But as the doctor studied the crease in her palm, the tiny gap in her toes and her sweet almond eyes, his expression turned to one of sadness...perhaps even disgust. He quietly told this baby's mama that she was one of those babies - the kind their society could not accept, the kind they shut away in institutions and tried to forget.
Maybe her mama cried. Maybe she held her and whispered a prayer over her as she said goodbye, believing that she was doing the best thing she could for her. Maybe this month her mama looks back on that day, the day of her birth, and remembers those almond eyes looking up at her, pleading with her to love her for who she was.
Or maybe she's buried that memory all this time, deliberately trying to forget the day her baby was born...her tainted and imperfect daughter, the one she wished she never knew.
Regardless of her true emotions, that baby spent her years in the care of others who would never call her daughter. She grew into a beautiful little girl with golden blond hair and a smile that could light up any room, and in spite of being shut off from her society, she thrived.
She's been waiting seven years for someone to see her value, someone to come and claim her and call her the word she's never heard....daughter.
Celine has spent seven long years in her baby house, and still she waits.
So many people have prayed for Celine, and given to her grant fund on Reece's Rainbow in hopes of seeing a family come forward to adopt her. She has one of the largest grants on Reece's Rainbow- over ten thousand dollars.
And yet still she waits.
A year and a half ago an anonymous donor pledged $5,000 in a matching grant campaign to help rescue a little girl named Albina. Readers here on A Perfect Lily rallied to raise $5,000 to meet that pledge, and a month later a family stepped forward to commit to Albina. This month they are traveling to meet her, and I cannot wait til I can post pictures of that moment.
You helped make that happen.
Today this same anonymous donor has asked me to run a match campaign for Celine. They will match every dollar that comes into her grant fund up to $5,000 during the month of October.
Do you realize what this means?
If we raise $5,000 this month, Celine will receive $10,000 and have a full grant waiting for someone to claim. THIS WILL GUARANTEE HER A FAMILY.
I asked my wonderful friend Michelle Z at Reece's Rainbow to send me additional photos of Celine for this post. I really wasn't prepared to have my heart ripped out this morning, but it was. I kept clicking on the pictures she sent me, staring at this beautiful little girl and wondering why in the world she doesn't have a family yet. And the only answer I have is money. International adoption is so expensive and there is no getting around that.
It is NOT a lack of families that keep these children from being adopted, it is lack of finances.
Let's fix that for Celine.
Let's raise a grant fund so large that money is NOT an obstacle for a family committing to her.
Let's Save Celine.
And to sweeten up the pot, this same anonymous family is donating the following to one random commenter...