~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

~I Remember~

Its amazing how I had forgot just how busy the process of an international adoption was. I hadn't totally forgot but I had forgot alot.  This one is so much more busy than the last one, mostly in part because of fundraising and the urgent need to gather the funds for the adoption.  Between the homestudy paperwork, dossier paperwork, fundraising, making boxes to set out in places for donations, creating everything I need for each fundraiser, calling places for fundrasing ideas, etc (the list could go on and on and on), I am busy all of the time and even find myself dreaming about doing these things.  Not to mention keeping up a business, home, and raising a child!  I wont lie, this process is VERY hard and VERY stressful but it is so worth it in the end to have saved a life and added an addition to the family.  We are doing everything within our power to ensure Ava (Yulia) will be brought home!  THANKFULLY, we have people who have donated, and who are donating their time and efforts for fundraising! We appreciate each and everyone of you and just know that none of this would be possible without God or you all!  For everyone reading please consider donating or purchasing from a fundraiser!  Thank you so much!


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