Peter - Happy New Year!

Peter - Happy New Year!
Thanks for coming to my party!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Marty's Dream


Marty is a lovely 13 year-old boy...

He is loving, kind, and seldom gets angry...

He loves sports, is good at computers, knows many English words...

And...

MARTY has a dream

A big dream...

Something he has been longing for for a very long time...

Something very dear to his heart...

What would a 13 year-old boy long for and dream about?

A bicycle?

A new video game?

Getting his learners permit and drivers license in a few years?
These are common dreams for boys...

But they are not Marty's primary dream...

No, Marty has a dream that many boys wouldn't think of...

Not because it is odd...

But because it is so very basic...

Something that most young boys take for granted...

Something they have always had and have never been without!

What is Marty's dream?


Marty dreams of having his very own family!

A Mom and Dad who love him...

Treasure him...

Are proud of his accomplishments...

Tell him what a great kid he is and how much they love him!

I'm not certain what happened...

But Marty was found abandoned as a baby...

ABANDONED...

Likely because of his hydrocephalus (which has been treated and gives him no problems now!)

Family provides a sense of security...

Of permanence...

Of belonging...

It gives you your place in the world - especially in childhood...

But Marty is missing out on this basic, yet very important aspect of life...

But he hopes and dreams that this will change!

Marty has a Foster brother, Gary, that he loves dearly...


He hopes that they can both be adopted by the same family so they can be forever brothers!

When a staff interviewed him and Gary, Marty said...

"“This is the third time you have come here to meet with us… Why don’t we have a family yet?”

Marty DESPERATELY wants a family that will be his FOREVER!

Sweet Marty knows it might not happen, but instead of being bitter and angry he said to someone who interviewed him...

“but if you can’t find me a family it will be OK because in the future I will be able to help other children find forever homes.”

Sweet, sweet boy!

He's already thinking of how he can help other children have a better life than he has had!

But Marty's dream CAN become a reality...

If a family is found in time!

According to the rules of his country Marty must be adopted before he turns 14 in November 2015...

That means his family must be found quickly so they have time to complete adoption process before it is forever too late!

Do you know Marty's family?


It could be your friend or neighbor...

It could be someone at your church...

Or someone you meet at the grocery store...

Or one of your Facebook friends...

Can you share Marty's story?

Or maybe...

Is it possible...

That Marty could even be...

YOUR SON?

You can read Marty's Profile HERE...

You can read more about the adoption process HERE...


Please help Marty's dream come true in whatever way you can...

By praying...

Sharing...

Donating to his adoption fund (Tax Deductible - CLICK HERE to donate)...

Or adopting!

Marty was featured in this post because during my angel tree fundraiser for Peter...


He won a drawing for a $25 donation to his fund and a blog post all his own!


Congratulations Marty!

I hope and pray your family sees you...

And makes your dream come true!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Peter's New Year Party!

It's Party Time!

 

Angel Tree is over...

And Peter over $750 dollars was raised for Peter!

$766.85 to be exact!

Combined with what was in his grant before angel tree started...

He now has $2,391.75 to help a family bring him home!

Thank you so VERY much to everyone who helped peter climb up the angel tree!

To those who donated to bring guests to Peter's Party...

To a generous annonymous donor who bumped Peter and many other children over $500...

To my co-warrior for the funds she raised...

And to everyone else who donated or shared his need!

Team Effort...  Team Victory!

*****

Here are the beautiful children donors chose to bring to his party by their donations to his fund!

First a group shot of the guests with Peter!


And now some individual shots of Peter with his guests!


Isn't Abigail darling?


Gertie - such a lovely young lady!


Boden - What a handsome little man!


Gary and Marty - foster brothers who hope to be adopted together!


Peter and Nikolajs are Angel tree buddies!  

They got over $750 and are neighbors on the tree!

Thanks for helping them reach this victory!



Julie - sweet little party guest who just arrived last night!


Kambry - another sweet party guest!


Laura - is she your beautiful daughter?



Sweet Adelaide!  So glad she came to the party!


Dear Crystal...

I'm not allowed to share her picture publicly...

But she is a REAL little girl waiting for a REAL Mom and Dad!



Neal - His family found him!!!!!

They are working hard to complete his adoption!

Congratulations little man!

*****

The results of the drawing are in!


He won a $25 donation to his grant fund...

And a special blog post featuring him (Coming soon!)...

Congratulations Marty!

*****

Today we celebrate the funds that were raised for Peter...


The visibility he and his guests have received...


And the wonderful news that Neal's family found him!


And we celebrate a new year...

A year of hope for Peter and his guests who also need families of their own...

Keep praying...

Keep sharing...

And do consider if maybe...

By any chance...

One of these children could be your son or daughter!

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

You can read more about the adoption process HERE.

I pray that this will be the best year of all for these dear children...

The year there forever family finds them and brings them home!

Home where they will be loved and cherished as the special treasures they are!



Thanks again for all who shared, donated, and prayed for Peter!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Victory for Nikolajs

Nikolajs' name means...

Victory of the People...


But he needs an army to make the victory possible!

You see, Nikolajs

 lives in an orphanage...

And while orphanages are meant to care for children who's family cannot care for them due to death, illness, family circumstances or sadly, abandonment due to the child's special needs...

Orphanages can never fully give a child the degree of love and nurture that a family can...

It's just not the same...

Caregivers are spread thin between so many children...

They just can't give them the same one on one attention that families can.

Sweet Nikolajs looks like he needs a good dose of Mama-love to put a smile on his face...

But before that can happen...

His Mama has to FIND him!

And that's where the army comes in!

Sweet Nikolajs needs an army of people to share his need and his picture on Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, and by word of mouth...


You never know - one of your friends or acquaintances could be his Mom or Dad!

They may have an empty place in their family that only he can fill...

But they don't know it yet!

They may never have heard of Nikolajs and his need for love and a family...

They may not know what a blessing they are missing without him...

Sure there will be challenges...

Every warrior has them before the victory's won...

But that will make the victory that much sweeter!

One of those challenges will be finances for the adoption costs...

Thankfully Nikolajs is listed on Reece's Rainbow...

And has the privilege of being one of the children featured on their angel tree fundraiser this year...

During angel tree, warriors work hard to try raise $1,000 to add to adoption grants to help with the adoption expenses for the featured children...

So far Nikolajs has received $501.88 in angel tree donations...


So he has a ways to reach his goal...

ARMY...

Where are you?

It's time to rally for Nikolajs' Victory!

Victory #1 - Meet $1,000 Angel Tree goal
Victory #2 - Find Nikolajs' Family
Victory #3 - Get him HOME where he belongs!

Can you be part of Nikolajs' army and help him meet his victory goals?

You can help by sharing...
You can help by giving a tax-deductible donation to his adoption fund...
Donatill receive a special Christmas ornament with Nikolajs' picture on it!



But even $5 will help boost him towards his goal!

You can read more about Nikolajs' or donate to his grant fund by clicking on his name in this post or by clicking HERE!

Won't you join Nikolajs' Army today?

You will have the privilege of being part of his victory!

And while your at it...

Don't forget my little Peter...


He has $510.50 toward his  Angel Tree goal so far...

And still needs help to reach his $1,000!

He needs a family too...

Army...

Peter needs you too!


By the way...
Peter's Party is coming on Thursday!


And there is still room for more guests!

Nikolajs will be there...


Has your favorite Reece's Rainbow child arrived yet?

For a $5 donation to Peter's grant fund...

The child of your choice will:

1. Have a place on my blog sidebar (space permitting) for 6 months
2.  Be included in a blog post
3. Be included in Peter's New Year's Party Blog post on January 1
4. Receive 5 entries in the drawing below!
** Those who donate $35 or more to Peter's adoption grant fund will also receive a Christmas ornament with Peter's picture on it from Reece's Rainbow! **

Donations are tax deductible and help Peter reach his $1,000 Angel Tree Goal!

Drawing for:
 A $25 donation to the child's grant fund and a blogpost all their own!

ONE entry for each share
[Share this blogpost and/or  any of Peter's previous party posts (HERE & HERE & HERE).]

THREE Entries for writing a blogpost for Peter
Each child who is invited to the party with a $5 donation will automatically receive FIVE entries.
(One entry per dollar.)

To enter - Comment on this blog or e-mail Pam at savinghissparrows@gmail.com

AND be sure to tell me:

----Which Child(ren) you invited to the party with a donation ($5 each child)

----How many shares and which child to enter into the drawing for your share(s).

----If you write a blogpost for Peter please give me the link so I can read and share it - (also tell me which child you want to receive the 3 entries for writing your blogpost for Peter)!


CLICK HERE to donate to Peter...
or to read about him (is he your son?)

CLICK HERE to visit the Angel Tree!

Thanks so much for helping Peter!


Victory is possible with your help!

Please be part of our Army!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Two more amazing party guests - Best Friends who hope to be Forever Brothers!

Two more guests have arrived for Peter's Party!


And they are lovely boys indeed!

Marty and Gary are foster brothers and best friends!


They are both waiting for a family of their own...

And would love to be adopted together!

Gary is a very polite boy who loves to sing and is good with children...


He wants to be a teacher when he grows up.

Gary will be 12 in February.

Marty is good with computers, knows a lot of English words, and wants to be a teacher when he grows up!


Marty is already 13...

So his time is running out...

According to the rules of his country he must be adopted before his 14th birthday (next November)...

Or he will be ineligible for adoption...

Recently the agency interviewed the boys again about the possibility of adoption...

And this is what Marty said...

“This is the third time you have come here to meet with us… Why don’t we have a family yet?” 

Poor sweet boy!

No child should have to wait and hope for a family...

Family is a basic right!

But while Marty desperately wants a family...

Listen to what else he said...

“but if you can’t find me a family it will be OK because in the future I will be able to help other children find forever homes.” 

Sweet, sweet boy!

Do you have room for these sweet boys in your home?


They would make amazing sons!

To help with their adoption costs...

Each boy has a $3,000 agency grant...

And no required orphanage donation!

You can read more about these sweet boys by clicking on their names:

MARTY and GARY

You can read more about the adoption process HERE.

*****

I would like to thank Gary's and Marty's advocate for introducing these sweet boys to me and for donating to Peter to help him reach his angel tree goal...

To bring these lovely children to his party!

Please consider sharing to help MARTY and GARY  and Peter find their families and to help Peter reach his angel tree goal!


The party's not full yet...

There's still room for more!

For a $5 donation to Peter's grant fund...

The child of your choice will:

1. Have a place on my blog sidebar (space permitting) for 6 months
2.  Be included in a blog post
3. Be included in Peter's New Year's Party Blog post on January 1
4. Receive 5 entries in the drawing below!
** Those who donate $35 or more to Peter's adoption grant fund will also receive a Christmas ornament with Peter's picture on it from Reece's Rainbow! **

Donations are tax deductible and help Peter reach his $1,000 Angel Tree Goal!

Drawing for:
 A $25 donation to the child's grant fund and a blogpost all their own!

ONE entry for each share
[Share this blogpost and/or  any of Peter's previous party posts (HERE & HERE).]

THREE Entries for writing a blogpost for Peter
Each child who is invited to the party with a $5 donation will automatically receive FIVE entries.

To enter - Comment on this blog or e-mail Pam at savinghissparrows@gmail.com

AND be sure to tell me:

----Which Child(ren) you invited to the party with a donation ($5 each child)

----How many shares and which child to enter into the drawing for your share(s).

----If you write a blogpost for Peter please give me the link so I can read and share it - (also tell me which child you want to receive the 3 entries for writing your blogpost for Peter)!


CLICK HERE to donate to Peter...
or to read about him (is he your son?)

CLICK HERE to visit the Angel Tree!

Thanks so much for helping Peter!

*****

Need a last minute stocking stuffer...

Or a fun way teach your kids the joy of helping others?

Angel Tree Dollars are a great choice!

You can buy angel tree dollars...

Give them to your friends and loved ones for Christmas...

And your child,  family member or friend gets to go to Angel Tree...

And choose what child they want the donation to go to!

Perhaps they can make their chosen angel tree child their prayer child for the year...

And pray them home to their forever family!

Click HERE to read about and/or purchase Angel Tree Dollars!