Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fatherless Friday

Yes, I know this is early.  I posted it earlier today when I thought it was Friday today, hahaa.  It's been one of 'those' days....but then my sweet, but know it all, friend Kristen emailed me and said 'what the.... this is THURSDAY!' soo..I took it off.  But then I figured whats the difference, so I put it back on  ;)

  Two weeks in a row, I know...but this is sweet Charity! 

There is a family adopting from her orphanage right now and they were fortunate enough to get this updated picture of her!!! 

Oh my, she's sooo sweet.  And so little, just perfect for cuddling ;)

Pretty in Pink.  Now she just needs someone to come for her.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

This baby needs your prayers....

Remember this baby? Sweet Moira (Victoria).

( I borrowed this from Julia Nalles blog, she's so much better at it than I am)

Well she is currently in the Children's Hospital of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.


She just plain needs our prayers.
So does her family.

They also need anyone who lives in the Atlanta area to drop what they are doing and be the hands of Christ for that family.

Shelly Burman, who just finished going through the same nightmare with their daughter Carrington, has volunteered to organize people to help the Ferrones through her Carrington's Courage blog.

If you live in the Atlanta area - please contact Shelly through that blog and let her know what you can do to help.

If you don't live in the Atlanta area - then consider helping the family out financially. They could definitely use every single donation made at this point.

There is a chip-in on Carrington's Courage.

Please let's rally around this family - through prayers, financial support and hands on loving!

Monday, June 27, 2011

What a difference a year makes.....

This is one little boy that loves his life!
Posted by PicasaArtiom getting buried in the sand yesterday at the beach :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Fatherless Friday

Sweet Charity....I've wanted you for sooo long.  I look at your picture all the time and everyday when I look to see which children have been chosen, I always anticipate seeing your face....but you're still waiting for your mama and papa to come for you.
If we could go back now, it would be for you sweet girl....


Girl, Born September 26, 2008
What a munchkin! Big brown eyes :) More photos available. Charity is a beautiful girl with Down syndrome. She was born with a heart condition, but has had corrective surgery and is healthy and doing well now. She is still crawling, and will greatly benefit from a loving family to encourage her development!!
$1114.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

This little one needs her family...she needs to be loved and cuddled...she needs to belong.  Can't you just imagine what a little ray of sunshine she would be in your lives???  Please, someone save her.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

this is a good blog to read :)

And she's giving away this book....which I want to win....because I'm #26 at the library! haha.

Go take a'll also get a glimpse of country life...and of these sweeties...

And you just may learn how to make cheesecake out of black beans....ahh...if you want to ;)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Sweet Josiah

Little Josiah turned 7 yrs old today.  That's 7 yrs without a mom and a dad.  Without a family. 
That is so sad :(        Please, somebody save him....

Boy, Born June 22, 2004

Josiah is SO handsome! Olive skin, and dark hair with beautiful deep brown eyes.
Josiah is all boy! Very active and doing well. He was born with an additional chord to the left ventricle, and has a functional systolic murmur. But you'd never know it! Josiah is almost 6, please help us save him from the institution!
From an adoptive family who visited with him in May 2010: "This cutie pie had just woken up from his nap, so he was not feeling over smiley. He was very pleasant and followed the commands of his caretaker. He appropriately pointed to his ears, eyes, nose, bottom and hands after she asked him to show her wher each part was. He loves to throw the ball back and forth with someone. He is well developed and proportional. He is a big boy."
From an adoptive family who visited with him in April 2011: "Josiah was transfered to his current place in October, 2010. He has lost a noticeable amount of weight. He is desperate for personal attention and stimulation. The caretakers at the orphanage really do not know what to do with him. He is very outgoing and has a huge smile for anyone that is willing to give him the time of day. He gets along well with the other children in the groupa and listens well to his caretakers.
He walks and runs, and plays, and feeds himself, but he seems to have slipped into survival mode here and is regessing fast. I feel VERY STRONGLY that he needs out of this place!"



Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers Day to my sweet husband...
 (with Artiom in the orphanage)

And to my Dad.....who apparently thought the day was a bust.

But not to worry....we all had a good time making fun of him while he was asleep ;)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Fatherless Friday

Beautiful (and able) little Francine......
Girl, Born May 2006

Francine has been waiting a long time for her forever family. She was born with CP, but you can see how well she is doing and how strong she is physically. She is an orphanage favorite.

From her medical records: cerebral palsy, spastic diplegia, delay of psychospeech development

From a family who visited with her in August 2010: "I just wanted to say that Francine is mobile and doesn't let her CP stop her! She was a very sweet little girl and her face beamed when she smiled! She has beautiful light blue eyes and dark hair. I know she would make a wonderful daughter. If anyone asks about her I'd love tell them more about her.

Sophia A.
Date of Birth: October 2009
Gender: Female
Eyes: Gray
Hair: brown

Look how beautiful she has grown!! Significant cleft lip and palate, most likely FAS or prenatal drug use as well.

Many people have inquired about Smile Train helping Sophia, but she would be much better served to have reconstructive surgery here in the US with her new family. Is that you?

Poor little Sophia....she really needs help...and a family.
$3775.50 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

One reason why I love Rich

Rich goes to bed earlier than everyone else because he get up so early...the other night when he was in bed Artiom wandered in and went to him...I was out in the hall but heard this:

"You're such a beautiful boy Toma.  You're fearfully and wonderfully made.  And exactly the way God wanted you to be....Papa sure loves you"

It just touched my heart...I married the sweetest man.

Monday, June 13, 2011

The goings on around here

Here's what we've been up to lately.  I lost the cord to my camera so I can't download my pictures :(  

yesterday we took the kids to a parade in the next little town over...they all had alot of fun...Toma still wouldn't get any candy, he's not the least bit interested in it.  He sat on my dads lap the whole 2 1/2 hours. 
My dad had a wonderful time because there was a Saloon Girl in the parade...Klondike Kate, I believe, who came over to him and sang him a song and KISSED him!!!  So, that pretty much made his day...or his month ;)  I wonder if she noticed that he only shaved half his face...he forgot the other half! :)

Last week I got a package in the mail...from a blog reader that I've never met....she crocheted me a prayer shawl!!!  A beautiful, pink (which is my favorite color) prayer shawl.  Can you believe that???  It really touched me that someone would do that for someone they don't even know.  THANK YOU ELIZ!!!
(when I get a new cord, I'll post pics)

Then....Jacee Badeaux sent me a note and signed pictures of himself!!!  Now,  you all know how much I love him, so that made my day!!!  He really is the neatest kid. 

Toma has dr appts all day tomorrow....x-rays to prepare for cleft palate visits, and plastic surgeon visit.  I don't like those days....spent down in the city with all that traffic.  I have terribly dry eyes from Sjogrens Syndrome and they get so bad on days like that then the headache comes on....oh, not good.  BUT, I will feel so much better when he finally has these things fixed.

If any of you were intending to write to Travis, he sustained a back injury and was flown back home to recuperate :(  I'll let you know when he'll be sent back though.

Last week there was a batch of  dead bunnies in my back yard :(    One was still alive and I tried to save it....but it was too late.  We buried them...the next morning the mama was looking for was sad :(

We had one hot day here in was 103 degrees!  that was last's been sweater weather ever since.  I guess that was our one day of summer!

Well, that's about it.

Oh, and I've had 3 people email me and say they can't comment on my blog :(  And I can't comment on most peoples blogs that really stinks!  You know how much I love my comments!! :) :)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fatherless Friday

My friend Catherine is at the orphanage where this little boy is living...she's adopting 2 beautiful little girls.  But she's been able to spend time with one of my favorite little boys...Michael.

This is sweet Michael when he was a baby...

                                           He's still waiting...and waiting...

                   And look how he has grown..and look at that smile!

                                            But even at 3 yrs old, he's still much like a baby...
                                              Who needs a mama to cuddle him...

Boy, Born May 2008
  Look how much he has grown up! Sad that he has to watch his friends Nastya and Moira go home with their mama, but he still has to sit and wait ;(
Michael is so handsome!!! Michael has dark hair and eyes. He is three years old. He is near walking, and will definitely thrive in a family environment. He does have an open oval window, and should see a cardiologist when he gets home. Michael is in the same orphanage with many other children, both with DS and other special needs, and could be adopted together with any of them.
From one of our adoptive families who visited with him in June 2011: "Michael is often overlooked because he is so quiet. When I went over to him, he was quite surprised to receive attention. He was thrilled to be snuggled. I think he would have sat in my lap all day. He can walk if you hold his hands. He seems very healthy. He is in a very high functioning room with typical kids. Very, very sweet loving boy! He would look deeply into my eyes, like he was looking into my soul! It was very hard for me to put him down! I sure hope this helps find him a family!"
$1190.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Michael set up his Candy Shop

 Every summer Michael sets up his 'stand'.  He was SOOO excited to go to Walmart last night and get his 'merchandise' hahaa.

                        Of course, I greatly encourage this....for many reasons.  Did I mention he stays down there ALL DAY???  ;)
He brought his book to read for the slow periods...

And I brought him lunch, which always brings a smile to his face :)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Fatherless Friday

I've been looking at this sweet boy for years...watching him change and grow..and STILL waiting for a family.  I'm starting to think he will always be overlooked...and alone in the world.  And he seems like SUCH a sweet, good natured boy. 
Austin (16ka1-3)
Boy, Born June 2006

This darling little boy is waiting for his forever family. He has very unique facial features, but I am unfamiliar with the condition that causes these. One of the possible diagnoses we have been made aware of *may* be a form of Russell Silver Syndrome (RSS). This most recent photo shows he is growing well, and seems to be active and relatively happy. After what we learned about RSS, it seems much more likely than the previously supposed progeria, which is good for Austin! Please consider adopting Austin and helping him be the best that he can be! There will never be a place for him in his country outside the walls of an institution, just like our children with Down syndrome.

Could he be YOURS???