~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, July 7, 2012
Just wanted to let everyone know that the winners of the giveaway have been selected by random.org and I have emailed them! I am waiting to here a response back from them as to which prizes they would like and if I can publish their names!! I will update as soon as I hear from them. Thank you all so so much! Our giveaway was a success and of course as posted previously, we received a very generous matching grant of $1,000 as a result of this! I can't thank you all enough. We can now say we are officially half way funded for our adoption! While this is good news it still means we have half way to go! Please continue to support out family to try to save these two girls!!! They are worth it, they deserve more, and they have been waiting far too long!!!! I will of course continue to put all of my time and effort into making this happen and I will continue to bring you all awesome fundraisers that you can use and benefit from as a gratitude for your support of our adoptions!!!
Posted by Sylvia at 12:56 AM