Tuesday, June 14, 2011

this one

I have some adorable Lily photos waiting to be posted, but today I wanted to do something different. I've received a number of impassioned emails from readers in the last week, asking me to blog about children on Reece's Rainbow who have captured their hearts.

I wish that finding a family for each child was as easy as posting their picture and information on Lily's blog...I wish that I could advocate for every child on Reece's Rainbow and have the almost overnight success that we've had with Kareen and Olga and Peter. And while I am thrilled that these children all have families- thrilled beyond anything, because there are fewer things more gratifying than being involved in the rescue of a child- my heart is still heavy for the ones who don't have families yet.

And I'm not saying this to garner any sympathetic or encouraging comments- but I do struggle with feeling like I've failed when this little boy sits on Reece's Rainbow without a family...




I've been advocating for little Artem since our Pure Love Giveaway in February, and still he waits.

Waits for a scene like this one or this one or this one...waits for a mommy and daddy to come and give him the chance at a life that he deserves. Because last week he turned five, and in Eastern Europe, that birthday combined with his extra chromosome ensures him a transfer to a mental institution. Instead of a birthday cake and candles and presents and celebration, he will be taken to a place where no little boy should go, to live out the rest of his days in horror.

And I know that sounds dramatic, and I know there are some who would say, well you can't save them all.

But it's no less true because it's horrifying, and while I can't save them all I can try to save this one.

Or this one...



Or this one....





Or this one....



Or this one...




Because each one of these children is waiting for their life to begin. Each one of these precious babies deserves to experience what Kareen experienced, and I want to do whatever I can to help make that happen.

Maybe you're reading here and you know adoption is not an option for you. And honestly, at this point it is not possible for our family either. But you don't have to adopt to make a difference.

Will you help me by spreading the word about these children? By praying for them and blogging for them and sending emails out about them and crying out to God for a family to come forward for them?

And if you are able to donate, Olga and Peter's families still need our help.

Because of the fact that so many children on Reece's Rainbow do not have a family to advocate for them, I made the decision months ago to be their voice, and to release the families who are adopting to do their own fundraising. I get so many requests from families to blog about their fundraisers, and I wish I could say yes to every single one. But I really feel that right now I need to concentrate my voice and efforts on the Artems and Albinas, who don't have anyone advocating for them.

But from the beginning Olga and Peter had my heart. And right now their families are doing all they can to get them home.

If you are able to help them, please go see how you can do so on

A Giveaway for Olga

and this

Forever Family Fundraiser.



And because you are some of the most generous, most amazing people I've been privileged to know, we are going to be hosting a Five Hundred Followers Giveaway in a few days. Lily now has 494 followers here on A Perfect Lily...and as soon as she hits 500 we will be CELEBRATING. I've been busy contacting Esty sellers galore, and so far we have over $300 worth of prizes featuring the name Lily in them (and in keeping with the theme of things I'm aiming for $500 worth of prizes!) that are being donated to Lily's readers. There won't be any donation required to enter- just a comment on that post saying you're a follower. Because I couldn't begin to repay you for the love and support you've shown us since Lily's birth... but maybe this little giveaway will make a tiny dent in my debt to you:)




So spread the word that we only need 6 more followers and PLEASE spread the word about Artem, Albina, Carlene, Andrey and Sasha.




Because you never know what could happen when you try to save Just One.

15 comments:

Laura said...

Just "followed" you. I appreciate your heart and your calling. God has blessed your efforts and will continue to do so. I am confident of that.

Anna Theurer said...

Patti, you know I am already a follower and spreading the Lily love :-) I am happy to see you also included Sasha in today's post. I worry for him so as I do the others.

The Sanchez Family said...

oh Bless you for sharing! My heart is aching for a family leaving on Monday that is still SOOO far behind in fundraising and is putting everything on credit card because she hasn't fundraised!!! It's Hansina and this is her second RR baby in less than a year. www.loveforlittlelydiah.blogspot.com I hope and pray they get some money this week....PRAYING! She saw Lydiah when she went to rescue JD and just fell in LOVE with her eyes that stared at her every day that she went to visit JD.

Christine said...

Yes, Artem breaks my heart. I have seen him for over a year now, and I have wondered when it will be his turn. God bless him ...

Jane@flightplatformliving said...

oh bless you bless you my darling girl! you brought me to reeces rainbow and i am forever changed! you know i am a follower and think you are amazing! xxx

nicole said...

I'll do what I can even if it seems insignificant because He can multiply everything . . . He's God like that.

Alicia said...

my heart hurts for Vilis, I've been looking his sweet face over the years and none have seen him his handsomeness! he has waited for so long.....

Jennifer said...

I have been reading your blog for a little while, but just now started "following" you. And I got to be #500! That kind-of just made my day. :)

Mrs. K said...

Tried posting to "a give away for Olga" but it wouldn't take my comment even though I signed in. Oh well, just wanted them to know I donated again and will keep Olga in my prayers. Thoroughly enjoyed the vedio's of Mia Kareen and family. She is so precious and blessed with such a loving family.

cara said...

They have my heart!! I wish I could adopt them all.

Lauren said...

Following

Lauren said...

I am praying so hard for little Carlene. I wish so much that we were able to adopt right now. I'm spreading the word about her.

Rochelle said...

Never think for a minute lady that you don't make a difference! You know you are helping move mountains for these kids!
♥ u

Penny's Peeps said...

Just popping in to say hi! I miss you! Hope all is well in your world!

andrea said...

Hi Patti

I found your blog several months ago and have been popping in ever since. Like everyone else here, I am totally enamored with your little Lily and I love your heart for all the precious treasures who are waiting for a family of their own.

I actually got to spend several months with Andrey while I was volunteering at his orphanage. He is such a sweetheart and I wanted to say thank you so much for advocating for him. If there is anyone out there considering him, you can read more about him on my blog here: http://ambassadoroflove.blogspot.com/2011/06/find-my-family-friday-andrey-s.html