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!

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!

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!

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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!


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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.

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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?

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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!






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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!

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



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