"Adventures, I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull...But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have just landed in them, usually...I expect they had a lot of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten."

-Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Wahoo!

Remember cute little Vera and sweet Danil? They BOTH having families! God is good, and its so amazing to see these kiddo's that we came to love while there find their families.

But again I am burdened. There is a little sweetie that we seen every single day at the baby house. She had a family, but for one reason or another they couldn't continue, so she's again waiting for her family. I can't disclose her real name, but her pseudo name is 'Willow' on Reeces Rainbow.


Isn't she just the cutest? She was born with FAS and just turned 2yrs old. When we were there, she was lucky enough to have a 'big sister' through a program the baby house sponsors. When they would walk past us in the hallway, she would use her little arm to cover her face until she got past us, then turn around and she'd smile at us. Just adorable. She's a petite little girl, and her big sister would bring books to their visits. We could hear them reading, she was saying words in Russian, she was active, talking, smiling, and just a love.

You can find this sweet girl here on Reece's Rainbow. http://reecesrainbow.org/willow1901
Even if you can't adopt right now, consider making a donation to a child's grant fund. Or you can click the little facebook button below their pictures to share them on facebook. Or advocate on your blogs! You just never know when a child's mom may see their childs' picture. :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Getting to the core

Well after weeks of physical therapy and working Alina's legs and hips, its become pretty clear that the core of her balance issues is, well, her core! She has a weak trunk and while she can move her little legs forever, her core gets tired and she loses her balance.

When we got her home she couldn't sit on the floor on her butt. If you sat her down on her butt with her feet straight out or crossed her legs she would tip over just like a baby. However she had amazing balance if she sat on her knees with her legs in a 'W' sit.

For the last month at PT and here at home we've been working on her core muscles only. She is exhausted after PT and working on it here at home, but its paying off. she can sit criss cross on the floor and reach for things ,move around and she doesn't even lose her balance anymore! She can sit on her little exercise ball and reach, stretch, and bend! She can lean against the wall (her back on the wall) and stand up by herself and her balance is getting pretty good, she can stand on her own for around 5 minutes now before getting tired and losing her balance and having to sit down.

She's such a hard worker. She never gives up in PT, even if she's frustrated and tired. She knows that its helping her and she loves her physical therapists... who are finally onto her 'look at me I'm cute' ways. :) She's determined, motivated, and working so hard to get up to where she should be. We are so proud of her, and best of all... she's proud of herself!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

On being snowballed- a warning for prospective adoptive parents

Have you ever had a 'friend', and then later found out you were totally snowballed? Someone who you thought the best of and then had the rug pulled right out from under you?

Well that has happened to me. And in the process not only did my name get slandered over an accusation that is completely false, but I have also been excluded from something that was very important to me. All because someone, instead of fessing up or walking away, dragged me into something I had no part of or wanted any part of.

These are the type of people who can completely sabotage someone's adoption. A family who is completely unsuspecting and innocent can be caught up in something they have no part in and unknowingly get their adoption completely ruined.

So, if you are an adopting family and get involved in a third party who seems to know alot about your area, think twice before getting too close. And when you get to your childs country, never drop names of anyone unless its a past family or your team you are working with. Be cautious of the term 'missionairy'. Things work very differently in other countries, and having someone not like something you say or do can ruin your adoption. They also don't think as highly of some people as we may here in the USA.

Sometimes its innocent, sometimes its not. At the time I got a warning I felt that whatever had happened was innocent, probably a misunderstanding, and not done to be deceitful or mean. It didn't affect me and I left it alone. However now I know that it was done to be seen as a great person, and instead of owning up, tracks were covered, and I was brought into it with no knowledge of what happened to begin with.

Please be careful, adoptive parents. Toe the line while paperchasing and traveling. Be cautious of those who try to intercede or be too helpful. Because you don't want to be caught in the wake of something like this in country or in the middle of your adoption. Use your head but also trust your facilitation team.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

From our newest little sweetheart!





The boys told me they were too cool for a Valentine's picture, so I'm going to have to be creative on finding new ways to obtain blackmail for the future. :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Two very special children-

This is Vera. This sweet girl had a family and has been on hold for a year, but now is at risk to be transferred because she will be 6yrs old in April. She needs a family fast, her grant is currently $3000 and growing!

Vera has CP like Alina. She can walk, she's active, friendly, and a favorite at her baby house.
This is a direct link to her information on Reece's Rainbow
http://reecesrainbow.org/vera19
And a blog set up to raise awareness about her situation-
http://www.iknowyouroutthereimjustwaiting.blogspot.com/


And this is Danil-

Danil has HIV. He's a very sweet boy, helpful, talkative, and nice.
Here is a link to his information on Reece's Rainbow
http://reecesrainbow.org/danil-19
And a blog set up to raise awareness for him-
http://thereisjustonethingleftformeandthatsu.blogspot.com/

Why are these two so important to me? Because the reside at the same baby house Alina was at. Danil has been transferred to an older child internat because he's 6. Vera's time is running out at the baby house too now that she lost her family. She's been held for a year because they knew the family was coming, but now she can be transferred any time.

No child should wait for a family, no child should be all alone in this big world. Danil and Vera are so special, please help raise awareness for them. They both need families now.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Truth Pandemic - Get the facts about HIV/AIDS and Adoption

LOVE this video by www.projecthopeful.org, get the facts!




There are many children waiting for their family that have HIV.
Here is Danil- http://thereisjustonethingleftformeandthatsu.blogspot.com/

There are hundreds more who are being represented by Reeces Rainbow!
http://reecesrainbow.org/category/waitingchildren/hiv

The casts came off!

Very exciting indeed! The casts came off on Weds and we were so happy to see them go! The first thing Alina did when they came off was sit up, smile and say 'Want down! Go bath!' :) So we stopped and bought some fun new bath toys on the way home, she was thrilled, and perfectly pruned after an hour long bath Weds night. :)

And she has new skills, check her out!


Standing on her own, has enough trunk strength to support herself and balance! She can even take a step or two. The AFO's are amazing and perfect for what she needs now that her trunk has better muscle tone.

As for the rest of us? We are pretty tired of Winter, though this last week we've had a few days in the high 20's and low 30's, sure is more enjoyable to get outside in that kind of weather! The kids all love to be outside and are anticipating Spring.