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Celia, Part 2

I do NOT have any new news of Celia. I am waiting to hear if she was already transferred to an older child internat or possibly taken into foster care. Foster care means that she would now be with a family, but unavailable for adoption internationally. If she is in an older child internat, she could be adopted, depending on the internat. I am not sure what is the best for her. I do hope that she has a family. A forever family. A foster family. Someone who loves her and is caring for her.

This is the most recent photo I have seen of Celia, the one on the RR website.

But, Bethany emailed me some adorable photos of her from March. This is my favorite…

She is too stinkin’ cute. You need some more cuteness? Check these out. 


I heard this great line on Grey’s Anatomy… “Don’t wonder why people go crazy. Wonder why they don’t.” I just love that.

I know some people think Aaron and I are crazy for adopting. And, you know what, I think it’s fine to be crazy. Different. Not normal.

I wonder why most people don’t go crazy when they learn about all the beautiful children without families. Children without their basic needs met. Why don’t other people go crazy?

I have this little girl on my heart. She is my burden. She is 5. She will soon be transferred. 50% chance of being transferred to another orphanage which will not allow her to be adopted. She might never have a family.

You see why I am going crazy yet?

So, this is sweet 5 year old, lovely Celia. I would scoop her up in a heartbeat if I could. Not exaggerating. At all.

A much more recent photo, with Reed. Holding hands. You see why my heart is breaking? 

So, who does she belong to? I know there is a family out there for her, even if they don’t know it yet. 
Go crazy. 

Still waiting

One of the hardest things we’ve done so far for this adoption was pick the Scarlett/Erika and Reed/Ilya. No, picking them wasn’t the hard part, it was not picking all the other waiting children. I wanted to share some of the other beautiful children looking for their perfect family.

When we first decided that we were going to adopt, there were two little girls who stuck out to me, one being Scarlett/Erika. The other was Nora… 

Her messy blonde hair and pretty blue eyes remind me of my niece. I am also pretty sure that I tried to convince my sister to name my niece Nora. And she was born the same year as my niece (2005). Nora is HIV+.  

When we had to chose another little boy, after Quinn was taken into foster care, I logically thought James would be a good choice. He is only a few months younger than Quinn, very cute and described as easy going. But, he just didn’t feel like the right little boy, if that makes sense.

James was born July 25, 2006. A missionary who visited him in March described him, “This little boy is a sweet kid. He seems to get along with everybody and he’s just generally very easy going. He’s fun and he goes with the flow.” James is also HIV+. 

Marat breaks my heart everytime I see his photo.

He is 12 years old, and described as very smart. He looks like such a sweet kid. He is also HIV+.

Berkeley stood out from one of the first times I ever looked at RR, over a year ago. I think she just looks so happy and sweet– the kind of person you just want to be around!

Her medical records indicate clubbed feet, strabismus(crossed eye), hydrocephaly, & hypoplasia of her right kidney. She is described as very kind and has many friends. 

There are so many more beautiful children listed at Reece’s Rainbow. Please contact Andrea if you are interested in adding any one of them to your family.


This sweet little boy is in serious danger of getting moved from the relatively decent, safe confines of the baby house orphanage to an older child internat, which is commonly described as a mental institution.

Today, Monroe received a $20,000 grant from an amazing benefactor! That is almost the entire cost of the adoption for one child. Not to mention the adoption tax refund.

Taken from Reece’s Rainbow:

BOY, Born February 4, 2005

Monroe is a sunshine of a little boy!  He is already 5 and blessed to still be at the baby house.  He needs a family right away!  
From a missionary who visited with him in June 2010:  I met with the doctor in his Groupa House who brought me back to meet him. The Head Doctor wanted me to meet the children who needed equipment. While measuring him for a chair, she explained to me what was more important was that he get a family. He will be traferred in six months to the worst institution, restrained in a crib in a dark room. She broke into tears! Monroe has spastic  cerebral palsy in all four limbs and is globally delayed. He is able to recognize the voices of his careworkers and understand simple directions. However, due to his spacitiy he is unable to do much of anything. No speech.  With therapy he can improve but will always have limitations. I measured his head circumfeence and once home will check with a doctor regtarding whether ir not he is microcephalic as well. I will  try to gather more information on him today. His temperament was sweet and his eyes twinkled. He needs a family fast! 
From an adoptive family who visited with him in June 2009:   Monroe has CP.  It appears that he is unable to use his arms and legs and is not sitting up on his own.  He has the most beautiful smile and I don’t think there is much of a cognitive delay.  He loves to be held and his whole face lights up when you come near him.”
 If the cost has been preventing you from adoption, this just might be your opportunity! He looks like such a sweet little boy.