Sep 28, 2013

My lost baby

It's been over a year since I left Eastern Europe.  Over a year since I left that orphanage and the babies I met there.  The babies who were left waiting for families.

A family stepped up to adopt Vivvy before I even left the country and she made it home quickly.  A few months later a family committed to 'Jacob' and now he is safely home.  Kanani's continues to wait for an adoptive family (please pray for her, she is living in a mental institute currently). 

I slowly pushed the thought of the other babies I met to the back of my mind.  Focusing instead on helping the children I could help.  I figured it was to late for the other babies, that they would never get their chance at a family. 

I was wrong.  There is one more.  My lost baby.

The baby who has haunted me for the last year.  He has been given a chance.

Meet Royce
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I've met him.

May 2012.  There was a stroller outside with the rest of the babies.  I walked over and peaked inside.  And that's when it happened, that's when I met him.  His bare arms and legs were stick thin.  He was two years old at the time but no where close to the size of a two year old.  His skin was soft as paper. His breathing was fast and raspy.  I leaned over and said hello, softly rubbing his leg.  He got worked up and started making grunting sounds with his mouth and moving his arms a little.  It was impossible to tell if he was starting to laugh or cry.  The nannies started glancing our way because of the commotion so I quickly blew him a kiss and moved away.  His stroller was pushed to the side and he was clearly not one of the favorite children there. 

And that was that.  It couldn't have been more than a couple minutes that I was with him.  But the memory of his skeleton legs have haunted me.  I have thought of him often.

There is good news and bad news.

The good news: An adoptive family was able to see him a few weeks ago and he is now listed for adoption.
The bad news: A year later and he is STILL just as small.  His arms and legs are still stick thin. He is now three years old. He urgently needs an adoptive family.
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My lost baby.  It's time for him to be found.
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Sep 23, 2013

He made it HOME

If you are not caught up on who 'Jacob' is you really should go get the back story.  I met Jacob last year while visiting Eastern Europe and I came home determined to find him an adoptive family (link).  That fall he was offered a Matching grant to help fund his adoption (link).  Shortly after his matching grant started a group of awesome people came together to get Pied in the face to help raise the money (link).  We raised a good chunk of money for his adoption and a couple of months later an awesome family stepped up to adopt him (link)!  Now that you're caught up...

I can finally share that as of September 12th 'Jacob' is HOME in America with his family.

He officially left the orphanage with his new parents on September 6th. 

He is safe, loved, getting medical care and therapies and nutritious food.

I couldn't be happier and can now breathe easy knowing he is home.

Want proof?
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Getting to know his new mom and dad. 
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LEAVING the orphanage and never going back. Forever with his family.
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Safely HOME.
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THANK YOU to everyone who helped bring Jacob home.  All the prayers, shares and donations made a huge and very real impact on this little boy's life.  He will never have to face the inside of an orphanage again or be at risk of living in a mental institute.  He will grow up with a chance to reach his full potential. 

One less orphan.  It made a difference to this one.

A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”
The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied,
“Well, I made a difference to that one!”

Sep 17, 2013

So how did the job interview go?

Short answer: good.

Long(er) answer: I'm officially a Child support/respite worker.

I moved here Wednesday afternoon. Had a job interview Friday morning. Had another interview Saturday morning. Started work Monday. The job is exactly what I wanted. It's something I'm interested in and can learn and grow in. It's got room for more education and future job opportunities. It's the kind of job where I can build relationships with the people I work with. The hours are short but consistent.  And the pay is much, much better than I was expecting. Did I mention I get gas money??

When I moved here I was so worried I would have to get a *shudder* retail job.

I feel so blessed that this is the job I got instead.

Because of the nature of my job I won't be sharing many details of what I do and who I work with. Privacy people, it's really important and something we don't practice very often in the internet world.

But I can share how the sunsets here basically blind me on my way home from work.

Not even kidding.  How are you supposed to drive facing that??
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Thank you to everyone who prayed for my interview and sent kind thoughts my way. I appreciate it more than you know!

Sep 12, 2013

Job interview tomorrow

Let's just take a moment to go crazy over this baby nephew...
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Now that that's out of our systems lets move on.

I'm gone.  Packed up. Kissed my family goodbye and drove away.  5 hours later and I'm in my new city, in my new bedroom [which is a mess by the way].  I've ran errands and un-packed.  And tomorrow morning I have a job interview.

It's crazy how quickly life can change.
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Prayers that tomorrows interview will go well and that it will be clear if this job is a good match for me would be appreciated.  Thanks everyone for being patient as I transition into this new season of life!

Sep 10, 2013

Baby Nephew

Joining big sister (who was once just as small).

Welcome to the world Grayson Shiloh!
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I love my family.  I love that my older siblings are making babies.

So blessed. 

Sep 8, 2013

Entering a new [and very different] season of life

It's official.

Life is changing and it looks so very different than I ever thought it would.

Since I was 15 the longest amount of time I have spent at home without leaving the country has been 9 months.  9 whole months.  So to admit that I have officially entered a 'normal Canadian life' makes me want to cry and run away. Moving out.  Paying rent.  College.  This is what most people do, right?  It's normal...a natural progression in life people say.  It feels so foreign to me.  Not that it's bad or hard, It's just not where I want to be when there is so much to be done out there.

It's a balancing act.
What I have experienced these last couple of years vs. this new life.

 Despite that there are also good parts.  I'm so very blessed.  I'm excited for this year and God has put me in a place with many opportunities.  I couldn't have asked for a better situation and it will be tons of fun.
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I have no idea what is going to happen next.  Or what is going to happen with the dreams inside my head.  That is kind of exciting and scary at the same time.

It should be an interesting year.

Sep 1, 2013

Do you want to hear something amazing?

Some days you just need to hear good news. Today was one of those days.

The Killen family (go meet them!) has been working so hard to adopt a little boy who is very dear to my heart.  I first heard about Aiden when one of my friends met him and spent time with him while volunteering in his baby orphanage.  Aiden is blind and has institutional delays from growing up in an orphanage (and more recently a mental institute).  I have spent a lot of time advocating for Aiden and trying to find a family to adopt him.  Finally, when it seemed like there was no hope, the Killen family found him.

They were instantly in love and committed. 

The adoption process was started. Since then they have had many road blocks they needed to work through, and a lot of money they needed to raise.  They have been fundraising and working as much as humanly possible to collect all the money they needed to finish Aiden's adoption. However it still wasn't enough.

They are just a few months away from traveling to Aiden's country.  And as of this morning they still needed $12,000.  It was starting to look hopeless, but they never lost faith.  Faith that Aiden would come home and that God would provide what they needed to finish the adoption.

Today it happened.  With out any notice.  

$11,000 was donated towards Aiden's adoption.


I am giddy.  Aiden is coming home.  The Killen's will be able to bring home their son.
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