Today has been the saddest day for me since we started our adoption process. Today, one of the sweet little faces of RR passed away. When I first found RR there was a family in country completing the adoption of their son, from this little girls orphanage. This lady reported tirelessly about the little girl, getting tons of photos and a little video of her. Trying to find her forever family. It seems that almost everyone on RR was trying to find a family for her...so where were they, who were they...why did they never come forward and commit to her? Okay, so maybe that's sounds a little harsh coming out like that, but it's not meant to be. But I have been crying on and off all day. I can't believe that this little one will never have her family surrounding her and cheering her on. And on the selfish side, I worry about my little one sitting in her orphanage waiting for us to go and bring her home.
This is Anne Marie
She was born in an Eastern European country that carries a wide spread belief that people who are not "typical" are not worth life. She was born with Down Syndrome as well as a heart condition. Although we are not sure what her cause of death was, I have a pretty good idea that it was the accumulation of her life and circumstances. I also firmly believe that the ONLY thing that stood in this little girls way of growing up in a forever family was money. If her biological family had enough money, they may have been able to beat the odds and raise her in their home. If her country had the money, they may have been able to offer social services and medical treatments to her and her family (or even her orphanage). If her orphanage had money, they may have been able to bring in doctors and therapist from around the world to help them learn how to help children with different needs grown and thrive, or more basically they may have had enough food to feed all of their children so that none of them were suffering from malnutrition or dehydration. If the families who wanted to adopt her and bring her home had enough money for their adoption, her medical care, and her on going needs, they would have been able to do so.
Please go to this blog, and read about Anne Marie. See her photos, and a quick video of her.
After, take some time and think to yourself. I know that this is hard, I know that it is sad, I know that it hurts. But this is people, children's REAL lives! PLEASE do NOT just turn away from that. Open your eyes, look and see. No matter what, you could help these children. All children from all over the world without families of their own, YOU could help them. Advocate for them, be their voice, help them unite with their forever family. But that's not all, you can still do more. Do you feel that you are meant to adopt? There are many definitions to that question, so REALLY think about it. I'm here if you want to talk about the possibilities of what adoption could mean to you. If you don't think you are meant to adopt, then please do consider helping others adopt by donating to their adoption funds, or by helping a child's grant grow. Children with large grants do generally find homes. It is EXPENSIVE to adopt, especially here in Ontario were our choices are so limited to the use of agencies etc. If you want a break down of our adoption, just ask. I keep VERY good records of this.
The other thing that you can do to help these children is to love them. Pray for them, send them love, let your good and positive thoughts be about them and for them, send them and surround them in bright clean white light. What ever it is that you do, and how you do it, give these children your love.
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