Friday, March 23, 2012

Find My Family Friday - Igor



As some of you may have noticed, last weekend, for the first time ever since I started Find My Family Fridays, I did not post about any of my kids. I’m not sure exactly what happened. I think part of it had to do with the fact that, after sitting in front of a computer all day at work, the last thing I feel like doing when I get home is typing some more. Another part have it may have had to do with the fact that the weather last weekend to gorgeous to spend it inside. Finally, I know that it also had something to do with the fact that this boy has been so heavy on my heart lately that I simply could not put it into words.


Igor, my heart… oh, how my arms long to hold him again. I’ve been missing him a lot lately and along with that come the worries about whether he’s doing ok. It’s been three months since I’ve been able to hear any kind of updates on Igor. Three months since I’ve seen any new pictures or had anyone tell me how he’s doing.


For the last couple months I’ve been telling you about Igor’s brother, “Jacob” (you can read more about “Jacob” here and here). “Jacob” captured me with his smile, his sweet little giggle and his infectious, inexplicable joy. I would bring these two brothers home tomorrow if I could. Still, I do not know “Jacob” the way I know Igor. I have never held him in my arms, I have never prayed over him or sang him words of hope and peace, I have never felt my heart shatter as I watched him scream and cry and hurt himself and there was nothing I could do. For that reason, the love I have for Igor is special and today I want to remind you of the little boy who holds my heart…


Igor.

The little boy who I saw more progress from than any of my other kids. The boy who went from being trapped in his own little world, banging his head incessantly to a happy, smiley little man who loved exploring his environment, snuggling, being tickled a marveling at my hands.


Igor.

The little boy suffering from so much inner turmoil yet who would still rest his head on my shoulder while I sang his favourite song, It Is Well, over him. It was in those moments that I knew that this precious child had a connection with the Father that went beyond all understanding. His mind may not have understood the words to that song but the look in his eyes said that his spirit knew the peace that can come from Christ alone.


Igor.

The little boy for whom my heart at times fills with fear at the thought of his being transferred to a mental institution. The child with bumps on his head the size of ping pong balls from where he pounds his head on the cold, hard floor. The little boy who, although he self-harms, is so much more than his self-harming behaviours. The child who may be the biggest challenge his forever family has ever encountered, yet will undoubtedly also be their biggest blessing and reward.


Igor.

My heart.


Please continue to keep this precious boy in your prayers. Keep donating to his grant fund and keep sharing his story so that his forever family can find him. 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, March 21, 2012

World Down Syndrome Day 2012

Happy World Down Syndrome Day!!! Last year I shared passionately about how God had transformed me from someone who was terrified at the thought of giving birth to child with Down syndrome (or any other special need) to someone who was begging God for the privilege of parenting such a child. Today, I have no eloquent words. Instead, I share this video which has touched me so deeply and pray that you too would have your eyes and your heart opened to the blessing of Down syndrome.



Last year mentioned that I would be deeply disappointed if God never gave me a child with that extra special chromosome. I believe that God does have a child with Down syndrome waiting for me and today, I am thinking about them…

Precious child of mine,
Today my arms ache to hold you even more than they usually do. Oh how I long to gaze into your beautiful almond shaped eyes, plant kisses all over your face and whisper in your ear that you are mine. I already love you more than words can express. The thought of finally seeing your face, holding you in my arms, getting to know you inside and out… my heart will surely burst.
Today, I pray that you would always know that you are cherished. You are my chosen child, my dream child, perfect in every way.
You are wanted and I will do whatever it takes to bring you home.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Find My Family Friday - Maxim



I truly am at a loss for what else to say about Maxim so I am simply going to repost my post from last month(you can read more about Maxim here, here, here, here, here and here). My sentiments remain the same and I am simply hoping and praying that someone new will read this post and realize that this precious little boy is their son.

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I truly don’t know what else to say about Maxim. Out of all of “my” kids, he is the one I’m most baffled hasn’t found a family yet.


He is happy, affectionate, playful, active and smart… not to mention cute as can be! Truly, he is perfect in every way. 
Is it because he’s already 7-years-old? Is it because he’s in an orphanage for older children with special needs? I honestly don’t know.


All I can say is that which I have said countless times before…
Please, won’t somebody choose this precious little boy???


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.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Find My Family Friday - Andriy



Baby boy has a new picture. (you can read more about Andriy here and here)


The truth is, my baby boy is not really a baby boy anymore. Andriy is growing up before our very eyes and as much as it made me smile to see what an adorable toddler he has become, it also made me sad to think that he is growing up in an orphanage.


I know that this little boy has captured the hearts of many (I mean seriously, look at that face, how could you not fall in love?) but the question of who God has chosen to make this little blessing their own remains a mystery. Please join me in praying that God would move powerfully in the hearts of Andriy’s forever family, making it clear to them that Andriy is their son. And please continue to share Andriy’s story and donate to his grant fund. 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