Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pure Love Giveaway

Update: new prizes added below! GIVEAWAY EXTENDED ONE MORE DAY!

Dear Friends,

Have you ever looked into someone's eyes, and felt like you knew the kind of person they were?


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Have you ever looked into someone's eyes and felt like you were staring into their very soul?

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Have you ever looked into someone's eyes and felt so connected- that they almost didn't need to say anything...because their eyes, the windows into their souls, were speaking volumes?

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I have.

I've been haunted by these eyes for months now.

Late at night, while I'm praying for Olga and Kareen and Peter...their eyes are ever before me.


If you're new here, and these children's faces are the first you've seen of what happens to babies born with Down syndrome in many other nations of the world, I'm asking you...to look into their eyes.

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In Eastern Europe, babies born with Down syndrome are deemed unacceptable at birth. They are discarded in overcrowded and understaffed orphanages, where they will wait in a hellish existence until the age of five. At that age they will be transferred to a mental insitution..for life.

If those words sicken you, as they do me...

if the thought of these children...

who could be my children...my Lily...

who are destined to a life of abandonment and grief and ugliness so horrid most of us can't even watch a five minute video about it

turns your stomach

then DO something about it.


Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. Proverbs 24:11

You see you don't have to have incredible wealth or ability or even a perfect heart to rescue one of these children. You don't have to have resources untold or even piles of compassion...you just need a heart to save


just


one.


I've heard it said- but where will it stop? Once you see the need, where will it end?

I can't tell you that. But I can tell you where it starts.

With just one.

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If I were to tell you the miracles that have taken place in the last 24 hours, as we geared up for this giveaway...it might take you several hours to read about them. I can't even begin to tell you the favor and grace of God that has been on our lives and on those who have been helping us put this all together. I'm looking at the time in the bottom right hand corner of my computer screen and although I'm staring at 2:09 AM, I'm running on adrenaline and caffeine right now.

Because although my heart is heavy for these little ones, and what they are facing without our help...I am so very excited to see what God is going to do here in the next ten days.

Because this a God thing.

I'm calling this fundraiser "Pure Love Giveaway" for a reason...


Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

Pure Love motivates us to go beyond sympathy into compassion and then moves us to action.

Many of you are aware that the two little girls who are pictured above, Olga and Kareen, are now going to be rescued very soon. This is in no small part do to the very large outpouring of love from readers in December's giveaway.

I was able to get some information about Peter today, from another family who has adopted from his orphanage. Peter has been on Reece's Rainbow his entire life. Not one inquiry has ever been made about him.

This mama's words about Peter broke my heart.


Peter was never outside. Only one time (in 4 weeks) when we were walking around the building did we see him. He was sitting in a small ambulance-car on a caregiver's lap, probably ready to leave for a medical appointment. The door was open. He was smaller than I thought he would be. I didn't want to stare and get in trouble, but that was the only time I saw him.


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Do his eyes speak to you...like they do to me?

Rescue me.

I blogged about this yesterday, and I'm going out on a limb again here today.

When I asked Andrea Roberts what suggestions she had for saving Peter, her words cut me to the heart...

I wish I had a suggestion about Peter....I have been advocating for him for YEARS. Nothing short of a full grant is going to do much for him, I'm afraid.

So you know what I determined in my heart?

We're going to get Peter a full grant.


And yes, I'm shaking a little in my shoes as I type those words. I know how crazy that sounds. A full grant is $20,000. That's a big pile of money.

But guess what? I serve a big God.

I truly believe God can do this for Peter. There are so many who have a heart to help and who truly see the desperate need of these orphans.

The sitemeter stats for Lily's blog this week were 3,236 hits. We're going to do our giveaway for ten days. If every person who visits this blog gives just $10...that would mean Peter's life.

I am praying God multiplies...finances, readers, blog hits, you name it.

And to motivate those who would give, we have a whole slew of prizes to giveaway.

And all you need to do is give ten dollars to enter. If you can give more, that is wonderful. But even ten dollars can make a huge difference in these children's lives.

Soooo here we go....

An anonymous donor has graciously donated $700 towards the following iPad gift pack (and Sam and I will take care of the rest.)









16GB iPad w/ Wi-Fi
(All accessories are Apple products, made specifically for the iPad)
iPad Case ($39)
--iNot only protects your iPad, it also holds iPad in the perfect positions for typing, viewing slideshows, and watching movies.
iPad Keyboard Dock ($69)
--Combines a fully functional iPad dock with a slim, compact aluminum Apple keyboard featuring special iPad function keys.
iPad Camera Connection Kit ($29)
--Gives you two ways to import photos and videos from a digital camera: using your camera's USB cable or directly from an SD card.
AppleCare Protection Plan ($99)
--Service and support from the people who know your iPad best. For up to two years from your iPad original purchase date, the AppleCare Protection Plan gives you:
• One stop for technical support: Direct access to Apple experts
• Apple hardware coverage: iPad, battery, and included accessories
• Software support: iTunes, iWork for iPad, the operating system, and connection to wireless networks
When you purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan and your iPad at the same time, you'll be automatically registered in the plan.








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Our wonderful and amazing friends, Cara and Jon are donating this incredible prize......
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Nikon D90 Digital Camera Kit with a 18-105 VR LENS
original purchase price: $1079.95

**This camera has been used this year, however it is in mint condition, and will be shipped in the original box with dvd and instructions and all included accessories.

Cara...I just have to say- I love you. And knowing what you gave up, (which was so much more than this donation) because of your love for Olga...has me humbled to be called your friend. And the invitation for Christmas is still open.


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An anonymous reader is donating this beautiful, pair of diamond cluster earrings....

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14 carat gold bezel set princess cut cluster diamond earrings. total weight .36 carat, appraised at $500


And you're going to kill me, Nicki, for breaking my promise to allow you to remain anonymous. But that's okay, you live too far away to do anything ;)

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My dear friend from Yorktown Heights, New York, Cathy has graciously donated this gorgeous bracelet from Lia Sophia


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Paula Bracelet
What could be more dramatic than black and bronze?! Glass beads stretch around for dazzling glamour. This saucy stretch bracelet is a mix of glass and metallic beads. $48

As well as this from Lia Sophia....
















Natural Charm Necklace

Straight from Mother Nature. Nuggets of genuine tiger’s eye, mother-of-pearl and quartz fall from a toggle closure that makes this necklace convertible $58



Thank you, Cathy!



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One of my favorite blogging mamas, Melissa from Moos Crossing is donating this gorgeous necklace from Lia Sophia as well...


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Claret Necklace $66

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Once again, Sam from Happy Hooks Crochet is hooking us up with a darling hat from her Etsy shop....

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This hat is so pretty! The Pretty Rose Cap comes in bright pink with light pink accents and a white band. Adorning the cap is a beautiful white rose with light pink center, hand sewn to a pin for easy placement. Made of super soft yarn, the top of the hat is crocheted with a subtle texture that adds a unique touch to the overall look of the hat. This hat would make a great photo prop or accessory for that special Girly-Girl in your life!

**Sam will make this hat in the correct size for your little one and ship it to you for free!

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Another wonderful blogging mama, Adrienne from Our Unexpected Journey has a fabulous Etsy shop called...


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Lil Sis' Designs is donating a $35 gift credit towards any purchase. You have to go check out Adrienne's goodies...adorable outfits for boys and girls, and she is adding items to her spring line every day, so keep checking her site for more goodness!





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Etsy shop Itty Bitty Icing is joining in the fun here...

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Etsy owner Melissa put together a small collection from her new line of Vintage Vixen headbands. The line features romantic floral headbands embellished with a cluster of varigated colored pearl centers....

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My wonderful and talented friend, and fellow blogging mama Elissa from Sounds Like Life To Me is donating this darling tutu, onesie and matching headband set, modeled by the lovely Lily:)


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Elissa will make your little one's outfit to fit any size between 0-2. (Lily does not come with the outfit!)

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Sara is donating a $25 Scentsy gift card....her website is...
www.saramarlar.scentsy.com

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Here's what else she is doing...

If you will continue to do what you've been doing and raise funds for a specific angel, I will faithfully contribute 100% of my profit (from Scentsy) toward that child's adoption fund. And if you do not have a particular child that you're currently promoting I will still donate 100% of my profit to RR.
Sara is a nurse, and she works in an oncology clinic doing chemotherapy. She does Scentsy on the side, and when she emailed me her amazing offer, I had to include it here. I am continually amazed at the hearts of people...Sara, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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My dear friend Katy from Diary of a Zookeeper is donating three giftcards to Starbucks
ten dollars each...







(and no, Sam, you can't win your wife's giveaway!)

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One of my very sweetest friends in life Cassie, from The Crazy Eight (and also from our church, lol!) has the nicest mama in the world...she could not wait to sew this beautiful tote for our giveaway...

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as well as these sweet Mother/daughter aprons...


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Thank you to Cassie's mama- you raised a wonderful daughter who has blessed me so much with her friendship and generosity :)





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World famous blogger RaceBannon left a little comment on my giveaway here, asking where the manly gifts are. (I guess an iPad wasn't masculine enough for him.) So blogging mama Kelly, from kaetlynskorner decided to do Race a favor and up the ante a bit for the guys. ...

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She is donating a $150 Sears gift card!! Thank you Kelly, and here's to getting the men on board!




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One of our favorite Etsy sellers Lilybuds, is donating a $25 gift credit to her store, where you can find these personalized silver fingerprint necklaces...
















...and don't forget Lilybuds offers a ten percent discount for Lily's readers just by entering the code Lilys1 at checkout!







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There's a beautiful new baby in the Ds blogging community, named Bailey. Her mama Christy's blog is called LovingOurLife and she is offering a $25 gift credit to 31 Gifts...






























...thank you, Christy, and welcome to one of the best clubs on the planet:)




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So there you have it...our Pure Love Giveaway begins today and ends on FRIDAY FEB.11th at midnight. Random.org will draw winners then, and they will be announced on Friday.
And here are the details:




Each of the above prizes (except for the Ipad gift pack which has several items included and stated) is a separate prize.

Feb 1st: UPDATED TO ADD: OLGA HAS A FAMILY!!!!!!!!! we will announce them as soon as we get the all-clear so that you can go follow their journey! We can't wait for you to see who this amazing family is:)


Feb 4th: UPDATED TO ADD: At this point we are so amazed at what has come in already for Kareen and Olga, that we feel our goals have been met for these beautiful little girls.

Kareen's family, the Cox's wanted to express their sincere love, gratitude and appreciation for those who have given to Kareen and prayed for her. They would love you to continue to follow the details of the journey with them here...
http://kareensjourneyhome.blogspot.com/
They have one more day left for their iPad giveaway, as well as future fundraising efforts, so please do become a follower on Kareen's Journey Home !

And I wanted to add..we're already planning a little reunion here in Oregon with the Cox family when they have their beautiful daughter home. I had the privilege of talking to Kris and Kecia today and words fail me to describe what a joy that was. I'm beyond blessed to have been a small part of their journey.

(If you donated already to Kareen or Olga, your comments of course still count as entries in the giveaway)


Leave one comment for each of the following: YOU MUST FIRST MAKE A DONATION TO ENTER BEFORE RECEIVING ADDITIONAL ENTRIES FOR FB'ING OR BLOGGING


*a donation to Peter

*a donation to Artem


*Blog about this giveaway (please re-post often!)
*post on Facebook about this giveaway(please re-post often!)


And just because we want this thing to go viral...if you get a media outlet, such as a news station or radio station, to cover this giveaway...you can have ten extra entries. CALL OPRAH! ;)


I'm going to explain something here briefly. Reece's Rainbow is a non-profit organization. To keep them functioning as such, they are completely dependent on donations to the Voice of Hope fund. As stated on Reece's Rainbow's website..
"Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each waiting child donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund as well!"*

*This applies to any amounts over $20.

My sweet little inside source, Michelle Z at RR has hooked me up with that nifty new gadget you see on the sidebar to your right. You just click on the donate button under the child who you are giving to, and it will take you directly to the Paypal page linked to their account.

Once you make a donation, their new total will be reflected right here on the blog!

We already had $1,200 donated to Peter's fund yesterday...and I believe that is just a taste of good things to come. Scratch that. GREAT THINGS TO COME.

So spread the word- Lily is giving away the motherload of prizes, and all you have to do to enter to win is give to at least $10 to Peter.

And if I spelled anything wrong, please forgive this little zombie-of-a-mama cuz it's now 3:18 AM.

I'm going to bed a happy woman:)

502 comments:

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Maranatha said...

Donated to Peter. My heart ached to see this page on a friends FB. Words cannot express my feelings on all you and others do to help these children! I will keep this page on my favorites and plan to keep it in my heart and prayers.

cathy said...

donated to Artem

xoxo
cathy

Amy said...

Donated to Artem. His smile breaks by heart. Praying his forever family finds him soon.

Amy

Leah said...

Donated $25 for Peter & $25 for Artem from my grandma.

Alyssa B said...

I blogged about Peter and this give away. I will still donate back anything I win :)


www.teaspoon2teaspoon.blogspot.com

AshleyB said...

Donated to Peter, I'm so happy he has a family!
ashbuffa@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Donated to Peter.

Federico & Julie

Leah said...

not sure yet if my donation went through right for Artem K. but michelle is looking into it for me.

PJH said...

I donated again for Peter. I am SO happy he has found a family and pray that they can bring him home ASAP.

Anonymous said...

Donated to Artem.

Federico & Julie

Leah said...

it went through!

Kat Sparks said...

I have donated. I have been so moved by stories of adoption lately. I pray that if my Heavenly Father wants me to adopt, I will have the help of many to do so. I would be proud to adopt a ds child. Thank you for helping out hese wonderful families, I wish that i could donate more!

Robin E. said...

Just gave a donation for Artem. What a sweet little face!

So happy to see Olga's lovely family, and can't wait to see Peter's. Surely someone will step forward for sweet Artem.

Leah said...

just posted on fb yet again!

Renee said...

My family donated to Peter and Artem K. Both are precious boys!

blessingsandglory said...

Yikes! I almost forgot to leave a comment...posted about the giveaway on our blog...

I'm so excited about this Patti - way to go!

-Libby

http://blessingsandglory.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/be-a-light-in-the-darkness-and-maybe-win-an-ipad-too/

blessingsandglory said...

And I posted on our new Blessings and Glory facebook page...


-Libby

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blessings-and-Glory/197353733610604?sk=wall&filter=2

Penny @ www.pennyspeeps.blogspot.com said...

i donated for peter!

Crittle said...

Not sure if the comments on the other post are included or not, so...

2 donations to Peter's grant
Facebooked
Blogged
and
Just donated to Artem's grant!

My daughter loves listening to the music while she looks at all the pictures on your blog. :)

Penny said...

We made a donation and added a post to FB http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/PSFig in hopes of having one less child in need of adoption.

Megan Miller said...

posting for melea
xomeleaox@aol.com
donated to peter

Megan Miller said...

posting for melea
xomeleaox@aol.com
donated to artem

Megan Miller said...

posting for melea
xomeleaox@aol.com
and she shared it on facebook

CassieThompson said...

I donated to Artem!

Monica said...

. . . A donation and prayers for Artem!

Tracy said...

I FB'd! I love watching peter's number go up up up!

Tracy said...

I donated to sweet Peter! Hope a family steps up soon! Love him..

TheFoleyFive said...

Donated to peter..but if i win the ipad i'm giving it back to you for naomi. I don't need one more than she needs a child!

TheFoleyFive said...

and to artem, but ditto on my last comment

melanie said...

Hi, I donated 50.00 more, 10.00 from each of my children,
To a cause we really believe in!

melanie said...

From klaus with love and prayers!

melanie said...

From Isolde with love and prayers!

melanie said...

From Soren with love and prayers!

melanie said...

From Hanz with love and prayers!

melanie said...

And finally from new baby on the way! With love and prayers for all children born with magical extra chromosomes!

fckopp said...

OK Lils, Grammi gave $20 for Peter and $20 for Artem. That is your Valentine's present and your siblings present from Grammi.
You have so much I knew you would not mind.

melanie said...

Whoops, had to go donate another 20.00 when I realized I left one extra comment ;-))). Now I am even. Gods blessings to all these wonderful children! And to you for all you have done for them! Mel

Andrea said...

Donated $20 towards Peter. I hope his family can bring him home soon.

Chris and Sarah said...

I just donated to Artem K ;)

This just blows me away when I look at the numbers!

Angie B. said...

Donated to Artem - hopefully he finds his "forever family" very soon!!

Anonymous said...

We donated to Peter. Cindy L.

Anonymous said...

Our daughter posted to her facebook. And reposted! Cindy L.

Debbie said...

Another $10 for Peter! xoxo

Wendy said...

Donated to precious little Peter in honor of my little Albanian miracle we recently adopted. Praying!

Wendy said...

Posted on FB!

one_plustwins said...

Just donated $10 for Peter

one_plustwins said...

Just donated $10 for Artem!!

Michelle Halpin said...

Donating again for Peter! $15!

Michelle Halpin said...

Not sure how the comments works...my daughter, Emma donated $25, but I put that comment under another post. So just in case the drawing can only come from comments under this post, I'm putting her name here, too. Thanks! :)

Alyssasblessings said...

Just donated and I'll post again in Facebook. I will keep on praying you 'll get to the goal.

Page said...

Okay I donated again...my second earlier this week never went through, so hopefully this one will

Laura said...

I donated. Thank you for doing such a great job of raising awareness!

Jessi said...

Donated to Peter. What an amazing ministry opportunity you have here!

cathy said...

How coule I not donate again!

xoxox
cathy

cathy said...

Patti,
my mom donated for me ;)

cathy said...

Patti
Kevin's school raised $302!!!!!!!!
for the dress down day today
xoxo
cathy

Laura said...

I put it on my blog too. Better late than never......I also asked for readers to continue to donate after your contest is over.

cathy said...

Donation to ARTEM

inhonor of my sister

I am using her email address

Bob Sorrentino (cathy hanlon)

Carrol said...

Donated to Peter. Hope he gets to go home with his forever family soon!

Carolyn said...

My mom and dad, Steve and Loann Ross (grandparents of Jakey) donated 25 dollars to Peter. God bless.
Carolyn

Tracy said...

..and a donation to Artem. He, too, is so sweet and has been waiting way too long.

Virginia (Jenny) said...

Wow! So many people are donating, it's fantastic! Just wanted to say that I just did another donation for Peter.

Virginia (Jenny) said...

Donated to Artem! :D

Virginia (Jenny) said...

Facebooked for Peter and Artem!

Virginia (Jenny) said...

Blogged about Peter and Artem again. Love Virginia

Katy said...

Donated to Peter again

Katy said...

Donated to Artem :-)

Rachel Adcock said...

Wow! This has been incredible to watch! Just donated to Peter...he's so very close, let's get him home to his family!!!

Lexie said...

Donated to Peter :)

Emily Cornell said...

Donated to Peter!

aclarke said...

Just donated to Peter. Keeping that sweet boy in my prayers!

tekeal said...

just back from a week in the mountains...

donated again to peter with love

and to artem with love... xxx

PJH said...

Thank you so much for doing this! I donated to Peter.

Anna Theurer said...

donated to Peter.

patsy said...

donated to peter and praying his funds keep growing :)

patsy said...

donated to artem also :) ...and missing seeing pics of sweet lily!

Kellan's Momma said...

I'm so glad you extended this! I donated $35 (extra 5 to off set Paypal fees) and posted to my facebook and blog! loving seeing Peters account grow!! We need to get it to $20,000 though!!

Julie said...

Patti~I donated to Peter, this touches our hearts ever so deeply.

BaNaNa said...

Good Evening Patti...
I donated to Artem. =) Hope that even my small donation helps this precious life. I am posting the link to your blog about this on blog and facebook!
Hope all is well in Oregon,
Anne Foley

BaNaNa said...

Donated to Peter YAY!

Shauna said...

Ok so I finally got my card out to actually donate to Peter :) So happy he already has a family!! God's work is blowing me away.

Shauna said...

And I've blogged about it twice....going to go do one more time for one last try.

Shauna said...

And I've posted to facebook multiple times :) Do I get extra credit for telling all Reagan's nurses at the hospital too?

The Graves Family said...

I donated to Peter. Tomorrow would be my daughter's 8th birthday. She died at 3 days old. I would rejoice each and every day in Lily! Many blessings to you.

Dani said...

donated $10 ...lets get Peter to 10k we can do this before this day is over...he is at 9957..before my donation.

juli prevost said...

donated to peter...

Cassie Thompson said...

Donated $10 for Peter. I can't wait to find out who his family is!!

Crittle said...

Blogged and Facebooked. :)

Renee' said...

I am so happy about Peter and reposted for donations on facebook. I've been reading your beautifl blog for a while but have never commented I also donated to Peter 20 dollars. What your doing for these children is very beautiful and I pray God blesses you for what your doing and for all the precious babies on Reeces Rainbow

Brenda said...

Donated for Peter again! I got him to 11K!!!! Let's keep going! So excited and happy there is a family for him!

5henrys said...

Patti, I donated a 2nd time to Peter... Lots of prayers for him and hope this happens quickly!

Dwiggit said...

In for 10.

Bianca Olivier said...

Donated $10 for Peter!

Anne R said...

I donated $20... I am so grateful you are doing this and beyond happy for these three angels!!! We are praying for all of the reeces rainbow babies!

Robin E said...

Just donated again to Peter.

Praying he gets his full grant, and can't wait to find out who his family is.

Verity's great aunt said...

I had to donate to Peter. Ever since I first saw Olga's picture I have been praying for these babies. We are too old to adopt but we sure can pray and donate money to help others.

Heather said...

Just made my donation--hoping that full grant is only hours away!

Debbie said...

Patti, we just donated $20. We are praying for him and his new family!

Antoinette said...

Just donated $40 to Peter - left another donation for him earlier in the week. How absolutely wonderful for this cute little guy. I can't wait to hear about his new family.

And may I just add .... I really miss pictures of Lily, could you sneak a few in on the blog just to satisfy her fans?

A

Catalina said...

Donated, been praying for him. Yay, so excited!
Will be praying for speedy process and smooth sailing.

EnidV said...

Donated $20 - especially after watching the NBC news segment. Thank you for sharing that information - as well as advocating for these little ones who have no other hope of a happy life. I look forward to reading about the wonderful people that get to bring Peter home.

Cheryl Deterding said...

The power of the internet!! My daughter told me about your blog. I've donated to Peter and Artem.

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