Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thankful for Family & Don't Give up

November 17th my Mom & sister celebrated a Birthday.

Every year it seems I write the same thing of how much they mean to me but it's true. They are both kind & have hearts like Gold. My Mom has done so much advocating & helping with fundraisers from Gift wrapping, to yard sales, to helping at the Down Syndrome walks, to explaining it to people & handing out brochures, to helping to organize my 21st Birthday fundraiser, & the MANY SHARES & POSTS ON FACEBOOK. I'm truly THANKFUL to have such a SUPPORTIVE mom like her.

So yesterday I was feeling not really discouraged but I don't know what about something falling through & disheartened at the work my sister put into it & thinking how thoughtful she is to giving her stuffed animals to others. Each Christmas & Birthday she puts great effort into selecting gifts for each member of our family, even going the extra mile for me helping to donate to some Angel Tree kids. On Sunday, my sister had a party to help her celebrate her Birthday with those she loves. Seeing the love, support, & friendships those friends have made for Sarah made me think how thousands of kids like her should have what she has. 
I wanted to try to help another on a special day for two people I love cause they have done so much for me. I wrote a note saying it was my sisters Birthday & if anyone wanted to donate to our Angel Tree child in her honor.
I sent it out into cyber land not expecting anything from it & well, someone felt lead to donate to this special gal http://reecesrainbow.org/78127/sasha in my sisters honor & I'm very thankful.
Their are days when I feel like giving up, I feel tired & worn out from posting feeling like she will never get there but then I'm reminded yet again to Trust God. 
While I'm sharing not to Give up, if you wish to make a donation to my Angel Tree girl whom we have made it our family project for this year we would love to see it grow. 
If you make a donation to Sasha or any other Angel Tree child make sure to check out the Giveaway going on http://forallourangels.blogspot.com/2014/11/all-angels-giveaway-day-2.html

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Do you see what I see?

I see a little boy in the waiting room of a Doctors office that to you looks different but to me is just like any other child laughing & smiling running around even if the adult with him is not wishing him to do so. They might not realize that he made my day & again appreciate the Joy filled life those like him get to live here. But to others they might not know & see what I see.
Do you see what I see?
I see a pretty princess who deserves to play dress up, to sing along to those well known tunes from Frozen.
Do you see what I see?
I see a 12 yr old who likes to laugh & make jokes who needs to know love before it's too late.
Do you see what I see?
I see a 8 yr old boy, who you might not see his picture but who loves to get messy. 
Do you see what I see?
I see an adorable toddler who loves to build blocks & play with toy trucks.
Do you see what I see?
I see a beautiful girl who loves anything crafty.
Do you see what I see?
I see a cute little girl who would love some cuddles.
Do you see what I see?
An adventurous little boy just waiting to explore the world. 
All these kids are part of this years Angel Tree, http://static.reecesrainbow.org/angeltree2014/ & all are waiting for a family to call their own. I encourage you all to check it out & if you can spare $5 to find one of these kids to make a donation to. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Ripple Effect

A Ripple Effect:
ripple effect is a situation where an effect from an initial state can be followed outwards incrementally

This is truly the Perfect illustration of what I wanted to share. 
Sometimes you just wonder if anyone cares or listens to what you say, then that person you never thought was listening cares, then starts the Ripple Effect. I have had several of those happen this year & it always makes my day to hear another of my friends supporting this passion I love.
Here's my Ripple I shared who now has a Christmas warrior who just so happens to be my friend!
Haisten,http://reecesrainbow.org/68534/haisten has no photo that can be shared publicly which makes sharing sometimes difficult but he still needs someone to shout for him so I knew without a doubt he came first for me to find a warrior for. I had him last year, I knew how hard it was but for some reason now I know was God I chose not to be his warrior. 
See if I had not decided to be a warrior, or for another reason this ripple would not have happened. Will you be someones ripple effect today?
I'm sharing Emmaline, now who still needs a warrior too! What ripple effect will start next? Signup to be a warrior today! http://reecesrainbow.org/christmaswarriorprogram

Another ripple you can be a part of, Julia who was part of the reason I started blogging/advocating is adding some pink into her family! I met Julia & her son Aaron this past July at the Reece's Rainbow Reunion.
She truly is as sweet as she is online & Aaron is simply inspiring! Help this mama who has helped so many others while she waited to adopt again who is getting to add their first girl in the family! Meet Harper,
Let's get a ripple going for this sweet soul who needs a reason to smile!
Their blog is http://covenantbuilders.blogspot.com/ & you can donate here for tax deductible donation http://reecesrainbow.org/82663/sponsornalle

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Little bit of everything update

I have not been really into blogging much or when I have something to say I have posted it on facebook since most rarely have time to read blogs & it's just easier to do so there. So not much is new, I still have some unfinished posts waiting in my draft folder but still need to edit the photos for those posts. Anyway as you well know October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month & I know I have been slacking on stuff but here is a photo of my sister who just happens to have that extra chromosome.
She is pretty awesome & it is a rare thing for her to be willing to take a picture with me.
Advocating continues on, first I'm happy to share that "Maria" now Allie is home with her family!
Angel Tree is fast approaching & thing is 97 kids are still waiting for someone to signup as their warrior! If they don't have a warrior by Oct 28th they won't be included on this years Angel Tree! Sadly no doubling up this time. This girl is praying & refuses to let that happen so first thing is first. My Angel Tree child from last year has no warrior & I'm gonna cry if he won't be on there. I know he has no photo but If I managed to help him last year without one then you can too! I'M BEGGING SOMEONE TO STEP UP AS WARRIOR FOR HAISTEN!!! Just signup http://reecesrainbow.org/christmaswarriorprogram & to learn more information http://reecesrainbow.org/angeltreeinfo
Here's the other kids who still need a warrior http://reecesrainbow.org/category/waiting-children/2014atkids

I kinda mentioned above that Haisten was my Angel Tree child last year so why did I not pick him this year? I just felt like I was not meant to be his warrior this time. I still love him & want him to find a family but I just was not feeling lead for some reason. So who did I pick? After the boy I wanted already had a warrior I really had a hard time choosing but I chose Sasha http://reecesrainbow.org/78127/sasha who is about the same age as when I first started advocating for my girls. 
She has captured my heart strings & I'm so stoked to be her Angel Tree Warrior! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Life in KY, a year later

One year ago, we embarked upon a journey to our new state of KY. I went through many stages of what I would describe as "grieving" & I will be completely honest it's been HARD. I wrote about my experience of how hard it was to say see ya later http://lifesbeautifulbutterflies.blogspot.com/2013/08/when-life-takes-you-to-unexpected.html & http://lifesbeautifulbutterflies.blogspot.com/2013/07/when-saying-see-ya-later-is-hard.html & http://lifesbeautifulbutterflies.blogspot.com/2013/09/girlfriends-how-small-groups-changed-my.html. Going through the emotions was hard for me & though it's much better with less tears than when we moved here a part of me still calls CA home & it's hard when every part of me longs for all that's familiar & when I just want to rush back to my dearest girl pals I can't. It hurts, that I can't give hugs to my friends there or can't cry on their shoulders or laughing together with them, or having a group prayer with them, or be there when they are going through a rough time. My room, is just filled with memories or pictures of my friends from little to big & I look at them every time I stare at my bulletin board, or look at my dresser, or look at my bedside table, or snuggle my handmade hippo my friend made me. 
It took me so long to truly build & form these friendships, that's why I so wish plane tickets did not cost a fortune so my friends could come visit me and I could visit them.
This past year has not been easy for me & I do know it takes time forming & building those friendships. I'm getting there, & very thankful to those that have opened their doors to being my friend.
It's still not sunshine & roses all the time for me but I'm getting adjusted still & enjoying some good parts of living here. Like my fantastic room with a comfy Queen size bed & I truthfully don't know why I did not get one before. I really don't miss my unstable twin iron bed that when it slid off would scare the heck out of me not kidding. Craigslist is not huge here & the only city that has one is about hr away so for the most part we have been having good luck on swap/sale sites, yard sales, & thrift stores. Bottom corner is my room now plus just added a bench by the window.
Then their is also the fact of being so much closer to family.
Experiencing new things such as horseback riding. My boots were $3 from Goodwill, can't beat that!
Then God's unbelievable views he has created,
And wonderful photography spots in our very own backyard or front yard.

As hard as this move has been & still is to me, no matter how much I'm homesick, & my heart aches with every breath missing my friends & church family, no matter how much I long to just be a bit closer to town/city life again, all that's familiar to me I know God's got me in his Hands. I trust & know he has a plan for my life & I look forward to what else he has in store! When I'm weak, HE IS STRONG! 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Quick update

I know most of you likely are my fb friend but for those that are not I wanted to update you on the following:
This girl, had her match met but they are still short on funding so feel free to send them some love here http://reecesrainbow.org/72173/sponsorcox-3

Remember Madeline?
SHE IS HOME WITH HER FOREVER FAMILY!! Guess who has been home for 3 weeks now?

And the great news keeps going, Valera's family is FULLY FUNDED FOR HIS ADOPTION! I'm still their warrior gonna pray this boy home but while I do that I'm gonna make sure they can get funded for their other cutie they are in the process of adopting from another country!
If your on facebook be sure to check out the online auction we have going on here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1458262417785754.1073741828.1458259977785998&type=1 or if not consider making a donation here http://reecesrainbow.org/78790/sponsorschultz
And I think that's about it for now! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Break my heart for what breaks his

Ever since I began this journey of advocating, I never truly thought how much my heart would break over orphans I had never met. After the adoption ban I questioned & I wondered why? Was I suppose to continue? It broke my heart & I was not sure if I would come out from it. I was scared of falling in love with another child & having my heart be broken all over again. Slowly, I started to get back to advocating & fundraising for adoptive families. I started with the Kirk family who are home now yay! 

When my heart got broken I had to make a tough decision of where I wanted her grant to go, after many debates of where it should go I chose 3 girls, all 3 with such adorable smiles. I did not want to make that decision & with many tears I made it. One of those girls is now home & one soon to be home. Though it makes me happy other girls get to come home because of her grant it still hurts knowing she is stuck. 

What I want to shout to the world is despite the many times I want to quit, God keeps me going. 
I love this passion of mine & really wish everyone understood & got it like I do. Sometimes I feel like no one hears & why bother to try? It's because of the former orphans I have met that I do. My heart longs to be able to adopt but for now I do what I can to help. If I had all the money in the world I would fund every adoption & I'm always torn to know which family God wants me to help. At this time, it's these two families & I'm pleading to the end of the earth for them both cause THIS IS IMPORTANT TO ME & GOD!
Meet Maria,who is being adopted by the Cox family
After the adoption ban, I saw this little girls smile & it reminded me of the other girl I love so I shared her face on/off on my blog & on fb. Her joyfilled grin gave me a reason to smile. Not to replace my feelings I had for the two girls I so dearly loved but to add a new butterfly to this "family". Her family absolutely adores her & are still short $9,000 for the adoption of her. I have seen their family work hard to raise the funds to go get her & more than anything I want this girl to be honored even if she never gets to experience a family. 
So sweet Celine, you touched my life even if you never realized it & your apart of Maria's story so much. An anonymous person worked hard with no expectations & was blessed with a gift from someone they love. This gift was never about the person giving it but was truly given out of love. A $150 matching grant has been offered & no far no movement. Trusting God will provide, Celine you showed me how to love despite being oceans apart, & through this adoption ban your giving love to another little girl so she can know what love is so this is not any ordinary match this one is in your honor. Once their grant reads $3,553.41 it will be matched. 
To donate visit HERE http://reecesrainbow.org/72173/sponsorcox-3

And meet Valera, pictured here with his adoptive mama
His story is truly unique & special as it's not often orphans with special needs are allowed to be a part of hosting programs. God guided these two together at the Reeces Rainbow Reunion & I'm so thankful I got to meet them both. Valera is truly a special boy! It's one thing to see a picture but a whole new one when you meet them face to face. I am signed up to be their family warrior just like I was for the Kirk family who is home now. The Schultz family is not only in the process of adopting Valera but also another cutie in another country.
THEY NEED HELP! PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TODAY! I have no prize to offer but know it does not matter about prizes cause it's all about love.