Sunday, December 7, 2014

I am the Voice for the Voiceless

Many (if not all) of the orphans I advocate for don't get heard in their orphanage. Many of us advocates act as their voice. Yelling, Screaming, Shouting for these kids before they are found and Shouting and rejoicing with them and their families once they are found, once they are rescued.

I love shouting for these kids. Getting them out there. But what I love even more is watching kids come home and change immensely. Happier, fatter (in a great way :)  ) and most of all, loved. Some of these kids waited sixteen years without being loved. Remember Salome? I yelled for her for months. Up until her aging out date. Then I just stopped because I thought there was no hope left for her. Then just a few days later, she was on the My Family Found Me page on Reece's Rainbow. Now check out this blog post. This is an update on my friend Salome.

Meet Mikah.
He has been in his orphanage for twelve years. That is twelve Christmas's that he has spent alone. Twelve birthdays that went without celebration. Mr. Mikah has hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy.
Mikah

This is an old picture of Mikah. Someone who met him just last month took new pictures of him. They also said he was happy and engaged when they were visiting him. That is wonderful. He looks so unhappy in the photo above. So sad and depressed. Longing for a mommy.
Mikah 2014_2
He looks so much happier. He is still waiting for a mommy. Longing to be loved for the rest of his life. Love that he can feel. I love him and many other advocates love him but he can't feel it. He doesn't even know we exist. He needs a mommy to hold him, to rock him to sleep, to comfort him when he has a bad dream, to hug him when he is crying.

 His orphanage has made a huge change in how they care for kids. Just by looking at sweet Mikah you can tell.

Now meet Brandon.

Brandon is in the same Region as Mikah. Brandon is 10 years old. He has spastic diplesia cerebral palsy. He lived the first eight years of his life with zero medical attention.

Brandon

This picture is before he started getting proper medical help. I am so happy that he is receiving medical care, but there is always more that can be done. He has spent ten years in his crib. Rarely being taken out. He needs a momma to hold him and love him. He doesn't know what love feels like. Instead of wishing for a PS3 or an iPhone all Brandon wants for Christmas is a family.

Brandon 2014_2

Look at Brandon two years after receiving professional medical care for the first time. He looks so happy. Imagine how happy he would be if he was in a home with a momma and daddy and brothers and sisters. The smile I see on Brandon's face melts my heart. The agency representatives that visited took the more recent photos in fall of this year. They reported that Brandon is responsive and interactive. They watched him play with a light up toy with buttons. *imagining his face on Christmas morning playing with a new light up toy*

These boys make my heart melt. They are so much happier. BUT they could be happier in a loving home. Please pray, shout, advocate, and donate to these sweet boys. Pray for their families. If they already know that one (or both) of these boy's are theirs. And if they don't that they would realize it and start the process to bring them home.

Remember that every dollar counts. Every penny is one less penny the family has to worry about while they are working to bring their child home. Every dollar, one hundred less pennies that the family has to worry about. Even if you can't donate, pray. Pray for their families and that God would lay it on their hearts to reach out for them.

Thank you!

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes!
 
You read that right!!!
 
I am hosting a giveaway.
 
This is going to be a fundraiser for Silvia's Angel Tree Fund.
 
To be entered, you must donate at least $15 to Silvia's fund.
 
If you donate more than $50 you get 2 entries per $15 after that.
 
Forward your email me your receipt to me at elephantgirl1997 @ gmail .com to be entered
 
Well, I guess you want to know what I am giving away.......
 
I am giving away a $25 Visa gift card.

The giveaway ends at midnight my time on November 30th.
 
Thank you!!!!
 
Silvia


Saturday, November 1, 2014

IT'S HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is here!
 
The Angel Tree is here.
 
It is finally here!!!
 
I have been waiting for this day since September.
 
Actually since last year.
 
The Angel Tree has been up and running since midnight this morning.
 
Silvia still is at $0.00 even though I have money to donate, its just not in my bank account...
 
Tomorrow, I am doing a presentation at my church for Orphan Sunday.
 
God willing, I will bring in more money for the adoption funds of Aria and Silvia.
 
http://static.reecesrainbow.org/angeltree2014/ Those are all of the kids on the AT this year.
 
You can donate to my AT baby here: http://reecesrainbow.org/78577/silvia
 
And Aria mine and Alyssa's AT babe at http://reecesrainbow.org/82060/aria.
 
God be with us.
 
And these precious fatherless children.
 
They need your love.
 
God, please find them families during this Holiday season.
 
Thank you Lord, for giving me this opportunity to raise money to help bring these precious children home.
 
Your Love Amazes me.
 
Check out this video that one of my fellow advocates created.
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Growing Up

Growing up, all I wanted to be was mom or a preschool teacher, or both! Right now I am living the dream of working at a preschool. And I absolutely LOVE it. So glad that I'm getting to experience it at such a young age.

I grew up with my cousin who has cerebral palsy. We would go to her school for plays. But I never thought I would have such a heart for kids with special needs.

As I am nearing that age where I am going to have to start deciding what I want to be when I grow up, not that being a preschool teacher for the rest of my life is bad. I am exploring other careers.

I follow a lot of Facebook pages on kids with special needs. I see how they transform through physical therapy. I started thinking about doing that. Even though I always told myself that I NEVER wanted to work in the medical field.

I don't know if this is God's path for me or not. So I will pray about it until He shows me.

Monday, October 6, 2014

My Angel Tree Baby

I almost didn't do the Angel Tree this year. I struggled to raise all the money for my AT babe last year and I didn't want to fail to provide for another orphan. I know every amount helps. I ended up raising the whole $1000 dollars for Leilani and sadly, not much more has been raised for her since then. I saw that there was a little baby on the tree this year. She was born in March. God showed me that she was the one who needed me this year.

I hadn't even been checking the kids on RR lately because I was so overwhelmed with school. I was looking at the newly listed kids last night and saw another baby, or at least that's what she looked like. I felt my heart melt. I had already committed to raising $1000 for my AT baby and she wasn't on the angel tree but I had to help her. It wasn't an option to not help her.

The baby that I committed to for the Angel Tree is





























 Silvia. Silvia is a name that means a lot to me. Silvia is the name of one of my supervisors at work whom I look up to in many ways. Since the first time I saw baby Silvia on RR she has had a special place in my heart.

Silvia, I will not let you down.

Silvia

Silvia, Baby girl, I love you so much. You and Aria both. We are all in this together. I will do everything I can to get you girls home with a great family with a loving mama and daddy who will hug you when your scared and take you to the doctor when your sick. They are out there. I will SHOUT and YELL for you until they see you. Baby girls, my heart breaks for you and I will be praying for your mamas and dadas to see you.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Aria Plus 1

Aria is not on the Angel Tree this year but Alyssa and I have decided to put her on our own Angel Tree. Not only am I going to raise $1000 for my AT baby who I have yet to reveal, I am also going to raise $1000 for Aria.

In order to reach these two goals before the end of the year, I started two tee shirt/ sweatshirt campaigns.
I can do 
all things
through 
Him who
gives me
strength.
Philippians
4:13

The Philippians 4:13 campaign is located here: http://teespring.com/dlphilippians

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The I Can't Keep calm campaign is located here: http://www.tfund.com/dlangeltree

Alyssa also has a shirt campaign going on.

Buy a shirt, join the cause. <3 I need to sell a minimum of 10 t-shirts in order to make any money from this.  I will split the proceeds evenly between Charlie (http://reecesrainbow.org/81243/charlie-2) and Aria (http://reecesrainbow.org/82060/aria)!  

Use this link to purchase the shirt below:  http://teespring.com/Every_Child
The Every child deserves a family is locate here: http://teespring.com/Every_Child

The Every Child campaign is benefiting Aria and Alyssa's AT child Charlie.

Both the I Can't Keep Calm and the Philippians 4:13 shirts are benefiting Aria and my AT baby.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Aria

This little princess has spent most of her short life in the hospital receiving medical care for her many disabilities. Even though she is 5/6 years old she looks like she is an infant/toddler.

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Aria has Spina bifida with hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, deep mental delay, congenital deformity of the hip, congenital ptosis, optic nerve atrophy, iron and protein deficiency.

Even though miss Aria is dressed in little boy clothes, she is a girl. She needs a momma to dress her up! Every girl deserves to get dolled up, especially when they are so CUTE!!!

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It appears that she gets fed through a nasal G-tube.

I absolutely adore sleeping babies. I just want to pick up Princess Aria and cover her with kisses.

If you are feeling led please donate and/or pray for this princess and her family. She definitely deserves a momma and daddy just like every other kid in the world.

Aria's Profile  << click there



P.S.
Stay tuned to find out who my Angel Tree baby is this year!!! Guess below. Last year it was Leilani, this year its a new baby. Leilani hasn't had very many donations since last Angel Tree so please consider donating to her long with Aria.