Monday, April 30, 2012

LAST push for Maxim

PLEASE give to Maxim if you haven't already. This is his last day in the the Ten for Orphans spotlight. It is going to be super expensive for his family to bring him home due to the fact that his spina bifida wasnt repaired any at all during his 14 years of life. AS you can kinda see in the picture his legs are sticking out at a 90 degree angle from his body. What does that mean? Well it means he can't ride home in a normal airplane seat. PLEASE help his new family get him home!! Give ten or just share his story or this blog post with your readers. PLEASE, PLEASE for MAXIMs sake!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

JUST CAME BACK from the National Braille association Conference..

There I learned lots and I figured out I knew lots!! lol. Found a new software to drool over and I am very happy that it is available in a beta version so I can play around with it. Also won a got an exciting item for Vika that she will one day need!! Well just wanted to explain where I have been and why you haven't heard from me in 5 days time.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

GET 25 dollars at Target just for sharing our Fundraiser!!

Thanks to a dear lady...Natalie Gonzalos, From now until May 4th  you can enter to win a 25 dollar gift card to Target. How does this work?? Well its simple really. If you share our fundraiser on your blog or Facebook page you get one entry each time you share and in each place that you share.  If you do a blog post about Vika or the fundraiser then you get 5 entries for the gift card. If you chain email your friends then you also get 5 entries.
So lets say I post about Vika on the blog and mention the fundraiser that is 6 entries. Then if I share on Facebook that is 1 entry for each share. Confused? Its ok we'll work it out. If you post somewhere and I don't see it send me a comment or email me at  Thank you Amanda

MAXIM has a family!!

He does. He moved to the My Family Found Me page!!! Praise God and thanks to the ten for orphans Organization who is spotlighting him this month. It has given him a family. Now lets help them bring him home. Go to and give to his account or share his story with everyone you can. PLEASE he only has 5 days left and we have only managed to get him 1550 so far this month. Let's show this family what God's people can do!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

We intterupt our regular scheduled broadcast for...

Maxim. So yeah I'm gonna talk about Maxim again. Rumor has it he has a family that is working toward him but that they have to remain anonymous a little while longer. That said he still need OUR HELP. The family, who ever they are, are going to need a large grant to help get him home. Due to his medical needs that have been neglected sooo long he will need a special medical transport home.  His legs wont allow him to fit into a regular airplane seat or space. He has SIX days left in the Ten for Orphans spotlight. Will you help him? Just give ten dollars a month or 12 or 2 if we all work together we can get this precious boy home!! Go to and check it out.

Friday, April 20, 2012

There's Hope in Sight fundraiser

So There you have it...the new fundraiser. There might still be some things that trickle in that will be added to the pot. Also in May, Vika will be the Orphan of the month for Ten For Orphans.So that means that it will be very difficult for me to tell if you donate to the FSP for the fundraiser. So If you do choose to donate for the fundraiser through the FSP, please leave a comment on the blog or email me at to let me know. Thanks. Amanda

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Last night was home-study night

WE had another home-study appointment last night. It went great! I cant wait for a draft! The frustrating thing about the home-studies is the lack of information about sweet Vika seems to be stumping some people. They just want to make sure we know what we are getting into. When Chet and I took Stars training we were shocked at the things people were asking as questions. I guess they just have to assume you know nothing. They have no idea that I read, read, read and that I ask questions and I talk to parents of VI kids and I go cheer on the local kids at the braille challenge and I ask VI kids what they liked most and didn't. And I AM SURE that it wont be EASY but I STILL WANT to do IT!! But when they continually give you worst case scenarios I just want to scream.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Why did I mention Spina Bifida?

Well its simple really. This month's ten for orphans CHOSEN orphan is Maxim. Maxim is 14 and he has Spina bifida. His problems that stem from his Spina bifida could have and would have been fixed when he was a baby if he was born here in the United States. As it is he was born in the Ukraine and they didn't have the medical care to fix any of his issues so now here he is 10 years old with some REAL issues. But if we can raise the money for him and get the word out about him, we can find him a family and they can start right in on the medical stuff.  He already knows some English and he is super smart even though he hasn't EVER gone to school. And he needs your help. Go to and give him 10$. Then after so many people give ten dollars he will have a large enough grant that a family will want to adopt him. Right now people are scared about the Spina Bifida and about the costs for his medical care. Let's help ease their worries and find him a family!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

WE are COOKING up a new fundraiser around here...

We are working on a new fundraiser. What we really need is a big catch item Like an ipad or a NIKON d40 or something like that...Well for that matter we will take anything you all got.  Can you all pray that someone comes forward with such an item for our fundraiser? Thanks in advance to anyone that has ANYTHING they want to donate.

Monday, April 9, 2012

And the Winner of the NEW Nook is.......

# 286- Kathy Stevens  - Congratulations to Kathy!!

The winner of the cards from Ollie and Sully is
#195 Evan and Faith Jobes - Congratulations Evan and Faith!!
The winner of the 8x10 print from Red Letter Ink is
#6 - Carissa Funk - Congratulations Carissa!!!
The winner of the 10.00 gift certificate to A drop in the Bucket is
#256 Monica McDonald - Congratulations Monica!!

Thank you all for donating!! I wish I had 100 nooks to give Everyone. If any of the winners would like to donate their item back for another fundraiser for Vika we would gladly welcome it. Thanks All!!

What is Spina Bifida?

What is Spina Bifida?
Spina Bifida literally means “split spine.” Spina Bifida happens when a baby is in the womb and the spinal column does not close all of the way. Spina Bifida is the most common birth defect that disables people for life. Every day, about eight babies born in the United States have Spina Bifida or a similar birth defect of the brain and spine. 

What causes Spina Bifida?
No one knows for sure. Scientists believe that genetic and environmental factors act together to cause the condition.

Are there different types of Spina Bifida?
Yes. They are:

Occult Spinal Dysraphism (OSD)
Infants with this have a dimple in their lower back. Because most babies with dimples do not have OSD, a doctor has to check using special tools and tests to be sure. Other signs are red marks, tufts of hair or small lumps. In OSD, the spinal cord may not grow the right way and can cause serious problems as a child grows up. Infants who might have OSD should be seen by a doctor, who will recommend tests.

Spina Bifida Occulta
It is often called “hidden Spina Bifida” because about 15 percent of healthy people have it and do not know it. Spina Bifida occulta does not cause harm, has no signs and the spinal cord and nerves are fine. People usually find out they have it after having an X-ray of their back.

It causes part of the spinal cord to come through the spine like a sac that is pushed out. Nerve fluid is in the sac, and there is usually no nerve damage. Individuals with this condition may have minor disabilities.

Myelomeningocele (Meningomyelocele)
This is the most severe form of Spina Bifida. It happens when parts of the spinal cord and nerves come through the open part of the spine. It causes nerve damage and other disabilities. Seventy to ninety percent of children with this condition also have too much fluid on their brains. This happens because fluid that protects the brain and spinal cord is unable to drain like it should. The fluid builds up, causing pressure and swelling. Without treatment, a person’s head grows too big, and may have brain damage. Children who do not have Spina Bifida can also have this problem, so parents need to check with a doctor.
How is Spina Bifida Treated?
A child with meningomyelocele usually is operated on within two to three days of birth. This prevents infections and helps save the spinal cord from more damage.

A child with meningocele usually has it treated with surgery, and more often than not, the child is not paralyzed. Most children with this condition grow up fine, but they should be checked by a doctor because they could have other serious problems, too.
A child with OSD should see a surgeon. Most experts think that surgery is needed early to keep nerves and the brain from becoming more damaged as the child grows.
Spina Bifida occulta does not need to be treated.
What Can You Do to Prevent Spina Bifida?
Women who are old enough to have babies should take folic acid before and during the first three months of pregnancy. Because half of the pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, the Spina Bifida Association asks women to take a vitamin with 400 mcg (0.4 mg) of folic acid each day during the years of their lives when they are possibly able to have children. Women who have a child or sibling with Spina Bifida, have had an affected pregnancy or have Spina Bifida themselves should take 4000 mcg (4.0 mg) of folic acid for one to three months before and during the first three months of pregnancy.

What is Folic Acid?
Folic acid is a vitamin that the body needs to grow and be healthy. It is found in many foods, but the man-made or synthetic form in pills is actually better
absorbed by our bodies.
What Conditions are Associated with Spina Bifida?
Children and young adults with Spina Bifida can have mental and social problems. They also can have problems with walking and getting around or going to the bathroom, latex allergy, obesity, skin breakdown, gastrointestinal disorders, learning disabilities, depression, tendonitis and sexual issues.

What Physical Limitations Exist?
People with Spina Bifida must learn how to get around on their own without help, by using things like crutches, braces or wheelchairs. With help, it also is possible for children to learn how to go to the bathroom on their own. Doctors, nurses, teachers and parents should know what a child can and cannot do so they can help the child (within the limits of safety and health) be independent, play with kids that are not disabled and to take care of him or herself.  

Can Children with Spina Bifida Grow Up and Live a Full Life?
Yes. With help, children with Spina Bifida can lead full lives. Most do well in school, and many play in sports. Because of today’s medicine, about 90 percent of babies born with Spina Bifida now live to be adults, about 80 percent have normal intelligence and about 75 percent play sports and do other fun activities.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Awhile ago...

In Reece's Rainbow world, there were 2 boys that were teenagers and were very close to not getting the family they always wanted. They were about to age out of the system.  At 15 kids can no longer be adopted from Eastern Europe. And these were 2 great young men that were happy despite the crummy life they have had so far.  Well the Morton family decided to adopt Sam, but even though they wanted Duncan they thought he should have a family all his own. But a family that was interested fell through for Duncan so ....They decided to adopt him too. Why am I telling you this? It's simple really. They are having an IPOD touch giveaway on their blog. So Far they only have 55$ in donations and it ends April 19th. Also they have been given a match grant for 2000 dollars and they are 811$ short. So if you give to them today...your money will be doubled and you will be entered in the drawing for an IPOD touch. Go to their blog. Send them some love, enter the IPOD giveaway and help them meet their match grant of 2000.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Chip in went up, and up and UP!

Well last night was a busy night for our chip-in. Every time I checked back at it. It had gone up each time. Final total on the chip in was 650.59. Wondering about that .59? I was too but one kind person figured that was the fee that pay pal charged and she wanted us to get the full amount.  :) That is awesome!! The final total on our Reece's Rainbow account was 610.00. For a while I was wondering what was so important about the number 610. Sometimes I think God speaks through number references. So anyways it made me think of one of my favorite verses Ephesians 6:10 which is Be strong in the Lord and in his powerful might. Or it can also say Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power depending on which version you read. It just goes back to another post I read on a blog about giving something over to God and then taking it back. So Isn't God amazing? He worked through you and he doubled our funds in one day!!! AMAZING!!  So anyways, I have closed that chip in and I expect to get a list from Reece's Rainbow of the names of the donors to their site shortly. After that happens we will draw for the winner...Thank you to all who donated. Amanda

Sunday, April 1, 2012

LAST CHANCE and Praise GOD!!!

I just want to thank you all for moving the chip - In. We had an unexpected adoption expense this week for 500 dollars and we are almost there in the chip-in. Praise God and all his people who have been moved to help out our Vika!! Keep up the fight! Finish the race!! Sweet Vika has no idea the village that is working to bring her home.

This is the last chance to enter the NOOK fundraiser which ends tomorrow April 1st. So far there are 12 people entered in the deal so that means with 4 prizes they have a 25 percent chance of winning something. How do you like them odds. To enter click on the chip in button on the side or go here for our RR account which is tax deductible. Cost of entries is as follows:
 $10 = 1 entry
$20 = 3 entries
$50 = 15 entries
$100 = 45 entries

Thanks to all, Amanda