Saturday, December 31, 2011

Fundraiser for ????

Ok so heres the scoop. There is a child we are pursuing. We cant tell you the name or age or gender. But the child is blind. I can tell you that... And they are loved by many people. And the NOOK fundraiser is for them. We need 1100 dollars to complete our homestudy. PLEASE please donate to the chip in so we can pay for the homestudy. There is a child we have in mind. We are working towards this child...Please we beg you donate to the chip in. Win a NOOK. or some cards. Or a hand painted sign.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A conversation I had recently....

This past month, the little girl I work with (Abby) and I were talking about who I might adopt.  Abby is advocating for a blind child she wont be the only one. :) I told her that in some Eastern European countries blind kids arent allowed to go to school or even leave the place they are staying. I was trying to tell her in the least traumatic way possible. And she said,"wow", "I sure am glad I wasn't born there!" to which I said ..."Me too!"

This is the truth people ....Think of any capable little kid you know. Now think about living in a conrete building with a little play area for the rest of their lives. No family. No freedom. No schooling. No art. No recess. No reading. Nothing to escape to. Think about it. THis is the reality for some today...Help us rescue a child from this. Please doante to the chip in and possibly win a great prize while you are at it!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

2 more items added to the NOOK fundraiser!

from Terri Ellis @ A Drop in the Bucket a 10$ gift certificate. Terri paints beautiful signs like this one.

from me Amanda @  Ollie and Sully your choice of 20 handmade cards. An 80$ value.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ok Im Still here

Ok guys I am still here. Whoa its been a rough week. Seriously. But I didnt go to bed at night without a family. I didnt wake up seeing the same walls with no way to get away from them. I have a christmas tree and something to look forward to this week. Is it the same for all the orphans in the world? No it isnt. Help an orphan...donate to the chip in and enter to win a NOOK tablet...please for christmas help an orphan.

Friday, December 16, 2011

ITs a terrible Horrible no good VERY bad day. REALLY!

MY dear friend Amanda B. who is Victoria(63)'s orphan warrior was adopting a dear sweet boy Andriy. But yesterday a terrible thing happened and now it looks hopeless. Please pray that GOD can move this mountain somehow for Amanda. And pray for all the tears in the Ukraine adoption community right now.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Blind kids can....

Run Marathons!

Or DO anything for that matter.

Around here we are on the verge Of something great. Like I said before God is moving mountains and we are just 175$ away from committing to adopt a blind orphan.  That means that due to one awesome donor who is in love with the child I am interested in, we have the commitment fee and thanks to her sister, who is offering 100 dollars, part of the 275 that is left to pay. So that means I need just 175$ people! Then we can worry about the next chunk we have to raise. PLEASE help! I know money is tight but please help!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Meet the 2 Victorias

The First Victoria

Girl, Born December 12, 2002
I can't wait to see Victoria with long, flowing hair!   
Miss Victoria was born arthrogryposis, which only appears to affect her legs/feet.   She has a glowing personality and is a caregiver favorite.    Will be wonderful to see her, after surgery and therapy, walking on her own!!   If she is not adopted, she will spend the rest of her life bedridden.   
From her medical records:  congenital arthrogryposis, divergent squint. 
From our facilitator:   Victoria is happy and affectionate.  She loves to play with her dolls and to pretend to be mommy.  She is a very pretty girl.  She is a rather smart girl, the care-givers love her. She cannot support herself and needs assistance. She does not walk but she is a very active girl.  She is moving herself somehow, using mostly her hands.
As with all children living in these difficult conditions,  this child's cognitive development has regressed significantly since he/she was younger.  It is of crucial importance that any family considering the adoption of an older child from the mental institution setting be well prepared for what to expect with regards to how the neglect and lack of adequate medical care and nourishment has affected this child.    These children all have TREMENDOUS potential for improvement, and deserve to have a life outside these four walls.

The second Victoria

Girl, Born November 13, 2005
Victoria is too cute!  She has brown hair and blue eyes, and is in the same orphanage as Andriy and several other children with Down syndrome.  Victoria is a smart little girl and very *able*.  From her medical records:  congenital cataract of both eyes (blind), microphtalm, delay of psychological development.   Outgoing, can walk independently, knows her way around in her group, is interested in studies, responds well when adults refer to her.
From a missionary who has spent time with Victoria:  "What a sweetheart! Gentle, calm, outgoing, and very affectionate. She has made a lot of progress since she was at the baby orphanage. Vika has had some self-harming tendencies but the workers have been working with her on that… Whenever she would start banging her head they would pick her up, lay her across their lap and start massaging her back. Now, when she gets upset she goes to them and lays across their lap all on her own, no longer resorting to self-harming behaviors. Vika is independent and was walking around all over the room hardly ever bumping into anything. She doesn't speak much but she does say "Mama". She also knows how to let the workers know when she needs to go to the bathroom. They also said that her fine motor skills have greatly improved as well. Finally, she is a real snuggler. First thing she did when I called her over to me was climb up onto my lap. I tried to get better pictures of her but all she wanted to do was cuddle in close… how could I say no to that???"

This orphanage is one of the good ones. Small, with all higher functioning special needs children of "preschool" age (ages 4-8). There were only 6 kids in Victoria and "Andriy"'s room and two workers caring for them. It was clear that workers care about them very much and showed them plenty of love and affection. The director is not only open to adoption, she is actively looking for families for all of the kids so that they don't have to be transferred once they turn 8-years-old! Unfortunately, "Andriy" and Vika are in the lowest functioning group and they usually have a hard time finding families for those kids… but maybe that's something RR can help with :)

Why am I telling you about these girls? Because the first one I am an orphan warrior for and the second...well I am just in love with.  2 Girls....the same country. If you are moved to donate to either girl go to Reese's and type Victoria in the search box. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thank you Jamie Kirkpatrick!

Thank you Jamie -

Who's Jamie? She's the first to enter the drawing for the new NOOK tablet! Her entry fee got her three entries. So far she's a guaranteed win. Who's gonna be the next one to throw their name in the hat? Please dont ya want one?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Things are Happening around here

THings are happening. That is all I can say right now. Please pray for Chet and I that we can come to a decision based on the things that are happening. But all I can tell you is GOD is moving mountains and I am here to watch it. WOW!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Just a Reminder about the giveaway!

New NOOK Tablet giveaway....

What can it do?
Our fastest, lightest tablet with the best entertainment displayed in stunning VividView™

•Movies, TV shows and music from the top names—Netflix, Hulu Plus™, Pandora® & more

•World's most advanced VividView™ 7" Touchscreen

•Over 2.5 million books, magazines, comics & kids' books

•Lightning fast Email, Web & smooth streaming video

•Thousands of must-have apps like Angry Birds and Epicurious

•Extra-long battery life—yet ultra-light and thin

•Always free NOOK support in-store

So I have tried to come up with ways to raise money to rescue the blind children stuck in an orphanages in Eastern Europe.  So here goes in order to be entered for a chance at the New NOOK tablet this is what it takes.  Help touch the life of a blind orphan this christmas!!

$10 = 1 entry
$20 = 3 entries
$50 = 15 entries
$100 = 45 entries
Click on the Chip In the enter!

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Greatest Moment in History.....

began with an Adoption! Consider this. One man named Joseph adopted a child that wasn't his so we could all have a savior.  What if he had told that the child Mary carried wasnt his,  and caused her to be ostrocized from her community? How would the manger scene have gone then? In the same manner that Joseph adopted little baby Jesus, Our Lord and savior adopts us.  We are his chosen ones. Please help us remember adoption and grab a NewNOOK too!

Why Special needs ? in Eastern Europe?

Simple. I am familiar with blind children, as most of you know.  Did you know that blind children are the last choice in adoption? A deaf child or a physically disabled child will always be chosen over the blind child. Why? Because people see being blind as the worst thing ever. But its not. It is just another thing in life.

Why Eastern Europe?
Well... the children that have special needs in that area are placed in mental institutions. They don't go to school. They don't go on field trips. They are stuck in those concrete walls for life.  They are sentenced to life in prison for being different. If the parents keep the child they are ostracized and there are no services or physicians to treat conditions.  THings that are easily treated here are death sentences to those children over there.  I know of one child in Serbia who is 8 and blind. He is the size of a four yearold he weighs 30 pounds. He will never go to school. He has no OT, no PT no braille instructor.  He is contained because they fear he will hurt himself.  He is kept in a crib all day long, he is fed mush through a bottle, or shoveled into his mouth by someone who has 50 children to feed and not enough time to wait for him to do it himself.  He throws toys in frustration, not to hurt. He begs to go outside to the little playground.  He is the reason For the NOOK fundraiser.  Help him. Help these children PLEASE!

Friday, December 2, 2011

New NOOK Tablet giveaway....

So I have tried to come up with ways to raise money to rescue the blind children stuck in an orphanages in Eastern Europe.  If we were to adopt a child from there we will  need 1500 for our home-study. And 1000 to commit to a child. So my goal is too raise at least that...If we manage to raise more for the 18,000 expenses after that then that is good too.There are several children in Ukraine that we could adopt too  if we could just get the funds for our home-study. So here goes in order to be entered for a chance at the New NOOK tablet this is what it takes.
$10 = 1 entry
$20 = 3 entries
$50 = 15 entries
$100 = 45 entries
Click on the Chip in to enter
The fundraiser will continue until we raise enough.  The winner will be chosen by a random number generator.
Well that's it folks! Thanks and Good Luck