Monday, November 28, 2011

We did it! We did it!

We have met and surpassed our $1000 goal for Ryder! We could not have done it without all the wonderful and generous people in our life. Thank you so much to everyone who donated. Now we just need to find Ryder a family. Anyone????? :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Our prayer warrior child

Sweet Lacey is our prayer warrior child. Basically, it is our job to pray for her daily. We pray that a family will feel moved by her precious little picture and commit to adopt her. We also pray that she stays healthy while she is waiting for that family.

Look how big she has gotten! She has beautiful eyes!

Girl, born February 2009
Hazel eyes
Dark hair
The character is calm

Look at those deep dark eyes!  Little Lacey has cerebral palsy.  An adoptive family met her in August 2011, "She loves music and has been well cared for at the baby house."

More pictures available!

She would do so well  in a loving family :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Almost there!!

Today Ryder's grant fund hit $905! I can't even begin to tell you how excited this makes me. We are sooooo close to our $1000 goal I can taste it :)

There is some other great news. 8 children have been moved to the My Family Found Me page since the Angel tree started on November 1st. That is amazing!

Since we are so close to our goal I would love to advocate for some of the other little ones who are still under the $100 mark. Here are a few of those kids...





Please consider making a donation to their grant fund!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ryder needs a family!

I am loving raising money for Ryder and seeing his grant fund rise but what I would love the most is for him to find his forever family...

Look at his sweet little face...I know there is a family out there for him!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

So many just sit and wait

The many faces of Spina Bifida. Beautiful children, with so much potential, cast aside because of their disabilities. These are just four of the many featured on Reece's Rainbow who need a family. Could it be you?

What is Spina Bifida?  Wikipedia says: Spina bifida (Latin: "split spine") is a developmental congenital disorder caused by the incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube. Somevertebrae overlying the spinal cord are not fully formed and remain infused and open. If the opening is large enough, this allows a portion of the spinal cord to protrude through the opening in the bones. There may or may not be a fluid-filled sac surrounding the spinal cord. Other neural tube defects include anencephaly, a condition in which the portion of the neural tube which will become the cerebrum does not close, andencephalocele, which results when other parts of the brain remain infused.
Spina bifida malformations fall into three categories: spina bifida occultaspina bifida cystica (myelomeningocele), and meningocele. The most common location of the malformations is the lumbar and sacral areas. Myelomeningocele is the most significant form and it is this that leads to disability in most affected individuals. The terms spina bifida and myelomeningocele are usually used interchangeably.
Spina bifida can be surgically closed after birth, but this does not restore normal function to the affected part of the spinal cord. Intrauterine surgery for spina bifida has also been performed and the safety and efficacy of this procedure is currently being investigated. The incidence of spina bifida can be decreased by up to 70% when daily folic acid supplements are taken prior to conception.

What does Spina Bifida look like? Like this...
Pollyanna is only 4 years old. She has such a lovely smile. The doctors say her prognosis about the possibility of her walking independently is good. She just needs a family to encourage her and love her!

Samuel is 4 as well. What a little gentleman he is in his tie! His mother was told he would never walk, so she gave him up~but he is starting to walk now and doing quite well. It is said Samuel loves to seek out the attention of men...he needs a daddy.

Angelina is a beautiful, blue eyed 4 year old waiting for her family. She will turn 5 in May. I pray she will have a committed family by then.

Marcia is another adorable 4 year old waiting for her family. It is said she has a very quiet and kind personality. She is not thriving at the orphanage and needs a family desperately.

Again, I ask, Could it be you?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

What a beautiful girl she is...

Update #2: Olga has lost her family :( They were not able to commit to her. 

UPDATE: Olga has a family!!!

This little angel is Olga E.

She will be 4 years old in December. For most children this means Birthday parties, balloons, presents and friends. For Olga it means a move to a mental institution where she will likely remain bedridden. Just look at this beautiful girl! She deserves so much more than that! Here is the information next to her picture on Reece's Rainbow. It just breaks my heart to see those letters in red :(

Date of Birth: December 2007
Gender: Female
Eyes: Gray
Hair: brown
Nature: Calm
Olga does NOT have Down syndrome — she has Cerebral Palsy.  More pictures available.
From an adoptive family who met her in August 2011:  
She is gorgeous- long eyelashes, blue eyes, beautiful teeth and smile.  She seemed to have quite limited movement.

Visit her page here:
Let's find her a family and let this be her last Birthday without a family!!! 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

This is why I advocate...

This sweet little boy should have been going to preschool, playing with trucks,  making mud pies. For some reason his family never came.
RIP sweet, smiley little Kevin. You are in a better place where you are loved, cherished, and perfect.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

First game night tonight

Wish us luck! Tonight is our first game night to raise funds for our little Ryder. I am very excited to spend some time with some great ladies while supporting such a wonderful cause.  I have been baking all morning so we will have some yummy treats to snack on while playing dictionary. I just pray that people show up and their hearts are changed by Ryder's story. On a side note...look at our box to the right!!! Ryder's total has gone up $90! Thank you to my wonderful friends who made that possible. YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
Update: Our game night was a success. We raised $65 and had so much fun playing Cranium and getting to know several ladies a little better.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

How do we plan to raise $1,000 for Ryder?

Well, gee, thank you for asking! We have come up with several fundraising ideas for this exciting (yet, somewhat daunting) task. Here they are in no particular order:

*Game Nights~ We have invited friends, family, and neighbors to join us for a fun evening of games, laughter, and treats. We have asked them to donate $10 (or more!) to play.

*Change for Change~ We will be putting together cups with Ryder's picture and story on them. We plan on passing them out to family and neighbors so that they can collect any spare change in them throughout the month of November. We will then pick up the cups and anything collected will be put into Ryder's fund. Any amount helps!

*We have typed up a wonderful letter explaining Ryder's story and why we are trying to raise money for his grant fund. I plan on sending these out to anyone I can. I would love to get some out to some local doctors offices and therapy centers. I also plan on sending one to our local sheriff's and fire departments.

* I am a newbie photographer who has offered up to shoot Christmas, maternity, newborn, and family photos for a small fee of $50 which will then go directly to Ryder's grant. I have 3 booked so far and I am so excited!

If anyone has anymore ideas please let me know!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


We had a wonderful Halloween last night. Well, besides the fact that Colin WOULD NOT wear his pumpkin costume. He threw a major fit. We came up with panda ensemble about 20 minutes before we headed out the door to trick or treat. Little stinker :)I hope everyone had a fun and safe evening!