~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~

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

~Today's Update~

Just wanted to thank those who have donated today and participated in the "Two 4 Tuesday" challenge. I don't know who you were (unless you were one of the ones that told me) but thank you. I will get a list of donors this Friday and send a thank you post out :) Also, thank you to whoever it was that just ordered form our celebrating homes fundraiser!!! Remember you, can order from this wonderful selection by going to http://www.celebratinghome.com/Fundraiser/1205/FR_CampaignReport.aspx We receive 50% of whatever you spend and you get beautiful home decor and more :) Also, this was today's challenge and it's not over yet :) ~Two 4 Tuesday~ Today's challenge is simple. Call up or message a family member or friend and ask if they mind matching your donation of just $2, making a total donation of just $4 between the two of you. If enough people do this, we could see baby Ava (Yulia)'s fund increase today. Even if only one person does this then we have made progress for the day :) You can donate by going to my blog and clicking the donate button. You can still participate in this challenge even if you don't have a debit or credit card, by contacting me and asking about sending a check or money order. Please consider donating to Ava (Yulia)'s fund! Donations and fundraising will be primarily the support needed to bring her home. P.S this challenge can be done with any amount and you don't have to have someone to match your amount. All donations are greatly appreciated and much needed!!!

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