~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~

Saturday, May 19, 2012

~A dose of reality~

I do not make these posts to ruin your day and I do know all to well the pain that comes with seeing pictures like these. Sometimes people would prefer not to know or see what goes on in the world around them, however, that doesn't make it go away...it just keeps you and many others unaware. Unawareness equals not doing anything to prevent what's going on.

The little girl pictured was a beautiful and healthy girl waiting for a family. A family never went for her and so she went to the institution...you can see what happened from there :(

This is why we CANNOT allow this to happen to Ava! I've said this before but I will say it again because I want to be sure everyone reads it and fully understands! This would have been Gabby's reality had we not went for her and this will be Ava's reality if we ALL don't do something about it. We need help friends, we don't have thousands of dollars so shortly after Gabby's adoption to do this on our own. We will give all the money we have, we will fundraise tirelessly, we will stay in Ukraine for a month to bring her home, we will raise her, care for her, fund her entire life once she is home, and love her.....but we have to get her here first and in order to do that...we need you!

PLEASE, see that this is nothing to ignore or put off! PLEASE donate today!

If you do, there are perks in addition to saving a life you could win an IPAD!!! A NEW iPad with wifi and 4G!!!

Go here http://journeytoreunitetwoangels.blogspot.com/2012/05/ipad-giveaway_15.html

Also, I have fundraisers listed all down the right side of my blog. One of my favorites is the Avon fundraiser because you buy things you use everyday and will need to buy anyway (shampoo, conditioner, lotions, makeup, clothes, shoes, jewelry, the list goes on and on) plus your helping bring home Ava!
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1 comment:

  1. This is too sad, who can look at these pictures and still hold back the tears? If my daughter ever went to school and came home looking like this you know well what I would do. And yet, here these children are treated like this daily. It's so horrific that it's incomprehensible.