~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~

Friday, April 20, 2012


Five for Five Friday!!!!!!!! PLEASE HELP US REACH THIS GOAL TODAY!!! Five for Five Friday has extra important value this week!!!! The goal of Five for Five Friday is for someone to contact five of their family members, friends, facebook friends, church members, colleagues, etc and get each of them to donate $5 with you (making the total donation between the five of you $25).  If we can get just 10 people to successfully contact five people to share their donation (total of $25).... WE WILL BE HITTING A BIG STEP...we will have hit the $2,000 range in Ava's grant!!!! Obviously, this works if just 10 people donate $25 as well.  And of course, all donations (whether you participate in this or not) and every penny counts toward achieving our goal for today and our goal of saving Ava and bringing her home!!!! You can donate by going clicking the donate button on this page!!! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE help is reach this goal today!!!!! PLEASE repost this throughout the day, I'd greatly appreciate it!! THANK YOU


  1. Sylvia, I can't donate today but I get paid on Wednesday and will do it then!

    I also put a word out on "Orphan Report" for you too. Hope you get to $2000 quickly!

  2. Thank you so much Becky for your donations and for your advocation!!!! It's remarkable that we do not even know each other yet you are so dedicated to helping us!!! Thank you!!!!!