~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, June 16, 2012

AND THE WINNER IS..................



To Stefanie: Thank you so much! I will email you at the email address listed on the PayPal donation you sent me initially. I'm so happy for you! please contact me if the email on your PayPal is different than your preferred or usable email. Also, I will need to know if the shipping address on your account is the best place to have the iPad shipped to.

To Everyone Else: Thank you so
much for your donations from the largest to the smallest. Thank you for sharing on Facebook, Twitter, your blogs, etc!!!!

When taking into account that we had a donor that donated enough to nearly pay for the iPad, we met our iPad giveaway goal!!!

Please keep following our blog for future giveaways and fundraisers!

We are far from being funded but thankfully we are more than $2,000 closer to Ava than before the giveaway!!!

I'm asking if you will please keep us in your prayers and continue to support our efforts of rescuing Ava and reuniting her with Gabby! The sooner we can get funded for Ava the better because we can then commit to another child!!!!

Thank you all so much and again, CONGRATS STEFANIE!!!!

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