Tuesday, October 29, 2013

31 for 21 - Day 29

Yup, I failed at getting back on track. We'll rock the last the last three days though! :)

Today's waiting-child-soon-to-be-no-longer-waiting is JIMMY!

You can follow his family's journey here on their blog - Bringing Home Asher

Today's waiting child is handsome Duane!
Mr. Duane has Down syndrome and is available for adoption. He is in the same place as Maria and Sutter!
He's described as loving and huggable, and need a mama who will give him all the love he wants and then some!

And today's child who is stuck in Russia, Allen.
Over the years we have watched him grow up in pictures.

But he doesn't do much growing, he just looks sicker and sicker.
Please pray the ban will be lifted and a family can get to him before it's too late.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

31 for 21 - Day 20

So I missed a few days due to being busy, sick, and tired. But, I'm back on track and will finish strong!


Before I get to today's two kids, I want to share about the craft sale Rachel and I did yesterday!
It was a large indoor (yay!) sale at a local school. One of those big ones you have to pay to get into. After a rough start with set up, we did so well, and ended the day with record sales!! We raised $374!! An all time sale record! God is soo good!!


This is beautiful Lanaya! She is 3 years old, has Down syndrome, a heart condition, and described as sweet and friendly.
She loves music, gets along well with other children, and plays with toys appropiately. She doesn't have any words or feed herself yet, but she can stand holding onto something.
She sounds like a sweet love bug who would do great in a family!!


And this is Aisha. Another beautiful girl with a beautiful name. But she is stuck in Russia, because of the adoption ban.

Please pray for her!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Dancing with Jesus.

He was less than a year younger than me. He passed away without knowing the love of a family.
My heart is broken and the tears won't stop. His picture grabbed at my heart awhile back but I never advocated for him.

Because while we celebrate that he is pain free and with Jesus now, he still died without ever knowing the love of a family. Something every child should know.

I sometimes feel like I'm doing a lot for orphans, but it's never enough. There's always more I could do.

These child can't advocate for themselves. They can't raise money for their grants. They don't know how to pray. We can though.

And since they can't take care of themselves, we need to be a defender of the orphan, strength for the weak, and a voice for the voiceless.

My resolve to fight this battle is stronger, and I will not let his death be in vain.
Dance with Jesus sweet Ryker! We will fight harder so others don't have to go through what you did.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

31 for 21 - Day 15

Today, meet two girls who have very similar names. Angelia and Angelina.

Both have Down syndrome. Both are (most likely) in mental institutions, and both need families.

But only one of them is able to be adopted. The other is stuck in a country that has closed it's borders to American adoption.

This is Angelia, who is able to be adopted.

And this is Angelina, who is stuck.

Please pray for them both!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

31 for 21 - 2 years later.

I posted the following post two years ago this month.... when I originally posted it, all the kids were waiting. When I reposted it last year, I updated on who had a family and who didn't. This year I am going to re-update it!

The pictures from the original post are put with the Down Syndrome Creed, a poem that is so very beauitufl and inspiring.

My face may be different
Jimmy - Still waiting, has a family working to commit to him.
But my feelings the same
Tabitha - Had a family working to get her before Russia shut down.
I laugh and I cry
Mark - still waiting.
And I take pride in my gains
Brigita - HOME!
I was sent here among you
Rebekah - Stuck in Russia
To teach you to love
Lilly - Had a family ready to commit to her before Russia shutdown.
As God in the heavens
Lizzy - Had a mama working to get her before Russia shutdown. 
Looks down from above
Ilya - Stuck in Russia.
To Him I'm no different
Maxim - HOME!
His love knows no bounds
Lyla - HOME!!!
It's those here among you
Dennis - Has a family working to bring him home!
In cities and towns
Timofey - Stuck in Russia.
That judge me by standards
Robert - HOME!
That man has imparted
Chandler - HOME!
But this family I've chosen
Tory - Stuck in Russia.
Will help me get started
Orion - HOME!
For I'm one of the children
Jonathan - Stuck in Russia.
So special and few
Meredith - her family is working to get her!
That came here to learn
Lucy - HOME!
The same lessons as you
Artem K - Had a family working to get him before Russia closed.
That love is acceptance
Vika - Status unknown. She's most likely stuck in Russia.
It must come from the heart
Tanya - Stuck in Russia.
We all have the same purpose
Nadine - HOME with her family - adopted domestically.
Though not the same start
Alice - HOME! (Look at her new picture here!)
The Lord gave me life
Margurete - HOME!
To live and embrace
Cyril K - Stuck in Russia.
And I'll do it as you do
Bobby - Still waiting.
But at my own pace
Robyn - Stuck in Russia.
(Down Syndrome Creed)


So there we are. 

Out of the 28 children in that post...
-10 are HOME!
-3 have families working to get them!
-2 children are still available and waiting for a family - Mark and Bobby.

-And 13 children are still stuck in Russia. Keep praying for them!
Tabitha, Rebekah, Lilly, Lizzy, Ilya, Timofey, Tori, Jonathan, Artem, Vika, Tanya, Cyril K, and Robyn.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

31 for 21 - Day 13

Much quieter day today, I spent it recouping, doing Handiwork for Orphans overhead stuff (we need a secretary that can read my mind of what I want done and how! lol), and making new hats! :)

But the waiting children are never far from my thoughts and today Teagan caught my eye. He's 6 years old, and has been listed for quite awhile with no family committing to him.

Here's a little bit about him: Teagan is shy, has a ready smile, likes to listen to music very much. When music plays all of his attention is attracted. When being glad he will swing his body following the musical rhythms. He likes to play toys very much, in particular toy cars are his favorite toys. We hope that he who is shy could become more and more active.


And the part of the post I always hate doing, NOT because I hate the child, but because I HATE that they can't have a family.
Pray for Mr. Abbott please!