~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~
Monday, April 16, 2012
~I was praying YOU would read this~
Yes YOU!!!! How do I know you you are? I don't! However, I'm searching for YOU. The person who will unselfishly put aside something they wanted or caught their eyes today and please donate to Ava's grant!!! Our baby girl is undoubtfully in that crib as we speak WAITING!!! Just waiting on someone to pick her up, sit her down and play with her, let her run free for just a while, feed her, hug her, change her diaper (if they have any to change her with), and most importantly she is waiting on a family to do all of those things for her and with her. I hope and pray that YOU will make a difference in her waiting today by donating any amount! We are working so hard to do everything we can to get her here and we will continue to do this until she is here but we need YOUR help!! Please don't wait to help, she has waited long enough. We need families who are willing to stick this journey out with us and be there for us to support us through the entire journey!!! We are grateful to everyone who has helped in ANY way but please don't stop now, not with so much more work to be done! This adoption is going to take many months to complete and we need to be fundraising and gathering donations throughout every minute of it to make it possible to bring that little face home!! If their is anything you can do (donating, fundraising, donating items to auction, praying, spreading the word, fundraising ideas, etc) PLEASE contact me. Her waiting in her little crib in her country is no different than of you were to pass her on the street alone in a crib waiting. You wouldn't leave her there so please don't leave her now!!! Thank you all so much!!!
Posted by Sylvia at 8:22 AM