Sunday, December 19, 2010

Home For Christmas iPad Giveaway!!

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Dearest Friends,

Let me just say...that I thought my hands were shaking when I wrote The Most Important Post I Have Ever Written. But that was nothing compared to this moment when I am pretty much a rubber band about to snap! In a good way :)

If this is the first time you are entering my giveaway- I wrote this in my orginal giveaway...

In Eastern Europe, babies with Down syndrome are deemed unacceptable at birth. They are left in orphanages until the age of five. When they turn 5, they are transferred to a mental institution. Forever.

If you don't like to read those words, if hearing about the plight of these orphans turns your stomach (it does mine), if you just can't bear the thought of what happens to those children...

Then be thankful.

Be thankful you have the option of hitting that tiny x at the top right hand corner of your screen.


Because these children don't have that option.

They can't close their eyes and make their whole bad-dream-of-a-life go away.

They are destined to a life of abandonment and grief and ugliness so horrid most of us can't even stand to watch a five minute video about it. (click here to watch)


Many of you know I implored Lily's readers to pray the other day like they'd never prayed- storm Heaven for Olga. Specifically for a family for Olga to come forward.

I contacted Andrea Roberts, the founder of Reece's Rainbow today to see if she was aware of the $12,594that has been raised so far for Olga during our first giveaway for an iPod...and asked what news she could tell me, if any. She gave me permission to copy her email here...


Patti, that is absolutely incredible! What a blessed little girl Olga is! I so wish there was a way to (advocate for) a 2nd child, what a blessing! We HAVE had several inquiries about Olga, and I guarantee you will be shocked to see how many children find families after the first of the year as a result of these grants. We don't truly need a FULL grant for every child, $10k is a big chunk and certainly enough to encourage a family to choose that child! Think about it....

Soooo...we know of several different little miracles...scratch that....several HUGE miracles...brewing right now.

Several families "waiting in the wings" to adopt a child with special needs.

One of these families- through an amazing series of events ...is seriously inquiring about Olga...waiting on an important detail...and is one of the MANY friends we have (so don't try to guess, teehee;))

I did not know until today that this family had come forward to inquire.

And there is more in the works with another family that I am not at liberty to say right now...but I do believe God is going to blow our minds (to coin my husband's favorite phrase!) the next few weeks.


Olga's account is so large right now, that Andrea Roberts -
who has seen more than 350 children like Olga be adopted through Reece's Rainbow- is confident a family is going to commit to her soon. SO confident that she asked us to advocate for a second child.

And this is where our Christmas Miracle just got a whole lot bigger.

I prayed all day for something very specific.

And that little something specific just came in the mail last night at ten p.m.

Our family was gathered around the computer, watching this beautiful video that LC and Jace's mom, Courtney, put together about Reece's Rainbow. (CLICK HERE TO SEE)

That day, as Courtney and I were exchanging emails, she said something that is still haunting me...


What you're doing is showing Lily and your other children and the other people in your community that LILY is worth this. That LC is worth this. That we would beg, borrow, and obsess ourselves to make sure they knew love and felt valued and wanted. That, if Lily were alone on the other side of the ocean, you would find her and rescue her no matter what the cost or how much dignity needed to be compromised.

I know this analogy will sound VERY sensational to some people....

I've always been incredibly interested in the holocaust and related literature about it. From a very young age. And the thing that always fascinated me, was how these camps could exist...how families could be torn apart...how little children could be massacred...and the townspeople allow it all to happen.

I've read the interviews and first hand accounts of people living in the towns at that time saying they were told it was what was best for society...or the community...and the people were being taken care of. But instinctively, they had to look at those emaciated faces and shaved heads and KNOW BETTER.

And now, in the age we're living in, the internet allows us to exist in a worldwide community. And once again we have children who are emaciated...with shaved heads...and people like Katya are believing what people were willing to believe 70 years ago. But the difference is the population that is being treated this way doesn't have the cognitive ability to speak up for themselves. To reach out for help. And they're not valued enough in society for anyone to equate these conditions as being as horrific as the conditions typical Jews and Poles and Catholics were subjected to 70 years ago.



As we were watching the video, my son Caleb brought me the mail...I absent mindedly opened one of the envelopes...and out fell a little miracle. A check for enough to buy that little something I had been praying for all day...

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Yup. We're doing another giveaway. This time it's a brand new iPad.


I'm giving away this brand new iPad (valued at $500) to one lucky commenter. And I am hoping, praying, shamelessly begging you to give til it hurts. And tell every blessed soul you know about this giveaway. As my husband loves to say- tell your in-laws and out-laws too! Blog about it, Facebook about it, tweet it, text it...just get the word out- Lily is giving away an iPad.

And LC and Jace's mama donated a $50 iTunes gift card to cover some new apps to go with the iPad !

(Thank you Courtney...I love you and I owe you for all the advice;))

Also donated (thank you Nicki!):

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Acase Pure Genuine Hand Made Leather Case Folio (Award Winner Halo) for Apple Ipad (retail value:$99)

***edited to add: when I wrote this post we actually only had $400 of the $500 needed for the iPad..we were believing God to help us scrounge up $100 over the next few days...6 hours after I posted the giveaway, Kelli, from Living Life With E's, contacted me and offered $100 to help with the giveaway. And she had NO idea we were short $100. Kelli's daughter, Emily, is undergoing treatment for Leukemia right now- and she is still finding ways to bless other children...can everybody run over to her blog and leave a comment telling her she's our hero?!


Also donated (as a separate prize): from Etsy shop Little Rozie

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One boutique bow any color choice
One Yellow rose headband: Please specify age and band preference, crochet, or thin soft band
One Genuine Freshwater Pearl infant bracelet: Sterling silver, lead-fee crystals, pearls

THANK YOU SHEVA- you are wonderful, and your Rozie is too!

Soooo...

Same rules as before. Only this time there are TEN chances to win.
***updated to add- Olga's fund has grown so large, that we are sure she is about to find her forever family. Several families have made serious inquires about her- and although nobody has committed to her yet, I feel confident that Olga will be rescued. And I promise to update you as soon as I can:)
In light of this overwhelming success for Olga, we asked Andrea Roberts to allocate all donations coming in after 12/17 to this little sweetie...


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Kareen
Born January 15, 2007

This pretty muffin is waiting for her family! She is healthy, with no heart condition noted in her records. She has brown hair and hazel eyes, and is already up and learning to walk! Her records indicate “meiotic nondisjunction”, but this is just a fancy word for what happens to create “Down syndrome” genetically. She is considered higher functioning and is really doing well. She is an orphanage favorite, and the director has asked for a family to save her from the institution.

I asked Andrea to give me the name of a child facing the institution...and she gave me the name of Kareen. My heart just melted when I saw her.
The TEN chances to win are as follows: (and if you already left comments prior to us switching gears- no worries...you're good to go:))

Ten chances to win:(but FIRST you must give to Kareen!)
*leave two comments if you give to Kareen at Reece's Rainbow (click here!)
*leave two more comments if you blog about this giveaway (post your link)
*leave two more comments if you post about this giveaway on FB
*leave two more comments if you tweet this giveaway.
*leave two more if you sign up (at the bottom of this blog) as a follower...and if you are already a follower, you can leave a second comment as well;)

*BONUS CHANCE TO WIN- vote for Lily's blog on Babble Top 50 Blogs.
this might sound self-serving, but follow me here..we have had a LOT of visits from that site, and Lily is only at #25. If she were to move up on the list- I have a hunch we could get a lot more traffic to this giveaway, and/or future giveaways for RR. If you go vote, come back and leave a comment...but ONLY if you first give to Kareen:)

**the links to give are like a shopping cart- click on "add" under Kareen's picture, which will add her to the cart and at that point you can either order an ornament, make an additional donation, or both.
***UPDATE- Kareen now has $2,830in her fund!! ****

So here's what I want you to do for Olga- pray. Things are moving in the right direction- her grant is so large- THANKS TO YOU!- that we need to pray that Olga's family (whoever they are) is able to commit to her soon and that things move quickly for her whole adoption process. Pray for Olga's protection while she waits for her family to adopt her, and pray for her health and safety. Will you do this?

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I know you will.

Please spread the word, and please pray for Olga and Kareen.

I can't think of a better Christmas present, then knowing these girls will be rescued.

Random.org will draw a winner from Lily's comment section on Christmas Eve.

THANK YOU AHEAD OF TIME!!!!!

I'm going to bed a happy woman:)
oxPatti

P.S. CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!!!!!!

Do you remember Elizabeth?




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I blogged about her before the giveaway started...her story broke my heart. I first heard about her being transferred to the Institution from a link on Tara's blog. I decided that day that I was going to DO something to save Olga from Elizabeth's fate.

Guess what? A family has stepped forward to adopt Elizabeth. You read that right- they are going to rescue her from the Institution. Can I tell I sobbed like a baby when I heard that yesterday? MIRACLES HAPPEN.

And as a side note...guess who random.org (not me!) chose to win the iPod.

Tara.

Kinda cool, eh?

317 comments:

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Sasha said...

Praise God is all I can say! SO SO SO worth staying up until 3:30! Teehee! This is an awesome work of God and I am so blessed to be able to be a part of it!

God is going to bless you beyond measure Patti!

Sasha Taylor

Katy said...

Dang it... Now I've got to go buy my hubby a Christmas present...! I was really holding out hope that I wouldn't have to pay for his darn iPod! :-) Oh well, I'd like an iPad too, so I'm off to donate for Olga. I'll be back to enter some more! :-)

cathy said...

BLESS you!!!
I slept in the boys bedroom because the computer was keeping Kevin up--I kept checking!
Amazing Patti, simply amazing....
going back to bed & I'll be back in a few hours to donate--this is truly a Christmas blessing.
Imagine how many angels you are helping ----people that you have opened up their eyes that are NOW aware of RR & the situation??
There is a special place in heaven for you!!
Imagine, we will be planning our meeting for when Olga comes "home" to the US....
xoxo

Race Bannon said...

Hey, I actually have Out-Laws? I'm NOT calling them!

I want to win the IPad, but I don't know what the facebook is...

I would blog about the giveaway, but the three people who read my blog...read this one :(

I think I tweeted the other day, but very quietly, and nobody was around to hear it...

I am already a follower on this blog, *but only while at work - on the government's dime.

I know some guys, who do things like...go to foreign contries, get people, and bring them here. However, you will have to wait until we have a new President.

Hope that helps!

nicole said...

Patti ~ God is good, and He's even better when someone like you is a willing instrument in His hands. Many, many blessings to you and your family!

Seems to me little Caleb has been quite the messenger of hope these days.

Jamie Rand said...

I am now a follower of Lily's Blog, I love you guys!

Jamie Rand said...

I am also now following your blog for Olga and Karen.

Jamie Rand said...

I Facebooked a link to Lily's blog:)

Jamie Rand said...

I facebooked another link to Lily's blog:)

Elissa said...

I follow your blog!!! So excited for what is happening here!!! Your are changing lives of now probably not just one, but two little girls!

Elissa said...

I'm following some more for our new sweet girl who will also be saved because of your amazing efforts. Will do the rest later from the real computer and not my phone, but both girls will get a little more for their funds :-)

teal915 said...

You made me start off my morning crying. But they are happy tears, more than happy tears. What a miracle. I don' know what else to say.

Barbara said...

Patti, I am sooooo excited about your new announcement. : ) AND we also received an envelope of love for Christmas. : ) As a result I am giving to Olga! I am doing a happy dance in my heart. There is such hope for Olga and now Kareen.

Krista said...

WOW! Amazing! You are such a blessing to these children. Thank you.

Barbara said...

Facebooked! : )

Barbara said...

And I am addicted to this blog and the hope it brings.

Susanna said...

Posting to say I am SO GLAD to see Tara won the iPod touch! I hope some readers check out her blog!

And that I gave again...

Susanna said...

Am a follower...

Susanna said...

And will link to this post from Verity's blog! :)

I am in awe of what God is doing!

Jenn W said...

I've been watching your blog and seeing the totals increase..amazed at what God is doing through it to help these little girls...now i'm taking my step...I donated to kareen!

Jenn W said...

i follow your blog!

Krista said...

Hey Patti, I am not looking to win but I did post on facebook and follow your blog....what I do want to know is if I can totally, shamelessly copy you. I am Bennett's Christmas Warrior and you have inspired me. $1000 isn't going to cut it.

Elissa said...

Just donated to Olga again! I'm pretty sure you are single handedly clogging up the RR website Patti! ;-) My computer only goes so slow when I am on their site or your blog. :-) Keep it up.

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Katy said...

I am a follower, of course!

Katy said...

I blogged about it...

http://diaryofazookeeper.blogspot.com/2010/12/but-wait-theres-more.html

Katy said...

I facebooked about it... :-)

Elissa said...

Kareen has a donation too!

Elissa said...

Facebooked for both girls. Hoping to see those grants grow!

Adam Shingleton said...

Hi Patti! I found your blog through my sister Elissa's blog. You have a beautiful daughter. Just donated for Olga. More to come!!! Lauren

Adam Shingleton said...

Just posted a donation for Kareen as well! You are doing such a great thing.

Adam Shingleton said...

i am proud to say that I am now a follower of your blog!

Adam Shingleton said...

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home

Just facebook'ed about your awesome giveaway to help Kareen and Olga! -Lauren

Adam Shingleton said...

Just blogged your giveaway!!! -Lauren

http://theshingletons.blogspot.com/2010/12/perfect-lily.html

nicole said...

Donated to little Kareen.

Elissa said...

It's been blogged!

Anonymous said...

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” RFK

I donated to Olga.

xo Julie

Anonymous said...

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” RFK

I donated to Kareen.

xo Julie

Anonymous said...

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” RFK

I facebooked Olga's plight.

xo Julie

Anonymous said...

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” RFK

I facebooked Kareen's plight.

xo Julie

Anonymous said...

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” RFK

I tweeted Olga's plight.

xo Julie

Anonymous said...

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” RFK

I tweeted Kareen's plight.

xo Julie

Anonymous said...

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” RFK

I am a follower of your blog: Olga.

xo Julie

Anonymous said...

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” RFK

I am a follower of your blog: Kareen.

xo Julie

Anonymous said...

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” RFK

As an avid blogger, my blog is forthcoming. I wanted to let you know first, though, that you have created a ripple. I had already given to two others on RR (I have their buttons on my blog after finding links to them on your blog) and when I was finding Kareen, I found another little boy who I want to make mine. I have two little ones, and he is just a month older than my youngest, so I don't know when this will happen, but I am believing God that He will take the money I gave (his balance was at zero!) and multiply it as He has for Olga and Kareen.

xo Julie

www.kozeefamily.blogspot.com

Sasha said...

Spreading the word! Facebooked, prayed, follower, donating for both:) God had moved mountains for Olga already and I just know he'll do the same for beautiful little Kareen:) Sasha Taylor

Anonymous said...

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” RFK

Blog written. I'm praying that this spreads like wildfire until all the babies have families.

http://kozeefamily.blogspot.com/2010/12/behold-children-are-gift-of-lord-psalm.html

xo Julie

Leah said...

This is absolutly amazing! I donated to Kareen...my mommy heart is bursting for these precious girls! Keep it up!!!!!Thank you Jesus!

Rochelle said...

Patti.
I can't even hardly write for all the tears. The blessings just keep coming. Thank you for interceeding on the behalf of these two precious angels! I can't wait to see them with their forever families.

We donated to both girls, blogged about it and FB'd it.
http://lifeandtimesofalayna.blogspot.com/2010/12/lily-is-giving-away-i-pad.html

Thank you God for answered prayers for Olga and Kareen!

Kelly Marin said...

How exciting!!!

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Adam Shingleton said...

Just tweeted for little Olga! -Lauren

Adam Shingleton said...

Just tweeted for Kareen! Hope the donations start rolling in!

CassieThompson said...

Patti, I facebooked about your give away and these beautiful girls. I am also trying to attatch a picture of olga and kareena on my blog. I can't figure out how to attatch a link or picture.

CassieThompson said...

I of course am a follower already.

Patti said...
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CassieThompson said...

Patti, I just posted about these babies on babycenter.

Penny Smith said...

Donated to Olga again! PRAISE that there are families looking to adopt this blessing!

Penny Smith said...

Facebooked! Awesome what your doing! Praise God for the awareness you are bringing, and for offering these precious gifts a second chance! Our God is so big!

Penny Smith said...

Donated to Kareen! Let the prays continue!

Anonymous said...

hello - I donated to Kareen on RR and i posted a link to this block on FB... I'm a christmas warrior for another RR child, but couldn't resist Kareen.

Dannielle Kennedy-Battle

Runningmama said...

Just donated to sweet Kareen, she's beautiful!

Runningmama said...

Leaving a second comment as I love following this blog...you and your family are a true blessing!

teacher said...

I donated to Kareen at Reece's Rainbow!

teacher said...

I signed up to follow your blog!

teacher said...

I wrote about Reece's Rainbow and the giveaway on mu Facebook page!
What a wonderful way to get everyone involved in the true spirit of giving!

cathy said...

Hi girlfriend.....we just donated to Kareen
xoxo
prayers & more prayers

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John said...

Thank you for your splendid fundraising efforts. We donated to Olga and hope that someone adopts her soon!

John said...

I posted your link on FaceBook as well. Spread the word!

christianrebecca said...

Hi Patti, You are my new hero. Thank you for letting God use you to save "one of these little ones" - in this case, two of them. I'd like to donate the Kit that we won in the first give-away to the second give-away.

Bulldogma said...

I gave to Olga last time and this time I gave to Kareen - If I ever with the lottery, you better bet that RR will see a pretty huge chunk of it! I'm going to blog about this later - I'll post when I do.

Blessings!

fckopp said...

I was shaking and crying so much when I read about Elizabeth I could not type. I am typing through tears right now. Is it true? Can Elizabeth be rescued from the institution? Will we know when she goes to her forever family? Will we know when Olga goes to her forever family?

I am drained each time I read your blog. My eyes hurt, my cheeks hurt, crying, smiling. My heart hurts, it aches for these children, it is swelling with pride for what you are doing for them.

Hug my Lily, Jackson, Noah, Abbi, Caleb, Joh Jon, Tyler, Mackenzie, Josiah, Jason, Naomi and Sam for me please.

Bulldogma said...

Oh - I almost forgot to mention... I have been just sick to my stomach about Elizabeth having been transferred. We would have committed to her in a minute if we had any way of qualifying and affording to!! We've been praying hard for her. When I read the part of your post about her... I burst into tears and my husband yelled "YEAH!" The kids thought we were nuts - LOL!

And... I am already a follower of your blog. :o)

Thank you for doing this!

Patti said...

Andrea Roberts posted about Elizabeth on her Facebook page...I am contacting her to ask if the new family has a blog we can all follow. Andrea said YES, children CAN be rescued from the Institution. Obviously it takes extra steps...and obviously she is still THERE waiting to be rescued. SO keep praying for Elizabeth while she waits for this family to come, okay? GOD IS SO GOOD.
I would LOVE to know if Lily's blog had any part in a forever family "finding" her. I saw so many people leaving Lily's blog through that link (about Elzabeth's fate.)
Wouldn't that be awesome? In the process of saving Olga...Elzabeth was saved.
And as far as Olga...the way things are looking..I will be able to blog about her adoption journey...
Keep praying!

Bulldogma said...

I posted a heartfelt appeal and your blog link on FaceBook!

Nicole said...

I donated to Olga. I hope it's enough to help her find her forever home and family.

Nicole said...

I also donated to Kareen. Praying she gets a good home soon.

Nicole said...

I posted a link on Facebook so everyone can hear about these beautiful girls.

Michele said...

Posting to facebook. Hope it helps.

Nicole said...

I am now a follower of your blog. I've been following, but I now made it official.

Nicole said...

I blogged about this, even though my blog is small.
http://prayerandwing.blogspot.com/2010/12/tis-season.html

Anonymous said...

I donated to Kareen.
nana cam

Susanna said...

Patti, I already knew everything you wrote in this post, and I am sitting here with tears streaming as I read it all again. Thank You, Jesus.

Chanelle said...

Reading this has truly made my Saturday. We don't often donate, but as my husband has an aunt currently in an institution, where she has been since she was 7, this moved us. What you are doing is beyond words; you are saving lives through words - literally. Thanks for bringing this issue and the resources to our attention. We are sendin you and yours all of our love. :)

Chanelle said...

I am now a deliriously proud follower! :)

TheFoleyFive said...

woah...chanelle's comment is intense..thats seriously intense..wow...donated to olga again...but only because she simply cannot go to that institution...

TheFoleyFive said...

And of course I also donated to darling Kareen...

Bulldogma said...

Ha - amid the chaos presiding at my house, I have BLOGGED about your blog... and thrown in a few thoughts of my own.

http://adasperdown.blogspot.com/2010/12/ipad-yes-real-ipad-will-be-given-away.html

Hugs, blessings and tons of prayers!

Lori said...

This is the best Christmas ever!!! Blogged about Olga and Kareen.

Lori said...

Also, emailed a radio show, emailed the "do hard things" by alex and brett harris blog, and talked to a local Christian school about their possible interest in raising money for Olga and Kareen...this is soooo fun!!!

cathy said...

here i go with my posts....
we gave again to Olga
xoxo

cathy said...

i am a follower
xoxo

cathy said...

we gave to Kareen
xoxo

cathy said...

i am a follower xoxo

cathy said...

I pray for a miracle, because miracles do come true

Jackie said...

Ran across your page and ended reading it with tears in my eyes. Im a follower and SO so thankful for wonderful people in this world. I think this is so great. I will be donating :)
and blogged about

Tracy said...

Patti,
Made a small donation to olga...we don't have very much ourselves this year...any amount helps, right?

Tracy said...

Gave a little more to Kareen, because she has less!

Tracy said...

I'm already a follower...so here's another post!

Tracy said...

Made a complete mess of posting it on facebook...had to figure that out first...but I did it!

Tracy said...

Next up, I will post to my blog!

Rachel Bretbunner said...

I donated to Kareen!

Rachel Bretbunner said...

I have craigslisted in in about 80 towns accross America!

Rachel Bretbunner said...

I am already a follower!

Rachel Bretbunner said...

I will head over to facebook now and post about the new contest.

Tracy said...

Okay...finally figured out how to add the link to face book!

Rachel Bretbunner said...

I don't tweet of blog but I think getting the word out on craigslist all week counts for this one entry!
God bless what you are doing Patti!

Tracy said...

I want to adopt Theo! If I can get something to raffle, I might do a New Years raffel for him!

Race Bannon said...

So, if you did all ten, you could (as of now) have a 1 in 11 chance of winning!

...well, slightly less after this comment.

(not really, because I think Pat already got me an IPad with leather case for Christmas, so this doesn't count)

cathy said...

hope you slept....
got the gc....let me know where to send it!

much love
xoxo

Anonymous said...

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” RFK

I came back today to re-copy and paste this link to my FB page, and to find out how much money has been raised so far (YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!) I saw the *edit* so I am adding another post to say:

I donated to both girls (and a few others, too).

The donations are my Christmas gift from my husband to me. I am praying and believing that their family will find them - I know that they are out there.

xo Julie

Melissa said...

Ah, Patti.. how wonderful. I donated some more to Olga. :)

Melissa said...

I'm already a follower.

Melissa said...

I also donated to Kareen. It would be so wonderful for her to be rescued from the institution and brought home!

Erin B said...

My husband and I set aside money to donate to one great organization at Christmas time. After reading the Spuibs' blog and your blog we decided on Reece's Rainbow. I pray a sweet, loving family brings Olga and Kareen home soon!!

Erin B said...

P.S. Also a follower that loves your blog <3 Keep up the inspirational blogging!!

Cathy said...

I donated to Olga's fund again! :)

Cathy said...

I just donated to Kareen's fund. What a sweetheart!!

Cathy said...

I'm a follower!!

Cathy said...

Gave for both girls!:)

Cathy said...

Heading over to FB to post a link to this for Olga!!!!

Cathy said...

Posted a FB link for Kareen!

Barbara said...

Keeping my facebook updated daily for Olga and Kareen.

Susanna said...

Gave to Kareen's fund...

Susanna said...

Blogged here: http://theblessingofverity.com/2010/12/who-are-the-real-winners/

Anonymous said...

I'm a follower...

Susanna said...

Eeeek, that last anonymous was me, Patti! Oops!

Okay, we also gave to both girlies.

And if we win the thingamajig, it will go toward our adoption expenses one way or another!

Jasmine said...

I'm a Lilly follow/addict :)

Jasmine said...

Meant to say follower in that last post :)

Jasmine said...

I facebooked about your giveaway for Olga & Kareen!

Jasmine said...

Posted links for both girls to my facebook to let my friends know that the girls are looking for their forever families :)

Tracy said...

I'm leaving another comment because I updated my Facebook status to request donations for Olga and Kareen again!

Tracy said...

Just linked to your blog and to RR.

Tracy said...

I opened a twitter account just for the ability to post the link to Olga and Kareen!

nicole said...

Soo happy for Elizabeth!

(Posted to FB)

Lori said...

Yeah!! I am so excited to see the amounts creep up!! Cannot wait to hear all the good news that is going to come from all of this!!

Anonymous said...

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” RFK

You told us to give until it hurts. So today I gave some more to Kareen. It still doesn't hurt. I suppose I'll give more tomorrow. :)

xo Julie

Patti said...

Julie- you rock:)

JennyH said...

I donated to Kareen.
I hope her grant raises just as Oleg's grew so fast.

post 1 for donating.

JennyH said...

post 2 for donating

JennyH said...

I also now follow your blog. Your family is beautiful (like I said on you other blog last!).

post 1 for following

JennyH said...

post 2 for following.

I will try to get a blog post ready today and will let you know when I get it up.

Nani said...

Nice work...keep it up!!

Laurie Pardon said...

I donated to Kareen, Laurie Pardon

Cole said...

I donated to Kareen today!

Virginia (Jenny) said...

As poor in money we are right we still rejoice because we are rich in God's love and have a roof over our heads. So I donated to Olga! She deserves the same.

Virginia (Jenny) said...

Post number two. I donated to Kareen also!

Virginia (Jenny) said...

Facebooked for Olga!

Virginia (Jenny) said...

facebooked for Kareen!

Virginia (Jenny) said...

Tweeted for Olga :D

Virginia (Jenny) said...

Tweeted for Kareen. :D

Virginia (Jenny) said...

I am a follower since the start!

Virginia (Jenny) said...

(2) Am a follower! :D

Virginia (Jenny) said...

Blogged about Olga!

http://amazingsix.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-ipad-giveaway.html

Virginia (Jenny) said...

Blogged about Kareen!

http://amazingsix.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-ipad-giveaway.html

montanadays said...

Donated to Kareen!

Tami in MT

montanadays said...

(2) Thank you for doing this for Kareen! I hope others are inspired to donate to the cause.

Tami

montanadays said...

Happily following now!

-Tami

montanadays said...

Can't wait to get updates on how this unfolds. What a blessing to Olga and Kareen's lives.

Monica said...

Wow, Patti. this is awesome... I'm praying for these little cuties and also the 2 on my tree at home. I'm a "follower", to will leave 2 comments :-)

Monica said...

And again... a follower... :-) Next post on FB...

Monica said...

Now it's on FB. IT's hard to type when Luke (6 mo old) is sitting on my lap and trying to suck on my hands!

Monica said...

OK, #2 for Facebook. I think I need to come back... baby is seriously gooing up my arm!

Monica said...

Still here.... just donated to Kareen's fund :-)

Monica said...

OK, my friend, thank you for encouraging me to move on this... I will be praying for this beautiful girl... God bless you! This is comment #2 for our donation.

Keri Jo said...

Post 1 for donating to Kareen

My hubby still hasn't gotten me a Christmas present and was asking me what I wanted.... hmmm.... I think I want Kareen to have a family for Christmas.

I even added extra for the gas I saved him :)

This kind of Christmas present will never be forgotten either!

Keri Jo said...

Post/comment 2 for donating to Kareen.

Cole said...

Comment 2 for donating to Kareen. I am tickled to hear that Elizabeth has a family! There was something about those pictures- you just see the sweet child in her and want to protect her. I really hope her forever family blogs!

Cole said...

Facebooked for the girls!

Cole said...

comment 2 for FB for the girls. The blog post is written and I'll put it up shortly

Cole said...

comment 2 for FB for the girls. The blog post is written and I'll put it up shortly

Cole said...

I'm a follower!

Moogie P said...

Hi, Patty! I read the post at Innominatus's blog and made a mosedt donatio at Reece's Rainbow. I think I messed up by just making a generic donation, but at least the funds will be going to that wonderful organization. Bless you for championing this wonderful cause and Merry Christmas!
-- Terry

Moogie P said...

Facebooked!

Cole said...

Whoops- I posted 3 times for FB. One of those should have been for following. Here's the link to the blog post! And I posted it to FB as well! I hope it helps!

http://thetaooftulips.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/charity-week-do-you-hear-what-i-hear/

Cole said...

Comment #2 for blog post:

http://thetaooftulips.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/charity-week-do-you-hear-what-i-hear/

Sarah said...

Just FBed for this cause...

Sarah said...

Just donated to Kareem.

Anonymous said...

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” RFK

I voted for Lily's blog. I hope she wins, because if she wins RR wins and more babies can find their families!

xo Julie

lacy myers said...

Just donated to sweet little Kareen. Her pictures makes my heart skip a beat. What an adorable little princess! :)

lacy myers said...

Another for donating :)

I'm praying hard for Kareen, Olga and all those sweet babies!

lacy myers said...

Here is my blog post on it :)

http://lacymyers.blogspot.com/2010/12/reeces-rainbow-and-another-giveaway.html

lacy myers said...

Another for bloggin'

http://lacymyers.blogspot.com/2010/12/reeces-rainbow-and-another-giveaway.html

lacy myers said...

Consider it facebooked :)

lacy myers said...

facebooked twice actually :)

lacy myers said...

Tweet tweet and emailed everyone in my address book :)

lacy myers said...

oh...and my mom's address book. Which is huge :)

lacy myers said...

Oh and I'm a follower :)

lacy myers said...

follower x2 :)

(man I feel like a troll leaving 10 comments on your blog in a row..haha! You told me too! :))

Kelly said...

Just made a donation for Kareen :)

Kelly said...

leaving my second comment for the donation I made....thank you for everything you do. My little Boston has DS and has opened my heart to more love than I could imagine.

Kelly said...

I am now a follower...and so glad I am.....LOVE your blog!

Kelly said...

my 2nd comment for following :)

Kelly said...

Posted to my facebook page. I know lots of my fellow Rett Syndrome mammas are hoping for Ipads for their daughter to help them communicate, maybe it will generate some more donations for this sweet DS angel!

Kelly said...

2nd comment for facebook post :) HUGS to you!

freckleface said...

I follow your blog--what an amazing story for both you & your family and the children that you are so selflessly helping!

freckleface said...

2nd comment :)

Rachel said...

We donated to Kareen now! Let's hope that her funds grow like Olga's did:)

Rachel said...

We donated to Kareen now!

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