~Welcome to the story of our journey to save another Eastern European princess with down syndrome and an older child! In 2010, we traveled half way around the world to adopt a twenty month old (now three years old) precious girl with down syndrome, Gabby. Now, less than two years later, we are on a mission to adopt another precious little girl that is in the same orphanage Gabby was in, Ava. Not only Ava, but yes....one more "Elaine". That means we are trying to adopt two more children!!!! If you are unaware of the situation in most, if not all Eastern European countries, please continue to read. In these countries children with down syndrome and special needs are most often placed in orphanages and if not adopted by the age of four or five (depending on circumstance), they are transferred to institutions where the likely-hood of them ever seeing outside of the institution walls remain slim to none. Many will live very short lives due to lack of appropriate care. Please don't allow this to happen to our sweet Ava! "Elaine" was fortunate enough to escape a very bad institution but nonetheless is in an institution and is an older child whose chances of coming home if we can't adopt her are not good. Having adopted and fully funding ourselves the previous adoption such a short time ago, we will need all of the help we can get to reunite these two angels and bring their big sister home. We utilized all extra resources with our first adoption and so fundraising is essential with this adoption. Whether it be from your prayers, helping to fundraise, buying from fundraisers, donations, etc...your help is much appreciated and is very much needed in order to make this dream a reality. Thank you so much for following our journey~

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


TODAY was an AMAZING day! Today we finished the last visit of our homestudy.  Obviously, we have to wait for clearances and other paperwork to come in before our homestudy report can be drafted, but HUGE progress was made today!  In addition to finishing up the homestudy visits, we had an amazing day as far as donations! We were very blessed to have found a lady who's company that she works for has a matching grant program.  This company is able to match her $500 donation (although it takes 6 weeks to process).  Also, we recieved an additional $250 in donations from someone or a few people.  I am only able to recieve reports every other week regarding who our donors are (to avoid aggrevating our already too busy facilitation team).  Remember, funds donated to Ava (Yulia's) grant aren't given to us until we recieve a travel date (which is many many many months away).  However, this will be the time when the majority of the large fees are due so it works out perfectly.  Days like today give us such encouragement and reassurance that trusting in God to provide for what seems to be at times impossible, is the only way to get through this! Thank you all for working so hard to help us bring this sweet girl home to her family!


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