A beautiful child…Forgotten…

I first saw Margarita in a BBC documentary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs42-5HnQRQ&list=PLeEifEqgp9yxwvm6Q-njuLRhhkf8UJhrf)  (18:52-22;10) a few years ago, when our story of adoption began.  She was one of two children who were so very ill, barely clinging to life.  They were ill enough to be sent to hospital.  And then sent back, with nothing more to be done.  One went to the arms of Jesus.

Margarita somehow survived and hung on.  After the BBC film, life changed for this little girl.  Maya’s Hope (mayashope.org) and Happy Child (www.deti.zp.ua/eng/) partnered to provide better nutrition and some medical and therapy care.  They even were able to get her listed for adoption, a child considered hopeless by many.

Now her family is on a train on their way to meet her in her country.

Although they were prepared, now  due to circumstances beyond them, they are now in need of financial help.  It is their story to tell, but they do need help and they are good people who are embarking on a mission to save a life.  If  you would like to be a part in a small or large way, they need help now.  Please pray for them.  You can donate to them at this link and it is tax deductible.

http://reecesrainbow.org/82575/sponsorerb

Do you know how special you are??

We were in the mall a little too long.  We live in the country so a trip to the city usually means everyone goes in a different direction.  We were unloading the boys for a stroll around the mall and a snack, while the teens went to a “sit-down” place, not the boys’ favorite thing.  We discovered their bag had been left at the church, so everything stopped for an emergency trip back for the all important bag, full of medicines, and equipment.  We were already unpacked so we stayed at the mall.  What we forgot was that the bag had our money…so they took off for 3 hours leaving us with lots of window shopping and no treats!

We were okay, but a little bummed.  It was the end of the visit and had found a bench near the front so we. could. go!

“HI!  Can I sit here?”

I thought it was a little crowded for just one bench and two grumpy kids, but I said sure.

“What’s his name?  He’s cute…”

(Lucas, as if realizing he had an audience, starts his charming routine) …Then he reaches for her bag.

“Sorry!,” I say.  “He likes noise.  He wants to hear what your bag will sound like.”

She is busy getting her packages back together and I see she has the prettiest red hair and is just so pleasant, even though Lucas has clearly caused her a bit of distress.

After looking him over, she says, “Hey!  He’s special!  He’s special, isn’t he??”

Not sure how to answer that, I say , “Yes, he’s very special.”

“I could tell.  I’m special too.  I’m a different kind of special.  He doesn’t have Down Syndrome.  I have Down Syndrome. ”

!!!! Wow !!!! Who were the wonderful people in this lady’s life that she knew that different meant special, not weird.!!!

Our conversation went on from there, but I left the mall feeling very happy we had been stuck.  I got to meet someone who really did seem to know how special she was and made my world a pretty special place that Sunday afternoon!

Arielle on http://reecesrainbow.org/90245/sponsorwarinner

The story continues….

I won’t say much this time… Michael, our family videographer,  has been working on a little project…. about our little project.

If you would like to walk with us on this journey to Arielle and bring her home late this summer, please click the link below.  All donations are tax deductible!

http://reecesrainbow.org/90245/sponsorwarinner

Joy…

I love happy kids.  I am jumping ahead a little in the story because….

Well….

Because this is the good part!!

Lucas: A form of Luke or Lucius, meaning “light-giving” or “illumination.” Luke is the author of the third gospel of the New Testament.

-babycenter.com

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Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. – Psalm 126:2-3 (NIV)

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Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart. Psalm 119:11

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Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! Psalm 126:5

Matthew:  From the Hebrew name Matityahu, meaning “Gift from God.” Matthew was one of Jesus’s apostles and author of the first Gospel in the New Testament.

– babycenter.com

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A joyful heart is good medicine… Proverbs 17:22

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This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

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 The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord, and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.  Isaiah 29:19

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He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting. Job 8:21

Why…

So…I promised you a story.

Every story has a beginning.  We were blissfully unaware at the beginning of their story.  In 1997, two boys were born on the other side of the planet.  Not in our world.  In our world, we were young married’s…college kids…hoping for babies that hadn’t come yet.  Over there…very different.  Two precious little ones, with precious little faces, and big problems.  They were social orphans and disabled.  This defined their destiny.

Baby house…..orphanage….adult mental institution…

Somehow they travelled together through the years,

from baby house to remote, isolated orphanage

to city orphanage.

Next stop: invalid unit of adult mental asylum.

But.

But God had a plan…. for them…. for us.

I found this while looking for baby pictures, anything documenting their lives.  I almost wish I hadn’t.  It is hard to watch.  This is before any relief came.  This is before a BBC documentary shed light on their situation.

I don’t always have an answer for the HOW of our family.  It is a mystery to me sometimes.  It was such a convoluted, amazing journey.

I can say WHY.  This shows WHY.  Watch it if you wish to.  Know it is difficult to watch.  Also know some of these children have been rescued.  Some did not survive.  Some remain.  Now there are people advocating and fighting for the them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwh7vCEbwj0

I found our boys in here at 6:22/13:36 and 7:00/7:17.

This is why.

Just a note…

I have been away.  Not good.  Somehow blogging has changed from a way to share with my community to more paperwork.

I am not good at paperwork.

So… Life has been good though.  We arrived home one year ago with two beautiful boys, both 17, but emotionally more like toddlers.   There is no way I can summarize this past year in a quick note.  I will write the story of our year in the next post.  Suffice it to say that we are blessed.  As a family, we are more than we were.  We have learned more, laughed more, cried more, cherished more, and been more thankful for the little blessings we have been given.  I think we now know that those little blessings are not so little.  We have been given so much.  We are so thankful to have it together.

God is so good.

Check out our new page for Fancy’s Specs

There is now a new permanent page for the book Fancy’s Specs.  This is my first book as an illustrator.  I feel so blessed to have been able to have worked with Robin Shipman in creating a book that encourages parents and kids that we can always come to God with our needs and concerns.  We are so excited and hopeful to see how God will encourage families and children!

 

 

 

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http://bookstore.crossbooks.com/Author/Default.aspx?BookworksSId=SKU-000908655

A children’s book for Easter!!

Right before I left for our boys, I was working collaboratively with my friend Robin Shipman on a children’s book that shares God’s love to the littlest ones.  Fancy’s Specs is about a group of barnyard friends that learn that nothing is too small for God in the search for a pair of missing glasses.  We can always ask God for help.  It is our hope that parents can share this book with their children, Sunday school teachers with their students, and  missionaries can share with the forgotten children of our world.

 

I am pleased to announce that Fancy’s Specs is now available in paperback or e-book at crossbooks.com

 

bookstore.crossbooks.com/author/Default.aspx?BookworksSId=SKU-000908a655

 

 

Funded!

I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped and loved on these boys and us. In the last few days, we have received a few significant financial contributions which have not only finished our fundraising for the boys but have also helped with the cost of going to go get them! One person I don’t even know. I want to speak to you and say you have touched my heart and I thank you. Thank you for all who have supported us. We will leave soon to go to the boys. Please keep us in your prayers. Eeeerkkk!!! Exciting!