my day

A friend of mine was looking through my Ipod, and she found a picture
of Sergey (the one from June 2010). She says "Who's he? He's cute, I'd
marry him." Yep, she said she would marry him. No, she's not five.
She's a teenager. Thanks for making my day, G.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fingerprints of God by Steven Curtis Chapman

I can see the tears filling Your eyes
And I know where they're coming from
They're coming from a heart that's broken in two
By what you don't see
The person in the mirror
Doesn't look like the magazine

Oh, but when I look at you it's clear to me that...

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it's true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God

Never has there been and never again
Will there be another you
Fashioned by God's hand
And perfectly planned
To be just who you are
And what He's been creating
Since the first beat of your heart
Is a living breathing priceless work of art and...

Just look at you
You're a wonder in the making
Oh, and God's not through, no
In fact, He's just getting started and…

Bedridden Orphans: This is Reality

This is Kiril. All three of these pictures are from after he was transfered to a mental institution, and is now bedridden.
He is in this video. It's hard to see, but he is real. This is him everyday. He lies in bed. See him at 0:40? Same outfit as that middle picture. I also think it may be Victoria at 0:23.

These kids have the potential to walk, talk, enjoy life. Please donate to them. Pray that they will find families. Have a nice day.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

WOW. God Moves in Orphans!

i was surfing GodTube a few minutes ago and came across this amazing video! it's a clip from Korea's Got Talent, but there are captions. It's about... Just watch it!

The Life-changing Video

this is NOT right

Noel is 6, SIX YEARS OLD. she should be starting 1st grade about now. i remember how excited i was to start 1st grade, i was finally gonna be a big kid, but Noel will never experience that feeling. Noel will miss out on a lot of things because she is bedridden, don't let her miss out on any more than she has to. Pray for the Princess, make a donation to her name, if you can, ADOPT her! no donation is too small. God DOES answer prayers, and i can tell you for sure that GOD DOES NOT LIKE THE ORPHAN CRISIS ONE BIT. help Noel, YOU'RE HER ONLY HOPE! <3

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Our Mission Trip

Since I have some new friends following my blog, and I don't think I
have fully explained it, I'm going to explain my mission trip.
Well, we will be going to Orphanage 25 (I'm not supposed to say the
name online) and another orphanage near it, the second orphanage is an
older child internat. The people going is still undecided, but it will
be at least me, Spud and one of our parents. We will be going to
Uk*aine August 2013. We will go to each orphanage, spend a week there,
loving the kids, helping out, and telling them about Jesus and his
amazing love for them. We hope to get many pictures so we can advocate
for children at each.
I have been emailing with Megan, over at , and
George, her in- country coordinater. He has been talking with the
director of 25, helping us so much to get this set up. This is a big
project, and will cost about $4,000-$6,000 per person. But by working
and babysiting this summer alone, I have about $600 saved up already.
We have some fundraisers planned, which we will let you know about
once it gets closer, but just to hint, "Drop your kids night". Spud's
gonna raise her $8,000 (her and half the price of chaperone, and I'll
do mine). If you have any ideas for fundraisers, please let us know!
We are still looking for sponsors and stuff to get the word out about
our trip, if you know, please comment!
Well, that's all for now! Have questions? Please comment and I will
post with answers!

Our God is Holy
He is Victorious
Our God is Mighty
Our God is Dangerous
(The Acclaim, "Dangerous")

Monday, August 15, 2011

Happy Birthday AJ!

Happy Birthday AJ, It's your last one alone. It's not your birthday here yet, but it is in your country. You're just waking up. But next year, you'll be in America, with your brother Anthony. There's a bunch of people rooting for you, and your momma, papa and brother can't wait to celebrate with you.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Plea For An Innocent Life

Sergey is five years old. His entire life has been spent in an
orphanage, in a laying down room, because he has some more needs than
the other kids. Ok, he's not "normal". Are you saying your child is?
All kids have "special needs". Timmy doesn't like spaggetti; Joy
sleeps with a blanket around her feet. We just call them "quirks" or
say "it makes them unique".  Sergey is unique. But his "uniqueness" is
labeled as a "disability" and he is locked away in an orphanage.
I don't know Sergey's story, I don't really know anything about him.
But his parents were probably forced to give him up. What would you do
if your child couldn't walk and everyone was telling you to lock him
away, so you could have a "free" life? His history isn't what's
important, its right now. Let me take you to Sergey's world. Right
now, he is laying in the same bed he has been in for 5 years. He's
hungry, because they don't have enough food at the orphanage for
everybody to eat a lot. The sounds of the babies crying is keeping him
awake. He has to go potty, but doesn't want to go in his diaper. He
knows it will be wet and uncomfortable if he does.
This little boy is so handsome, he needs a family, so he can reach
his full potential. I remember there was a family that adopted a child
from Eastern Europe. He was a little older than Sergey I think. He had
been labeled as a "Cannot Walk" child. Once he was home, and the
family spent some time on him, he was able to walk. It was that no one
had spent time to teach him and help him how to walk. I believe Sergey
is much the same. He needs a family to spend the time to help him
learn. And if he is in a wheelchair, that is better than a bed for the
rest of his life. Transfer to a mental institution is the worse thing
that could happen to Sergey. Most children transfered DIE within their
first year there. Two children have already been adopted and saved
from Orphanage 25 and that fate. Another is in the process. I know
about all those new laws in Uk*aine, how adoption of children under 5
is limited to certain special needs. Sergey's over that age, so he's
adoptable. He's available to large families, or first time parents, or
anyone in between. Yes, its far. Yes, its expensive. Yes, theres a lot
of "What if's". But wouldn't it be worth it to know you SAVED A LIFE?
Sergey was put here for a reason. I found him for a reason. You're
reading this FOR A REASON. What's that reason? His family is out
there. They just need to go get him. Please spread the word about him.
Tell his family where their son is. The handsome Prince Sergey awaits.
It's all for Jesus.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Who's AJ?

You might have noticed, I have added a blog to our "blogs I follow" list on the sidebar. It's called "Bring AJ Home". AJ is the putz family's new name for Anthony cuz they already hav a special needs son named Anthony! From the couple posts I've read, they sound like the perfect family for our lil prince charming! Please pray for their family as the Lord Jesus Christ guides them to their son! Hav a blessed day!

Friday, July 15, 2011

this post has had 5 names, this is the one i settled on: DO SOMETHING!!!!!

I recently read a post on Caleb's was going to be mom's blog, that she wrote with facts about orphans world-wide, special needs and not. they were scary but interested me. so i'm not going to steal her words, i did some research for myself. I hope this doesnt sound to sermon-y, im just trying to get my point across.

To start off, do you know how many orphans there are around the world? try 147 million children. You read it right, 147 million children around the world are orphans and the number keeps getting larger. 147 million children internationally have no mom or dad, no brother or sister, no best friend to cry on or have sleepovers with. 147 million and more children world-wide don't have a guaruntee of  having another meal. 147 million children around the world sleep in a room full of kids in their same situation, many sharing mattresses. every 2 seconds, one of those 147 million children dies of MALNUTRITION. This is America, we eat WAAAY to much, while there are innocent children out there DYING from not having the opportunity of eating. Malnutrition plays a part in more than half of the child deaths worldwide. Even more often, malnutrition cripples children's growth, renders them susceptible to disease, dulls their intellects, and diminishes their motivation and their productivity. its sad. I'm not making these numbers up, im getting them from a legit site.
I have a medical condition that makes me so i cant walk long distances, but if I could, I seriously would walk
1,000 miles just to be with one of the 147 million world wide orphans. Princess Noel and Prince Sergey count for less than 1% of the world's orphans. over 2 Billion people world-wide call themselves Christians, so if only 3% of the christian population adopted ONE child, the Orphan crisis would be over! Are you part of that 3% that is willing to risk adoption, or are you that 97% that wants nothing to do with orphans. I, personally, am unable to adopt because I'm only a teenager, but i want to really badly! I have age holding me back, but you for sure can! 3% is all it takes! Don't let money stand in the way, if God wants you to adopt, which he does, he will give you the money. I don't know how, I don't know where, but the money will be in your hands.
“Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword." -God- Exodus 22:22-24a. In other words, to God, hearing an orphan cry is like being stabbed in the heart. If you don't care for the orphans, meaning either something small, like praying for the orphans, or something as big as adopting, God will not nessecarily kill you, although he can, but he will mess you up, cuz he's powerful enough to do that.

So, Will you be the 3% or 97%? i'll tell you right now that the 97% is a whole lot easier, but do you want ease over life-long joy? sounds kind of ridiculous to me. I'm gonna end my post with a challenge: DO SOMETHING!!!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I lub u momy!

Hi momy, its me, Noel! We haven't met yet, but you love me! I'm riting this letter to u too tel u how bad dis plase is. I don't kno how old I am, I just kno dat I'm extremely lucky too b living here, at least dats what my caregiber says. I don't kno whats wrong wit her, but dis is not a very lucky plase too b. They make me sit around here on me bed while all the other kids go outside and run around. I just watch. It makes me feel as worthless as an unsharpened pencil. I want to go outside! What I c is pretty, I wanna be prt of it, but my cargibers says "no Noel, ur not strong enuf" it makes me sad. I just wanna fit in wit dee udder kids.
Mommy, do you kno what Crismas is? Is it good? Mommies and daddies that come to pick thier kid up and take them home always talk about Crismas and I'm always confused. Is it good? I really wanna kno!
Most of all I wanna go hom! I wanna meet my brother an siter, dady an naybor, gramama and papa, ebrybody! Pleez take me hom! I lub u momy!
Ur litl grl, Noel

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Now the prince Anthony is getting adopted (eep!) I guess we hav to dye our hair! We're still waiting for an answer from our Parents on if and when we can get that done! Hopefully soon! We'll post lots of pictures!
From now on, since I no longer need to advocate for Anthony (I will be following his family's blog), I will be advocating for princess Noel! She is just to adorable! Well, that's all for now!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

An update on prince Anthony!!!

Omgosh!!! This isn't happening! This is incredible!!! I can't believe it! Anthony, yes, my little Anthony, is getting adopted!!!!!! This is unreal! Now he won't hav to live in an EMI for the rest of his life! I'm so excited for him! I just found out today, actually, tink told me, but I saw it! If yOu are the adolying family or kno them, plz let me kno!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Update About Our Trip

Well, after much talking and emailing with Megan over at L2O, we have gotten in touch with their in-country coordinater, G! He has talked with N, the director of 25, and she is willing to have some Americans (us), come and talk to the kids, which was our initial goal, to teach them about Jesus. We also have gotten a "date", August 2012. And G said he would be able to be our guide/translator, which is a huge relief as we know NO R*ssian/ Uk*ainian (the language in the boys' county), and would be very lost. Hopefully we will get an actual date set up soon so we can plan for it! If you know of anyplace we could get R*ssian/ Uk*ainian bibles cheap, or donated, PLEASE LET US KNOW! We know you are out there...

Monday, June 27, 2011

When Love Takes You in

I know you’ve heard the stories
But they all sound too good to be true
You’ve heard about a place called home
But there doesn’t seem to be one for you
So one more night you cry yourself to sleep
And drift off to a distant dream

Where love takes you in and everything changes
A miracle starts with the beat of a heart
When love takes you home and says you belong here
The loneliness ends and a new life begins
When love takes you in

And somewhere while you’re sleeping
Someone else is dreaming too
Counting down the days until
They hold you close and say I love you
And like the rain that falls into the sea
In a moment what has been is lost in what will be

When love takes you in everything changes
A miracle starts with the beat of a heart

And this love will never let you go
There is nothing that could ever
cause this love to lose its hold

When love takes you in everything changes
A miracle starts with the beat of a heart
When love takes you home and says you belong here
The loneliness ends and a new life begins
When love takes you in it takes you in for good
When love takes you in

Make Sergey and Antony's dream come true. Let them be brought home. Make that dream of being in a family a reality. Please. They need you. They are meant to be in America or Canada with a loving family.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Meant to Be

Long Before You Drew Your First Breath
A Dream Was Coming True
God Wanted to Give A Gift To The World
So He Wrapped It Up In You
Every Step That You've Taken
Every Move That You Make
Is Part Of His Plan
You Were Meant To Be Touching
The Lives That You Touch
And Meant To Be Here
Making This World So Much More
Than It Would Be Without You In It
You Were Meant To Be Bringing
The Gifts That You Bring
And Singing The Songs
You've Been Given To Sing
You Are Perfectly, Wonderfully,
Beautifully Meant To Be
You Were Meant To Be
Long Before You Took Your First Fall
You stumbled to the ground
God started telling the story of you to the angles around
Every failure and victory
Everything inbetween
Its all in his hand
You Were Meant To Be Touching
The Lives That You Touch
And Meant To Be Here
Making This World So Much More
Than It Would Be Without You In It
You Were Meant To Be Bringing
The Gifts That You Bring
And Singing The Songs
You've Been Given To Sing
You Are Perfectly, Wonderfully,
Beautifully Meant To Be
You Were Meant To Be (yeah)
Meant To Be
You are
You are
You are meant to be
You are
You are
You are meant to be
For every breath that your taking
And every move that you make
It's a meaningful life you've been given
Live it well
You Were Meant To Be Touching
The Lives That You Touch
And Meant To Be Here
Making This World So Much More
Than It Would Be Without You In It
You Were Meant To Be Bringing
The Gifts That You Bring
And Singing The Songs
You've Been Given To Sing
You Are Perfectly, Wonderfully,
Beautifully Meant To Be (yeah)
You Were Meant To Be (yeah)
You Were Meant To Be (yeah)
You Were Meant To Be
To Be
You Were Meant To Be

By Steven Curtis Chapman

Sergey is meant to be found. Is he part of God's plan in your life?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

That's What Faith Can Do

Many of you have heard the song, "Thaat's What Faith Can do". It's in the playlist in the sidebar, so you must of heard it if you have spent enough time on here. Go to the playlist and play it, listen to it while you read the lyrics.
Everybody falls sometimes
You gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning

Anyone can feel the ache
You think its more than you can take
But youre stronger, stronger than you know

And dont you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I've seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesnt ever end
Even when the sky is falling

I've seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
Thats what faith can do

It doesn't matter what you've heard
Impossible is not a word
It's just a reason for someone not to try

Everybody's scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
But it'll be all right

Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

I've seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesnt ever end
Even when the sky is falling

I've seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That's what faith can do

Overcome the odds
When you dont have a chance
(Thats what faith can do)
When the world says you cant
It will tell you that it can

I've seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesnt ever end
Even when the sky is falling

I've seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
Thats what faith can do
That's what faith can do

Even if you fall sometimes, you will have the strength to rise....

This song is so amazing, and so true. I like the part where it goes
"Everyone's scared to death, when they decide to take that step, out on the water."

I believe it is refering to the story in Matthew 14:25-33
"Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."
"Come," he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"
Immediatly Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "Why did you doubt?"
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

Peter had to have faith to get out on the water, to trust he wouldn't sink. Once he tried to rely on himself to hold himself up, he sank. We have to have faith that Jesus won't let us sink all the way. You gotta have faith.
Take a leap of faith and SAVE one of these boys! Or both. Antony is entirely payed for. Fundraising can get the money for Sergey. Money should NOT hold you back from saving two innocent boys! They would make two perfect additions to your family. It's not scary, these boys aren't scary, they are just normal boys who are suffering from a lack of LOVE! You don't have to be a perfect parent (no one is) or even have experience in international adoption to save them. For the adoption requirements, please see the page above labeled "Adoption Requirements."Both boys are available to be adopted by large families.

Sammy is home!

Amy has finally posted! Sammy has been home for two weeks tommorrow.
That is so amazing that he is FINALLY HOME! He had waited for almost 5
1/2 years to come home, and now he is. For those out there who havent
adopted, you may not understand, but that is huge. He is finally home!
This is a song that I thought of that really is good for well,
"Finally Make it Home".

I'm gonna wrap my arms around my Daddy's neck
And tell him that I've missed him

And tell him all about the man that I became
And hope that it pleased him

There's so much I want to say
There's so much I want you to know

When I finally make it home when I finally make it home

Then I'll gaze upon the throne of the King
Frozen in my steps

And all the questions that I swore I would ask
Words just won't come yet

So amazed at what I've seen so much more
Than this old mind can hold

[back to chorus]

And the sweetest sound these ears have yet to hear
The voices of the angels

[back to chorus]

And this is the other. Its a perfect adoption song. It's One Less by
Matthew West.

There's a child
Been abandoned out on the street
Now she's waiting for someone to be her miracle

There's a wife
Somewhere halfway around the world
Begging God for a litte girl she can call her own

Well, worlds collide
And colors fade
And a man and wife
Brought their little girl home today

And there's one less
One less
One less broken heart in the world tonight
Yeah, there's one less
One less
There's one less broken heart in the world tonight

We are called
To the widows and the orphans
But it's easy to ignore their silent crys
Oh, but every single time
Somebody reaches into the darkness
Makes a choice to help the helpless
They let mercy save a life

And there's one less
One less
One less broken heart in the world tonight
Yeah, there's one less
One less
Yeah, there's one less broken heart in the world tonight

Well the truth is we are all the orphans
But love has left the 99 just to find the one

So let worlds collide
Colors fade
Let your life
Be the miracle today

One less
One less
One less broken heart in the world tonight
Tonight I know there's one less
One less
One less broken heart in the world tonight

One less child without a home
One less birthday gone forgotten
One more soul rising from the bottom

One less night alone
One less child without a home
One less birthday gone forgotten
One more soul rising from the bottom

One less
One less
One less broken heart in the world tonight

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Beautiful Princess

This is Molly. She is five years old. She is ONE DAY OLDER than Sergey.
On Thursday, Amanda over at Just ONE More 4 Us!? posted this about Molly. She has met Molly while over adopting Andriy.

"I know, it’s not Monday but something happened yesterday that was just too exciting to wait ‘till Monday to share… the last of “my angels”, "Molly", was listed on Reece’s Rainbow!!! (stay tuned later this week for the amazing, “Wow God” story of how that all came to be) On top of that, today is a very special day… today is Liza’s birthday! So you see, I just couldn’t help it, I had to do "Molly" “Where is my Mama Monday” post today.

From what I’ve been told, "Molly" was born a healthy baby until one day her father took her in what should have been his safe and loving hands and shook her so hard that it resulted in a lesion in her brain. I do not know whether her parents abandoned her at the hospital because they did not want to care for a “disabled” child or if their rights were terminated as a result of the abuse that she suffered. All I know is that when "Molly" was discharged from the hospital, she was sent to a baby orphanage as opposed to the loving home that she deserved.

To say that "Molly" had a rough start would be a huge understatement however you would never know it to look at her. I believe that "Molly" may be the most content, happy, joyful little girl I have ever met. I saw her nearly every day for months and I could count on one hand the number of times I have seen her without a smile on her face. Unlike many of the children around her, "Molly" is unable to stand at the side of the playpen or even sit without support yet she doesn’t let that get her down. Whether lying flat on her back or propped up in a walker, "Molly" finds such joy in observing the other kids around her. Many evenings I would sit on the floor amongst a half a dozen rambunctious toddlers tickling them, tossing the over my shoulder, dancing with them and teaching them to play ring-around-the-rosie. I couldn’t bring "Molly" on the floor with me as she would have been trampled by the other kids. I felt sad for her but she certainly didn’t feel sorry for herself. She would simply watch, smiling and laughing away, entertained by our antics and happy to see her friends having fun.

"Molly" has significant physical limitations but I sometimes think that cognitively, she may not be “disabled” at all. Like I said, "Molly" loves to laugh and she has a great little sense of humor. I remember the first time I took her outside, before I had gotten to know her very well. She kept moving her head in such a way that her hat would fall over eyes and every few minutes I would have to stop pushing her stroller to bend down and adjust her hat. At first I thought that it was an accident, that maybe the way her head was moving up and down was out of her control. It took me a few laps of the building before I caught on to her little game. You see, whenever I bent over the strings on my sweater would dangle in front of her and she was mustering all her determination to reach out and grab them! At only four-years-old at the time, I’d say this little girl is smart as a whip!

God taught me so much through "Molly" and her pure, unconditional joy in spite of the numerous injustices she has faced in her short life. Whenever I was feeling discouraged I would look at "Molly's" beautiful smile and listen to her infectious laugh and know that if "Molly" could find something to rejoice about then so could I. Unfortunately, another injustice lies around the corner for "Molly" and just the thought of it makes me sick to my stomach. Sometime within the next year, "Molly" will be transferred to an orphanage for older children with special needs. Because of her physical disabilities, she will likely be classified as “bedridden” and forced to spend her days lying alone in her bed. It kills me to think of what will happen to this precious, social little girl whose greatest joy is people watching when all of that is stripped away from her. How long will her spirit, now so full of life, be able to survive such an existence? I, for one, do not want to find out.

Tuesday "Molly" turned five-years-old. There was no party, no cake, no presents. In fact, it is unlikely that there was any acknowledgment of that day whatsoever. Will you help me to make sure that "Molly's" birthday does not go unnoticed? While other five-year-olds are getting ready to start kindergarten, "Molly" is about to be transferred to a place where she will never leave her bed. This precious birthday girl is not asking for Barbies, a tea set or a sparkly princess dress. What she needs is a mommy and daddy who will love and cherish her the way she should have been loved and cherished right from the start. I can think of no better gift for "Molly" on her birthday than a chance at a family. Because "Molly" is already 5-years-old she does not have a grant of her own but if you are reading this and wondering if "Molly" is your daughter, I promise that I will rally behind you and do everything I can to help you raise the money you need to bring her home so please don’t let that stand in your way. In the meantime, I am asking everyone who’s reading this to please help me celebrate "Molly's" birthday by sharing her story with everyone you talk to today/this week and joining me in praying that this time next year, "Molly" will be celebrating her birthday with her forever family. For more information, click here."

Her Reece's Rainbow Page says:
"Girl, born June 2006
Molly is a smiling, adorable girl! She has an organic lesion of the central nervous system, left-sided hemiparesis, delay of psychological and motor development, right-sided fixed torticollis, farsighted astigmatism
From a missionary who visted with her recently: "Molly is an absolute definition of pure joy! From what I've been told, Molly suffers from shaken baby syndrome. As a result, she has significant physical limitations. Molly can hold her head up by herself and sit with support however she cannot stand or sit by herself. Despite all the injustices that Molly has faced in her life, she is a ray of sunshine and is rarely seen without a smile on her face. She is content, happy and full of joy. She loves simply watching the happenings around her and laughs and smiles whenever anyone so much as looks at her. She loves to be held or to be given any type of loving touch. Molly is a very determined little girl. If she focuses hard enough, she is able to control her arms/hands and often reaches for toys, etc. She is a little mischief in her along with a great sense of humour and was always making me laugh. She would take my hand in hers and bring it up to her mouth to lick it and whenever I responded with an exaggerated, "Eew!" she would just laugh and laugh. When I took her outside in her stroller she would move her head up and down so that her hat would fall over her eyes and then, when I would bend over to fix it, she would grab onto the strings of my jacket, again, just laughing away! Technically, Molly does not speak but I have heard her attempting to say certain words in Russian. She is a very smart, motivated, delightful little girl who I believe would truly blossom with a loving family and access to physical therapy, etc. My heart breaks to think of what will happen to this little girl, now so full of life, if she is left alone in her bed day after day which is what will happen if she is transferred. I can tell you from experience that Molly will be such a blessing to whatever family is fortunate enough to call her their own and that she will give/teach you so much more than you will ever be able to give back."


Molly sounds like a great little girl. She is so deserving of a family. Like Amanda said, don't worry about the price, she can help fundraise. Please save Princess Molly! I can't believe she was born the day before Sergey, and they are in the same country. I fell in love with her as soon as I saw that smile. This is a desperate plea for Molly! Please visit Just ONE More 4 Us for more information.