Peter with Christmas Tree and Star - Green

Peter with Christmas Tree and Star - Green
Click this picture to go to angel tree where you can get an ornament with my picture for your tree! Be sure to scroll down till you find my picture!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Peter's First Party Guests!


Peter's guests have begun to arrive!


So far we have EIGHT to introduce...

The first to arrive was dear little Boden...


What a cutie he is!

He loves to snuggle!

Sadly he was abandoned at 3 years old...

And is still waiting for a family to make him their forever son!
(He's 7 now - don't let him grow up without a family of his own!)

He also needs help meeting his $1,000 Angel Tree goal!
($63 has been raised so far!)
His advocate has a Facebook page for him called Pennies for Boden - check it out HERE!
She is selling Children's (and adult) books to raise money for him - maybe you can find a Christmas present for someone on your list and help Boden at the same time!

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Next to arrive is sweet little Crystal...


Though her country does not allow her picture to be displayed publicly...

She is a REAL little girl...

With pretty dark brown hair and eyes...

Who needs a real Mom or Dad like you!

Crystal also needs help reaching her $1,000 Angel Tree goal!
($121.50 has been raised so far.)

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Lovely Laura was next to arrive...


She's said to be sweet, joyful, affectionate...

And she loves to laugh!

She is in a bilingual orphanage so she can understand some English!

What a lovely daughter she will be...

If she just gets the chance!

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Then there is Kambry...


She's gentle and shy...

Waiting for a family of her very own...

To tell her what a treasure she is!

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Adelaide, what a sweet little Miss!


She does well in her school work, and loves to help...

She'd make her Mom and Dad so proud...

But they haven't found her yet...

Is she yours?

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Neal - what a darling...


Just listen to what he tells his caregivers every morning when he wakes up...

"I know my Mama is coming."

He's counting on you...

Won't you make his dream come true?

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Lovely Gertie is already 12...


But don't let that frighten you!

She likes to draw, memorize songs and poems...

And studies hard in school!

She needs a family to cheer her on...

And tell her how special she is!

After all big girls need Mom's too!

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Abigail is said to be a social butterfly...


Who is always smiling and joyful!

Oh just imagine what a treasure you'd have...

If you make this sweet girl your own!

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Thanks so much to those who donated to Peter to help him reach his angel tree goal...

And brought these lovely children to his party!

You can read more about these children by clicking on their names in this post!

You can learn more about the adoption process HERE.

Please consider sharing to help these kids find their families and to help Peter reach his 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 Yesterday's blogpost (Find it 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!















Monday, December 8, 2014

A Party for Peter... And your child is invited!


Peter is a special boy...

As I've said before...

He's waiting for a family to claim him as their own...

While he waits this Christmas time he has the special chance...

To be upon the angel tree...


And climb it to the top!

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We hope that during this special time...

$1,000 or more will soon be raised...

To help with his adoption costs!

Right now he's a little over 1/10th of the way there...

With $115 raised so far!

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To help him climb up toward his goal...

A virtual party has been planned...

On this little blog...

For New Year's Day of 2015!

To celebrate sweet Peter's life and show him to the world...

We hope that somewhere a Mom or Dad will see this special boy...

And know at last they've found their son...

And cross the sea to make him theirs...

And bring him home where he belongs...

To be loved and cherished always!

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It's almost time to party for Peter...

Just a few short weeks to go...

But first we need to have some guests...

And that's where you come in!


Do you have a special child that's on your heart today?

It might be a child on the angel tree...

Or any other special waiting child you'd like to be seen and noticed...

You can invite them to Peter's party with just a little gift...

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

I will include your child in a blog post on this blog...

AND...

Place your child on my blog sidebar (space permitting)...

 For at least 6 months (till July 1, 2015 maybe longer)...

AND...

Of course your child will be included in Peter's special party post as well!

(By the way... for $10 you can bring 2 children, $15 = 3 children etc.)

Anyone who donates $35 or more to Peter's fund can also receive a special Christmas ornament from Reece's Rainbow with Peter's picture on it!

To invite your child(ten) head on over to the Angel Tree...

Scroll down until you find Peter(Asia) and donate...


Or you can go directly to Peter's Profile to make your donation HERE so you don't have to search for him in the list!

(Donations are tax deductible!)

Then leave a comment on this blog (let me know if you don't want me to publish comments with donation amounts in them) or  e-mail Pam at savinghissparrows@gmail.com and tell me how much you donated and which child(ren) you are inviting to Peter's Party!

Would you like to bring a child, but don't have a child in mind yet?

Visit the Angel Tree HERE and choose one or more to bring!

or visit Reece's Rainbow and browse their waiting children HERE!

You can learn more about the international adoption process HERE.

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DON'T STOP READING YET!!!!!!

Can't afford to donate right now?

You can still help by sharing!

If you share this post (even if you can't donate)...

Tell me where you shared...

AND

Tell me one child you want entered into a drawing...
(One entry per share)

For a blogpost all their own...

AND

A $25 donation to their grant fund!

All children invited to the party via a donation will receive 5 entries.

BONUS - If you write a blog post for Peter your child will get 3 entries to the drawing!


Peter

(You must give me the link to your blogpost about him so I can read and share it!)

You can let me know by commenting on this blog or e-mailing Pam at savinghissparrows@gmail.com

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Re-cap

Each share = 1 entry for your child

Write a blog post for Peter = 3 entries for your child.

Each child  invited to the party via a donation to Peter will receive 5 entries.

Prize: $25 donation to the child's fund and special blogpost featuring them!


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Thanks for helping Peter in whatever way you can!






Saturday, November 15, 2014

What is Angel Tree and how did I get involved?

Angel Tree is a big fundraiser put on by Reece's Rainbow for special children who need families...



Every year from November 1-December 31 children with Down Syndrome (and sometimes children with other needs) are featured...


Children who are living in orphanages and foster care...


Waiting for adoption into a family of their own.



Beginning September 15 they try to find advocates for each child...


Advocates who will try to raise money for them and share their story with as many people as possible...


The goal is to raise $1000 for each child on the tree...

$1000 to help defray the cost of their adoption...

And hopefully...


In the process of sharing their need...


Some of them (oh how we wish it could be all of them!)...


Will be seen by families that will step forward to adopt them!


I have been following Reece's Rainbow, an organization that raises funds and awareness for orphans with special needs, for a number of years...

I enjoy following angel tree and watching the children "climb the tree" on their way to $1,000...

I have even given small donations to some of them...

But I have never felt I could really be a warrior...

You see, $1000 is a lot of money...

I can advocate for kids on my blog...

But $1000?

It seemed like too much...

I hate to ask people for money - especially in real life!

I am not a very good fundraiser...

And am not in a very good position to give large sums of money myself...

So it seemed like it would be better for me to just watch on the sidelines...

Maybe do some blog posts to shout for some of the kids at the bottom of the tree...

But then I heard the news...

Any children who did not get personal warriors (advocates) by October 28...

Would NOT be on the tree...

They would lose this wonderful opportunity for visibility!

And there was one little boy...

Who had been near the bottom of the tree last year...

Who I was especially attracted to...


Isn't he a cutie?

I know he's not a baby...

But he is a darling little boy...

Who happens to share my brother's name.

Jeff was abandoned when he was 2 1/2 years old...

Thankfully he was able to be placed in a foster family...

But where is his forever family?


Sweet Jeff is running out of time...

He has until January 31, 2016, when he turns 14, to find a family...

After that he will be "too old" for adoption (at least internationally) according to the rules of his country.

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So the fact that he was near the bottom of the tree last year...


Has a limited time to find a family...

And shares a name with my wonderful brother...

Made me anxious for Jeff to be able to keep his place on the tree this year!

I kept watching to see if he would get a warrior...

But he didn't...

I seriously considered being his warrior myself...

At least I could blog for him...

And maybe raise a little bit of money...

That would be better than nothing!

But as the deadline drew nearer many of the children got warriors and I thought surely he would get one too...

And he did...

On the LAST day!

All of the children got warriors...

So I was off the hook...

I could just advocate for any of the kids as I had time and could advocate for Jeff especially...

Surely his warrior wouldn't mind!

But then someone asked me if I would like to be a co-warrior with her...


For a dear little boy named Peter!

And I decided to do it...

After all, I wouldn't be by myself...

I could help his warrior...

Help a darling little boy...

And be more a part of angel tree this year!

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So now you know how I came to be filling this blog with all things Peter!

Peter (and the others) need our voices...

They need visibility...

To help their families see them!

So they can be chosen, adopted, and become a part of a family...

Who will be theirs forever...

Can you help?

Can you share their sweet faces?

Or maybe you could spare a few dollars to help an orphan get a home...

Every little bit helps!

Those who give $35 or more will receive a Christmas ornament (if they wish) with a picture of the child you donated to on the back of it!




You can check out the Angel Tree HERE!!!

Then scroll down till you find the picture of the child whose ornament you want...

And donate!

Donations are tax deductible!

And remember... 

While a $35 donation is required to get an ornament...

No donation is too small to help your chosen child!

(May I suggest Peter?)


You could even get a second ornament (or more) if you like...


Jeff needs help too!


You can read more about any of the children featured in this post or donate to their fund by clicking on their names under their pictures!

If you would like their ornament be sure to go through the ANGEL TREE LINK to donate.

Can't afford to donate?

You can still help by going to the Angel Tree page and choosing a child to share or pray for!

Or you could simply share this post!

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Think one of these darlings could be your child?

You can read helpful information about adoption HERE.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Christmas in November????

Isn't it a little bit EARLY to start talking about Christmas?

After all...

It's only the FIRST of November!

Normally I don't make a huge deal out of Christmas...

I usually don't put up decorations in my apartment...

(I don't have children of my own...

And I'm usually away visiting family during the holidays anyway...)

But THIS year I have a big reason to celebrate Christmas...

At least on my little blog...

Because there is one little boy who needs my help...

A little boy who needs a Christmas Miracle this year!



Peter is a special little boy...

Who lives on the other side of the world from me...

Who had the misfortune of losing his family.

I'm not sure how it happened...

And I don't know many details...

But it is quite possible that he was abandoned as a baby or small child...

Because his parents felt they couldn't handle raising their special little boy...

Because he would seem "different" to their friends and neighbors because of his Down Syndrome...

And it would bring "shame" or "disgrace" on the family if they kept him...

(Sadly children with special needs are abandoned all too frequently in his country...)

Or maybe they didn't know how they could afford to care for the extra needs he would have...

Perhaps they felt the state could care for him better than they could...

Whatever the case little Peter wound up in an orphanage or foster care...

And he is still WAITING for a Mom and Dad to choose to make him a permanent part of their family.

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Peter needs to be seen!

He needs to be recognized as the beautiful forgotten treasure that he is...


And Angel Tree is the perfect opportunity for me to advocate for him...

In hopes that somewhere...

Someone...

Will see his sweet face...

And know that he's worth whatever it takes...

To bring this sweet boy home to their family!

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What is angel tree...

And how will it help Peter?

Glad you asked...

I'll be back soon to tell you all about it!

But it involves the opportunity for you to get a Christmas ornament with sweet Peter's Picture on it!

Here's a link in case you want to learn more about it before I get back...


Read about it...

Then scroll down until you find Peter's name and picture!

 





Friday, October 31, 2014

Sneak Preview!!!


This blog has been rather silent for much of this year...

This is only post #7 and it's almost November!

But the silence is about to end!

It's time for a new focus...

Because...

Angel Tree is starting soon!

(November 1 - to December 31)...

And that means you will have the opportunity to put THIS sweet face on your Christmas tree!



And I just have to tell you about it!

You KNOW you want him there!

More details will be coming soon...

But I decided to give you a sneak preview of my new little buddy!

PETER - He needs our love this Christmas!




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...

***** UPDATE (10/9/14) *****

Twyla's birth month has been corrected in her profile...

Her Birthday is in DECEMBER not October...

Thankfully this gives her a little more time...

But it isn't much...

She only has about 2 months from the time of this update...

If Twyla is your daughter please act FAST...

Before it is too late!

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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!