Jul 30, 2013

I'll be blunt.

A few posts ago, I have posted about a fundraiser for Baby N. My heart breaks to peices. This is from N's mommy:

"I must say, some days are harder then others. Tonight my heart feels shattered, and the tears wont seem to stop.
I have watched, through photos over the past months, a baby fighting to stay alive. I have loved him. I have dreamt of him. I have prepared in every way to have him enter in our family. We have been blessed with so much love and support through all of this but I have also been greeted with doubt and a lack of support on many occasions, and by many people that I would never have thought would question me. I have faced set back after set back with a smile and a broken heart, I have answered numerous questions, and fielded many hurtful comments, I have tried to make the best decisions I can make to somewhat protect the child I so much love, and have cried so many tears for.

I am sad tonight, I am sad because we are NO WHERE near reaching our goal to bring him home to our family. I am sad because I feel like I am watching this child die and will never get the chance to hold him, to kiss him, and to just let him know that he is loved, by his parents, his sisters, his brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. HE IS LOVED.

I am in no way giving up on him or giving up bringing him home. but I personally am done with online fundraisers, with sharing our story, with laying my heart out to every one. ALL I want is to get him home, to help him heal, to teach him love and what a family can be.

We are going to do everything we can do to get him home. It will take us time. we know that. We are not wealthy, but we LOVE. we do not have $50,000 sitting in the bank, but we are working hard. It will take us some time. Sadly, time that I know he does not have. But we will NOT ever stop trying to get him here.

Thank you all for your continued support, I can't even express to you how much we appreciate every prayer, every thought, all the kind words, and many donations. We hope that one day we can share his first family photo with you all!"
 If you are an adoptive parent, or have been involved in adopting family's story, you know how frustrating it is to just get through to people. To literally beg for ransom money for your child. And all you are met with is cold, heart, stone indifference. I'll be blunt friends. This child is dying. He has a terminal disease for which there is no cure. He might live a couple of more years, or just a couple of more weeks. I don't know what his condition is right now.
But all I know is that he is someone's son. He is someone's precious little creature that is suffering, and whether he is bound for this world for a year, or for a week - he deserves to be given a chance to live it loved and cared for. He deserves to be given medical care, clean bandages, and pain relief. 
There are days where I just want to throw my monitor our the window. I have mailed at least 30 bloggy friends. Begging for the to spread the word about Baby N. I have gotten 2 replies. 2 faithful warriors - I bow to you deeply. WHERE ARE THE REST OF YOU, WARRIORS?! Is this child NOT worthy of our attention?! Is HIS life not worth of you just MENTIONING him on your blogs?!Are his pictures too graphic to be shared?
I will be blunt. I am begging you on my knees. Please write about him. Just mention him on your blogs. That's all I am asking for. 

I am begging for ransom for this poor child. 1$, 5$, 10$ - anything at all.

Jul 28, 2013

Hope in Russia.

My friends, I have to admit, that being involved in the stories of so many adoptive parents in US, especially those that adopt children with special needs from Russia, I often find myself asking - what is Russia doing? Do the people of Russia and other EE countries simply not care? Is there no living breathing human beings left, who are heartbroken for those who are left to live out their short lives in the orphanages?

The answer presented itself. I would like to introduce you to Natalya Vodyanova.
Stunningly beautiful young lady, a Russian supermodel, who, after the terrible massacre in Beslan , was aching to help the children who survived the nightmare. She also knows all too well the struggles of those children, who were born "less than perfect", according to the general opinion of the people. She helped organize the Naked Hearts Foundation.

The foundation is dedication to not only build parks for children of all socioeconomic levels to have a safe place to learn, heal and grow emotionally, but also educate families with Russia that special needs child is not a curse, but a blessing. They also work with government officials to provide education and financial help to those families, that either adopt a special needs child or decide to raise him/her themselves, instead of sending the child off to an orphanage.

Just last week, the foundation raised 3.2Mil Euros for financial help for the families, who are raising kids with Special needs. One of the  foundation's missions are:

"We aim to make sure that no child with living parents ends up in an orphanage or a children’s home. We are working to tackle the stigma of disability, so that no parent feels pressured to give up a disabled child. And we’re working with families who have made the challenging decision to keep their disabled child at home, in order to give them free access to a full range of services and the support of specialists familiar with international best practice and modern technology."

My heart rejoices. There is hope. My dream is that one day there would be no need for adoption. That the kids with special needs, born into poverty, born in families with substance abuse, those bereaved of family, have a chance to find a loving family within their own country. 

There are people with open hearts towards orphans in Russia, just like there are everywhere in the world. They are fighting on the front-lines just like us, educating, standing their ground, and using their God-given gifts to truly make a difference in this world. My prayers go out to Natalya and her team at the NHO. May there be no orphanages one day.

Jul 19, 2013

Call for action - Linny

This sweet angel, who shares the name with a dear friend of mine, desperately needs a family. Another blogger has been pationately praying and advocating on her behalf.

She was born in 2010, and while at a foster home, suffered a frightful injury, which left her unable to move in her right side.
Her eyes are captivating. So much sadness. No child should have eyes like that.

I ask for prayer on her behalf and on behalf of her family, who have yet to find her. I ask for my advocate friends to help me spread the word, to shake up the rusty gates and help her come home.

You can find out more about Linny at "Stop for Snowdrops".  My fellow warrior Johanna, posted more direct information on her current developmental challenges, and condition. Her Reese's Rainbow site is here. Lets do this, friends. Lets be a part of this.

Some questions answered about her:

How does she communicate? Can she speak? How many words?
She is burbling, not really talking.
What is her favorite toy to play with? Her favorite thing to do?
She doesn’t really play with toys. But she really loves snack (fruit, cracker, candy, etc).
Can she move around on her own? How?
She can’t move well. She is not walking. She is not crawling well.
Does she like to play with the other children? Does she have a best friend?
She doesn’t play with other children much. She would stay aside and look when other children are playing. Sometimes she smiles.
What is her personality like?
Fairly quiet.
What is she learning right now?
She is not in school/class.
Is she toilet trained? Does she have control of her bowels and bladder?
She can’t control yet, she is still in diaper. Her nanny is potty training her.
What does she do when she’s happy? excited? sad? angry?
She smiles when she is happy. She claps her hands when she is very happy/excited. She cries when she is sad/angry.
Does she like music? What does she do when she hears it?
She likes music She waves her hands when she hears music.
Her updated measurements
Height: 79cm; Weight: 9kg; Head: 44cm

Jul 17, 2013

Teaching this old dog new tricks - Freedom Fridays

After getting inspired (thanks Youtube), I have decided to pick up a new craft. Card-making!
I bought some strter supplies, and was so excited to start the first project.
I quickly discovered that I lack fundamental skills, like, basic math. The measuring and cutting of the appropriate length of paper was a major task.
Gluing things, is something apparently, I skipped in elementary school, because the glue stick that claimed to be "extra strong" did not want to glue anything.
Stamping? Yep, did it wrong.
Glue dots? HAHAH.
Sparkles? Yep, my hair is sparkly, but the card looked like a slug-fairy crawlled all over it.

But overall, an enjoyable experience, very tranquil for some reason, despite the stress. I produced 3 cards: not stellar, but they are going into my "beginner's hall of fame". One issue that I came across, and maybe some of you experienced card makers could help me with this: My brand new Fiskars paper cutter, leaves the decorative paper frayed after cutting. It's the kind of paper that they sell in large bundles or peel off binders at the scrapbooking section. It's rather thing, and I'm sure not of the best quality. The cutter has no issues with cardstock paper.
You might be able to see the edges on the color parts - they are not very crisp.
Anyone have any idea on what to do?

Another new craft that I am slowly picking up is jewelry making. I started with purse charms, because I found some awesome acrylic charms on sale, and I am much better with a pair of needlnosed plies than papercutter. They came out looking really nice!

So, that's what I'm up to lately. Hope you all have a wonderful week!

My Turn for us

Jul 1, 2013

Battle-horn has sounded for Baby N

Dear friends, I come to you with a prayer request, as well as an opportunity to be  apart of an awesome battle, that the Lord is fighting for a little boy. Little baby N (as you well know that to protect the children, and adoption, the kids are not called by their full names.)Currently, this sweet little boy lives in an orphanage. To make matters and the situation more dire, he is suffering from EB (Epydermolysis Bullosa), which is a rare and deadly genetic skin disease. It is called "the worst disease you never heard of", and I fully agree.. Lets come together and be a part of another miracle. There is a family that's working to bring this precious little boy home. His time is literally running out - he needs adequate medical care, while he waits for a cure.

So, friends, visitors, I lay my heart down before you and plead to spend some time with God, and talk with him. Pray on N's behalf, pray for his family, pray for the officials to grant the adoption. I also ask to be able to give, even as little as a few dollars, towards this adoption. We have seen mountains move. We have seen impossible odds being beat. This is NOT impossible. This is love.

If you want to find out a bit more, or to offer a donation, pleas follow this fundraiser link: Baby N's hope.

Update: I do beleive I forgot to mention, that at the end of the month, the creators of the fundraiser will be picking a random contributor's name, for a winning chance fpr an iPad mini!

Baby N


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