~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~
Sunday, May 13, 2012
~Happy Mother's Day~
I would like to start off by wishing my mom and all of the other wonderful moms out there a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! May your day be blessed with lots of love, appreciation, hugs, and kisses. Oh yeah, and a lot less dishes and laundry haha!I am so blessed to be spending my second Mother's day with Gabby. She has been the greatest blessing of my life! A lot of people talk about the gift we gave her but really she gave us the best gift we could have ever ask for, being parents! She is such a treasure to be able to parent. Watching her grow and blossom into a beautiful and smart little girl is so rewarding! I thank God each and every day and night for giving making Gabby just for us! That being said, this is such a bitter-sweet day for me and many other mom's in the adoption process! While we are here with our children watching them smile and be loved, receiving special treatment of our own, we have another child across an entire ocean! This child is not receiving an extra attention, they are probably not receiving any attention at all as I type this. This child doesn't know the touch of a mother, they don't even know how hard we are fighting to being them home! It breaks my heart to know that Ava (Yulia) is probably lying in her crib watching minutes turn into hours that turn in to days and years that she still doesn't have a mother or family to hold her and nurture her to become all she can be! It shouldn't be this way and with your help, next Mother's day it won't be this way! With your donations and help in general we can get this child home so she doesn't have to ever wonder again why she doesn't have a mother!Please consider donating today in honor of Mother's day and giving Ava (Yulia) a mother! If you have a mother that you love and appreciate and/or you are a mother that adore your children and understand the importance of having yourself in their lives, please help give this to Ava (Yulia)!You can donate by clicking the donate button above which is tax deductible donations made to our sweet babies grant through Reece's Rainbow. This grant will be distributed to us before we leave to go get Ava (once travel dates have been given).You can also donate to our "chip-in" button above. This is a newer thing a have created that will allow donations to come to us now to help with adoption expenses that are current and in the future to help bring Ava home! If you choose this method, PayPal will deduct 2.9% and .30 cent from your donation for PayPal fees, however, we will receive your donation right then. You can also donate by mailing us a check or money order. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.We appreciate anything you can give or do for us. Please refer to our previous post "How You Can Help" for further ways you can assist us! Thank you all! Now I will leave you with a poem I saw posted on another Mother's status today. Once there were two women, who never knew each otherOne you do not remember, the other you call MotherTwo different lives shaped to make you oneOne became your guiding star, the other became your sunThe first one gave you life, the other taught you to live itThe first gave you a need for love, the second was there to give itOne gave you a nationality, the other gave you a nameOne gave you talent, the other gave you aimOne gave you emotion, the other calmed your fearsOne saw your first sweet smile, the other dried your tearsOne sought for you a home, that she could not provideThe other prayed for a child, and her hope was not deniedAnd now you ask me through your tears,The age-old question unanswered through the yearsHeredity or environment, which are you a product of?Neither my darling, neitherJust two different kinds of love.
Posted by Sylvia at 4:05 PM