Siblings

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They are amazing kids and I love them all so much. This time while Dad has been away it has been very hard for my youngest sister. Dad’s traveling is not an odd experience but this trip has been especially hard for her. While the others also find it tough they have been doing well.

As I was saying, my youngest sister has been struggling. Seeing how the others interact with her has shown me how much they have grown. It used to be that they didn’t understand why she would act differently or be “naughty” but they are starting to understand that she isn’t feeling well. They are also starting to understand what it looks like when she isn’t feeling well.

My youngest brother went up to her the other day and put his hand on her arm and told her that it was going to be OK. He had recognized that she was struggling and was choosing to share in her struggle. This is a big step for him as he is three years her junior and has to work through what it means to pass her developmentally.

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Additionally, my other sister, who is only a year older than her, has exhibited remarkable patience. She used to struggle with showing our youngest sister patience and forbearance. She would snap or loose her temper. Watching her over the last few weeks I have noticed a change in her. She will talk calmly when our sister is struggling and help my mother and I as we navigate different struggles and triggers.

In reflecting on my family I thought of sibling groups that are waiting for families. As I looked through the sibling groups on Reece’s Rainbow (https://reecesrainbow.org/category/waiting-children/siblings) I was shocked to see Hadden and Hadley. https://reecesrainbow.org/82877/hadden-and-hadley

boys1I remember seeing their faces on the site a few years ago and I was sure that they would have a family quickly. It broke my heart to see that they were still listed. These twin boys were listed in 2014!!! Their pictures are old. The only information that is given is that they were born in 2009 and that they have a hearing impairment. It is my hope that they will NOT have to wait much longer for a family. Will you pray with me for a family to open up their hearts and lives to them?

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for families. Thank you for siblings. Thank you that we can have someone who is there for us and that we can be there for them when they need it. Please help us to be better siblings not only to our biological, adoptive, and foster siblings but also to our siblings in Christ. May our Church family be marked by the love, concern, and care of close siblings.

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I pray that Hadden and Hadley will be able to stay with each other. Many siblings are ripped apart in order to try and find them a family who will adopt them, please bring a family forward to love and care for them that will welcome both boys into their home.

I pray that the boys’ connection with one another will develop and strengthen. I pray that they will be able to rely on each other. I also pray that they will learn to trust and love the family that you have for them.

May you be glorified through our relationships and the decisions that we make. May you be the one we turn to when the going gets tough and when there is reason to celebrate.

Thank you for the lives of these young boys. May they be enveloped by the love of a family who will support them and care for them. May they get the help that they need to succeed. Please grant them a family soon so that they do not have to wait any longer. They have waited long enough. May the tide change and a family come.

Thank you,

Amen.

 

 

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Sage

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When I was in highschool I had to read National Geographic’s Edible, a 360 pg guide to the world’s food plants (I was homeschooled, it was apart of a culinary arts course I did). Among the many interesting entries there is one on the herb known as sage. In British cooking it is often a vital seasoning and flavoring ingredient in poultry stuffing and sausages, while the French and Italians often pair sage with pork. Either way, sage is an important flavor for many dishes. It has a strong flavor and like many other herbs it has medicinal purposes.

Just as sage is an important component in many dishes there is a young boy going by the name Sage who would be an amazing part of someone’s family. Sage was born in 2007, he is missing a kidney and the one he does have was donated to him. He needs to do monthly blood tests and tests needed to observe his kidney function.

Sage is described as smart but due to being prone to infections (such as colds) that are risky for someone in his condition it has become his desire to be able to attend school regularly.

One of my good friends was born with one kidney. He’s a great guy and I am glad that he has a family that cares about him and desires that he does something that he is passionate about. It is my hope that Sage will soon have a family that cares about him deeply as my friend’s family cares about him. A family that he will add an unmistakable flavor too, just as sage is an unmistakable flavor given to many dishes.

Would you pray for him with me?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Sage. Thank you that he wants to learn. I pray that he will have a family who will care for him, love him, and support him. I pray that they will help him through his medical issues and help him to flourish. I pray that you will also look after this family that you will bring forward. That there will be support for them as they raise this young man into adulthood.

Please protect Sage’s health so that he will be able to enjoy the friendship of others and the experiences that will be laid out before him. I pray that he will be able to be an unmistakable flavor in the life of a family and a community.

May we all be like the herb sage in that we embrace our unique selves and join with other’s in community. Like the herb, may we be apart of a wonderful dish and impart our own unique flavor, adding to the other vital aspects of community that you have blessed us to be apart of.

In Christ’s name I pray,

Amen

https://reecesrainbow.org/123841/sage

 

 

 

Layla

The other evening I was eating dinner with the four little kids, and the conversation turned to what they would do if they were in charge of the government. Keep in mind that they range in age from 8 to 13.

lil' kiddosThe answers ranged from caring for the poor, and making sure that everyone had enough food to eat and had a place to live (you can see how their past influenced their thoughts).

But the responses that most struck me were comments like, “everyone has a family”, “everyone gets adopted”, and “no one is abandoned”. I think this shows where their hearts are. They love being able to have a family. This does not mean that they don’t struggle with having been abandoned before or with the years they lived in the orphanage. But it does show how important having a family is for them. parliament-clipart-mp-list-of-LSRS

My youngest sister worries about kids who don’t have somewhere safe to sleep. My youngest brother is sad every time I have to give the answer that the little boy he prays for still isn’t adopted.

It is my greatest hope that my siblings will not only experience the love of God and enter into a new Spiritual family but will also be empowered to make a difference in other people’s lives. They have big hearts, great potential, and I believe that they will make an impact on the world around them. May we all strive to make an impact – whether we have a part in the government or not.

There are many other children awaiting adoption who have the potential to change the layla-sm-154x300world. But may never get the chance if they don’t have a family to support them and to make sure that they get the health care and education they need to succeed.

Layla is one of these kids. Though Reece’s Rainbow has no further information on her other than her HIV diagnosis and the year of her birth (2012) this does not mean that she doesn’t have hopes and dreams, likes and dislikes, and the desire to be loved.

Layla is available to be adopted by large families and older parents. http://reecesrainbow.org/121867/layla Would you please pray for her with me?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Layla. Thank you for your hand in her life. May you bring a family forward to adopt her. To help her see that she is loved and to help her reach her potential.

May her family teach her to respect others, and love all people and creatures, and to make an impact on the world. Please guide her, and those that care for her now, and those that will care for her in the future. May you be glorified through your work in their lives. May they make a difference to the people around them and to the world.

Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for the gifts that you have given each person. May we use these gifts for your glory, for the protection of others, and so that others may know of your grace.

In your name, I pray,

Amen

Aging out with CP

As I was deciding on who I would pray for this week I thought of the children who are running out of time. And then my mind turned to one of my friends at school. She has recently graduated with her Masters of Divinity and has returned to school to earn her Masters of Arts. She is a lot of fun to be around, she loves God, and is passionate about ministering to those with special needs. She just so happens to have Cerebral Palsy herself.

There are kids who are waiting to be adopted who also have CP. They have big dreams and unlike my friend they might never get the chance to fulfill them. These kids wait for families. Some of them age out as young as fourteen, others have until they are sixteen. These teenagers need families and time is running out.

Would you pray with me that families will step forward and give these kids a chance at a family? That they will have the support that they need? The love they deserve? A hope of working towards their dreams?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the beautiful faces of the children in these pictures. Some of these photographs are years old but that doesn’t change the need that they have for families.

Lord, their time is running out. Please don’t let them fall away without a chance of having a family. Please bring forward families from across the globe to step forward and bring these children home. May they be made sons and daughters.

I pray that they will be given the opportunity to be all that they can be. That they may get the therapy that they need to navigate this world and make a difference. That they will put a bright spark in this world with their love, determination, and life.

May your will be done. May your name be known through these children’s lives. May you show them love through their families.

For your kingdom, I pray,

Amen

The children:

Perry – http://reecesrainbow.org/120814/perry

Pia – http://reecesrainbow.org/117129/pia

Donahue – http://reecesrainbow.org/118705/donahue

Simeon – http://reecesrainbow.org/12544/simeon4207

Miles – http://reecesrainbow.org/102315/miles

Sherman – http://reecesrainbow.org/86954/sherman

Frieda – http://reecesrainbow.org/49201/frieda

Anastasia – http://reecesrainbow.org/1698/anastasia4605

Sarah Anne – http://reecesrainbow.org/77082/sarah-anne

Nicki – http://reecesrainbow.org/77067/nicki

Shirley – http://reecesrainbow.org/73136/shirley

Sarina – http://reecesrainbow.org/69764/sarina

Ellie – http://reecesrainbow.org/66260/ellie-2

Fabio – http://reecesrainbow.org/59315/fabio

Jessica – http://reecesrainbow.org/47096/jessica

Tressa

Wow. It has been a busy but rewarding summer and now school is about to start!

This summer I worked with a good friend of mine and we coached a summer swim team in a town that is thirty minutes away. The kids were amazing! Some of them were going through tough times in their lives and others were giving the sport a try for the first time. We were so blessed to be apart of their lives and to see them grow as athletes and as people.

And now school is about to start. I am going to have such a full year but I am excited to see how God is going to lead me, use me, and grow me. I will be coaching a whole new group of kids in the town my university is in. Some of them I have coached before and others will be new. I am excited to be apart of their lives and am thankful for the opportunity.

I will also be completing my final year of my Masters degree which means that I will be writing and defending my thesis. Honestly, I am terrified but also waiting with expectation to see what God is going to teach me. It is my hope that what I have to write and say will make a positive impact on someone.

In addition to coaching and my own school work I will be working as a teaching assistant and as the vice president of the student association. All this is to say – I will be busy!!! However, I will do my utmost to continue to update this blog and bring forward children to the Lord in prayer. Which brings us to the point of why you are reading this in the first place! The kids. The wonderful and beautiful kids who are waiting for families to love and cherish them.

This week Tressa is the beautiful young girl that will be lifted up in prayer ( http://reecesrainbow.org/9688/tressa2006 ). Would you pray for her with me? She was first listed in 2010 and is still waiting. Tressa was born in January 2005 which makes her 12 years old. She is growing into a little lady without a family. Something that I hope will change soon!

Tressa has FAS and is living in Eastern Europe. Because of her age she is eligible for an older child grant from Reece’s Rainbow. She is also blessed to be available to be adopted by older parents and large families.

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Tressa. Thank you that you love her and have made it possible that she can be adopted. There are many kids out there who never get the chance to have a family who loves them and cares for them. It breaks my heart as I know it breaks yours that this is a reality for many. May it not be the case for Tressa. Please show your mighty hand and bring forward a family to be Tressa’s family. May they love her and help her to grow into the woman that you have in mind for her.

Thank you for those who care for her. May you give them wisdom in caring for Tressa and the other children that they are to look after. Please care for the other children and give them the opportunity to have a family.

In your name I pray,

Amen.

 

 

The Un-Photographed Ones

There are many children who are on the waiting list for adoption who due to legal requirements are unable to have a photograph posted. Unfortunately that makes it a lot harder for them to be chosen. It’s hard to fall in love with a child’s face when all you have is a black silhouette to go by. However, this does not mean that they need a family any less than a child who has multiple photographs on their small profile.

On Reece’s Rainbow this week alone, there have been nine children newly listed who do not have the benefit of a photograph. Children like six year-old Marlon (http://reecesrainbow.org/120130/marlon), two year-old Barric (http://reecesrainbow.org/120121/barric), three year-old Mordecai (http://reecesrainbow.org/120119/mordecai), and five year-old Branden (http://reecesrainbow.org/120093/branden).

To make matters even harder a sibling group of five was listed this week and they are unable to have pictures of themselves shared (http://reecesrainbow.org/120126/5siblingsl5). It is so challenging to be adopted when you are apart of a sibling group. This is not without good reason as it takes a very special family to be able to adopt and raise a sibling group. It is hard work but that does not negate the importance of the children having a family TOGETHER.

Would you please pray with me for sibling groups like Friedrich, Kurt, Liesl, Louisa, and Brigitta? And for the other children who are waiting to be adopted but don’t have a picture to go along with their profile on the waiting children list? Thank you.

Dear Lord,

Thank You for children all around the world. Thank You for their smiles and laughter. It is hard to imagine children without a family. I know that You have a heart for the oppressed and the orphaned. Thank You that these children have a chance to get adopted. I know that the sad reality is that some children never get the chance.

Lord, please give these children a fighting chance. Please bring forward families to adopt them, to love them, and to care for them. May they be orphaned no longer. Please bless those that care for them currently and prepare those that You will bring forward for them.

For Your glory and Your kingdom, I pray

Amen

So you don’t go into visual withdrawal here’s two picture of me with my youngest brother. 🙂 Isn’t he looking good?

 

Lillian & Aston

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Aston and Lillian are siblings who need to be adopted together! Thankfully they haven’t been listed long and will be available for adoption in the fall of this year! It is my hope that a family will step forward to call them son and daughter so that as soon as they are available they will be adopted and will have a family.

Aston was born in 2009. He has spastic tetraparesis but he doesn’t appear to have let that stop him! It is said that he can walk by himself and is able to talk a little bit. He is also said to eat everything and works hard at school.

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Less is said about Aston’s younger sister, Lillian, but don’t you want to cheer up that grumpy little face and see what awesome smile she is hiding? Lillian was born in 2015 and is listed as carrying Hep C antibodies. However, it is thought that this diagnosis may be cancelled at some point soon.

Wonderfully, there has been $100 gifted to them on Reece’s Rainbow: http://reecesrainbow.org/117422/lillianaston

These two sweeties are available to be adopted by both larger families and by older parents.

Would you pray with me that they will have a family soon?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Aston and Lillian. Thank You that they have the ability to be adopted together. So many children are not able to be adopted with their sibling. I pray that these two will be able to have a family together and that they will grow up getting to know each other and hopefully be close, supporting and loving one another.

May Your hand be on their adoption. May You bring forward a family that will help them to be all that they can be. A family who loves, learns, and laughs together.

Thank You for those that are caring for them now. My You bless them with patience and wisdom. May they know how to care and love for Aston and Lillian and for all the children under their care.

For Your glory and Your kingdom, I pray,

Amen.