Monday, June 25, 2012

A Hurdle Overcome and More to Go...

My dear little Abbott has finally achieved $2500 in his fund!  Thank you so much for helping him reach the Sizable Grants page.  It's also called Moving Mountains page...for a good reason.  Money is the major factor preventing people from adopting these children.  The larger the child's grant, the better chance he or she has to be chosen.  Please pray for Abbott; that his family will see him soon.  He's been in a mental institution for months and no one knows how he is doing there.  No one is adopting from this institution right now, so there will be no updates for the foreseeable future, unless someone is seriously inquiring about him.  I pray that the day will come soon to see him on the "My Family Found Me" page.  I will continue to advocate and fundraise for Abbott until he comes home!  Right now, you can help him and get a handmade bookmark.  For a donation of $10 or more to his fund, I will send you one of the beautiful creations my daughter and I have made. Click here for more information.

Speaking of hurdles, specifically financial ones, the Olympics are coming up soon.  This has thrown an unexpected monkey wrench into several families adoptions.  Airfare, food and hotel costs have soared, leaving fully funded families short and those almost funded are farther than expected from their goals.  Efforts are underway to help them and others that are traveling soon.  Please click through to offer your support to these families who are following the calling of the Lord.

A Baby Shower for the Unroe Family  This faithful family has 13 children already....1 by birth and 12 adopted domestically.  They are now adding 5 more from Bulgaria, each of whom have Down Syndrome.

The Rogers Family is bring home dear Bernadette and handsome little Mason.  I've blogged about them before.  They are getting quite close to travel and are still in need of God's people to help!

The Finale Fundraiser    The Westbrook Family recently brought home two children and are returning next month to add two more girls to their crew.  They are many thousands of dollars short of what they need.  ETA: This family is now fully funded, but they are continuing their giveaway to benefit other families that are very near to traveling!  PRAISE THE LORD!!

There are other families that aren't traveling in the next few weeks, but will be soon and would love some encouragement and support.

The Morse Family are trying to quickly raise the last of the funds they need to bring darling little Xenia home.  There are many ways to help them, listed at the link.

The Friedl Family are bringing home two darling girls and could use your support.  They do not have a blog, but do have a page at Reece's Rainbow where you can help.

The Cooper Family is bringing home dear Michelle and Felicia soon.  They are doing a puzzle fundraiser and could really use some encouragement.

The Sheffields are adopting sweet little "Vinnie" and are waiting anxiously for their first travel dates.  

Updated to add: The Menges Family.  They just got their travel date tonight for their first trip.  They will be traveling in late July, which will be here in a blink of an eye! They also have the great news of TWO matching grants being given to them, so they have a giveaway going to help them reach their goal.  They are not too far from being fully funded.

And The Marble Family, who are getting two of the cutest towheads you ever did see!  

What an opportunity the Lord has given us!  Please pray for these families, children and countries.

As a bonus, please enjoy this post from a Reece's Rainbow family that adopted their son last year.  What a difference LOVE makes!!  I can't wait to see Abbott's transformation when he's finally taken home!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Brady Murray IS Kona Inspired

It's been a busy few days over at the Reece's Rainbow Group Facebook page. We're all voting like crazy to keep Brady Murray's Kona Inspired video in the top spot.  Wondering what all this is about?  Here's Brady's words:

Two months ago, Ironman announced a contest called Kona Inspired.  How it works is they have given the general public an opportunity to submit a 90 second video based around the theme, "Anything is Possible".  Winners receive a spot to race in the Ironman World Championship in October, but most importantly, they will race as a media athlete and have the opportunity to share their story on NBC's nationally televised broadcast of the championship this year!  THIS COULD BE OUR OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THESE PRECIOUS CHILDREN'S STORY WITH THE WORLD!!!

Have you seen the video yet?  You can vote as many times as you want. Please share, watch, vote and vote again!  So many folks will come to know about the precious children of Reece's Rainbow through Brady's efforts with Kona. This little thing can mean a great deal.

The link below will show you how to vote and link you to the actual video.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Bookmarks For Abbott

My dear Abbott.  All day, every day, spent in an institution without a mother's love.  Perhaps even without anyones real attention.  Did he get enough food today?  Did anyone meet his eyes and greet him?  Did someone abuse him?  There's no way to know.

A while after finding Reece's Rainbow, I asked the Lord who He would have me pray specifically for, advocate for, yell for, yes, even love, from a distance.  Abbott was the one to whom He directed me.

Now, my eldest daughter and I have been given an idea of how to build his adoption fund.  This money will help the adopting family who chooses him with the costs associated with international adoption. The costs are great.  Indeed, they are considered a ransom by many, as they are what stands between loving families and the children they so desperately want.  

We have crocheted these bookmarks using #10 thread. They are beautiful and delicate and yet durable at the same time, just like any child must be to survive long in an institution.  Each is available FREE for a confirmed donation to Abbott's fund of $10 or more.  We hope to get his fund to at least $2500.  Then he can move to the "Sizable Grants" page where he will be seen more often. He's made it to Sizable Grants!  Now we are aiming at $3000 in his grant fund.  Please pray that his Daddy and Mommy find him soon!  

If you want help him find his family, click here, donate $10 or more, then forward the receipt that you receive from Reece's Rainbow to  Tell me which bookmark you want and your mailing address and I will get it out to you and mark it as "CLAIMED" here.

There are no duplicate bookmarks, so if one catches you eye, act quickly!  I will mail by the time of the requests if there are multiple requests for the same bookmark.

Thank you for helping my dear Abbott.  I very much look forward to the day I can write the marvelous words announcing that he has a family coming for him.  With God's grace that day can be in his future!  Please pray.

Red Cross

Pretty Petite

Blue Ribbon

Pretty in Pink

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Lynette Has Passed Away

Little Lynette, aged 11 died recently.  She died having never learned to walk, having rarely been out of a crib.  She lived and died alone, never knowing the loving touch of a mother or the protection of a father.  She died unwanted by all.

She was about the size of an American three-year-old, even though she was actually eleven.  She suffered years of nutritional neglect.  She simply could not endure anything else.

Do you wonder why we cry out for these children? Do you wonder why we spend our time advocating, crafting, why we sacrifice money into children's adoption funds and adopting families FSP's?   

It's because each of the children listed on Reece's Rainbow faces the same future as Lynette.  Death often follows hard on transfer.  Other, stronger children endure for years.  Very few are snatched from death.

Look at their eyes. Imagine their futures.

Abbott has already been transferred.  What will his next picture look like? Will he have lost his cheek chub and have become gaunt?

Ross, already so thin.  He has very little time left before he will be completely unadoptable. Will someone save him in time?

Alex was captured smiling in his last picture.  Do you think he's smiling right now?  Loved? Fed?  Where is his mommy?

Sweet Gemma, transferred and unchosen.  Is she worthless? Of course not!  But she is doomed to die alone like Lynette if someone doesn't go save her!

Adorable little Sonny, so charming and curious, has been transferred.  Recently a new picture of him was received.  What a difference. Yes, just below this paragraph is the same little boy as beside.  Please don't let him be the next Lynette! 

Pray, Advocate, Adopt, Do SOMETHING!