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And the Winner Is…

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You guys are constantly amazing me with your outpouring of support.  $1,831 was raised for the Adair family!  Seriously, blown away, every time.  Thank you!

We had a bit of unfinished business to take care of – the Nintendo 3DS XL drawing!

 

Nintendo 3DS XL Giveaway!

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As most of you know, I like to help families in the adoption process.   That’s fairly clear at this stage in the game right?   Many times families head into adoption process without being funded simply because time is of the essence.  In many cases, the children cannot wait.  Maybe they are at risk for transfer to a larger adult institution – in which case their safety and survival are in grave danger.  Medically fragile kiddos are almost always in that group.  A family may learn of a child who’s literally starving to death or medically fragile and they reach for their running shoes – cause it’s time to run!!!  The Adair’s situation is this – God said go!  So here they are trusting that every effort will bring them their babies.  They are doing everything they can to raise the funds just short of selling the shirts on their backs to get their girls home, but there is A LOT left to be done.

Adairs

Currently I have an active auction going via Facebook for the Adair family who are bringing home two precious sisters. But we thought it needed to be kicked up a notch!

A GIVEAWAY!!

UPDATE 7/22:   We have reached our goal everyone!!!

SOOOOO now, until 10pm PST tonight, EACH and EVERY bid gets counted into the drawing for the Nintendo 3DS XL!

Even if you are bidding on an item that already has bids! If you bid up twice, that’s two entries. Three, four, five… You get it. See all the details below!

A bit over 4 hours to get those entries in!!!
Ends tonight at 10pm PST!! Bids marked at 10:01pm or later are void.

We only have 27 entries thus far so GO GO GO!!!

So…
#1 Find any item in the auction.

#2 Place you bid!

You’re entered!
You get one free entry for sharing this auction (outside the RR group page) which must be set to public! Sharing in other groups is great too! You must PM me a copy/screenshot of your share in order for it to count so don’t forget!!

Auction album link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1521205457949926.1073741843.661910380546109&type=1&l=3a77e8c32b

All Proceeds to benefit the Adair family adopting two little girls. Winner will be drawn/ Prize will be sent to winner after all accounting is closed and settled following the auction. Meaning all items must be paid for first.

Whats the prize?

******A BRAND NEW Nintendo 3DS XL!!! *****
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Aura Lee

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This sweet child is Aura Lee.

She lived in an orphanage for the first 6 years of her life.  Lonely perhaps, neglected – probably, but her most basic needs are met.

She’s a beautiful child.

 Then the day came.  The awful, inevitable day of transfer.  For many children this is a death sentence – that’s the horrible truth so many kids face.   She was transferred to an adult mental institution.  This is her shortly after transfer.   

7 years old and tiny as a toddler.  Starved.  Restrained. Vulnerable. 

Little Aura Lee just had her 8th birthday.  Life for her is not life at all.  Now, she’s literally hanging on by a thread.  If you watch the video below carefully, you can see her collar bone protruding and bruises.  

Click to watch – Video of Aura Lee

The good news is she has an incredible family fighting to get her out and bring her home.  The bad part is the harsh reality little Aura Lee may not survive long enough.  This family is in a big hurry!  They are doing everything they can but they can’t do it alone.    Please check out their bio to lean more about their journey and consider how you can help this little girl survive.   Pray, donate, share?  Heck, reach out to the family and ask how you can support them!  I want to see this sweetheart come home. I want to meet her someday since she’ll be so close to me!  I want to see her survive and thrive!

Another One?

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“Another one?  Not another annoying auction post, I’m so tired of those.”

“Another fundraiser?”

“Another blurb talking about yet another family that needs help?”

“Is she really trying to tell me again about “the children”?”

“Keep scrolling, don’t comment, don’t click “like”, pretend you didn’t see it.”

“Never ask her about what she does, and don’t try to engage her – she might bring it up!”

“The stuff she says or writes about can’t be true anyway so who cares.”

“It’s too sad, I don’t want to know.”

“Omg, if I have to read the words “orphans” or “foster care” or “child abuse” one more time!”  

“Seriously, another obnoxious post about orphans – I’m so tired of seeing these.” (clicks unfollow) 

Yes, these are all realities in my world friends. 

For me it’s, another uncomfortable conversation ending with a canned “oh that’s nice” and a quick subject change.

Another friend who choose to unfriend/unfollow me because of my “agenda”- and another, and another.

Yes, I very much understand how uncomfortable and heavy this subject is.  I understand that for many it’s almost too much to bear. So it seems easier to look the other way and try to forget. 

I understand that you might not be sure how you should react when you learn about what I do.

I get it, I do.  But at the very least, try to understand why I do this.  Why I care about helping families, who are stepping out in faith, and helping them fund their adoptions.  Why I advocate for the orphans, the abused, the forgotten, the at risk.

Look this precious child.  The eerie similarity to a holocaust victim is chilling.  This is a child, living and breathing.  Starved and bedridden, barely touched or moved so her body is stuck and atrophied.  Her caregivers would say it’s her condition that makes her look this way, unwilling to admit it’s cause is purely neglect.  

And what about 10 year old, S?

Left laying in a bed for his entire life, body growing into the twisted emmaciated frame you see here.  The size of a toddler. 

 Pure neglect and abuse.  Yet he smiles with the roughest most unfeeling touch because it’s all he can get.  
Click to see a video of little “S”.  The transformation that I’ve personally seen in children like this is astounding!  Love and nourishment can do so much.

Remember Hope?  I advocated for her family a while back.  Just wait for the update on her!  She’s amazing!

If you’re still with me here, thank you- for at least trying to understand. This isn’t about an “agenda”, it’s about lives.

What these kids endure is unimaginable.  For the most innocent treasures to be treated so terribly is a travesty.  It just simply should not be.  But it is reality.

Please check out the links below for more information.

The Gagnon family

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Orphanage and foster care realities:  http://www.ransomforisrael.com/adoption-the-today-and-the-tomorrows/

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A little translation to assist in your reading of this:  Teacher = caregiver & care homes = orphanage.

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Missing children 

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The truth about institutions

Just a Dad with a Wish

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It’s fathers day! Brandon Willis is a dad to three beautiful daughters, but there’s a problem – only two of his daughters are with him each day.   He waits for the day to come when he gets to hug his oldest daughter again.  The day where she doesn’t have to worry she’ll have to leave her family again.  The day where he knows 100% that his daughter is going wake up each morning knowing there are four people waiting to greet her as a daughter and a sister, with lots of love!  

 She was here, then she was gone.  The waiting is hard.  

 Help a father out by bidding on some great items to help bring his daughter home!  This family needs some massive support-  Where are my auction junkies at? 

Store open – auction style!  A portion of the proceeds go to help a beautiful family adopting a sweet 12 year old girl.

 Every bid gains an entry to win a pair of LULAROE  -TC- AUTISM AWARENESS- puzzle pieces leggings!!  A MAJOR UNICORN!  Oh yeah!

Each bid counts as an entry!  Even on the same item if you’re outbid!   Head on over and check out the items and help this family bring their daughter home

(Winner will receive prize after any item winnings are paid for. )

A Link and A Blurb

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 Those looking for the store event to benefit the Willis family adoption click on this link.

If you are interested to learn more about this family and how their latest edition came into their lives, read below.

From Jennifer Willis:

”  In November & December 2016, our family had the privilege of hosting, C, through an orphan hosting program. She is an incredible 12 year old girl, who jumped right into life with our family. We were able to share so many “firsts” with C while she was here, from seeing the ocean for the first time, to cutting down her first Christmas tree. It was an incredible month for our entire family, not just for C. We quickly came to realize that she felt like a part of our family and we have decided to make her a part of our family forever!

International adoption is a costly process and we are working hard to bring C home. We appreciate your prayers and support as we step out in faith to adopt C.

http://www.lovecrossesoceansfoundation.org/willisfamily”

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Ch- Ch-Ch- Changes

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Ch- Ch-Ch- Changes

For some time now, I’ve been on a break of sorts, from fundraising.  For many reasons…  Time, some intense health issues, family, etc.   We’ve been in a crazy whirlwind riding on a seemingly unending rollercoaster.  Not a happy camper.

   I needed to make a tough choice… Do I keep going and run myself into the ground leaving my family in the lurch?  Or do I have to say the dreaded word “no” to these families who need help, just so I can step back, breathe and heal?  You can guess which I had to choose.

 Part of the reason for my absence is that I planned to move toward a way to help that was more manageable for my sanity and my family.   Auctions are LOADS of work and take so much out of me.  During one, my children get twenty percent of me and my husband -whose that?    I needed a better way.     

You still with me?  You’ll want to read to the bottom! Trust me. 

My heart really missed helping families, and I missed interacting with all of you, the amazing community of followers, supporters, cheerleaders, fellow bloggers, my Reece’s Rainbow peeps and the mama’s and papa’s!   Weather they are in the thick of the adoption process, or it’s in the rearview mirror.  I miss you, the updates on your kiddos, seeing photos of them thriving!  It was a difficult thing to go quiet for so long.  

There is still a long road ahead of me… Ahead of us.  But we will get there, wherever “there” is.  

 I decided the next chapter needed to be written.  Where was/am I headed with all of this?  How do I help and contribute to my own family?  

Opening an online store, where I could sell a variety of items to help make a living for my family,  and donate a portion of every sale to an adopting family or cause of the moment seemed a great option.  A boutique and flea market of sorts.   Unfortunately, I still can’t decide on a platform for my storefront.  There are a lot of options out there and it’s a hard choice.  I got antsy.  So, until I decide on the details, no more waiting.    

For now, I will use my usual Facebook page for the purpose I intend the store to eventually serve.  The items you see in my “Store Events” were originally intended for an online store I plan to open but haven’t officially.  It may function in an auction-like fashion, maybe it won’t.  A portion of the proceeds from sales will go to the family or cause I feature rather than the previous hundred percent.  The only way that will not be true is if I help a family run a traditional auction, and they have most of the items.  I may still do those very occasionally.

I have so many great items I’ve invested in, intended for the store.  I need to recoup some of that investment and help my family with some income as well.  So, for now it’s a “store”.  I’ll have store hours and use PayPal for payments.  In addition, I also started selling on EBay where most items list a donate amount to a family or cause.

Whew, it’s a lot!  

Most of you know from my many previous events that this is a legit way to help, and you end up with great items too!

I work hard to ensure everyone has a great experience, and will continue to do so.  Thank you all, for your support!

If you’re interested in learning more or keeping up to date on my store openings and events, go to Loving, Giving and Empowering.

Also check out my Current featured family and the event!  

The Willis family with their new daughter C!

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