Sparrow & Kids

Sparrow & Kids
We are "More Precious than Sparrows!" Please pray we get families soon!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Two Months for Twyla

Just 2 months...

TWO...


Lovely Twyla's 14th birthday is 2 months from tomorrow...

Twyla's 14th birthday is very significant...

It marks the END of her chance for a family of her own!

In her country children must be completely adopted BEFORE their 14th birthday...

Twyla is a lovely girl...

Just listen to some of the things her profile says about her!

She is social and chatty...

She enjoys reading, crafts, and the computer...

She is good at learning languages and math...

Twyla is in middle school now and has a dream of going to college!

Twyla knows what love is...

She had a wonderful foster family who took good care of her...

But unfortunately, due to the foster mother's health condition...

They had to let her return to the institution...

Thankfully they have been able to visit her regularly...

But Twyla really wants a family who can be hers forever!

Is that too much for a young girl to ask?


Twyla uses a walker or wheelchair due to her spina bifida...

But don't let that scare you!

She will make a wonderful daughter!

If you think you could be her family please contact Reece's Rainbow without delay...

Interested families will be able to see her picture!

To read Twyla's profile click HERE!

To read more about the adoption process click HERE!

Even if you can't be her family...

You can help Twyla by praying for her...

And by sharing her story to help her family find her!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Brett's Chance! | Did you know?

Did you know...


That I am loved?

I have advocates shouting for me...

AND

I have a FAMILY that wants to make ME their son!


Imagine what a difference a family will make for me!

From an orphanage...

To a HOME

From a lonely orphan...


To a beloved son!

From no one to call my own...

To a FAMILY with a Mom and Dad...

and Siblings!

The family that hopes to adopt me has already adopted 2 children not too long ago...

They are on their way back to adopt another child soon...

And they have approval to add a second child to their adoption this time too...

They want to make ME that second child!

There's just ONE problem...


Money...

My fund needs to read $14,000 in order for my family to be able to afford the costs of adding me to their adoption...

The good news is...

I already have over $9,000 in my grant fund...

That means I am almost TWO THIRDS of the way there!

Oh PLEASE can you help me?


It would be SO SAD for a little money to keep me from having my very own family!

You can help by praying that the money will come in...

Sharing my need with your friends...

And giving a tax deductible donation to my grant fund if you are able!


Thank you for making a difference in my life in whatever way you can!

Your help will make a WORLD of difference in my life and future!


To read more about me or donate to my grant fund CLICK HERE!

All donations are tax deductible through the charity Reece's Rainbow!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Darren and Rhonda and More!

Today I would like to share two little sweeties with you!



Darren and Rhonda

They have at least two things in common...

They both live in orphanages while they wait their family to find them...

And they both have hydrocephalus.

It can be scary to adopt say yes to adopting a child you have never met especially when that child has a strange or scary sounding medical condition that you aren't vary familiar with.  Since some of my physical therapy classes have talked about hydrocephalus, I thought I would share with you some of the things I have learned.  Our body produces cerebrospinal fluid that surounds the brain to cushion and protect it from injury - this fluid acts as a shock absorber so we don't get a brain injury every time we bump our heads or jump up and down!  This fluid is being continually produced, but there are drains to make sure the fluid does not build up to an excessive amount. 

In hydrocephalus there is a problem with this system that causes the fluid to build up.  Either the body makes too much cerebrospinal fluid, or there is something wrong with the drainage system.  The drain may be clogged or blocked preventing the excess fluid from escaping.  A person can be born with hydrocephalus, or it can develop later in life. 

Since babies are born without their skull bones fully fused (hence the "soft spot"), it is possible for their heads to expand to accommodate the extra fluid that is building up when they have hydrocephalus.  Here in the US children with hydrocephalus have surgery to install a shunt that drains the fluid.  This prevents their heads from getting so extremely large.  Children who receive surgery at a very young age can often live a very normal life! In some countries, however, the surgery is not always performed so soon.  Sometimes this happens because there is not enough money or because the children are orphans.  Unfortunately in some countries parents are encouraged to leave their children with disabilities in orphanages because it is assumed that they will not amount to anything or will be to difficult to care for.

When children who need the shunt do not receive the surgery, their heads can grow very large.  When the bones eventually fuse the the fluid can continue to build up, but with nowhere to go the fluid starts putting pressure on the brain.  This can cause headaches and even brain damage.  This is very unfortunate as the damage is often PREVENTABLE!  

Here is another picture of Darren ...




Someone posted recently that he is an interactive little boy...

And his profile says he is calm, smiling, and happy but he can't sit up because his head is too heavy...

It also says he does NOT have a shunt...

This means he is in danger of brain damage that will likely get worse if the fluid continues to build...

Poor sweet boy...




He is suffering unnecessarily...

He could be healthy and totally normal if he had received the surgery as a baby...

Even now it is NOT to late to help him!

He may always have some affects from the lack of early treatment...

But treatment now can save him from getting worse...

It can relieve the pressure in his head so his brain can grow and develop better...

He can receive therapy to help him improve his physical abilities too!

Love, family, surgery, and therapy can make a world of difference for sweet Darren!

Darren  will be 4 years old next month...


Oh how he needs a family!

Please consider Darren!

*****

Dear little Rhonda...


See how tiny she is?

How old would you guess she is?

3 years old maybe?

Wrong...

She's a LOT older than 3!

I'm not sure when the previous picture was taken...

But this next one is pretty recent I think...



She looks a little older - maybe 4, or 5?

But no...

This LITTLE girl is 11 years old...

ELEVEN!

HOW. CAN. THAT. BE?

She is so very small for 11...

And she's still in a crib!


Unfortunately children in orphanages don't always get enough to eat...

And they don't get enough love and interaction...

So they are often smaller than most children their age.

Oh, but isn't she just a sweetie!


Look at her holding up her head, despite it's heaviness!

Her profile says she still needs some support in sitting...

But that she is learning to push her wheelchair!

It also says she is "VERY alert and aware"!!!


Don't you love the new picture!


Don't you see the potential there!

Imagine how she would thrive with love and therapy!


*****

Please share these two precious children...


They deserve a chance in life...

They deserve medical care...

They deserve a family!

And if there is any way one of them could be your sweet child...


Please say...


YES!!!

You can learn more about the adoption process HERE.

You can read more about these children on their Reece's Rainbow profile by clicking on their names in this post (Darren and Rhonda)!

You can read more information about hydrocephalus HERE.

*****

And because I received requests to remember some other sweeties with hydrocephalus...

I'm adding a couple more darlings to this post!



Poor little buddy...

If only you could have had early treatment...

Your suffering could have been greatly reduced!

Here are some more recent pictures of Nathaniel...


The ones in pink below was taken in March of 2014...


Where is your Mama sweet boy?

*****

And the next little love bug is...


Sweet little Ezra!


Ezra's pictures were taken in March 2013...

He has had shunt surgery which is helping him feel a bit better...

But he sill needs a family ASAP!

If you go to his profile you can read a SWEET update from someone who met him!

Here is an a video of him!

You can even here his adorable giggles and coos!






*****

And While I'm adding these two I'll add another one who's on my heart...

Dear little Daniel...


He looks so pale and sick...

Oh please Mama, do come soon!


You can read about any of these children on their Reece's Rainbow profile by clicking on their names in this post.

Please consider sharing this post so there faces can be seen!

*****

I like to end my posts with "my" two special boys...



Colin and Leo don't have hydrocephalus, but they need families too!


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Love for Chrystyna

Sweet little Chrystyna...


Had a rough start in life...

I don't know the full extent of the difficulties she faced as a baby...

But when she was not quite three years old...

Her mother's parental rights were taken away...

And Chrystyna became a ward of the state.

For a time she was housed in a mental institution...

With little love or stimulation to help her grow and develop.

Thankfully, she was removed from the institution...


And sent to a better orphanage where children are able to receive better care...

And some type of education, however limited it might be.

Below is Chrystyna's most recent picture taken just last year...


It has been NINE years since she was taken from her mother...

She's growing up without a family...

She has a sister Karen who has now aged out of her opportunity to be adopted...

Because she just turned 18.

But Chrystyna still has a chance!

She can still be adopted if a family is found for her!

If only someone will say yes to her!

Dear Chrystyna just had a birthday less than 2 weeks ago (on January 17)...

She is now 12 years old...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if she could get a family before her next birthday?

Can you share to help her find one?

Or maybe, just maybe...

You could be her family!


By the way Chrystyna has a grant fund of over TEN THOUSAND dollars to help with her adoption expenses!

You can read more about Chrystyna on her Reece's Rainbow profile HERE.

You can read more about the adoption process HERE.

Chrystyna's advocate Chelsea, is eager for help spreading the word about Chrystyna...

 She hopes that if many people share her, somehow her family will see her!

If any of you who blog could write a post for Chrystyna, Chelsea will write a post for the orphan on your heart!

You can visit Chelsea's blog HERE.

Feel free to share this post as well...

You can also use the collage below on your blog post for her if you wish.

Share the love, spread the word...

Let's help find Chrstyna a family! 




*****

Don't forget "my" boys...



Colin and Leo need families too!

Happy Birthday Micaiah!!!!



Dear Micaiah,

HAPPY 16TH BIRTHDAY!

Our prayers have been answered...

You are an orphan NO MORE!

Last year I had a virtual birthday party for you on my blog...

This year you can celebrate your special day with your VERY OWN family!

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Last year you were an orphan...

But you were not forgotten...

Many people prayed for you...

And hoped a family would find you...

Before this day, your 16th birthday!

And God heard our prayers for you!

He sent you a wonderful family...

And we are so very glad!

I was so sorry to hear that your health has been giving you challenges!

I'll be praying for you and your family, and I hope you can come home from the hospital soon!

I know God is powerful loving and strong...

And he will be with you and your sweet family every step of the way!

Please keep up your courage...

God has great plans for you!

I am including my post for your 15th birthday below...

So you can see our love for you!

Never forget how special you are!


*****

My dear Emmitt...

(That's the name I knew you by last year.)


Your special day is here!

You are 15 years old today!

And though the day may go unnoticed in the institution where you live...

We're celebrating your life here!

And though you may feel lonely...

And think no one knows you're there...

You have some friends around the world who love you...

And are trying to get you out!

We're spreading the word...

And sharing your face...

And praying you'll soon be free!

To let you know how special you are...


And help raise money for your ransom...

Your friends have invited the children below to attend your party today...

And have given some gifts to add to a fund that will help you come home we pray!

You are not alone!

We have you in our hearts!


You are...


Surrounded...


By...


LOVE!!!!
Keep up your courage sweet boy!


God has good plans for you!

We pray that someday very soon...

Your turn for a family will come!

Until that day may God keep you strong....

And safe in his own tender care! 

And now I've asked sweet Navid to give you a big birthday hug from all of us!


(PS - "Navid" (Narkeez) is with his family now too!)

PSS - If any "Emmitt" fans out there want to leave Micaiah a Birthday message you can visit his Mom's blog here and leave a comment!  

http://bakerbarrel.blogspot.com




Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Special Name...

Two lovely little girls...


With beautiful smiles...

Have been given a very special name...

(Well, special to me at least!)


Why is this name so special?

Because it's the very same name...


My Daddy gave to me!

He gave me his own surname...

This name signifies to me...

That I belong forever and always...

To my family!

These precious Kendall girls...


Are not so blessed as me...

While their name is special to me...

It's only a pseudonym for them...

Given to protect their identity while they wait for a Daddy of their own...

To give them his special name...

A name that shows they are loved and valued...

A name that says they belong to a Daddy who will be their protector, provider, and defender...

A name that says they belong!

Where is that Daddy now?

Has he seen them yet?

Won't you share my sweet Kendall girls...


To help their Daddy find them?

They need their Daddy's special gift...

The gift of his own special name...

That tells them they belong to him...

And will be loved forever!

*****


Colin and Leo...

Need a Daddy to give them his special name too...

A name that says they belong!

*****

You can read the profiles of both my Kendall girls HERE.

You can read about Colin and Leo by clicking on their names.

You can learn more about the adoption process HERE.