~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, May 28, 2012

~Memorial Day~ Ipad Giveaway, Blankets, Painting~

As yesterday was a day that  many of us celebrated and remember all of the men and women who lost their lives fighting for our freedom, we also remembered all of our loved ones we've lost througout the years. For me that involved, my dad, granny, grandfather, cousins, and friends! Somehow, more sadly than all of those I couldn't help but think about all of the children that are dying on a daily basis around the world, waiting for families to come for them! There are so many things we cannot control in life and death is often one of them.  While it is true we cannot control death...in a weird kind of way...in regards to orphans we can control it somewhat! These children ARE dying everyday that they don't have a family to care for them. Everyday that passes, is a day that is closer to them being institutionalized, therefore shortening their lives by MANY MANY years!!! That being said the quicker we can find families to come for them, or help committed families to go get them...we are SAVING THEIR LIVES!!!

If you'd like to help our family go get/save our second child, we would greatly appreciate it! Our girls lived in the orphanage together and need to be reunited as soon as possibly. Our little one (Ava) that is still in the orphange is turning 3 in a couple of weeks and at the age of 4 they begin considering institutionalizing these children!  Being our family just adopted Gabby less than two years ago, we must have helping bringing Ava home!!! Raising a child at home is much different in regards to funding as compared to coming up with thousands just to get them home! Here are some of the ways you can help now....and in return get some fabulous stuff!!!


Our ipad giveaway is going on right now and will last until June 15th!

Find the details here: http://journeytoreunitetwoangels.blogspot.com/2012/05/ipad-giveaway_15.html

Also don't forget that when you donate $35 or more for the ipad giveaway you will get a FREE handmade baby blanket made by myself. See samples below. I can do customized colors and characters :) You must tell me by message, comment, or email at jsgamiddleton@gmail.com that you wish to receive a blanket.  Look how adorable!!!


This is a painting that our facilitator has donated to us to help us with the cost of our adoption. If you would like to win this painting please see our ipad giveaway link above. The same rules apply to the painting regarding sharing this with friends and donating for entries into the giveaway! This is a beautiful painting for anyone to own. Especially the parents of little ones from Ukraine!

In addition to everything listed above, we have a list of fundraisers on the right side of our blog. If you have any questions in regards to any fundraiser, you can email me at jsgamiddleton@gmail.com