The other day we showed your brothers and sisters a video of what happens to children with Down syndrome in Eastern Europe when they turn five. They go to a mental institution, their heads are shaved...and they are placed in a metal crib. And if they keep climbing out? They're chained to that metal crib.
I know some people would wonder why we would allow your siblings to see a video so disturbing as that. I know some would say that is too much to show children.
I bet those children in that institution would agree.
IT IS too much.
Too much for one little girl to take. Too much to leave the only home you ever knew- even if it was an orphanage- and be left in a dirty, cold, foul smelling, scream filled insane asylum.
It. is. too. much.
Your sister Abbi turned to me with tears in her eyes and asked me that.
"Why, Mama? Why would anyone do that to little kids?"
You know what, Lily? I don't have answers for that.
I don't know how anyone could do that to a little boy, a little girl...just like you.
But what I DO know is...
This past week has been FILLED with good things- amazing things. People who we have never met, might never meet- giving to save one little girl from that destiny. Some are giving when they don't have it. They're giving when they're wondering how they're going to make ends meet. Because no matter how tight things are here, no matter how "small" we think our Christmas might be, no matter how hard we think our future might be...
Hers is far worse.
So right now, Lily, you might be wondering...why Olga?
On Saturday night I wrote a letter to you called "Just One." .
I read that poem on Lisa Peele's blog, Living in the Light, and it so helped me, Lily. Because it gave me hope- that even if I can't go rescue all those babies who have no mama to love them...I can rescue ONE. And I can make a difference in her life.
And just as I was writing that post, and praying and crying...there was a little prayer meeting going on.
I heard about this yesterday, when Molly, Olga's Christmas Warrior left a comment on your blog..
Hi Patti!!! I am Olga's Christmas Warrior!!! Obviously I am overjoyed about all this and am SO GRATEFUL for your compassion. We had a fundraising party for her DEC 4th and prayed before it that ultimately someone would see Olga (and Nicholas) and adopt them!!! GOD IS MIGHTY TO SAVE- look fwd to seeing who the lucky parents will be!! Peace and Joy, Molly Auble
Why? That's why. God used those prayers to put just one little girl on Mama's heart. Because although I had been praying for Olga, and gave to her fund (because of my blogging friend Stephanie's post)...I wasn't consumed like I am now.
Because I am consumed, dear Lily.
Every day I hold you a little tighter, stare into your beautiful almond eyes, and thank God that you are here and safe, and that God gave me you. And that has also had me thinking....
Why did God give us you, dearest Lily? When I prayed for a baby without Down syndrome?
Maybe Olga is why.
Maybe God knew that having you would open my eyes to just one.
Loving you more than ever,
I am so thrilled to say that in 3 days you have raised $10,964for Olga...and that is still growing.
But I really need your help. At some point, those who have given, will not be able to give any more. At some point, they will have run out of people to tell.
I don't want this to stop. It can't stop.
Can you help me find ways to spread the word? If you know anyone in the media, or can make a call to your local radio station..if you are involved in any online forums like babycenter.com or a parenting community online, or if you have a group your children are involved in that you could do a fundraiser with...can you do so?
My husband called the Dr.Laura show yesterday.
If you know my husband...you will be dying laughing in about two seconds. (Kris- this one's for you.)
He got on after the first call. The call screener answered, and said, "What's your question?"
Sam froze- and hung up. He couldn't believe he got through that easily!
So he called back....she asked, "What's your question?"
and he hung up.
He didn't really have a question!! He just called on a whim while he was driving to see if he could get some publicity for Olga:)
So he called a THIRD time- after mentally scrambling, and thinking he was going to MAKE UP an argument we had- to ask Dr.Laura what to do. I am not kidding.
He said he thought maybe he could say, "My wife and I are fighting because she is just CONSUMED with this fundraising thing for a little girl with Down syndrome stuck in an orphanage in Eastern Europe who is about to be transferred to a mental insitution for the rest of her life and she blogged about it at http://babynumber10.blogspot.com/ and WHADDYA THINK? Dr. Laura?!!"
Friends, I know this is going to sound terribly uncouth here on Lily's blog- but I almost peed my pants laughing so hard when he told me that.
Because that is SO my husband. If you don't believe me, go read my friend Kris's comments in the comment section on my most-important-post-i-have-ever-written below.:)
What Sam really told the call screener is that we have a cause we would like Dr.Laura to look into, and perhaps give attention to...the screener was very kind and gave us an email to write to, and she said they DO read those emails every day.
So will you please be praying they read that email and get stirred to read it on air??
And if you have any wild ideas...perhaps they might be crazy like my husband's;)...can you go for it?
I do believe we can do this.
I was praying last night and crying and asking God WHAT can I do?
I read this...
Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3
Please pray, and please spread the word. It is working!!!!
P.S. New prizes in the original post!!!!!