~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, June 10, 2012

~Happy Birthday Week Ava~

Today we are celebrating our little Ava's birthday because this week our princess gained an extra candle on her cake!

We baked a small cake, wrote a message on it, had some balloons, and just took time to think of her today (as we do everyday) to ensure that she wasn't totally forgotten today! Lord willing and with the help of family and friends this will be the last birthday she has to spend uncelebrated with her and in an orphanage without family and friends to love on her and show her full attention on her birthday.

Well, one thing is for sure she was forgotten here today! We love you so much sweet girl and we will do whatever it takes to make sure your never alone again on another birthday. Happy birthday! Daddy, mommy, and Gabby loves you very much!

If you would like to give Ava a birthday donation which will also give you entries into our iPad giveaway, we would greatly appreciate it! She can't come home unless we have help and we can't commit to saving another child like we hope to do until she is fully funded!

Go to the link below for our iPad giveaway ending in only 5 days!!!


Remember, if you donate $35 or more you can get a free handmade baby/toddler blanket!!! You must email me at jsgamiddleton@gmail.com to let me know you wish to receive one. Go here for more information:


Or if you'd like more information on how you can get an original Eastern European painting and benefit our adoption go here:


Thank you all do much and God Bless!


  1. Happy Birthday! My birthday is this week too. I donated $21(an extra $1 to help with paypal) via chip in and I shared on facebook. Please enter me in the ipad giveaway.

    1. Thank you Becky! You have been entered :)

  2. Happy Birthday sweet girl!! Cannot wait to see you home!!

  3. Aww, thanks Leila! That makes two of us!