It is most certainly the HARDEST blog post I have ever attempted to write. It has been a year, and what a year it has been.
This time last year my mom was sick and struggling in the hospital. I was at home with 4 children (the youngest being almost one) and not able to visit with her as much as I wanted. I always kept hope that she would get better, but that was not God's plan. So on Nov 29, she stepped into eternity. She was an amazing woman and everyday I miss her dearly.
I had to address the long "break" before I could be free to blog about the other things on my heart. I am sure I will have a fitting post about about her in the future but today I still hurt too much.
Isn't she a doll? She was born in May of 2011. So, she is about 17 months old. She has dark hair and those beautiful almond shaped eyes. She is healthy, no health problems that are known.
For a child with Down Syndrome she is most likely not even sitting up well yet. Sadly, she may not even be given the chance nor encouragement to sit up. See, she lives in a orphanage. Just another baby among many. With only hired hands to care for her, she doesn't know what a snuggle is. She may not even know what it feels like to be held, cradled in the arms of another.
I have taken on the challenge of getting her grant fund up to $1000 before the clock tolls the New Year's arrival. So far, I am doing a fundraiser through Tupperware. Please let me know if that is something you would like to help with. We are going to be trunking it at our church's Truck and Treat (it's really a "Trunk OR Treat", but the treats are in the trunk so really we ain't fooling anyone and I just rather live on the redeemed side of a time of year I wish didn't happen at all, *kicking soapbox and stepping down*). I am going to make cards to put in the treat bags with Morgan's page and Reece's Rainbow information on it. I have a few more things planned, I will let you know about them as they are prepared.
"Morgan" is also waiting for a mommy and daddy to come and get her. Have you seen them? Do you hear a knock at your heart's door? You don't have to be a superhero, there are no special requirements to be a parent you know. Just accept a fearfully and wonderfully made gift from the hand of God. She is on the other side of the planet, but what would you NOT do if your child was in a prison there. Their only crime, to be born different than the expected.
Take a look at her God designed beauty. Give an offering on the James 1:27 table. Share her picture to find her parents. Helping her will not put a dent in the over 163 MILLION orphans in this world, but it will make a world of difference to her.
Join me would you?
$1, $5, maybe even $10 straight to her grant (Angel Tree starts Nov 1). You could also buy some Tupperware from me, all profits go to Morgan.
This is Bennett. I have been watching him on Reece's Rainbow for at least a year now. He doesn't have much information about him, just that he has Down Syndrome.
I have been watching his post and they still don't have any new info about him. Being that he is 6 years old, he has most likely been moved to an institution. Breaks my heart. He would be such a sweet addition to a family, he just needs a mom and dad.
Are you out there? Are you his mom? Are you his dad?
He is most likely recieving the minimum of care. So many institutions are simply jobs to the caregivers. The employees have no desire to interact with the children. Many children never learn to talk or even lose the ability, simply because the are not talked to. Can you imagine a child not being talked to? No one to look in your eyes and say hello.
Some children are raised in baby houses, these are like group homes, and a lot of those caregivers actually care. Those babies are loved on and have a some what normal growth. If they are blessed to be adopted from the baby house their trauma is much less. If not, they are sent from the love and care of the baby house to the cold war era, hospital type institutions.
The more I think about it the more heart broken I am. Just take a look at a sweet little boy that needs a family, needs a mommy to hug and a daddy to protect him. Bennett.