~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~

~A family for Lianne...Are you her momma?~

As many of you know, there is a little girl listed on Reece's Rainbow that really tugs at my heart, "Lianne"!

Lianne is the same age as Gabby (our current daughter adopted in 2010) and Ava (our soon to be daughter). Lianne looks so much like our precious Gabby and I can see so much potential in this girl!

Lianne has Down Syndrome (so what), she has strabismus/crossed eyes (so what...and can possibly be fixed), she is SAID TO HAVE an open oval window/atrial defect of the heart (who knows if this is true and if it is, so what). The reason I say "who knows if she has an atrial defect" is because this was said about Gabby while she was in country as well and she has been tested extensively in the USA and found to have never had one. This is being said about Ava as well, but who knows. Its very common for this diagnosis to be put with Down Syndrome children. I believe the doctor's assume it is the case with all DS children because its the case with some of them. Even if she does have this, it often closes on its own and even if it doesn't surgery can correct it as well. PLEASE don't let this scare you off from this child.

The fact is, next year, when "Lianne" turns 4 years old, she faces transfer to an adult mental institution just because she has Down Syndrome! The likely hood of her ever leaving the institution alive is not good. I am begging of you to please don't let this happen!

If you will take this leap of faith to choose to adopt "Lianne" I promise you I will do everything in my power to help you. I will pray with you, fundraise with you, give you every extra penny I have once our adoption is complete, etc....to help you save this child's life!

Look at this precious face and ask yourself  "Could I be her momma?"

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