Wonderful Boys

It is often harder for boys to get adopted. While this is a sad reality there are many boys who are waiting for a mum and dad. Two of my brothers are adopted and they are wonderful kids. They are great and I am so glad that I get to call them my brothers. I hope that other boys who are waiting will soon be able to be called son.

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Avery has been waiting for a while, it was almost four years ago when he was listed in 2013 with Reece’s Rainbow. Avery was born in 2004 and has HIV (the theme for today). http://reecesrainbow.org/63522/avery-2

 

 

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Henley (b. 2008) also has HIV. In addition to his HIV he is listed as having a slight mental delay. He is described as being a very quiet boy. http://reecesrainbow.org/113974/henley

 

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Dryden was born in 2010. He has HIV and possible FAS, he is also listed as having hepatomegaly with splenomegaly (enlarged liver and spleen). http://reecesrainbow.org/98988/dryden

 

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Harrison and Henry are brothers who need to be adopted together. The older boy was born in 2011 and is listed as being healthy. His younger brother was born in 2013 and is listed as having HIV. http://reecesrainbow.org/119052/harrison-henry

 

 

Every one of these boys are ready and waiting for a family. Please pray with me that they will not have long to wait. If you feel called to do something more I encourage you to do as you are being lead! Thank you for your care and prayers.

Dear Lord,

Thank You for boys around the world. Thank You for their smiles and laughter. Thank You for their wide range of personalities and their potential to be strong, caring, kind, gentlemanly, and passionate. Thank You for the people that care for the boys who are still waiting for families. I pray that You will give them wisdom to look after them.

I pray for the families that You will bring forward who will call Harrison, Henry, Henley, Dryden, and Avery ‘son’. Please give the boys hope as they wait. May they have the medication that they need to be healthy so that they can grow to be the men that You have planned for them.

For Your glory and Your kingdom I pray,

Amen.

Hailey and Hugh

Yesterday was my youngest sister’s birthday and today is my youngest brother’s birthday. We have been having a lot of fun and our sister has come back for a visit so we are all together. Thinking about birthdays with my younger siblings always makes me happy but a little bit sad. I know they missed out on birthdays with family before they were adopted and I am so glad that they can now celebrate with people who love them.

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Hailey and Hugh are siblings who are waiting to be adopted. I chose them today because they are the same age distance apart as the birthday girl and boy in my family. Also like my littlest sister, Hailey can remember her birth family. It is hard when they can remember but it also brings about a greater joy when they choose to love both families.

Hailey is nine and while she struggles with developmental delays and vision issues she is described in very positive terms. Hailey is said to be easily distracted but is making improvements in her comprehension. Despite her small size, Hailey loves to help others and wants to be adopted with her brother.

Unfortunately Hugh is unable to live with his sister at the moment because of age and gender but they miss each other very much. He is said to be a very curious little boy who is reported to be cooperative and is able to follow rules despite the tendency to get distracted.

For families that qualify there is a $4,000 grant to help pay for the legal fees. Please pray with me that Hailey and Hugh will be adopted soon and be able to be together again.

Dear Lord,

Thank You for Hailey and Hugh. Thank You that You love them and have a plan for them. Please bring a family forward to adopt them, may they get to grow up together, to laugh and to love together.

Please bring a family forward to help them be all that they can be. To support Hailey and help her to grow into a beautiful young woman both inside and out; and to teach Hugh what it means to be a man who cares for others, who loves others, and who stands up for others. Thank you so much for this family, give them strength and patience when things get tough and the ability to celebrate the little victories.

May You be glorified in all things! Thank You for what You have done, are doing, and will do. May You be praised!

In Your holy name I pray,

Amen

Single Dads

Wow, so I haven’t written in a LONG time. I’m sorry about that. I could make excuses about how I’ve been studying for exams or how my sister’s wedding is in a month but that’s not going to change that I haven’t done anything.

Today I was looking on Reece’s Rainbow and clicked on the ‘available to Single Dads’ tag ( http://reecesrainbow.org/category/available-to-single-dads ). One of my good friends is a single dad and he is amazing, he loves his daughter dearly and she adores him. He has talked about how he has thought about adopting but is in school at the moment so he understands that right now may not be the best time.

Thinking of my friend reminded me of how very few countries allow for international adoption by single dads. I know there are wonderful men out there who would open their arms and welcome a child as a son or daughter. So I thought that today I would showcase some of the awesome kids who are able to be adopted by single dads.

Kids like:

Ryan who was born in 2012 and has a repaired cleft clip and palate, an amputated right ear due to infection, and a loss of vision in his right eye.

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Lianne who was born in 2014 and has down syndrome.

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Ricardo who is 10 years old and has a Cochlear implant and had a colostomy.

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And Charity, Levi, and Micah who are a sibling group waiting for a family. They are 12, 9, and 6 respectively. Charity is a few years behind in school because she didn’t have the chance to go to school before. Levi has untreated strabismus and has some learning disabilities. Micah has some mild speech difficulties but is doing much better.

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Dear Lord,

Thank you for all the single dads who love their children and do their best to care for them and help them to grow up to be the best that they can be. I pray for the dads who want to adopt and become a father for a child who does not have a family. I pray that they won’t be discouraged but will be encouraged and will walk forward in this path You have called them on.

Lord, I pray that the children who wait will have hope that they will be loved and that they are loved. Please help them to know that they are loved by You.

Lord, You have adopted us all. You are our Father. I pray that as we begin to understand what You have done for us that it will inspire us to also love those who are lost. That we too will open our arms and welcome children into our families as You have welcomed us into Your family.

In Your name I pray,

Amen.

Hadden and Hadley

I have two beautiful boys to show you today! Hadden and Hadley were born in 2009 – which means that they will turn eight this year. Both twins have hearing impairments and have $320 gifted to them on Reece’s Rainbow.¬†http://reecesrainbow.org/82877/hadden-and-hadley

It is sad to note that they were listed for adoption in 2014 and have yet to have a family. Would you pray with me that a family will come forward soon to welcome them as sons?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Hadden and Hadley. Thank you that both boys are wonderfully created. I pray that You will call forward a family to welcome them. A family to call them sons. I pray that this family will help the boys to be confident in who they are and know that they can be successful. I pray that the family will help them with their hearing impairments and help the boys not to feel excluded but to be included in life and all that it offers.

Please bless the boys with peace and hope and let them know that You care for them and love them. I pray that those that care for Hadden and Hadley will be wise in their decisions and will be a blessing for all those that they care for.

May Your mighty and loving hand be seen in these children’s lives. May You be glorified through what You do. Thank you for them and for all the children that are now sons and daughters.

To You be the glory forever,

Amen.

Awards night!!!!!!

Tonight was the awards night for the club team that I coach for, and my brothers, Kiwi Boy and Warrior, swim for. Both boys were recognised with awards!

  
Kiwi Boy received the “rookie of the year” award. 

Warrior recieved the coaches merit award for his group. 
Sawyer and Finn are an awesome pair of brothers (like my brothers) who are waiting in Europe for a family of their own.

  
Dear Lord,

Thank you for Sawyer and Finn. Thank you that they are brothers and that they have the awesome blessing to be adopted together as brothers.

I pray that a family will step forward and adopt these brothers together so that they can stay together as BROTHERS.

Thank you, for Sawyer. Lord, I pray that this 13 year old boy will be loved and cared for. I pray that his family will help him get the glasses his needs for his farsightedness and his astigmatism.

I also thank you Lord for Finn, an awesome 10 year old boy. I pray that the family that you have chosen for this young man will help him be all that he can be and help him to have all the things he needs for his cleft palate, inguinal hernia, scrotocle, and his developmental delays.

Thank you so much for these boys! May you bless them and the family that will bring them home as their boys so that they can be SONS, BROTHERS, GRANDSONS, NEPHEWS, and COUSINS!

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.