Some of you know that I have wanted to adopt kids with special needs since high school and that was 20 years ago. Things keep getting in the way and I keep hitting road blocks, the biggest one being my husband. I just keep praying and having faith that God will change his heart. My heart keeps leading me to Reece's Rainbow. This is an organization that helps kids with Down syndrome in Eastern Europe find a family. in Eastern Europe children with Down Syndrome are sent to orphanages when they are born. If not adopted by the age of 5 they are sent to institutions. These places are cold and loveless. The children are left to lay in a crib and have only their basic needs taken care of. They are not hugged read to, sang to or played with. Many never see the outside. I look at Mariah and my heart breaks for these kids. I know I can't save the world but, I can be the world to one child. I can't do anything about Travis's feelings but, I can pray that a little angel from Bulgaria who has already been transferred to an institution can find a family. I printed off a picture of her to hang on our fridge so whoever walked by would remember to pray for her. ok, here is the part of the story that takes my breath away. For several months Mariah has had two imaginary friends ones name is Zac and ones name is Allie. We have no idea where she got these names from there was no one in either of her classes at school by these names and we do not know anyone with these names. Her friends go everywhere with us and it has been quite cute to watch her do this. But, today as I showed her the picture of the little girl she smiled and said"Thank you mom thank you, my Allie come to my house, and play with me and go camping." I couldn't believe what I just heard. It gave me goose bumps, I like to believe that kids know things we don't especially ones with special needs. My husband saw the picture and Cianna said "daddy this girl doesn't have a mom or a dad" I jumped in and said its not what you think I just want it there so we can pray that she finds a family. As of tonight the picture is still on my fridge. I have hope and faith that if we aren't the family for her that someone will save her.
Donate to Reece's Rainbow and give a child with Down syndrome a forever family. In Eastern Europe when a child is born with Down syndrome they are told that there isn't any place for them in society and that they are better off in the orphanage. Even if the family decides to keep their child most end up taking them to an orphanage because of lack of support. and resources. Reece's Rainbow is ran by a mom who has a child with Down syndrome she has dedicated her life to helping these children. I have been following Reece's Rainbow since 2006. And every time I look at those little faces my heart breaks for them. I see my daughter who also has Down syndrome and I can't imagine what her life would have been like if she was born in a different country. My hope is that someday I will be able to be a mom to one of these little angels but, until that time I will do what ever I can to help these children find families. The sadest part of this story is that if these children are not adopted by the time they are 4, 5 sometimes 6 they are transferred to institutions where many can no longer be adopted. The conditions of these institutions are horrible and many of the children die within a year of being there. Click on the picture below and it will take you to the site where you can make a donation. Your donation will be saving a child's life. No amount is to small.