"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Banquet of Love

“When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” ~ Jesus the Christ

This is a verse that has been heavy on my heart the past week. Do you know why? This past week, we have had a person from nearly every single of of these categories to our house, and to our table. Nick’s sister and her family visited us last week, Nick’s parents came on Saturday for his birthday, we had new friends come over on Tuesday and on Sunday we had our neighbor friends come by. We are blessed to have so many people who care about us, but I know that I am missing the mark on a few things.

Anyway, this post is not about my self condemnation, but about offering up what little I can to help people who are forgotten by the world. This is my way of inviting those who are in need to my table.

I want to share with you one beautiful little girl and an adopting family.

The little girl that I want to share with you is on Reece’s Rainbow, Chrystyna. She has FAS, but she was recently transferred to a location where she is receiving wonderful therapies. Please keep her in your prayers! She is an older child, and she doesn’t have much time. Please look at this little treasure and see her potential and NOT her diagnosis. These kids are so much more than their labels.

The family that I want to share with you, is the Alan Family.

If you were to ask me which family that adopted through Reece’s Rainbow that I would like to meet, hands down, I would pick the Alan family.

They originally adopted their oldest daughter with cerebral palsy, who we all call “Moxie” in 2012, and later that year, upon Moxie’s request, went back for three more adorable kiddos, two little boys with FAS and a beautiful little girl with Coffin Siris syndrome.

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Anyone who reads this blog, knows that the children with cerebral palsy have stolen my heart, especially the ones who are sent to laying down rooms.

The Alans are just wonderful, wonderful people, not just for saving Moxie and her brothers and sisters, but because they are rich in love. They are patient, loving, grace extending parents to four little girls and boys who spent a significant part of their early years in institutions. I love their hearts!

I received Renee’s permission to repost this from her blog, but it’s a little bit about Moxie’s story, sweet, funny, determined, SMART AS A WHIP (her IQ is in the 120s) Moxie…

This is when Renee took Moxie back to the EE and he old orphanage to pick up her three brothers and sisters.

[Moxie’s old nanny] told us this story of Moxie, of how Moxie laid in a crib/playpen all day long, never moving, because she couldn't.  How sometimes, Moxie would be too close to the foot or side of the bed but couldn't manage to use her feet or arms to push herself away and would have to just lay there, smushed against it.

Then she told me how Moxie wanted to see the sun.  Oh my goodness- it dawned on me- we were told about this very thing when we first came to adopt Moxie, how she begged to go outside and see the sun, and the nannies finally went and told the psychologist, and that she examined her and decided to move her downstairs to the better groupa!!!  This nanny knew about that- she had heard it herself! She then told us how she would take Moxie outside, letting her lie in the stroller in the sun, content.

Sweet Moxie spent the first part of her life in a laying down room before she was transferred to a class where she was taught things and received more care. However she was very close to being returned to her laying down room when the Alans committed to her, not because she wasn’t bright, but because she couldn’t properly move because of her CP.

Moxie eventually began telling her parents about her life in the laying down room. About crying out and no one coming to her. About begging to just go out and see the sun, to escape the bars of her crib for a few hours. About having an itch that she was unable to reach because of her cp. About being fed laid down, unable to properly to swallow with her CP, and having to choke down what she could get. Little Moxie is only 8 years old and has the bones of an 80 year old woman due to malnutrition. NO child should have to go through that.

Moxie started asking if they could go back and recue more kids with CP, like her. She wanted to go back and save them and help them. What a brave, smart, funny, precious little girl! By the way, she is walking and showing everyone just how much ABILITY she has Smile.

So the Alans are going back. They are going back for FOUR little boys and girls with cerebral palsy. They need their FSP to read $40,000 to be fully funded in order to rescue these precious and deserving kids.

I don’t advocate often for families, but I want to advocate for this one! They are just so wonderful, and know that you donation goes to help bring a child home, RIGHT NOW. You are meeting a very tangible need.

These three, plus one child that they have not selected yet, are the blessed babes who get to be a part of the Alan family!

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You can donate to the Alan family HERE.

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PLEASE and Thank you.

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