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!
Monday, June 20, 2011
A Beautiful Princess
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."
I AM ELIGIBLE FOR AN OLDER CHILD GRANT"
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.