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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!

5/5/5

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Super short, super important! 
Usually, they raise around $4,000 to split between five families.  This month, only $1,000 has come in which will be split FIVE ways!  That’s not a lot, and it’s certainly not enough.  $5 is all it takes to make a huge difference for these adopting families.  Only two weeks left before the cutoff!  

Who would you be helping with this $5 dollars (or more)Meet the families! 

Oh, and I should tell you it’s tax deductible! 

Go here to learn more:  http://reecesrainbow.org/555families

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Hello Again

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Hello Again

*IMPORTANT UPDATE*
Just days ago, precious tiny Chesca passed away. She fought long and hard but just couldn’t hold on any longer. It was because of Maya’s Hope, an organization dedicated to helping children all over the globe get proper medical care (among many other needs). Chesca got the chance to survive, the chance to live with dignity, and essential medication to help stave off the intense pain she was in. Rest in peace sweet girl.

Please continue to read my original post below.
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I’ve intrduced you to this lovely little lady once before.
This is Chesca.  She’s 6.

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She is just a little girl.  Who likes putting her babies to bed.

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And snuggling up with her favorite friends.

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But she has cancer.  A rare and aggressive cancer.

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It began in her arm, but it spread.
She is a little warrior.

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Checsa lives in a part of the world where poverty is prevalent.  And sights like these are common.

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Receiving care from a hospital is impossible if you can’t prove you can pay.  Her family cannot afford medical care, yet Chesca cannot go without it. Everyday is a struggle for her and she needs medicine.
Chesca’s family relies on Maya’s Hope.

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She is fighting everyday.

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In so much pain…

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But Maya’s Hope is fighting too… Fighting to give her all the help she needs.
Maya’s Hope helps many children and families around the globe.
That’s why they are a part of my fundraiser .  I want to support them as much as possible, for all the Chesca’s out there that Maya helps.

You can read about the fundraiser here :
https://heartoftheyoung.org/2015/09/09/in-short/

Thank you!

Joshua

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I’d like to introduce you to an amazing kid.

He is 8.

I am told he is super sweet.

He is bright.

He wants to go to school.

He wants to learn to read and write.

Oh, and he loves Minions!  Yes, the little yellow guys.

But he gets teased…  Why?

Because of his face.

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He has such a beautiful face though, doesn’t he?

However it isn’t only about the teasing.  For Joshua the protrusion on his face is life threatening.

Thankfully, Maya’s Hope has stepped in and offered to help raise funds for his surgery.  In the Philippines, you have to prove you can pay before they will treat you.

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Joshua needs Maya’s Hope, and Maya’s Hope needs YOU!

Please go here to help one of three different amazing causes or donate a little to each of them!  Oh, and when you donate, you’ll be entered to win some money and some bling!

Let’s  band together and do something great today!

Thank you!

Little Princess Chesca

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I know many have read about the fundraiser that I’m currently running.

One special reason I am doing this fundraiser…  6 year old Chesca.

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Look at this beautiful girl! She is so special, and from what I’m told, quite spunky. She loves princesses and dolls just like any other 6 year old girl. But sweet Chesca has something else about her…

She has stage 4 Ewing’s Sarcoma and we recently discovered that she has no further options.  The cancer has spread and chemo is no longer possible.

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Maya’s Hope funds her care, and has been for quite some time.
This tough little angel has been through so much in her short life.  She has been an absolute inspiration for all who follow her journey… Being positively charming and strong through multiple rounds of chemo, pokes and tests, all while the cancer and her enlarged arm is causing intense pain. 

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Now the focus is on giving little Chesca the most comfortable life possible for however long we still have her.  You see, in the Philippines, you must prove you can pay or you cannot receive medical care.  Without your help, her treatment and pain management will not be possible. And without medication, she is in unimaginable pain.
Please consider donating and helping a worthy cause. 
If you want to help Chesca and some other great kids, and maybe win yourself a nice prize, go here to learn more.

More on Chesca’s story here.

New Year

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Hey friends,

Happy New year!  
Where have I been?  I know, I know, here I am for the billionth time apologizing for my lack of blogging.  Hmmmm, well folks it’s update time!

My life as a stay at home mom is nothing short of crazy. With a 20 month old and a 4 year old, who could expect less? Oh and I should add that my 14 year old who has just decided to become a blue haired ninja,(no really, he wants a ponytail… Like a ninja, and his hair is blue… Yes, I colored it for him, don’t judge me!) is quite self sufficient and helpful, aside from the attitude we get dished on occasion.  My husband, still amazing as always.
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Truly, I feel like my days are just filled with chasing two tiny giggling girls around… Changing diapers, potty chair trips, baths, snacks, meals, toys, playing, laundry, dishes, cleaning, more diapers, naptime… Ahhhh, naptime.   And then back to potty chair visits, games, diapers, more snacks, runny noses, and so on.   Its busy, but it’s good.  So very good.  
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I often think about how lucky my children are to be born to parents who love them and want them, and better yet, can provide for them.  I ponder the millions of children stuck in bad foster care situations, or worse, institutionalised, dumped into a trash can or abandoned at a bus station.  
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My kids are not starved, or thirsty, cold or unclothed.  They are not left to the mercy of a caregiver who fears touching them for they might “catch” their disease, their syndrome.  A caretaker who gives only the bare minimum for mere survival, breath and a heartbeat.  
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My children were taught lovingly, how to walk, to feed themselves, to play, to love, to hug, to share.  They don’t know the pain of atrophied limbs, or empty tummies, bed sores, bleeding diaper wounds, rotted teeth. 
So even though my life is chock full of go go go…  Even though at the end of each day I collapse in exhaustion, It’s amazing to witness these little nurtured bodies grow and change into independent people.  I’m constantly in awe of them.  Little miracles. 
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And yet my heart aches for the children in our world who weren’t/aren’t so lucky.  I pray for them, I plead for God to show me/us what we can do to help.  I pray about us adopting… The suffering is so great.  There is such an immense need, but how does one fill it?

Then, there are the lucky ones… Out of those who have been abandoned, forgotten, unloved.   Children who are given a second chance.  The chance to be loved, to be treasured, thrive, to grow, to learn, to live for real.  These kids are the adopted ones.  Children born from another, now called son or daughter.  Now part of a family…  Now blood. 
One such situation is my dear friend Kelly.  Kelly is selfless as they come… Superwoman if there ever was one. She thrives on being a mother to her children and I can attest that she was born to do it.
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   She and her husband have huge hearts and are big advocates of adoption. They have three beautiful children, two of whom they were blessed with through adoption. Currently they are adding to their family once more, adopting two precious kiddos from China. These two kids have waited so very long to be chosen, to get a second chance.  That’s why I’m writing this today… The Lee’s expect to travel to get their precious children in just over a week and are still trying to raise the money they need.  Now before you make any snap judgements and decide to skip the rest of my post, you should read on first. This amazing family has done everything in their power to pay for this adoption with their own blood, sweat and tears. Sold everything they could think of, held car washes, sold t-shirts, bake sales, had auctions, garage sales, even held self defense classes, sold their farm fresh eggs, you name it!  They have worked very, very hard but need a little help getting over the last hump.  All who know Kelly want nothing more than to see them succeed in welcoming these two kiddos into their family. Ever heard of an envelope fundraiser ? Well, Please check out the really fun page that’s been set up for them and consider starting out your new year making a real difference in some very deserving lives. Thank you! Please share!

Would You?

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Christmas time has come and gone once more… During the mad rush of shopping and preparing and attending holiday gatherings, did you stop to think about what the holidays really mean?  This season is so full of want want want, but what about give give give?  Isn’t it truly about the giving nature of the season, when we pause to give thanks to God for giving up his only son Jesus, who died on the cross to save us sinners?  All so that we could have eternal life.  Now, even if you aren’t a believer, this holiday season should still represent giving and sharing, right?

After seeing the truly horrific and glum existence of many of the orphans in the world, would you consider helping a family bring home one of them?  What a gift adoption is and how blessed both parent and child can be by it.  To show a child who has spent their entire existence in a laying room, never ever being held, cries ignored, diapers soiled far too long,  often drugged, or abused, or just…  not loved.  Would you help give a child like that a family of their own?  Would you?

If all it took was one day where you didn’t go to Starbucks but instead donated that $4 to a family’s adoption fund?  Would you?

Let me repeat that, ONE DAY, $4!  That is so piddly isn’t it?  We spend that without batting an eye twenty times over at Target on junk we don’t need right?

So, would you?

I happen to know of a need that is pretty huge right now.   I have some friends who are trying to make an orphan in this world, an orphan no longer.  I have personally met each of these families and there is no better place for an orphan to end up, wonderful people.   But the cost of adoption can be upwards of $25,000 , yes I did just say that.   So before you decide whether or not you want to donate, share, or pray, please check out each one of these sweet families and what they are fighting for.

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Little Donald is waiting for his new mom and dad to come get him!

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The Jenks family

The Jenks family

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Terry and her kids

Terry and her kids

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And I am such a meanie, I forgot this last one when I published earlier!!!  I can’t forget the Horton Family who is adopting Gary and Marnie.

Sweet little Gary

Sweet little Gary

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Adorable Marnie

Treasures, Not Trash

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First off I must say a big WOW!  Wow, wow, wow, wow!  I am overwhelmed by all of the support I have received from you all, my readers!  Over the course of the last few days I have had almost 8,000 visitors to my blog and I am truly shocked and overwhelmed!  So thank you all for your support!

In light of my most recent post  No Words,  many of you were so very understandably angry at how something like this could happen.  The answer is simple, God gave us free will.  He allows us to choose, without intervening.   And when evil takes hold on someone and they act in an evil way towards someone else, God cannot do anything to stop it even though His heart is breaking.  That was a really hard lesson for me to learn and accept.  But I too was so angry once, still am, but now I get it.  It isn’t God’s fault, it’s ours (as people). So WE must rise up to change it.  I truly believe He will bless us and guide us step by step, as I have seen Him do in my own quest.  His love for these sweet kids, in every situation around the globe is so immeasurable.  He has not forgotten them.  Every hair on their head is irreplaceable to Him.

My real agenda here is to answer one big question that I got from so many of you and that question is;  “How can I help?”

Truly at first I did not have an answer.  I myself have  been waiting for God to point me in the next direction, an action direction.   But then I started thinking about it and I think I have the answer, or at least an answer for now.

Folks there is so much you can do to help.  The need is so overwhelming and the feeling of not being able to do enough to make a difference is common.    So I am going to give a simple list that may point those wanting to help in the right direction.

  • First off,  prayer is HUGE!  I cannot stress this enough!  God sees every one of these children and cares for them deeply and passionately.  They are His children.  He loves them the same way I love my own children.  They are of His heart and I know it aches for them and their plight.  When you pray for them, He hears you, every time.  So pray fervently and trust that He is listening, loving and helping.
  • Secondly, Educating yourself and sharing what you know can help.  We are power in numbers and can reach so very many closed minds with this knowledge.  I have spent so much time and tears writing the information contained on my blog and encourage you to read read read.  Then, share what moves you.  Don’t be afraid of those who say they “can’t or “won’t” look at it, just share without fear.  When you share, it could save a life.  You could be playing a pivotal role in an orphaned child finding their forever family.  Helping to open ones heart to a world they may never have known otherwise, and finding their child who has been lost in the system.  Or perhaps find their true calling.  All because YOU shared.
  •  Advocate, blog, share your love of children with the world.  I am here if you need advice on that 😉
  • Check out:  http://reecesrainbow.org/waystohelp   . Reece’s Rainbow is a huge and amazing organization who loves these kids greatly.  This adoption site has all kinds of ways you can help these kiddos.
  • My wonderful friends Kim and Jed recently moved their whole family to Ukraine to DO something to help make a difference and let me tell you how awesomely God has blessed them and what they do.  Please check it out, it’s truly phenomenal.  They are all about improving the quality of life for these kids.  http://wideawakeinternational.org/vision/
  • Pleven is known as one of the worst orphanages there is.  So many children perished there from pure neglect and starvation.  I have had the privileged of talking with adoptive parents whose children barely made it out of there with their lives and are now thriving and loved to peices!  Luckily the condition of one of these kids made it to the spotlight and changes have begun!  You can read about that lovely child, little Katie who came from Pleven, here : http://theblessingofverity.com/2013/12/god-won/  .  Pleven has now launched a new program as a way to let others help them meet the great need in this place, which you can see here:  http://www.plevenproject.org/  .  You can also read about it here: http://theblessingofverity.com/2013/12/the-p-l-e-v-e-n-project/  .
Little Katie at 9 years old

Little Katie at 9 years old

Well folks I hope that this helped to answer some of your questions.  Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have more!  Thank you all once again!  I truly believe that if we are willing to step out in faith and do something, anything, we can make a difference to even just one child.  All of these abandoned, abused, neglected children who are seen by those responsible as trash, are really precious treasures just waiting for a chance.

“God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.”
― Mother Teresa

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