Nov 29, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
Nov 15, 2011
Nov 9, 2011
This is Alex and Vitally.
One of these babies is HIV+.
It's not a secret that The Hero and I have a soft spot for siblings.
I can't imagine having The Dinosaur without having The Angel.
I know my own life would not be the same without my siblings.
Sometimes in adoption, staying together is not an option.
But imagine your chances if there were 7 of you!
Even staring at their picture makes me overwhelmed.
Imagine the laundry.
Imagine the meal planning.
Imagine the LOVE!
The smiles at knowing they were all staying together.
This amazing group is currently in foster care awaiting their forever family.
They want to be adopted together.
Do you blame them?
I wouldn't give up my sister either.
Nov 8, 2011
This cupcake had me had first sight.
She is being advocated for by WACAP, which is the adoption agency
we have signed for in order to take us to our new family member in Thailand.
Remember to pray for the kids you've seen here
and advocate for them by using your facebook, twitter and blogs.
Nov 7, 2011
Nicholas is being advocated for by Eli Project.
You can go here and read this sweet boy's profile
pray for him.
donate to his adoption fund.
advocate for him.
ask if Nicholas is your son, grandson, nephew.
Nov 6, 2011
Nov 5, 2011
A lot of people questioned The Hero and I when we decided to adopt a sibling set. As first time parents, there were always questions about how we'd go from no kids to two and what our adjustment period would be like. Believe me, The Hero and I did question it a lot, but over and over again we felt as though if the Lord was calling us to it, He wouldn't leave us in the middle. Since both The Hero and I had siblings, we knew we would eventually adopt again; why not bring home a sibling set?
It definitely wasn't always peaches and cream. Having two new personalities in the house was challenging at first, but seeing the bond between The Dinosaur and The Angel is priceless.
Every country has different requirements and standards for adoption. At the time, Ethiopia had a rule that siblings were not allowed to be separated; which meant the couples open to sibling sets were dramatically reduced, therefore lessening their probability for adoption.
After coming home with The Angel and The Dinosaur, The Hero and I promised that we would continue to advocate for waiting children and sibling groups.
Meet Chrystyna and Karen.
Chyrstyna and Karen are siblings living in the Ukraine. Karen is a 15 year old who is a typical teenager who is waiting for her new family. Chrystyna's medical charts state that she has some developmental delays but provides no specifics as to her needs. These adorable princesses are ready for adoption immediately, as Karen will soon age out of the Ukrainian system and will be on her own.
The girls are being advocated for by Reece's Rainbow . If you go to Reece's website, you can donate to the girls' adoption funds and read more about their profiles. Also, consider signing up for Reece's Warrior program, where you can use your blog and social media to raise money for a child who needs a family this Christmas.
Nov 4, 2011
Nov 3, 2011
I learn a lot of these lessons from my friends.
This precious family lives in our town.
They own one of our favorite family hangouts, The Cupcake Lounge.
Last year they traveled to the Ukraine to bring home
what they thought would be two kids,
a boy and a girl.
The Lord changed their plans and they arrived home with their teenage son, Adrian.
But the desire for a sister never left their hearts.
They pursued for months a girl, Anatasia.
They prepared the documents, began raising funds, advocated for their daughter and
planned to make a place in their home for their newest addition.
The Lord changed their plans.
They were heartbroken to know Anastasia had been adopted by another family,
only weeks before they were to leave for Ukraine to bring her home.
Alecia and her husband Brian decided to travel any way, and seek the daughter
they knew was waiting for them.
They have a lot of funds still to raise.
Nov 1, 2011
Family found for this sweetie.So much is changed by the power of that little red heart attached to those pictures.
But just about the time my heart was soaring about how many kids had found homes last year,
For them, it is another Thanksgiving of waiting, another bedtime in a strange bed,
So instead of spending this month of things I'm thankful for,
I'd love to hear it.