Orphans - Update. "Randall's" family is received travel dates, and made a WONDERFUL announcement!
Brett is a sweet little man with Cerebral Palsy. This is not the first time he has appeared on the "My Family Found Me" pages of Reece's Rainbow. In December 2012, a family met Brett and was near the point of bringing him home when they decided that they were not the best family to parent him. Brett is nearly 7 years old, now, and the Feinlands have committed to bringing home both Randall and Brett. Generous donors have contributed greatly to both Brett's individual grant and the Feinland's family grant fund. In fact, at this point, they are only a few hundred dollars from being fully funded to bring both boys home!
Orphans - Still Waiting. This is "Andruis."
He is 14 years old, and his profile says he has been institutionalized since he was seven years old.
So many families see money as their only obstacle in adopting a child with special needs from a foreign country. But Andruis has a HUGE grant that would nearly fully fund his adoption. Please pray that his family sees him and realizes that the only thing standing between them and their son is a mountain of paperwork - and that they get started SOON!
Vacation 2014 - Part 1 - Firsts. This was a vacation of milestones for the boys. . . it was Joshua's first trip to DisneyWorld and Daniel's arrival at finally being tall enough for all of the "big" rides.
|First Ride on Dumbo|
|First Time on Rockin' Roller Coaster|
|First Time I Appeared in a Picture from This Vacation|
(There is usually very little photographic evidence that I am ever on ANY vacation!)
Vacation - Part 2 - Cast of Characters.
|The first time Michael went to Walt Disney World was when we went together in 1996. We have had|
lunch with Pooh and his friends at the Crystal Palace every time we have visited since then.
|Not every kid gets his picture taken with "the gang" all together. Disney is very accommodating to guests with|
special needs - something about which I've had a lot of questions and will address in a separate post.
|The girls fought over Prince Charming. (He pointed out that he was taken!)|
|The step-sisters each picked a man!|
|And Daniel wiped off his kiss as soon as she walked away!|
Vacation - Part 3 - Life's a Beach! We visited two water parks and Clearwater Beach.
|Joshua as a mermaid - part one - courtesy of his sisters.|
|Joshua as a mermaid - part two - Anna gets full credit this time.|
|Our good friends who live in St. Petersburg met us one day at Disney and again on the beach.|
The boys and Edward - with help from Edward's Dad, Jim - built this fortress.
|The girls have been parasailing on previous visits to Clearwater Beach, but this year Daniel was finally big enough!|
|You can see Pier 60 in the background. Michael, Joshua, and I were watching the action from there.|
|This awesome shot of a pelican that landed on the pier is actually also a distant shot of the kids parasailing!|
Happy Birthday. Today Joshua turns nine years old. I will never forget the first year we celebrated his birthday. After the cake and the presents, in his five-months-home-broken-English, he told me, still somewhat amazed, "I never had a Happy Birthday." So today, for the third time in his life, Joshua will have a cake, and presents, and the thrill of today being HIS day. We'll have lunch at Red Lobster, as SOMEONE has developed a strong fondness for crab legs, and we'll head out to the movies later. A small party with his friends from school is in the works. . .
|Just a little excited. . .|
|A 3/4 sized guitar is the right fit - I wish I would have gotten his face when he saw it!|
Prayer Request. A few weeks ago I asked you to pray for a Little Miss named Elizabeth. Born prematurely on May 21st, she remains in the NICU. Amazingly, blessedly, thanks to the prayers of so many and a staff of amazing doctors and nurses, Lizzie has had none of the issues that commonly plague preemies. She is growing by leaps and bounds - already too big for preemie clothes - and doctors have said she's almost ready to come home. If only she would eat. . . Right now Lizzie has an NG tube (in her nose) through which she receives the bulk of her feedings. They have tried breast feeding. They have tried bottles. They have lactation consultants and feeding specialists on board. But Lizzie is a bit of a Princess and Her Royal Highness is only giving audience to feeds by mouth once or twice a day. Doctors really want to see her taking all her nutrition by mouth before she comes home. . . so, please, pray that Lizzie's development continues to stun and amaze and that she starts eating all on her own.