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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My Previous Angel Tree Babes & Julie Love

I am so thankful to be a veteran Reece’s Rainbow Angel Tree warrior. At this point I am able to see the fruit of my previous efforts to find my sweet little babies a family. Also, because I am asking you to help Julie find a family, it is nice to know that your hard earned donations are not being wasted!

Many of you remember my first Angel Tree boy, sweet Kai! Kai is now HOME with his family. Unfortunately they chose to pursue their adoption anonymously, which is their right, so I do not have much information on him. I do know that your blessings were put to good use and he is happy and doing well!

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Asher, my last year’s boy has a family! They are in the process of working to bring him home.

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And I am Facebook friends with his mama. His parents are so sweet and very young, and just welcomed their first baby, a little girl. You can read about his new family here: http://bringinghappinesshome.org/.

I feel so blessed that two out of three of my sweet Angel Tree babes have families. Unfortunately my little boy from two years ago, Sonny is locked behind closed doors in Russia. He was already transferred to a mental institution when they closed their doors and it does not look good for him. The change between baby and preschooler is shocking. My poor, poor little boy.

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Please keep him in your prayers. His funds were transferred to Henry in South American on Reece’s Rainbow. Henry is still waiting for a family.

As sad as I am about Sonny, I know that God does not waste anything. And it is so wonderful to know that his adoption grant is sewing the seeds for Henry to find a family!

Also, I know that Sonny’s picture has been seen by many and so many people have prayed for him. Sweet Sonny is not forgotten. Please continue to pray that Russia opens its doors to foreign adoption. For the near future, children with special needs in countries like Sonny’s have their BEST HOPE for a future the United States or Canada. I know that their countries can and will change, but for now, please help little babies like Julie have a hope and future with A FAMILY and NOT IN AN INSTITUTION!

Seriously check out that crib without a mattress! This picture was taken in Julie’s country. How my heart breaks for these tiny, precious ones.

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Please donate to Julie’s adoption grant HERE or click on her picture!

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And because I think its awesome and fun to get a chance to win something for giving something, the other AT warriors and I are hosting a giveaway that helps Julie and other Angel Tree babes reach their goal!

THESE ARE THE RULES: One donation of $5 will put your name into our giveaway! As an incentive for making additional donations, you will receive additional entries for every additional $5 donated.

          • $5 = 1 entry

          • $10 = 2 entries

          • $20 = 4 entries

          • $50 = 10 entries

          • $500 = 100 entries

          • And so on…

Give $35 and over to Julie, and you will receive an adorable ornament with her picture on it.

You can also gain additional entries by sharing about Julie on Facebook, Twitter or your own blog. Just leave a comment on this blog to let us know you’ve shared.

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • Go HERE and donate to Julie’s adoption grant.

  • THEN, forward your Paypal or Reece’s Rainbow donation to receipt to allangelsgiveaway@gmail.com.

  • ALL OF THESE DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

  • For additional entries please Blog, Tweet or Share about this on Facebook. You can do this everyday for additional entries! (One per each type per day) Just leave a comment below ON THE BLOG stating that you have done this. It will be the honor system folks. I trust you!

  • If you have any questions, please feel free to leave one in the comment section or email us at allangelsgiveaway@gmail.com.

THESE ARE OUR PRIZES!!!

  • $1000 to the Reece’s Rainbow adopting family of your choice! (You may split this amount between more than one family.)
  • $1000 to the Reece’s Rainbow waiting child of your choice! (You may split this amount between more than one child.)
  • An iPad mini 3 (16 GB, valued at nearly $400)shopping_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thumb_th
  • 6 Starbucks Mystery Cards (valued at at least $30… it’s a mystery because are not 100% sure how much is on them Smile)
  • $15 Starbucks Gift Card
  • $20 in Barnes and Noble Gift Cards
  • Hello Kitty hat (adult sized)Hello-Kitty-Hat_thumb1_thumb_thumb_t
  • Dr. Who inspired hat (adult sized)Police-Hat_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thumb_[2]
  • A beautiful handmade ornament, donated by fellow warrior, Annie, featured HERE on the AAG!
  • Cookbook “What Chefs Feed Their Kids
  • Cookbook “Bundt Entertaining”

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Julie Girl FAQ

So who is this Julie girl that you have been sharing all over Facebook?

Julie is an orphan with Down Syndrome who lives in China. She was abandoned at birth to a state run institution because of her diagnosis.

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Why are you sharing her picture if she is allll the way in China?

Julie is eligible for adoption by foreign parents. If she stays in China, she will probably live out her life in poorly funded state facilities. With a home and family in the United States and Canada, her options are limitless. People with Down Syndrome in the United States go to school, some even go to college, they live independently, they have jobs. Usually none of those options are available to children elsewhere. Julie has tremendous potential!

Also as a little girl with Down Syndrome, she is unlikely to be adopted in her home country to due her country’s outdated views on people with DS. She may have DS, but you cannot forget that SHE IS STILL JUST A LITTLE GIRL. She deserves a mother and father who will love her, protect her, and encourage her to succeed, just as much as a child with normal chromosomes.

Simply put, I am praying that a family sees her and comes for her! If no one knows about her, no one will come.

Why do you keep asking for money for Julie?

Adoption is expensive. There are so many people out there who have the heart to adopt a baby with special needs, but the cost is scary since so few people have that much money laying around. I am trying to clear at least ONE obstacle that is in the way of her having a family. Andrea Roberts, the founder of Reece’s Rainbow firmly believes that the ONLY thing standing between these babies and coming home is the price of their adoption. She talks to people everyday with the heart, but who are discouraged by the cost and don’t think they can fundraise enough.

Back up, what is Reece’s Rainbow?

Reece’s Rainbow is an adoption grant and orphan advocacy foundation. They educate the world about the living conditions of orphans with disabilities worldwide and they help the families who want to adopt them with fundraising for the enormous cost. They also provide support to the families who are in process. Because of them, there are now over 1000 orphans with disabilities who have a real family! Julie is listed on Reece's Rainbow. Find out more about Reece’s Rainbow HERE.

So what EXACTLY are you trying to do as an Angel Tree Warrior?

Over the Christmas season I am in charge of sharing Julie’s picture to get her seen by as many people as possible.

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I am trying to raise a minimum of $1000 towards her adoption grant.

This is my fourth year as an Angel Tree warrior. 3 out of 3  years I have met my fundraising goal. 2 out of 3 of my Angel Tree babes have families now. Due to Russia’s closing their doors to foreign adoption, my dear 2012 Angel Tree babe, Sonny, currently has no hope of a family.

Why don’t you just donate the money yourself?

Ha! I would love to; it would be a lot less humbling. But the truth is, if I took the easy way, then there would be no incentive to SHARE Julie or to SHOUT to the world that this precious child of God needs a family. The harder I have to work to get other people to donate to her account, the more people know about her and see her picture! Plus it feels like cheating to me.

So, I’ll leave you with this little nugget from God’s word…

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our father is this… to take care of orphans and widows when they suffer and to remain uncorrupted by this world.” – James 1:27

Please consider donating to my girl Julie or sharing her picture! You can access her RR profile to donate HERE or click on anyone of her pictures on the sidebar.

Pure and Undefiled Religion

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