Nov 28, 2012

Life is fragile

Tears.  Many, many tears.

Sweet Henry (age 2) passed away this afternoon.  It was so unexpected.

Please pray for his family.  They are amazing and loved Henry so much that they crossed the ocean to bring him home from Ukraine last year.  He was very loved.  His family and story is one that I have followed closely.  His mom is one of the sweetest people I know, always encouraging.  I can only imagine their deep grief right now (and in the weeks to come).  Life is so very fragile.

Henry's family blog:

Sweet Henry,  We love you and miss you.
You will not be forgotten.  Your story will inspire many.

Nov 22, 2012

Get your face in the picture

This is real life.  It's called "everyone get in the picture...NOW!"
picture 1: Julissa is missing.  picture 2: Gergana is missing. picture 3: My face is a tad blocked.Photobucket
Finally.  Love this tiny part of my crazy family.  Thankful for each one of them

Nov 19, 2012

Buy a Christmas ornament

You give: $35.  

Kanani gets: $27 towards her grant fund.

You get: a beautiful photo Christmas ornament with Kanani's picture.

Make a difference this year.
Go here. and buy Kanani's ornament.  No one has bought hers yet. *sad face*

Nov 16, 2012

a little weird

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

― Dr. Seuss


Nov 11, 2012

They made a difference.

These people?  They rock.  
Thank you for your donation towards Kanani!

angel tree child: Miles

guardian angel child: Giselle

angel tree child: Emmitt

angel tree child: Finley

child: Yelena

child: Kolya

Want to be added to the above list?
Want to give your blog and/or your angel tree child some extra exposure? 

If you have donated towards Kanani during angel tree please let me know and I will add your name, blog link and angel tree/guardian angel child to the list!  

If you would like to gain a little exposure for your own child or blog please head on over to Kanani's profile and drop a few dollars in the bucket.  Then come back here and let me know.  I would love to be able to help each other out!

And remember, with a $35 donation ($27 going towards Kanani and the rest going towards shipping costs) you will get a beautiful photo Christmas ornament of Kanani.  Makes an awesome Christmas present!  Win/win.

 (scroll down and look for Kanani's picture)

Nov 9, 2012

The nightmare that never ends

"I was back at the orphanage.  Back with my sweet girl.  Sitting on the bench under the trees.  I was content, she was content.  

But then a van drove up.  Two people in white coats climbed out the sides, their faces expressionless.  Neither smiling or frowning.  They started walking over to where I was sitting with Kanani.  I was holding her hand and rubbing her cheek when they reached us.  

I was so confused, "Why were these people here?  What did they want with my sweet girl?  They couldn't possibly be here to take her away, Could they?"  But they ignored me as they picked her up and started walking back towards the van.  Leaving me behind.  I was frantic and dread filled my body.  I felt sick as I realized what they were doing, where they were taking her.  

I knew they would be coming.  I knew that Kanani couldn't stay at the baby orphanage forever.  I knew that eventually she would be considered 'to old' for the baby orphanage and because of her special needs, she would be transferred to a mental institute.  A place where she would spend her days in a crib with little to no human interaction.  It's the fact of life for children born with special needs in her country.  But it wasn't right, they came to soon.  I hadn't had enough time to find her a mama yet.  

I pleaded with them running back and forth between them and the nannies, asking them to do something, anything.  To give me just a little more time.  That if they would just give me a week, or even a day, I would search the world for her family.  I would try harder.  "Please, just let me have a little more time."  But they weren't listening.  Tears were streaming down my cheeks as they ignored me and kept walking.  I was screaming at a brick wall.  And just like that, Kanani was in the van.  She was gone.  

My time had run out.  But worse then that, Kanani's time had run out."

Sometimes you have a dream that is so real, you can still remember the details months later.  This is one of those dreams.  A dream that makes me desperate for my sweet 4 year old girl all over again.  I can't forget her.  Even if I tried, this dream won't let me.  I'm at a loss as to how to help her, but I know I have do something.  Anything.  We raised her adoption grant fund to just over $2,000 earlier this fall (Thank you to everyone that helped!).  
But it's not enough.  Her time is running out.

Nov 7, 2012

Things I loved about Phoenix

A weekend in Phoenix with this family (a place called simplicity) and warm weather? Yes please.

things I loved and don't want to forget..
1). Bike rides in the evening.  warm and fun.  plus awesome talks.  Makes getting jello legs worth it.
2). Hanging out with people my own age.  With the same passions as I have. 
3). Trips to Starbucks.  and the fact that I can't stand anything coffee.  Which makes starbucks interesting. 
4). Watching these children interact.  Their sass is hilarious.  Such awesome kids. 
5). Going to church for the first time in weeks.
6). Wearing shorts and sandals in November.
7). Seeing the miracle that IS Ruby Grace. 
8).  Smores and chicken wings outside by the fire.
9).  The insane amount of 'Charlie's' 
10). Frozen yogurt. 
11). Jumpstreet with Graham, Liberty and Emma.  I'm still sore.  "if you can jump longer then an hour you're super human."  "ok, lets jump longer then an hour and prove him wrong!"  10 minutes later and we are on the ground exhausted.  fun fun fun.
12). driving, driving and more driving.
13). Cactus's everywhere you look. 
14). Hanging out and talking with this girl.  Love her and am so blessed to have her as my friend.  Go and check her out! Em on a Mission.
15). Elizabeth's big bag of popcorn.

So thankful to have such awesome people in my life.  Sad to say goodbye.  But hopefully it won't be for long!

Nov 6, 2012

41 days later and I'm back in Canada

I'm exhausted and my muscles ache (thank you jump street! So fun but now I hurt!).

My thoughts and emotions are always jumbled after I get home.  I don't even really know what I'm feeling right now.  what I do know is that I'm thankful for the experiences I was able to just have.

and I'm going to go sleep for a week.  excuse me while I crash...

Nov 5, 2012

Big bag of popcorn

Elizabeth Mercy won some popcorn at church today.  
And when I say 'some' I actually mean a lot of popcorn!
Seriously made my day.
me: Elizabeth, your awesome.
Elizabeth: I know!

Good thing she has lots of brothers and sisters to share her popcorn with!

p.s.  Phoenix weather seriously makes me drool.   Like whatttt?  You mean people actually do live with out snow?  It's November and we are wearing shorts?  Blows my mind.  I'll be sad to go back to Canada! (but not, because I miss my family to much!  But you know... Mom, want to move to Phoenix??)

Nov 3, 2012

goodbye PA

[saying goodbye to my 'boyfriend'.  This boy frustrated but made me laugh all at the same time.]

The parents came home on Thursday.  Along with precious Matthew Dima.  Seriously, he is adorable and fits in their family so perfectly.  Seeing him made everything worth it.  He will no longer be spending his life in a mental institute.  Instead he is in a family.  Giving up 5 weeks of my life to help bring him home was all worth it seeing him with his family. worth it. worth it. worth it.

Saying goodbye is never really easy.  It is so hard to invest yourself so intensely with children you may never see again.  Makes it interesting, leaving pieces of your heart all around the world.

Where is Dima??
There he is!  Cute right?  Mission {finally} accomplished. 
I'm now down in Phoenix for a few days.  Visiting  friends and warming up a bit. ;) Plus it actually worked out better with my tickets to travel home in two phases.  Excited and blessed to get to spend time with friends.  And blown away that I got to be apart of one more child coming home!
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