Update: new prizes added below! GIVEAWAY EXTENDED ONE MORE DAY!
Have you ever looked into someone's eyes, and felt like you knew the kind of person they were?
Have you ever looked into someone's eyes and felt like you were staring into their very soul?
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
Do his eyes speak to you...like they do to 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.
Our wonderful and amazing friends, Cara and Jon are donating this incredible prize......
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.
An anonymous reader is donating this beautiful, pair of diamond cluster earrings....
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 ;)
My dear friend from Yorktown Heights, New York, Cathy has graciously donated this gorgeous bracelet from Lia Sophia
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!
One of my favorite blogging mamas, Melissa from Moos Crossing is donating this gorgeous necklace from Lia Sophia as well...
Claret Necklace $66
Once again, Sam from Happy Hooks Crochet is hooking us up with a darling hat from her Etsy shop....
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!
Another wonderful blogging mama, Adrienne from Our Unexpected Journey has a fabulous Etsy shop called...
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!
Etsy shop Itty Bitty Icing is joining in the fun here...
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....
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:)
Elissa will make your little one's outfit to fit any size between 0-2. (Lily does not come with the outfit!)
Sara is donating a $25 Scentsy gift card....her website is...
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.
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!)
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...
as well as these sweet Mother/daughter aprons...
Thank you to Cassie's mama- you raised a wonderful daughter who has blessed me so much with her friendship and generosity :)
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. ...
She is donating a $150 Sears gift card!! Thank you Kelly, and here's to getting the men on board!
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!
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:)
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...
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:)