A few days ago we received a package in the mail that made Mama cry. I still can't read the letter that was enclosed without getting tears in my eyes. It was from your friend Mia Kareens' family...
Dear Rice Family,
We wanted to once again tell you how much we love you and appreciate what you have done for our little Mia and for many others that have found their forever families. We don't know if we would have ever found our little princess had it not been for your selfless act of kindness to start a fundraiser on her behalf. We wanted to send you a little gift that we brought back from the Ukraine for you, along with a few bracelets....
The truth is, sweet Lily, we were a very small part of Mia Kareen's miracle. You see, there are quite a few people who have come here since your birth to read about you. Your life has already touched so many people. Last December that audience grew so much bigger- because God moved on so many hearts at Christmas time to save a little girl named Olga.
What started out as our family's desire to help rescue a little girl with Down syndrome on the other side of the world, turned into a journey of the heart for so many others as well. What's amazing to me, is that our hope to save just one blossomed into a network of miracles, for so many more.
We could never take credit for the beautiful and miraculous work that has begun on behalf of the orphans on Reece's Rainbow. Because honestly, what we've seen unfold is the result of the One who is mighty to save, moving on the hearts and minds of so many. People like Deanna, Cathy, Stephanie, Mitch, Ginny, Nicole, Cara, Barb, Elissa, Trisha, Krista, Susanna, Jenn, Katy, Adam, Julie, Sasha, Rochelle, Kelly, Cassie, Penny, John, Leah, Faith, Lori, Nikki, Tracy and Cole...and the list goes on and on...
...so even though we are honored and blessed to be a small part of the miracle that took place for Mia Kareen, we know we share that joy with so many other who gave and prayed and shared until that little princess was home.
There are few things in this life that give such lasting joy and fulfillment as knowing we were involved in the rescue of a child. I am so thankful that God used you, sweet Lily, to open our eyes to the fate of so many others, and that He knit our hearts together with so many like-minded friends.
I'm so thankful too, for these wise words last from a dear friend, last December:
What you're doing is showing Lily and your other children and the other people in your community that LILY is worth this. That LC is worth this. That we would beg, borrow, and obsess ourselves to make sure they knew love and felt valued and wanted. That, if Lily were alone on the other side of the ocean, you would find her and rescue her no matter what the cost or how much dignity needed to be compromised.
The Starfish Poem
Once upon a time there was a wise man
who used to go to the ocean
to do his writing.
He had a habit of walking
on the beach
before he began his work.
One day he was walking along
As he looked down the beach,
he saw a human figure
moving like a dancer.
He smiled to himself to think
of someone who would
dance to the day.
So he began to walk faster
to catch up.
As he got closer, he saw
that it was a young man
and the young man wasn't dancing,
but instead he was reaching
down to the shore,
picking up something
and very gently throwing it
into the ocean.
As he got closer he called out,
"Good morning! What are you doing?"
The young man paused,
looked up and replied,
"Throwing starfish in the ocean."
"I guess I should have asked,
why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?"
"The sun is up and the tide is going out.
And if I don't throw them in they'll die."
"But, young man, don't you realize that
there are miles and miles of beach
and starfish all along it.
You can't possibly make a difference!"
The young man listened politely.
Then he bent down, picked up another starfish
and threw it into the sea,
past the breaking waves and said-
"It made a difference for that one."
I promise you, Lily: I'm going to do my best to make a difference for just one.
Loving you always,
If you want a chance to help make a difference in the life of an orphan, please go HERE and HERE. These families are well into the adoption process, but they need our help to bring their children home. Because every child deserves the love that Mia Kareen knows today.