"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, October 2, 2011

Operation Christmas in Nikolaev

Have you ever been to Nikolaev, Ukraine? I have. I spent four weeks there. That is where Alina was born and where she spent her first 3.5yrs. Its a place we hold very dear to our hearts, and people we met and the children we fell in love with never be far from our hearts or minds.

A year ago we walked those halls for the first time. Nervous anticipation as we trotted behind our facilitator to meet our girl. This was it. We had waited so long for this moment and we had no idea what to expect. We burst through that door way and there she was! Wearing that pink dress. She was completely blindsided by these visitors who stood there smiling at her like big fools.

We remember the sights, the sounds, the smells..... and we remember those we had to leave behind. The little faces we fell in love with who are still waiting for their families to come. We are forever changed.

But we can do something. We can help give the kids at Alina's old baby house Christmas! Sometimes no matter how loud we shout and how many people we talk to it doesn't feel like we are making a difference, especially to the kids.

Please please visit this blog http://operationchristmasinnikolaev.blogspot.com/
and consider donating a box for a little one at the orphanage. Or donating $5 to build a box or to help with shipping. The information is all on that blog, and every single person who will be working very hard at this has adopted a child from the Nikolaev baby house. And we want nothing more than to bless our childrens 'first siblings' who are still waiting.

Imagine the excitement of a child who has never had a Christmas present or anything of their very own getting a little box of goodies for Christmas. It will make a difference!

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