~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~

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

~I'm donating my birthday~

Can I actually do this? The answer is I don't know but I am sure going to give it a try :)

Today (the 26th) is actually my 28th birthday! I do not need or want anything other than to get Ava home as fast as the adoption process allows. However, to do this we have to be funded. We are working continuously on this adoption, whether it be homestudy paperwork, other forms, medical visits, paying the upfront fees, fundraising, blogging, etc....we are constantly going!!! Adoption is a hard process and it is very time consuming! Even if we were fully funded we are looking at several months of waiting and paperwork chasing just because that is how the process works with international adoption. 

Back to the point :)  Being all I want or need is to get Ava home and she needs it more than anything....PLEASE use this as an excuse to donate to to Ava's grant. Also, we are technically not allowed to list her birthday (although we only know the month and year) so please let this be her birthday for this year because we will not have her for this year's birthday.  Up until now, her birthday has never been acknowledged and is only representative of the day she was left without a family.

I mentioned in a previous post $28 for my 28th birthday in efforts of helping to bring Ava home! However, that is just a figure for a catchy blog post...and just an idea that would help to bring alot in to boost her grant.  ANY AMOUNT you can give or just helping in anyway in general would be greatly appreciated.

PLEASE dont give up on Ava. We have a long way to go and we need to be continuously making progress to be able to fully fund bringing her home! 

PLEASE don't let this birthday be like all of the other unacknowledged birthdays! I want her to know that she was thought of this year even though she wasn't with us!


UPDATE: ANYONE THAT DONATES $28 or more will get a FREE taggie blankie donated by my friend Christina!  PLEASE help bring Ava home!!!!

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