Monday, July 28, 2014

cutest baby contest for the Ray family!!



Cutest kid contest to benefit the Ray family open 7/28/14-8/4/14 to enter send your child's photo to jesussoldiersofprayer@yahoo.com the entry fee is $10 payable visa PayPal, using the email barryandshelly@yahoo.com make sure to send it as a friends and family payment to avoid extra fees.your child must be 8 years old or younger to be eligible. Photos will be posted on the Jesus' soldiers of prayer Facebook page. Winners will be chosen based on the number of likes per photo. The top 3 will win gift cards based on the number on entries submitted. Winners will be announced on 8/11/14


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Help bring an aging out child home!

help bring this boy home to his waiting family
Wesley New
have you ever been through an adoption? If you have know how hard a dossier is to compile but you survived the impossible and now you can stick this to your car and show the world, your badge of honor.


only $5 and you can get them here- Tattoo medals

You can also donate to the family adopting Wesley here and follow their awesome blog-Wesley's family

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Carolina

Carolina
born may 2006
 Cerebral palsy, convergent squint, mental delay
Carolina 2013 (3)Carolina 2013 (1)

from someone who meet her August of 2013-
Carolina is a beautiful girl! She is about 4ft tall and about 50lbs. Her CP affects her mostly from the knees down. She does have cytomegalovirus. This was reconfirmed last year, but we were not able to find out if it is active, or if she merely was exposed while her mother was pregnant with her. CMV does cause brain damage if a baby is exposed in utero, so a family needs to be prepared for that, or for the fact that is IS transmissible when it flares. She is very strong and she does make her likes and dislikes known. Her biggest love is candy…but not chocolate! She likes white chocolate a lot though. She likes dolls, and can undress them herself. She has good use of her hands. She gets around by crawling or knee walking, which is great. Knee walking shows her hips are nice and strong. She loves to “dance.” Dancing, to her, is an adult bouncing her up and down for as long as you can stand to do it. She gets quite unhappy when you stop to take a break. The nannies make her walk a bit while holding onto hands, but her legs and feet are just not able to line up with her being so tight. She is very strong. She loves cell phones and will try to snatch them at any opportunity. A toy cell phone that plays music would be nice for her. She speaks, though it is like a toddler. She repeats the same few things over and over, but she does say a couple other words and used them correctly. She understands much more though and the caretakers speak to her in complete sentences. She just loves to move and bounce and be twirled around. She likes BIG movements. She was very briefly startled by my husband, but quickly discovered he could bounce her around longer and higher than I could…and so she quickly preferred him!
Carolina does have some institutional behaviors that a family needs to be prepared for. Her moods change quickly, and when she gets upset, she can throw herself to the floor, even injuring herself. She will hit, pull hair, etc. if she is upset. She will throw large toys as well. The caretakers love her, but did express that she would likely not engage or interact with kids bigger than her, and would be likely to assert herself over anyone smaller. That is just how life in these places is. Families without small children would be best for her. An involved, hands-on Papa would be ideal, and a trampoline would be out of this world for her.

Carolina is a pretty little girl who would do wonderful in a home without younger children as she is rough and will need allot of attention as she has a lot of institutional behavior. I cannot wait for her mommy and daddy to find her so they can grow out her hair and put bows in it. She is such a treasure and will do great in a family.

HOW CAN I HELP?

SHARING- by sharing either their Reece's Rainbow page or this blog you can tell others about her need for a family.

PRAYING- you can also help by praying for Carolina's health, for the nannies to come to know Jesus and show his love to the kids, for their families to find them in his perfect time, for their orphanage, etc..

GIVING- giving through Reece's rainbow is tax deductible and is very simple. giving to her adoption grant encourages families to commit to her and helps the family cover the high cost of their redemption.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Clayton and Caleb

Clayton and Caleb are twin boys born august of 2010
Clayton-cerebral Palsy
Caleb-Flail legs, superior spastic paraplegia, focal symptomatic epilepsy

from someone who meet Caleb in 2013: 
He is in with a much younger group. He goes outside twice daily when it is nice, and this orphanage does physical therapy five times a week. He makes eye contact, but is in his own little world until you talk directly to him. He appears kind of zoned out, and then I said his name and stroked his cheek and his whole body came to life, just longing to be touched and tickled. He arched his back and smiled, but I wasn't allowed to pick him up. He has grown too long for his stroller. I put a Velcro wrist rattle on him and he purposefully moved his left arm to interact with it immediately. He is well nourished there, but he will really need a mama’s touch to help him grow. His teeth look like they are in great shape. He uses his arms, but I did not see him move his legs, though he was certainly wiggling from one side to the other and is a kid who would really like to be on the move! He is not in the same group as his brother. Kids are generally grouped by what they are eating, and his brother was in the group for kids doing formula and purees. I think he may be on only formula still. It was so hard to leave him behind!


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from somebody who meet Clayton in 2013:
 Several days later, I saw who I thought was the same child in a different stroller, but the nannies corrected me when I called him by his brothers name, slowly communicating that this was his twin brother. They look SO much alike! The first day I saw him, he was badly in need of a diaper change and I showed the nannies. He was laying flat on his back in the outdoor playpen, and when I came back to return my daughter to the group, he was still there an hour later, unchanged in diaper and position. The next day I saw him, though, one of the sweet nannies was playing music on her iPod, and he was laying close to her in a stroller. Although he didn't interact with the music, he was very quick to respond to my voice. The second I stopped talking, he stopped smiling and zoned out again. But, he was so responsive to touch and baby talk!  He pushed his body around in the stroller with his legs AND arms, and had a lot of good neck strength. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he is only being limited by the assumptions of his diagnosis. As we left our daughter’s group for the last time, we saw him being lovingly carried down to his physical therapy appointment. I think it was a sign of good things to come for these boys!

These boys are sooo cute and their smiles are so sweet they have a amazing personality and all they're missing is a family to give them a chance to thrive. I think these boys will do much better once they given a chance to be outside of their strollers and given the attention they need i bet they will shock the socks of their parents at how amazing they will be.
 these brother currently have a large grant available towards their adoption through Reece's Rainbow here.

HOW CAN I HELP?

SHARING- by sharing either their Reece's Rainbow page or this blog you can tell others about their need for a family.

PRAYING- you can also help by praying for these boys health,for the nannies to come to know Jesus and show his love to the kids, for their families to find them in his perfect time, for their orphanage, ect.

GIVING- giving through Reece's rainbow is tax deductible and is very simple. giving to their adoption grant encourages families to commit to these boys and helps the family cover the high cost of their redemption.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WARNING: EXTREME CUTENESS AHEAD!!

meet Clark:
2 yrs. old
Generalized disorder in development
Clark
now isn't he a cutie and look at that smile!
Clark is walking, pronouncing random sounds, and he even attends daycare! He prefers to play alone tho and has difficulty in social situations. Clark currently has been living in a foster home for over a year and is the oldest out of 4 children placed in the home.

meet Ashton: I HAVE A FAMILY!!

born in 2010 Spinal bifida of lumbar area with hydrocephaly;  lower smoldering paraparesis
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 This little cutie will be turning 4 years old next month! can we make it his last year without a family? this brave boy has started to walk with support and is a smart, nice boy very loved  by everyone in the orphanage. He has a grant available through Reece's rainbow towards his adoption.

meet Brandon:
born in 2011 multiple and large nevus on his body
Brandon
I don't get why this little pumpkin is still waiting his medical condition is easy to handle.Brandon is a brave little boy who is not afraid of strangers. he loves to smile and he is known to have an  extroverted personality. After he entered the institute, he received meticulous care. He isn't known to cry often and his sleeping condition is very good. His daily life is one of routine and his life habits are very good. He also has a grant available towards his adoption through Reece's Rainbow.

meet Ezra:
 born in 2011 congenital internal hydrocephalus operated;  anemia;  protein-energy deficiency
Ezra May 2013 (2)

awww, look at that sweet smile :) Ezra is absolutely precious! He is sweet and adorable and oh so lovable!  He laughs when his toes are tickled, or when someone around him laughs or talks or sings to him. He often smiles or laughs so hard his chubby cheeks make his eyes close. He has learned to blow spit bubbles and coo. It is hard  to tell if he is able to use his limbs normally, but he is able to move from his back to his side with little or no assistance. He has not yet learned to play with toys, but he has a very strong grip and enjoys holding fingers. He can see, but not very  well someone who visited him in 2013 observed his eyes moving rapidly from side to side, and sometimes appearing to be looking in two different directions. In spite of this there were other times in which he appeared to be quite focused and looking right at us. Ezra has a 2,000+ grant available towards his adoption through Reece's rainbow.

All these children listed above are looking for their forever family and are currently listed on reece's rainbow.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Doug

Doug
Doug needs a family he was raised by his birth family for the first 16 months of his life then he was moved to a baby house for 7 months then he was moved again a month before his third birthday to a mental institution. Doug has moderate mental delays with no known cause. He walks and runs and climbs on objects. His visual-motor skills are developed but he still has difficulty with fine motor tasks. His speech is delayed and he is not talking at this time.  He has recently begun showing an interest in toys and playing with them. He spends time each day in the sensory room. He does not like for the staff to try to direct his activities and prefers to do his own thing. He does play appropriately with toys and manipulates them in the correct ways.  His favorite toys are balls, blocks, cars and trucks.  He recognizes staff members and smiles at them.  He seeks out interactions with them and will cuddle with them too.  He tries to get them to follow him and to engage them in whatever activity he is doing. He doesn’t yet seek out any interaction with the other children.   He eats from a spoon and drinks from a cup with some assistance from the staff.

At 27 months of age, his skill level was tested at:
motor skills- 2 years
speech development- 5-6 months
cognitive development: 10-12 months 

Doug needs out it sounds to me like his moderate delays are a cause of him being in a mental institution from the age of three he would do great in a family and has a grant through Reece's rainbow- http://reecesrainbow.org/?s=doug 


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

meet the Obenauf family

  Zola Photo 2 Apr-2013
 Stephani has always wanted to be a mother. Since she was a little girl, she knew she would have a big family and at least some of her children would arrive through adoption. She thought her family was going to be starting in 2009, when she found out she was pregnant. Sadly, God had other plans and her daughter Emma was stillborn.
Stephani found Reece’s Rainbow in 2011, through a friend that was adopting, She would spend hours looking at the children, reading their stories, hoping that soon, the time would be right to adopt. When a friend posted about “Zola”, Stephani knew instantly that hits little girl was meant to be her daughter.
Stephani was raised by a single parent and understands the struggles that lie ahead but knows that with God’s blessing and the love and support of her family, she is ready to provide “Zola” with a bright and happy future.
the Obenauf family has a blog where you can follow the adoption - http://snowandhotcocoa.blogspot.com/p/how-can-i-help.html
If you would like to donate to help cover the cost of Zolas adoption you can donate here or through a widget on the right hand side of her blog.
you can also help by advocating, meaning you share her need by sharing her blog, this blog, or the Reece's Rainbow family sponsorship page.

You can also pray for the adoption that the paperwork would go smoothly and that Zola would be kept Healthy and loved until she travels.

FUNDRAISERS going on for the Obenauf family- http://snowandhotcocoa.blogspot.com/p/how-can-i-help.html

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