Sunshine for Sullivan

Sunshine for Sullivan
Sullivan need a family to bring the Sunshine of Love to his Life... and his beautiful smile will bring sunshine to your house too! Click on his picture to read more about him!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

A Dream Come True!

Imagine being an orphan...

Because you have no family...

You live in a state institution...

Even if your caregivers are kind...

They are likely very busy with many other children...

So there is little time for you to get one-on-one special attention...

You wonder if you really matter to anyone...

Occasionally a family will come to adopt one of your best friends at your orphanage...

The family spends one on one time with your friend...

They bring fun toys...

They shower the him with love...

And promise him that one day soon they will get on an airplane together and take him to their home far away...

And promise him that he will have a loving home with them forever...

They have a picture book that shows your what his new home will be like...

It has pictures of his bedroom where he will sleep...

The dining room table where he will sit with his new family and eat delicious meals prepared by his very own mother...

Their are pictures of the family's backyard where he will get to play ball and ride bikes with his new brothers...

Their are pictures of each member of his new family...

Mom, Dad, brothers and sisters, and grandparents too!

When the family goes back to their hotel for the night your friend shows you his picture book...

And while you are happy for your friend you have a secret longing...

That someday soon a family will come for you too!

Soon your friend goes away with his new family and you are left behind to wait for your turn...

Often when you are sleeping you dream that the day has arrived...

Your family has come at last!

But then...

Just when you are about to get in the car to go home with them...

You wake up and realize it was just a dream...

As the years go by you begin to worry that no one will want you...

After all you are getting older and older...

And it seems like the families usually come for the younger kids...

You begin to worry about the future...

Soon it will be time to graduate from the orphanage...

And you have no idea what you will do, where you will sleep, or how you will find food...

It is a very frightening thought!

But then...

The summer when you are 15...

A mission group comes to do a program at your institution...

And there is a special Mom and daughter in the group who befriend you...

You miss them when the group goes back home...

But then...

One day you are told that this family...

This family wants to adopt YOU!!!!

Your dream is actually coming true...

You will be a loved and cherished son...

You will have parents who will love you forever...

Who will guide you as you transition to adulthood...

You will have sisters and a brother...

A home where you belong...

Soon...

They just have some paperwork to do...

They have to wait for the legal processes to be completed...

And a court to make it official...

Oh...

And money will have to be raised to pay for the legal costs and travel expenses...

But soon...

Soon the day will come...

You will be going home with a family that truly loves you, yes YOU!!!

At last you have hope for the future...

Your dreams are about to come true!

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While I don't know all the thoughts in Jonathon's heart...


Having the love and security and sense of belonging that comes from having a family is a very basic need that most of us take for granted...

Many of us can hardly relate to the reality of having no one to call your own...

No place where you truly belong...

Where you are loved for who you are with no strings attached...

But Jonathon has faced this empty feeling for a very long time...

But thankfully, for Jonathon, his dream for a family is finally coming true!

He has wonderful parents who have chosen to make him their son...

They are working hard on the paperwork...

And trying to raise funds to help cover the adoption and travel costs...

So that soon (hopefully in about 6-8 weeks) they can travel to his country to complete the process to make him officially their son!


Please pray for Jonathon and the Turner family during this time...

And if you are able...

Consider making a tax deductible donation to their adoption account at Reece's rainbow...

The family is also selling T-shirts to help bring him home!
(I don't think T-shirt funds are tax deductible... but you will have a shirt to remember him by!)

Front

Back

Here is a linke to the black T-shirt  https://www.bonfirefunds.com/bring-jonathon-home
You can read more about Jonathon at this T-shirt link too!


And here is a link to the Superman T-shirt: https://www.bonfirefunds.com/jonathons-waiting
You can read more about Jonathon at this T-shirt link too!

I believe they have to sell a minimum of 10 shirts (of a particular design) in order to have the shirts made...

And they are short of that goal at this time...

So far 2 of the black "I will not leave you orphans" shirts and 3 of the superman shirts have been committed to...

Can you help?

Your prayers, shares, and loving donations...

Will help Jonathon's dream come true!

And the Turner family will be so grateful for your help and prayers!

You can visit the Turner family's Reece's Rainbow page to read about them and/or make a tax deductible donation to their adoption fund by clicking HERE!

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Jonathon was featured on my blog today because his Mom won my drawing by sharing my sweet boys!


Arnold, Russ, and Sullivan are still waiting for their dream to come true...

Is one (or more!) of them your son(s)?

You can read more about them by clicking on their names above...

You can read more about the adoption process HERE.





Sunday, March 22, 2015

Do you see them?

Payday...

A little money available for charity...

It won't be a big donation...

It won't go far...

But hopefully it will help a little...

Hopefully it will help a little with the adoption costs...

Hopefully it will help a child get a family!

But where should I put it...

What child should I give it to...

And will it really make a difference?

After all...

There are so many children...

A little donation is like a drop in the bucket...

And it can be a little disheartening...

When you go back and look at children you've attempted to help in the past...

Children like Russ...

$102.90 (no that's not the size of my donation)...


It's how much money was in Russ's grant on November 30, 2013...

I know because I looked back at Jenny's Zero the Zero's blogpost for that date...

I think, if I remember correctly, that I gave a little donation (NOT the whole thing)...

To bump him over the $100 wall...

I wish I could say he is home with his family now... and thriving...

But I can't because he's still waiting!

That means the money I gave is still sitting there...

Waiting to help him come home...

If a family ever sees him and chooses him...

Want to take a guess at what his grant reads today?


$102.90...

The exact SAME amount it was over a year ago...

Has anyone besides me noticed this child?

This real child...

Who waits for a real family to choose him?

This real child...

Who faces a perhaps short...

And unpleasant future in an institution if he is never chosen?

I know he has at least been seen by some in passing... 

Because one or more people put money in his fund to start his grant before I gave my little donation over a year ago...

And because I used to share him once in awhile along with sweet Arnold...

Who was in the same orphanage as him...


By the way...

Arnold's fund hasn't changed in a LONG time either...


It currently reads $100.20...

My memory is a little fuzzy...

I thought he had been on Zero the Zero's blog too...

But I didn't see him there...

So either I missed him...

Or maybe he was already (barely) over the $100 goal when Jenny made her list so he didn't quite qualify...

In any case BOTH Arnold and Russ are still waiting...

Without a single change in their grant funds in over a year!

I can't really complain too much because...

I haven't been very consistent in sharing them or thinking about them either...

And the list of waiting children is so very long...

And...

Although I went to Jenny's archive's specifically to look for Arnold and Russ because I was going to blog about them...

While I was there I saw someone else...

My sweet Sullivan!


He was on that list over a year ago too...

On November 30, 2013 his grant was $23

And I know that he didn't cross the $100 wall till February 2015...

The sad thing...

I used to look at Jenny's blog back then when she wrote many of those archived posts...

I was even able to bump a few of my special kids over the $100 wall with small donations...

But I passed my sweet Sullivan by!

Look at him in his recent picture...


Reaching out...

Begging to be noticed!

These are REAL children...

Waiting...

And perhaps wasting away for lack of sufficient love and attention...

(They say Sullivan is getting weaker!)

What can I do?

If I give my little donation...

To one of these sweet boys...

Or to some other child who catches my eye...

Will the money still be sitting there in a year or two or more...

Unable to do it's job because the child has not yet been chosen...

Because the list of waiting kids is so long...

That they get lost in the crowd?

I'm not in a position to adopt at this time...

And even if I was...

I don't qualify to adopt from their country...

So I can't adopt them myself...

And yet they are growing up without a family...

Growing up in pictures

While they wait...


And wait...


And WAIT!


How can a family choose these sweet boys...

If they stay lost in the crowd?

And how can my donation do any good if the kids are never seen or chosen?

How can I make my little donation more effective?


How can I use it to help my kids be seen?

Instead of giving it to one of these sweet boys directly...

I have decided to use it for a little drawing...

And YOU get to decide who it goes to!

It works like this...

Share this post or one (or more) of these kids profiles...

On Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or some other place...

Be sure to let me know you shared (and how many times/places you shared)...

And WHO you want my donation to go to if you win the drawing
(Please give me the link to the child's or family's profile on Reece's Rainbow)

By commenting on this post or e-mailing Pam at:

savinghissparrows@gmail.com

And I will enter the child or adoptive family of your choice into a drawing to receive my little donation...

It can be any child or family who has a grant fund on Reece's Rainbow.

Feel free to browse the waiting children and adoptive families on the Reece's Rainbow site if you don't have anyone in mind at the moment!


Your chosen child or family will get 1 entry for each of your shares on social media...

And if you write a blogpost for my boys your chosen child or family will get 3 entries!
(If you share your blog link with me so I can read your post too!)

In addition I will feature the winning child or family in a blogpost on this blog!

I will do the drawing some time on Sunday March 29, 2015...

My kids may not get this donation...

But I hope they will get some visibility with many shares...

So that hopefully...

They won't have to wait too much longer until it is their turn to be chosen by a family of their very own!

So share, Share, SHARE!!!!


These boys need to be seen!

You can read read more about these boys...

(And even donate to their adoption grants if you feel so moved...)

By visiting their Reece's Rainbow profiles at the links below:


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Be sure to visit Jenny's Zero the Zero's blog!

She still has a long list of children who she is trying to get over the $100 wall...

Children who need to be SEEN and NOTICED and CHOSEN!

You can visit Zero the Zeros by clicking HERE.

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While perusing Jenny's archives I also saw my Colin and Leo...

Who were my focus on this blog some time ago...



They were listed on Zero the Zero's blog too...

They made it over the $100 wall...

But unfortunately they are currently unavailable for adoption due to unrest in the region of their country they are from...

Pleas pray for them...

Hopefully the issues can be resolved...

And they can become available again soon so they can be chosen, adopted, and loved by a family too!



Friday, February 13, 2015

Sunshine for Sullivan

Do you remember

Your Daddy's bear hugs...

And your Mama's snuggles?

Playful tickles...

And smiles of pride and approval directed your way?

Do you remember the security of knowing that no matter what might happen...

Your family would always be there for you?

Do you remember those carefree days...

When you could run and play without having to worry...

About whether there would be enough food to satisfy your hunger after a long day of playing?

If so little Sullivan would call you privileged...

Lucky...

and Blessed!


You see, Sullivan lives in an orphanage...

He LOVES to be held and cuddled!

And hates to be put down...

How often does he get those hugs and cuddles with the workers so busy...

With so many kids?

When other kids hurt him he cries for someone to comfort him...

Instead of striking back at the offender.

Poor little Sullivan...

He needs a Mama who can give him the snuggles he craves...

A Daddy to give him bear hugs...

And read him a story...

A Mama to bandage his Boo Boos...

And comfort him when he gets hurt.

A cozy little home...

With a loving family...

Who will let this sweet, loving little boy know...

That that they love him...

And will keep him safe and secure...

And give him all the cuddles he needs!

A volunteer who visited him in July of 2014 reported that Sullivan is getting weaker...

Oh how he needs a family... and soon!

Please Mama...


Come get me now!

I need a your love...

I'm reaching out to you...

Come hug me close...

And please don't let go!

The Sunshine of Love will make such a difference in my life...


And my smile will bring sunshine to yours!



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Sullivan is waiting for a family to adopt him...


Can you help by sharing his story...

Praying for him...

Donating to his adoption grant fund (it's tax-deductible!)...

Or considering whether maybe...

He could even be YOUR son?

You can learn more about the adoption process HERE.

You can read more about Sullivan or donate to his grant fund HERE.

Sullivan is listed on Reece's Rainbow...

A 501c3 Charity that raises grant funds and awareness for orphans with special needs.

You can read more about Reece's Rainbow HERE.





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!

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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!

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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!

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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!