Friday, January 27, 2012

Find My Family Friday - Andrey

Last week I heard about a little boy with visual impairment at a different orphanage in another city in the same country as “my” kids. In so many ways he reminded me of Andrey; (you can read more about Andrey here, here, here, here, here and here) they are both blind, they both spend most of their days in a hard, empty playpen, they both poke their eyes… they even look alike. Yet there was one big difference – the little guy I heard about last week desperately seeks attention, literally cries out for affection, while Andrey prefers to be left alone.

Andrey does not like to be held and would often scoot away from me whenever I tried to pat his back, etc.
He would laugh when I tickled him or kissed those delectable cheeks of his but that was the only attention/affection he seemed to enjoy and he would only tolerate it for short periods at a time.

Hearing about this other little boy made me wonder, was Andrey ever like that? Did he used to hang over the edge of his crib moaning for attention? Did he eventually just give up when, after years of crying out only to have those cries ignored, he realized that no one cared?
Or has Andrey always been guarded, self-sufficient and withdrawn? Did he never even seek out attention to begin with because he was never shown what he was missing?

Who will show this little boy the love that he doesn’t even know he needs? It probably won’t be easy. It will likely take a lot of patience, persistence and the decision to love even when you don’t get much in return. Yet I believe that there is hope for every child. I want so much more for this little munchkin then the emptiness that is all he has known thus far. I believe that no matter how long and difficult a road it may be, he deserves the chance to be loved and to learn to love in return, don’t you? You can help Andrey’s family find him by sharing his story, donating to his grant fund and continuing to keep him in your prayers. For more information or to donate, click here.

Andrey is listed as “Aiden” on Reece’s Rainbow;
in order to protect his identity, when sharing about him on your own blogs, facebook pages, etc. please use his Reece’s Rainbow name

Friday, January 20, 2012

Find My Family Friday - Igor... and "Jacob"

For the past eight months I have been telling you all about Igor (you can read more about Igor here, here, here, here, here and here). I’ve told you about his self-harming behaviours, about his love affair with hands, about his affinity for music, his heartfelt chuckle, his heart melting smile, and his quirky personality. But there’s one thing I haven’t told you, something you may not know… Igor has a brother.

This beautiful little guy, who I will call “Jacob”, is Igor’s brother. “Jacob” is six years old and is in a laying down room at the special needs orphanage. I always knew that “Jacob” existed but when I first saw these updated pictures and information a little over a month ago, I was shocked. I guess I should start at the beginning… When I first started volunteering at the baby orphanage the other missionaries told me that Igor had brother and that he had been transferred to the special needs orphanage. I was told that Igor’s brother was much more severely affected than Igor by whatever genetic disorder the two of them share. I was told that Igor’s brother did not walk or sit up by himself and that he was essentially “unresponsive”. My heart broke for this little boy that I never met. I found myself praying for him from time to time but there was nothing more that I could do. I was already fighting to be able to spend time with even the ‘higher functioning’ kids at the special needs orphanage; I was already struggling to get “my” kids at the baby orphanage, the ones I saw each and every day, listed for adoption… The harsh reality is we cannot help them all and at that time, there truly was nothing I could do for “Jacob”.

Fast forward one year as God continued to be at work in the lives of these kids. God brought Natalie to the same city I had been in and had paved the way for her to continue the work that He had started. Don’t you love how God brings forth the right people to be a part of His perfect plans at just the right time? Natalie heard about “Jacob” and the timing was right – she was able to see him!

When I first saw the pictures I was in tears; he was beautiful, he was happy, he was supporting himself, he was interactive… he was LAUGHING!

What is this little guy doing in a laying down room?! I will never understand… Natalie says that “Jacob” can stand with support for short periods of time. He can sit up on his own with his back against the wall. Natalie describes “Jacob” as such a happy little guy, saying that he giggled through at least 75% of their visits. You can see it in his pictures, the joy that just radiates from him… his beautiful spirit somehow unhampered by the fact that he spends all day, every day alone in his bed.

From what I know, Igor and “Jacob” do not have to be adopted together (although nothing is ever certain in their country) but how great would it be if they were?!

Two beautiful brothers who deserve so much more than the mere existence they are living day after day. “Jacob” is not yet listed on Reece’s Rainbow but you can still help to spread his story and if a family does decide to adopt them together, Igor’s grant will be put towards the total expenses of adopting both boys. Finally, please pray that God would bring forth the right family to bring these boys home and surround them with the love they so desperately need. For more information or to donate, click here.

Igor is listed as “Brody” on Reece’s Rainbow;
in order to protect his identity, when sharing about him on your own blogs, facebook pages, etc. please use his Reece’s Rainbow name

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Nachtmann Family

After much delay, I am finally able to introduce you to the Nachtmann family...

Amanda and Chet are the proud soon-to-be parents of "our" Victoria. Amanda is a professional braillist at a local elementary school and you don't have to look very far on her blog to see that she is a huge advocate that blind children can do anything that anyone else can do (including gymnastics!) – what a perfect family for our very “able” little girl!

Amanda fell in love with Victoria many months before they finally took that leap of faith and committed to her adoption, trusting that God would provide all they need. Amanda and Chet do not have a lot but they are working hard and giving everything they have to bring their little girl home. The Nachtmann’s are currently holding a Nook Tablet giveaway on their blog however it’s not going very well. Would you consider sowing seeds into their adoption and help to rescue Victoria from a future in a mental institution, void of hope or opportunities? You can do so by donating through the chip-in on their blog or through their family sponsorship page on Reece’s Rainbow. Even if you cannot donate at this time, please hop over to their blog here and leave them some encouragement. They’re at the beginning of a long journey and they need to know that they are not alone.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Find My Family Friday - Maxim

Natalie has put together a great video that says it all...

Please, someone, won't you consider Maxim???

(to read more about Maxim click here, here, here, here and here)

You can help Maxim’s family find him by sharing his story, donating to his grant fund and remembering him in your prayers.
For more information or to donate, click here.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


And, the next one of “our” kids to appear on the “My Family Found Me” page is… (drum roll please)


 Victoria popped up on the My Family Found Me page today and, after a bit of a rough week of illness, long travel, etc., it was a great way to end the week with a smile on my face. Victoria’s family is actually already up on the New Commitments page but the whole thing kind of caught me off guard and I’m not ready to introduce you to them yet… In the meantime, I suppose you can go ahead and catch a sneak peak here.

Sweet, spunky Victoria:
I may not know you as well as the rest of “my angels” but you will nevertheless always hold a special place in my heart. I still remember the day I met you, when I called you over and you just climbed right into my lap and cuddled in close. You captured my heart in that very moment and I know that the day your mommy and daddy hold you close you will capture their hearts too. Oh how I look forward to when they bring you home and give you all the opportunities I’ve been praying for and more! The whole word awaits you little girl and I just can’t wait to see you become all that God created you to be.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Find My Family Friday - Andriy

Earlier this week I received an e-mail with the subject line, “Second Chance”.
In that e-mail was a link to this sweet child’s profile on Reece’s Rainbow:

John Mark

Boy, born July 2010

Look who is back! Love this little munchkin!

John Mark was listed previously — and he's eligible again for adoption!

Some of you may remember little baby Andriy (a.k.a. “John Mark”) as one of my “littlest angels” from the children’s hospital / baby orphanage last year. Some of you may also remember this devastating post from shortly after I arrived home. Andriy was due to be adopted along with Dasha, my other littlest angel, but on the day their parents submitted their paperwork they were informed that Dasha had died and that Andriy was no longer available for adoption at the request of his biological parents. Ever since that day I know that many people have prayed for a miracle for Andriy and this week he got it – a second chance to be rescued from life in a mental institution. When I received the e-mail this week that Andriy was back up on Reece’s Rainbow it meant more to me that just a second chance for Andriy, it meant hope. Hope for all the children whose fate seemed to be sealed. A hopeful reminder that God really is still at work on behalf of these kids and that His plans for them are indeed good.

So, what can I tell you about Andriy??? I met him when he was just three months old and spent many hours with him between then and the day I had to say a tearful goodbye two months later. Andriy was my sweet, smiley baby. I’ve never met such a young baby who smiled and laughed as much as Andriy did! At the hospital I would often hold him and rock him to sleep after his bottle and time and time again he would fall asleep with a smile on his face.

Developmentally, Andriy was doing really well and was hitting milestones left, right and center. Although he spent all his time lying on his back in a crib (I was never permitted to give him any floor/tummy time either), Andriy already had good control over his head when I met him and was rolling over by the time I left! He was such a cute little love bug and if he didn’t already have a family coming for him at the time, I just might have smuggled him out under my coat.

Along with all the joy and celebration this news has brought this week, there has also been heartache. I have seen Andriy’s biological parents and know how much they love him. Andriy’s mother visited him each week while I was there and I don’t doubt that a big reason why he is doing so well is because of the love and attention they lavished upon him. I don’t know the circumstances that caused him to be relisted for adoption but I can only assume that Andriy’s parents decided that they wanted a better future for their son, even if it meant having to say goodbye. Maybe this will be an opportunity for an open adoption, maybe not, but whoever makes this boy their son needs to know that his first parents loved him deeply and have made a selfless sacrifice in giving him up.

It’s been nearly a year since Andriy was removed from Reece’s Rainbow. The little baby who would have spent his first birthday in a family is now a year and a half. It saddens me that a whole year has been lost yet he is still so young and I hope and pray that he is snatched up quickly.
Please someone consider this precious, happy little boy.
I even have a picture of Andriy’s very first Christmas; now how often do you get that in the adoption world?!

Currently Andriy does not have any money in his grant fund… let’s get him off to a good start, shall we? Please help this little one get his second chance. Share his sweet face and story of hope and redemption. Donate to his grant fund and pray that his family finds him soon.
For more information or to donate, click here.

Andriy is listed as “John Mark” on Reece’s Rainbow;
in order to protect his identity, when sharing about him on your own blogs, facebook pages, etc. please use his Reece’s Rainbow name