~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~

Thursday, April 5, 2012

~Daily Challenge/Goal~

Today's challenge/goal: FIVE for FIVE Friday! Call up or message five of your family members and/or friends and ask if they will donate $5 to Ava (Yulia)'s grant. If you can do this, for every person that successfully does this, Ava's fund will increase by $25!!! If enough people do this, we could see a dramatic change in her grant today! Remember, it is going to take advocating for this child daily to be able to bring her home!!! Yes, adoption takes a while but we are going to need a while to save and raise thousands of dollars so we must stay vigilant!! Thank you all for your help and I hope to be able to help each of you one day in something you do or need...maybe even saving a child to bring into your family :)

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