I'd been enjoying a break from blogging for just a few days...and then I had to go and read THIS POST and came undone. My heart is literally still beating so loud I'm sure someone next door can hear it, and I am having a hard time seeing the keys to type.
You know, sometimes it's so easy to shield ourselves from the suffering others endure isn't it? We hear about the death of a friend's loved one, or read a story in the news about some misfortune, and we think about the pain someone must be going through and maybe offer up a prayer for them, but deep inside we're thanking God we're not in their shoes. And we turn off our brains and emotions, because sometimes it's just too much to bear.
But these kids don't have that option.
And in those pictures, they're smiling, happy, caught at a strategic moment for the photographers, and I'm sure every day isn't filled with sadness and grief. But what about those days that Artem and Robyn watch as other children leave their orphanage, and wonder what it's like to have a mommy and daddy come rescue them? What about the nights they cry themselves to sleep, because there just aren't enough workers to console each little aching heart?
And there remains the very real possibility that Artem and Robyn have been transferred. They are both old enough to have outgrown their baby houses. I asked Andrea Roberts two weeks ago if she knew if Artem was still at the orphanage. She asked the agency Reece's Rainbow works with to look into this. The agency asked the facilitator in Russia...and all we know is that he is still available for adoption. No word on whether he was transferred to the institution or not. When I had previously asked Andrea if he had been transferred, she said it was entirely possible. The same holds true for Robyn. And if that is the case, the children in those pictures with bright and happy little faces, without a doubt, are not the same children today.
I hope you take the time to click on the link at the beginning of this post...because it brings home the point that the children behind these pictures are living, breathing little souls, who have gone through far too much in their brief lives. It's easy to picture them just as we see them, isn't it? But there's a life behind those pictures, and a story as to how they got there.
Please consider donating to Artem and Robyn's grant funds on Reece's Rainbow.
They've been waiting too long for a family.