Thursday, December 27, 2012

Meet Mack! And let's make him known!

Oh, how I wish I could tell you everything there is to know about this sweet, quiet boy with Down Syndrome who is about to turn five. But there is only this adorable photo, and the following short description:

So cute! Mack is happy and active. 
Walking, able to use his ride on toys, likes to play with others.

Sounds like the perfect son to me! Mack, surely your mama is out there? Maybe even reading this post?

Click my photo for more info!

Wonderful Lisa is a mom who advocates for Mack, and she has this to say:

My 13 year old daughter Meredith (who also has Down syndrome) and I pray for him with all our hearts. We want him to know the love and care of a family because he is a precious boy who deserves a chance to live up to his potential outside the walls of an institution. I keep praying that someone will see his adorable face on there and claim him for their own!

Lisa and Meredith's prayers to the heavens, combined with some legwork on the ground, is what will make the difference for this boy. It's in spreading his name and face that we will find a mama for this beautiful child! Please, help Mack find his way out of an orphanage and into a real family!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Three with HIV who break my heart. They are just like your children.

Oh, my heart. I have kids this age.

Please meet three older children with HIV, who are fully functioning, typical kids, and who are only in orphanages because of their HIV status. Ironically, these kids are living perfectly healthy lives with a normal lifespan ahead:

Beautiful Estelle, age 14

Dashing Gerard, age 14

Handsome Brian, age 11

Aren't they gorgeous? And, doesn't it frustrate the heck out of you that they are relegated to life in an orphanage for no good reason? It makes me crazy. It makes no sense!

Please click any of their pictures for more information, and please look here for quick FAQs about HIV. It is not scary anymore. It's really not.

This is the part that is just so hard to take: Although HIV is not spread by casual contact, hugging, kissing, being on the playground, or playing sports (the virus is not found in sweat, tears, urine, saliva, or snot), these children have no future in their home country once they age out of the system at age 16. I can't even bear to tell you what they face. Let's just say that their futures are very, abysmally bleak. Again, for no good reason!

Please consider adopting an older child with HIV, as it really is the only chance that child will get. And please, please, please, help spread the word about these precious ones, who are just like the rest of us, in need of families and love and a future.

God bless you!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Anne, the little dolly

What a beautiful little girl, just four years old and waiting so long for a family of her own.

Click my pretty picture for more information!

Isn't she just a doll??? Clearly, she has been cared for, and that is one small consolation as we consider her urgent situation.

Anne suffers from a generalize form of epilepsy, seizures, and mild mental delays. I suspect that her condition is treatable and that she can overcome those delays when she is out of institutional living and in an American home where she can get proper love and care!

She has been listed for as long as I've been following Reece's Rainbow, and yet she has very little money in her adoption grant -- only $15. That's just sad, isn't it? She should be someone's precious princess, not an orphan unknown.

Anne can be adopted by older parents and large families, so there is great hope for her in the pool of potential families that are out there! Please, spread her pretty face around, and let's increase her chances. She is young and clearly has the spark of life! It would be a tragedy to see her transferred to an adult institution (which is usually done around this age… I'm still praying she is in the baby house).

In my mind's eye, I can see someone out there receiving her photo in an email or on facebook, gasping, and realizing that Anne is her own daughter.

For the sake of this little girl, let's work to make that happen!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

The boy no one knows

Brett is just a little boy with Down Syndrome, but he seems like a ghost in some ways -- no one has seen him, and no one seems to know anything about him. The following information, and a grainy photo, is all we have:

Boy, Born August 23, 2001

Diagnosis: Down Syndrome, Severe lagging behind in his development, Alopetio areata.  The photo was taken on May 2009. This child had a rough start in his life. Immediately after giving birth to him in the open country she abandoned him on the field. He was found and taken to the hospital. His condition was poor but the doctors saved his life.


Click photo for more info on Brett.

Brett has a wonderful "spiritual mother" who loves him very much from across an ocean, and who brought him to my attention. Here is what Laura Welchert has to say about "her" boy:

It's so hard to write anything about Brett b/c so little is known about him. I don't have any other pictures, or first hand accounts. Each time a new horrendous picture of some abused and neglected child comes up, I was always wonder is this also happening to Brett? I think he is so overlooked because of the lack of info and I think that fact puts him at greater risk.

I was assigned to be Brett's Prayer Warrior 10 months ago, the same length of time it would take to see a full term pregnancy through. I have prayed daily for this child, the same way I did with all of my children while I was in waiting to meet them. Chances are, I will never meet this little guy. I have hung his picture on my living room wall, the same way I hung each of my ultrasounds on the door of the refrigerator. My hope is Brett's sweet face will grace the walls of his family's home one day. 

My worries of "will my kids get everything they want for Christmas this year" are silenced by my dread of "will Brett get enough to eat tonight". Brett is not my child, but he has shaped this mother's heart. At this time very little is known about Brett. He is in a remote orphanage and is the only child listed with RR from his area, so even his living conditions are an unknown. What we do know is that he is he fought for life only to have it hidden away and he now needs someone to step up and fight for him. I urge anyone to spend some time in prayer over him and allow God to guide you in the ways He sees fit for you to help this sweet child.

Katie Beth also has a great post about him as well. We just love this boy to pieces! Our auction for him ends tomorrow, but of course we will continue to fundraise for him until Angel Tree is over and will do anything to get this boy to his forever family!!

Along with Laura and Katie Beth, I beg you to pray for and about Brett. Share his face, tell his story, so that he is no longer a ghost to people, but a real boy. Laura is happy to talk to anyone who might want to help Brett find his way into a loving home.

Just say the word and I will put you in touch.

May the Lord bless and comfort Brett until his day of deliverance comes.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

This line jumped out at me...

"Kolya is 12 years old, and has been waiting for such a long time!"

And then I read further:

"[V]ery delicate and sensitive child who catches every touch, every word or a smile. He may long to sit next to a nice man and just hold hands, enjoying the warmth."

And then to realize that he was born in the exact month and year as one of my own sons…. well, it's hard to take. He is a loving boy with Down syndrome. Down syndrome is not a crime, and in fact, these children seem to have more love to give than "typical" children. He needs a home. He needs a mommy and a daddy to come and rescue him and give him a shot at real love and a good life.

Look at Kolya. He is irresistible!

Click my photo for more info!

Please, let's spread the word about this precious boy. He is ready to jump into a life of love and warmth. Could he be your son?

If not, could you spread the word?

And special note for those in Alberta, Canada! Check out this special cake fundraiser for Kolya!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Is Lilly your daughter?

Sweet, beautiful Lilly!

She has been waiting for so long, and yet she doesn't have time to wait. This precious five-year-old has a heart defect that needs surgical correction. The sooner Mama is found, the sooner she will get the medical attention she so desperately needs.

Click my photo for more info! Single moms and Canadian families welcome!

The good news is, Lilly has over $10,000 in her adoption grant just waiting to be used to bring her home. More good news? She is sweet and calm, and full of affection.

Is she your daughter? And if she is not your daughter, will you share her face and name with your family and friends? You may very well be the instrument that connects her to her family!

So many have loved this girl from afar, and there is a facebook page that is selling crafts to help grow her adoption fund (and Owen's). Just look at the beautiful pieces:

Also, there is a moving tribute to Lilly from one whose heart aches for her, here:

We can't let down this helpless, innocent girl, and together we will make sure she is rescued. May the Lord keep Lilly safe and peaceful until her family finds her at last.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Potpourri of orphan info!! So much going on!

New this morning: Brett and Masha have families!! Whoooooot! God is good!

Okay, I'm just gonna start listing stuff!!

Here's Malcolm, my soon-to-be godson, with the parents he has always longed for!

(Pictures removed for privacy.)

Malcolm, precious Malcolm, is finally in the first of the legal steps to coming home! His mama and daddy are pulling out all the stops to get the last $8,000 of the $45,000 they needed. Yep, that is all they have left, and it's very doable!

One way to help is to go to their blog and enter their most excellent giveaway! Here ya go:

If you don't care about giveaways and just want to donate directly, you can go here.


Sylvia's journey to reunite her two angels (and give them a big sister as well!) is finally coming to fruition! She leaves in less than two weeks to get Yulia and Elaine, who will finally be orphans no more! 

To help her in her quest, a group called "Anonymous Angels" has offered her a matching grant of $550, that needs to be met by Friday, November 15. So far, she has raised about $100 of the amount needed, so let's push her over the line! Every dollar you donate is doubled, and your blessing will come back to you a hundredfold!

Please go here to help Sylvia meet this crucial matching grant:


You remember that Andrew and Oliver are going to be brothers now, and Lynn is so close, also to being fully funded. Brenda Lamey has put together a very wonderful and very QUICK auction to get them rolling again:

One of the offerings is this lace Madonna and Child bookmark from the Abbey Lace collection. Designed by hand and made from the finest cotton on Jacquard looms, using technology first invented by the Victorians. Brand new in package, starting bid only $4! The perfect stocking stuffer!

Also, back by popular demand! A hand-knotted custom blanket that will cover a queen-sized bed or wrap up a few of your favorite people this winter! We were lucky to have two of these in the last auction, and the artist has graciously agreed to make another! Winner may chose boy/girl/neutral theme and have input on colors but will need to consult on final fabrics with the artist. Blanket retails for over $60, and starting bid is just $10! Shipping (approx. $15) will be added to the final winning bid.


There is also an amazing auction going on for Kara's Nico, with saints dolls that are going like hotcakes:

Blessed Mother Teresa!

And, how's this for a diaper bag??

For more great items in Nico's auction, go here:


Now, this auction is very special to me:

It's special because I have donated three of my late grandmother's vintage aprons, in pristine condition, all 1950s era. Check them out:

I know that my loving Grandma would be very happy to know that her aprons were being sold to help children in dire need.


This last announcement might be the most exciting! A wonderful friend, Sheila Riely, who runs the Life Choice's Women's Clinics here in Phoenix, has graciously offered an entire weekend of thrift shop sales, with every penny raised going to benefit RR orphans and families! The most amazing part is that there is a CAR for sale! It is offered for $3600! 

Year: 2003. 134,883 miles. Brake pads, rotors, fuel pump, serpentine belt & tires in 2011. Battery this year.
See more photos of the car, here!

Arizona friends, feel free to share this information on your blogs or facebook:

St. Gerard’s Treasures is located at 9120 N. 7th Street in North Central Phoenix, just across the Street from Life Choices Women’s Clinics (North Clinic office). Open 9:00am to 4:00pm.

I hope you all are as excited as I am! 

Please spread the word about all these great opportunities, and together we can save children's lives!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Janelle: Overlooked, but not forgotten

Janelle is five years old. According to her profile, "She was born with CP and struggles some with 'episyndrome'. She is not able to walk on her own, but would such a blessing to any family. She will remain bed/chair-ridden for life if she is not adopted."  

Look at this face! She is a beauty!
Click my image for more info!

Janelle is at high risk of being transferred, and we simply cannot let that happen to her. She is in a region that typically waives the 10-day waiting period (that is a blessing!), and large families are eligible to adopt. What a precious addition this sweet girl would be to any family.

I want to reach in the screen and kiss her plump cheeks! How I would love to get a smile out of this girl. Can you just imagine her giggle?

Please, consider Janelle. She has been waiting far too long, and she is oh so ready for a mommy and daddy of her own, and the kind of medical care that she is unable to receive in her own country.

If you are not in a position to adopt, please share her face and story with others. It only takes one person to see her and her life will be saved.

Hang on, Janelle! You have not been forgotten!


Thursday, November 8, 2012


My two favorite boys, Andrew and Oliver, are going to be brothers for life!!!!

YES, it's true! The Spiveys are bringing home both boys!!!

Andrew                                                                                       Oliver

I fell in love and began advocating for Oliver back in February, when he had only $13 in his account, and to think that he is now, finally, going to a mommy and a daddy who love him, with sisters and a brother -- well, I can hardly contain my joy!

And Andrew! Oh, I have been so in love with Andrew since I first saw him in that horrible video, walking around in his crib, bored out of his mind -- just as he has done day after day for years.

The Spiveys are compiling their dossier and trying furiously to meet the winter shut-down deadline, so time is of the essence to get them fully funded.

NOW is the fun part: There are two brand new videos of the boys, and you will soon see them!! One video is the first ever of Oliver, and he is with Andrew, his soon-to-be brother. The other is of Andrew alone, and well, you simply have to see it to believe it! It will fill you with joy!

So, the plan is that as soon as Lynn's chip-in reaches  $4,000 (watch the stalk, as she is close to it), we will release the videos for all to see! And if you simply cannot wait to see what I have viewed dozens of times already, then please donate at least $25 to her chip-in, and we will let you jump the line and see the videos privately! Such a deal!

Thank you so much and please leave a comment here or on the Spiveys' blog if you donated at least $25 and want to get the video links immediately! Otherwise, thank you for any donation amount, which will all add up to getting those videos released to public for all to enjoy!

Click here to donate (it's on the top right):

Bringing Andrew and Oliver Home!

God bless the Spiveys for taking these precious boys into their hearts and home, and thanks for spreading the word on your own blogs, facebook, and twitter!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Heartbreak for Nanette

I hate it every time I hear it.

We prayed she'd be rescued before it happened, but she wasn't.

Nanette has been transferred from her baby house to an institution. This is not good news.

Nanette is a beautiful girl, described as gentle and shy. She was raised in an excellent baby house, and now the only life she has ever known has been turned upside down. It is hard imagine the confusion and fear and loss she must be experiencing in a new environment where nothing is familiar to her.

This precious doll baby is just four years old and is waiting to have a mama of her very own to love. She has been transferred, yes, but she can still be adopted. Please, share her face and her story. It really is the only way that she can be saved.

Please come for me! Click my photo for more information.

Girl, born August 2008
Eyes: blue
Hair: blonde
Nature: Calm
Nanette has Down syndrome, and has had heart surgery.
Nanette was in a very good baby house, but HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED!!
More photos available.
$4742.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Constantine: The story of a tiny boy

I stole that title from the blog of Beth Barnes, a woman who dearly loves Constantine -- the tiny little boy with the big and noble name.

Click my photo to be taken to my profile page!

Beth brought Constantine to my attention a while back, and I was immediately drawn to his inviting smile. I quickly looked to his information and was disappointed to find that it was almost non-existent. All I learned about this little boy was the following:

Boy, born October 2009
Gray eyes
The nature of close, calm

Constantine is paralyzed on one side of his body; he is a beautiful child!

Yes, he is a beautiful child. A child who turned three years old this month. A sweet baby who needs a mama so badly. 

The photo, those few words, were not enough. Beth summed up the problem:

"For most of these [Reece's Rainbow] kids, their best chance is for a special person or family to find a sketchy passage and vague photo so compelling that they're motivated to do put the wheels in motion. In a way, it's all in the story. But not every child listed on Reece's Rainbow has the blessing of a compelling narrative to help pull at the heartstrings of prospective parents and donors."

So, as a spiritual mother would, Beth dug hard for more information on this precious child, and she came up with a much richer narrative, and one that just might bring this boy to life in the minds and hearts of his future family. Look what the volunteers at the orphanage in his region had to say about Constantine:

The translation is funny at points, but you can clearly make out that our boy is full of life and curiosity and spunk. My favorite line was "…how Constantine tries!" What a rich spirit in his tiny body!

And Beth was able to find photos of Constantine when he was still just a baby, beautiful photos that radiate his joy to all of us living in the world beyond his orphanage. Here is one to make your heart melt:

There are more, here.

Constantine needs out quickly, as he may only have a year or so until he is transferred from the familiarity of his baby house to an adult institution. He should never enter the walls of that institution; instead, he should be in Mama's arms, getting hugs and kisses and raspberries on his tummy, safe at home where he belongs.

Please, go and look at Beth's blog, join Constantine's facebook page that is linked there, and let's work together to make sure this cherub does not become a statistic.

And if you are able, please share this with one person you know who has never seen Reece's Rainbow, and who doesn't know about the plight of these sweet babies.

God bless you!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Sometimes, no words are necessary...

…but action is. Please share. Lina does not have much time.

Please click the image to find out more, or to donate to her fund.

God bless you.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The "Lost Boys": Heath, Sasha, and Hanson

"Already transferred". Those are the words that chill the blood of anyone who advocates for Reece's Rainbow children.

It's worse when we know that the children have gone to join the Lost Boys. I've talked about the Lost Boys before, and I honestly don't have the stomach to do it again. The descriptions of what these boys and men endure are some of the most horrifying things I've ever read. Go here for some of the back story and context, as you will need to read up on the situation at least once, to really know.

The three boys I am profiling today are Lost Boys now: Sasha, Hanson, and Heath. With your help, they don't need to be Lost Boys forever.

Heath is one of the boys I have prayed for the longest, and I am not alone. People have been shouting for Heath for many years now (you'd never know from his tiny size that he is eleven years old). Recently, good folks have pulled together to push his grant to over $21,000! He is essentially fully funded for any family who is willing to step up and take him home! Finances are not an issue for anyone who will go and rescue this little boy:

I am Heath, and I need rescuing almost more than anyone else in the world.
Please click my photo for much more information. 

From his profile:
Heath is not a recent transfer. He has lived in the stifling boredom of institution life for a long time. He has lost the vivacity of life at the baby houses. In his three years at the institute, he has been given nothing of his own. He has not seen a book or a toy. He has never been gathered into anyone’s loving arms. He is a very lonely little fellow in desperate need of love and comfort.
Where is the hero who will rescue this boy from the hell that is his life? Must he continue in this harsh sentence, all for the "crime" of having Down Syndrome?


Eight-year-old Sasha is living the same fate as Heath. No one knows how this poor boy is doing because no one has seen him -- all we know is that he is still available for adoption, unlike most of the children in the Lost Boys' institution. So in that sense he is one of the "lucky ones" (an irony if there ever was one). His only opportunity to be saved rests in the hands of people like you who are reading this and might consider sharing his plight with others. Maybe you yourself would even be moved by God to go and take him into your home.

Please click my photo to get more information and find out how to save me!

Here is some information we have about Sasha from before his transfer out of the baby house:
He does a lot of rocking…in his crib, in his stroller…to keep himself occupied.  He has teeth marks in his tongue from chewing on it from boredom. We do not know if he truly has autism, or he is just so severely impacted by the CP or other birth trauma that the caregivers can’t really do much with him, and he turns to himself to soothe.
Sasha has over $9,000 in his grant, which can be used to fund his adoption.


To my knowledge, Hanson is the only other boy who is available for adoption from the Lost Boys' orphanage. He is only seven years old and should not be living in that unspeakable place. He may well be cognitively typical (though if so, his chance of staying that way for long is slim), and his medical conditions can be eased and treated in the United States.

Please click my photo for more info on how to make me your son!

From his profile:
Congenital defect of the central nervous system, rachischisis of transverse part of spine, internal hydrocephalus, ventriculoperitoneostomia, flail legs (low extremities paraparesis).
Keep in mind that diagnoses from this region of Eastern Europe are often incorrect and less frightening than they sound. Hanson has over $2500 available in his adoption grant and a host of loving advocates who will help raise even more if a family should come forward!


I feel inadequate even writing about these Lost Boys who seem so devoid of any hope, but the truth is that they do have hope. You are their hope. Perhaps you are unable to adopt these precious children yourself, but you have a computer, you use social media, and you can spread the word. You can share their names and faces and ask others to do the same. The outreach can be exponential, but only if you have the courage to click the "send" button, or the "share" icon, or the "recommend" link. Silly YouTube video and funny memes go viral all the time, and we can make these boys go viral, too!

It really is their only earthly hope.

Please, share and pray.

God bless you for not turning away.

"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, 
you did for me." -- Jesus Christ


Monday, October 8, 2012

OMGosh, there is no one cuter than Marshall!

Meet Marshall!
I'm Marshall, and I'm ready to have some fun!!!
Click my photo for more information.

I just can't believe it. There is no reason on earth that this two-year-old rascal should still be without a family. Look at him! Marshall's only issue is congenital hydrocephalus.

He was born in January 2010, only one month before my own son, so I know the mischievous, clever, and funny things he must be doing at the orphanage. It's so hard for me to imagine that Marshall has not been taken into someone's family yet. How can anyone resist this boy? It's a real head-scratcher for me.

In addition to his irresistible cuteness, his is an easy region to adopt from!

Marshall is blessed to have a wonderful advocate, Theresa Desarro-Revilak, who loves him so. Theresa told me:
When I look at him, I see my son. My son, Andy, is 1 1/2 years old and a ball of energy. He never ever stops moving, exploring, getting into everything. But he loves his Mama, and his daddy and sister. He gives kisses and calls me, "My Mama." I think Marshall will be just like that. Look at him. He can barely stand there. He wants to be off and playing, running around, getting dirty, getting into things, driving his parents crazy. He deserves that too.

Dear friends, finding a family for Marshall should be a slam dunk. Please, come to the aid of this little squirt and get his face out there! I understand that many of the children on RR have severe needs, leading to many reservations on the part of potential families. But Marshall is not a "hard case". Let's move on this, and get him out of an orphanage and into a home where he belongs! He's still so young; what a perfect time for him to join a real family, where he can run and play and laugh and jump and do all those crazy things a two-year-old boy is meant to do.

Please, share, share, share! And consider taking this adorable little man home yourself. You know you want to!



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The greatest poverty is loneliness.

"We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love."  -- Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

For some reason, I thought of this quote from Mother Teresa when I began pondering this post for Valery.

Click my photo for more information.

We have all felt loneliness in our lives from time to time, but it is unlikely that anyone reading this post has truly ever been completely alone in life and felt that kind of profound existential isolation. No mother, no father, no siblings, no neighbors, no friends. Just existing, with no one to truly love, or who truly loves you back (save God Himself). 

Valery just had her sixth birthday, on September 27. I actually started typing out the words "celebrated her sixth birthday", but then I realized that there was no celebration, and perhaps no acknowledgement at all. She was not even celebrated on the day she was born. Her entire life has been one of loneliness.

Here is what we know of Valery, from her profile:

Valery was born with CP and spina bifida. She has significant strabismus and “progressive hydrocephaly”.  She is not able to walk, and is significantly delayed in all aspects. But she is still beautiful and deserving and can truly thrive in a loving family, with access to adequate medical care and nutrition. Valery will remain bedridden for life, and will likely not survive the transfer to the institution. Won’t someone consider being her “forever family”? More photos available, please inquire.

She has $4600 sitting in her adoption fund, waiting for a mama and daddy to use, to come and get her before it's too late. Older parents and large families are eligible.

Please, let's end Valery's loneliness and let her know true love. Pray for her, share her face and name, and perhaps consider taking her into your own home.

"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." -- Blessed Mother Teresa


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Okay, I don't usually do this, but...

…no one is noticing this win-win no-brainer that's going on (I only just tonight noticed it myself!), so I want to tell you about a way to help one family bring their boy home (they are traveling in two weeks!), that won't end up costing you a penny. In fact, you will make money on this offer, while helping to fully fund this family.

Rachelle and Stephen Feinland are adopting five-year-old Silas, this beautiful sweetheart with CP. He was set to be transferred in the coming months and bedridden for life if it hadn't been for the Feinlands stepping forward to save him:

Well, it turns out that Rachelle had a fantastic idea for a fundraiser, which has gone all but unnoticed. No one seems to "get" how good this is, and that it will not cost them a penny in the end. It's a discount card that you can buy for $20 (I'm buying mine tonight!) that instantly pays you back and then some as you get a bonus card worth $25 just for spending the $20 for the card/donation. And on top of that… Well, I will let Rachelle explain what you get for your donation, and it's a lot. This is from her blog:

Hello there! I want to remind everyone that we are still selling these amazing discount cards. Many people have asked, and YES they are good NATIONWIDE! No matter where you go, there are discounts available! The discounts are at restaurants, department stores, specialty stores, movies, golf & so much more. Please share this with friends & family!
Here are some of the discounts available:

Macy's 15% off
Aeropostale 20% off
AMC Theaters $6.50 tickets
Office Depot 50% off
Smoothie King 50 cents off
Disney World buy 4 days get 1 free
Men's Warehouse 50% off
Edible Arrangements $5 off
Coldwater Creek 10% off
French Quarter History Tour BOGO
Mardi Gras World $3 off admission
Naturalizer 10% off

There is also a bonus gift certificate that comes with these cards!

Help us bring Silas home and save you money at the same time!

Discounts can be viewed and cards can be purchases HERE.


Okay, so the more I think about this, it's a beyond a NO-BRAINER. You pay $20 to get this card. You instantly have made a $5 profit, because you get the bonus restaurant certificate worth $25, and then the card itself gives you these discounts and more, for a full year (you can use the discounts multiple times).

Go and make money, while helping this wonderful family bring their sweet boy home! If Rachelle sells the number of cards she committed to, she will be fully funded! If not, she is in dire straits.

Click here and get started. You do NOT have to put her name in when you order, as she is the only recipient!

I'm going to get mine now!

To learn more about the Feinlands go here. And if you have any questions, feel free to ask Rachelle via her blog, or email me at

PS: I remember the old discount coupon books we used to sell for school fundraisers, and those always made your money back and then some, but they were so limited. You could only use some of the discounts once, and there weren't as many options. Heck, AMC Theater tix, Macy's discount, and Office Depot are going to be used right away by the Millers, I'll tell you that. Not to mention we love going out to eat, so that certificate will be gobbled up quickly!


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Meet joyful Konner!

**NOTE: All my tabs (except Nicholas' for the scavenger hunt) are DOWN. I have no idea why. I will try to fix this as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can search all the children at Reece's Rainbow.

Oh, my goodness!

Please meet sweet Konner, who is three years old and has spina bifida (which has been surgically corrected).

This is a child who, if he had been born in America, would be happily part of a family, right in step with his peers, and living the good life with no limits on his potential. Unfortunately, he was born in a land that generally institutionalizes children with special needs, even if those needs are relatively minor. It appears that little Konner has had good treatment and is very much a happy, bright, and active little boy! He looks well cared for and as if he's had lots of stimulation in the baby house. 

However, as good as things may be now, every year that he waits for a real family, and for good medical attention, is a year that he loses. Precious time that cannot be retrieved. Konner is at a perfect age to be adopted, as he's still a toddler and has not been transferred out of his baby house -- an event which will no doubt shake up his sense of security and disrupt his development. It's imperative that he be adopted now.

Here he is in his most recent photo, which you can click on for more information:

Konner, age 3!

Two more earlier photos of this love:

Konner, age 2!
Konner, age 2 months!

It his hard to resist this smiling face, isn't it?

His RR profile says that he has a quiet nature, which is such a lovely combination with the joy he radiates! This is a very special boy, and he will make a wonderful son to some very blessed family. Are you his family? Will you think about it, and more importantly, will you pray about it?

Konner has a Guardian Angel, Amber Middleton, who loves and advocates for him on a blog she made especially for him. Amber says:
If Konner has not been adopted by his fourth birthday, he will be sent to live in a mental institution, despite the fact that he is a cognitively typical child. At that time, he may or may not be available for adoption.
He has a little less than a year left, and Amber and all those who love Konner would help rally and fundraise to get this boy home. But first, he simply needs a family to commit, to be willing to take a chance on this beautiful, joy-filled boy!

And if you cannot be his family, will you please share his shining face with everyone you know?

God bless you!


Monday, September 24, 2012

I got this email last night from Heidi!

In its entirety:

Guys, I am speechless tonight.

Seriously.   And I'm not often speechless.

Tonight, however, we were offered a donation to our adoption fund that totally took all the words out of my mouth.   Remember Johnny and Ali?  Remember their adoption of little Seraphia that fell through at the very last moment?

They are offering their saved adoption funds (and their fundraised dollars) to our Peter.

They have offered to match, dollar-for-dollar, every single donation that comes in to our fund until we hit our fully funded mark of $16,500 (we have about $5K left to go).

I'm pretty sure we've maxed out our Facebook audience, personally.  This might motivate some people to donate or share who didn't before this, but I know that the only way this will work is if we can get it out to a larger "audience." 

Could I beg you to share it, in anyway you can?  Blog, facebook, what-have-you?   Anything you can do to help me get the word out?  I'm overwhelmed by Johnny and Ali's generosity, especially when they've been through so much suffering this past year of their own, and I don't want to waste it.  I want them to see their gift blossom and grow, because I know they'll be watching.  ;-)

Can you help me spread the word?




For more information on what happened to Johnny and Ali, which makes this offer so much more incredible and moving, go to Heidi's latest post, here, where she links to the story. You will not soon forget it.


Also, for those of you who love the fundraising auctions (and want to get some Christmas shopping done early), here are two new auction for Andrew and for the Middleton girls (Yulia and Elaine). There are some great items, some with no bids! Check them out:

My personal favorite item on from that auction is the handmade Raggedy Mummy!


My personal favorite item from that auction, a Viking baby hat! No bids yet!

Happy bidding!!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Margaret has died. Please don't let Giselle meet the same fate.

Today the Reece's Rainbow community got word that little Margaret, who had a family ready to commit, has died. She is the sixth child featured on RR known to have died this year. There may be others we don't yet know about. All of them were available for adoption, all died while waiting to be rescued.

And so my heart turns to five-year-old Giselle. I worry so much about Giselle, and I don't want her to be the next little one to give up. Giselle is oh, so fragile. Looking at her, you'd think she'd break if touched. 

Just imagine how good nutrition, medical care, and a family's love would help turn this child from a broken, dying flower into a giggly, rosy-cheeked dynamo! Picture her with color in her face, a twinkle in her eye, and long flowing locks! Can you just see her as Mommy's girl and Daddy's princess?

But instead, she is languishing, frail and weak. She is severely malnourished, and the bitterly cold winter is approaching in Eastern Europe. Many orphanages there do not have heat. And Giselle has no body fat to keep her warm.

Click photo for more info. Giselle's most tragic diagnosis, to me, is the severe malnutrition. The other diagnoses may or may not be accurate. Sometimes, when a child gets home to proper medical care in America, diagnoses change or disappear.

From her profile, we read the simple truth:
Miss Giselle has struggled her whole life. She desperately needs a loving family of her own. She is facing imminent transfer.
My instinct tells me that she will not survive long after transfer. Please consider that she might be your daughter. And if you know that she cannot be, please pray for her, that she may stay strong and not lose hope, and that a family may get to her soon.

And I beg you to share this, even (and especially) if you have never shared the orphans before. You might be surprised at the response. And you could be responsible for saving a child's life.


This appeal for Giselle is made in loving memory of Margaret, who never made it to an earthly home, but is now home with God.

Friday, September 14, 2012

"Loves to cuddle and be cuddled"

Archie is a snuggle bug. He is soft and gentle and precious. He is an angel baby, who quietly loves everyone and everything around him.

He is also facing transfer from his baby house to an adult mental institution very soon.

He is in great need of rescue.

I think think this video will give you some good insight into "Archie Sunny Boy":

For another (unlisted) video, go here. And there is another one, so absolutely sweet, here.

Did you watch? Isn't he irresistible?

There is more info available if you would like to contact me* about this squeezable, edible, precious, shy and snuggly boy!

NO WAY can we let this vulnerable, trusting little angel go to the adult mental institution. Such a transfer would be unthinkable.

Please, share and share and share. Share with people whom you've never shared with before. It only takes one person to see him and rescue him. He simply cannot be among the lost.

From his profile:

The boy has very tender, affectionate, cheerful and forgiving personality.  He does not hesitate approaching to people and looks with interest at what they are doing and truly tries to emulate. He is doing it in such a cute way that these attempts turn out to be very funny to watch! … The whole world is like a puzzle to him. When he hears a sound whether by tram or car – it is the whole event in his life. He stops and looks to the side, where sound occurs. When he is given toys he can play alone and will quietly deal with himself, allowing the rest to others.

The child needs tactile sensations very much. He loves to cuddle and be cuddled. He is not doing it in a demanding, but gentle and neat way. He is independent and if falls he not waiting for help from an adult. He’s just not accustomed to it and is not expecting that it someone might be interested in him. … [Archie] responds quickly to someone’s smile with a soft laughter.  

Click my photo for more information!

God bless you a million times over for helping this little bundle of light find a loving home!

*Email me at:


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Losing a mother, gaining a daughter

Just a few days ago, Lisa Matthews lost her beloved mother and best friend, Lanora Ann Woolley, known as Ann. I don't know what it's like to lose a mother, but I have heard it's like no other loss in the world. There is a sense of being untethered, wandering, like a child lost and looking for a home that can't be found. It's a hard road, and though countless folks have walked it, it's the most isolated road in the world.

There is another motherless daughter on this earth, a tiny girl dubbed "Carissa", but soon to be named Christiana.

She is five years old, isolated, alone, not even knowing what a mother is. This little bird is unaware that a mama of her very own is trying to get to her, to scoop her up, hug her, kiss her, comfort her, protect her, and love her all of her days. As the severe mercies of life would have it, it is Lisa, so recently left without her own mother, who is to be the mama that Christiana so desperately needs.

Christiana lives in the "Bad Place". Do you remember the Bad Place? I've written about it, here. Once it settles in your mind, it's hard to forget, and all you'll ever want is for the place to be emptied out. No one should ever live there, most especially children. Slowly, some children have gotten out as wonderful families have come for them, while others still wait, in dire straits.

Lisa Matthews and her husband are trying desperately to get to Christiana, doing everything in their power to raise the ransom needed. They have made a good start, but they still have many, many thousands left to be fully funded, and it seems overwhelming. But now more than ever, Lisa's very inspiration for motherhood, her own mom, is pushing her forward.

When Ann learned of her daughter's intention to adopt a special needs orphan from overseas, her response was to support the endeavor with great joy! As Lisa recounts, "She and Daddy put Christiana's photograph in their living room for everyone to see. They told everyone about their newest grandchild-to-be, the little girl across the sea."

We now know that grandma and granddaughter will never meet on this earth, but we also know, with Jesus Christ as our model, that love is eternal -- transcending and even mocking death.

Lisa knows this truth, and she knows the unbreakable bond between mother and child:
I've learned one thing from my Mom's death. I've learned the last lesson she had to teach me - that no matter how old you are, your mother is the center of your heart. I've learned how very much my children must love and need me.  
I've learned how vital a mother is to a child.  
Soon... we will have travel dates. We will have permission to meet our daughter across the sea. Knowing how much she must need me, even if she doesn't know it, yet breaks my heart.   
Please... please help us get to her. Help me give my daughter what my Mom gave me.  Love. Unconditional and eternal love. Help me hold her and teach her a mother's love for her child.  
If there is any way you can help this family financially, so that they might reach and rescue their lonely little girl more quickly, please donate to their tax deductible fund, here. And please know how grateful Lisa and her husband are for whatever you can spare. God has a way of multiplying even the smallest of gifts.

Also, they are running a facebook auction that you are cordially invited to visit! If you see something you like, please bid and get the family one step closer to bringing their daughter home:

You can also follow their journey on Lisa's own blog, here.

Share Lisa's story, share Christiana's photos, share their facebook auction, and please, more than anything, pray. Pray for Lisa's broken heart, pray for a little girl with a broken life across the ocean, pray that the family's healing can begin by restoring motherhood to a little lost child, in loving memory of a mother who left behind a beautiful legacy.

And pray that both Lisa and Christiana feel the presence of the One who in reality is always walking that lonely road with them, sustaining and loving them at every step.

In loving memory of Lanora Ann Woolley

Click the image above to donate. God bless you.