Siblings

media-share-0-02-06-64ecf59403b5d5a6f4c11aa7cfa51a628c7082cd2b3e5caf1588e4d20c8b8b9e-f7cd31a4-cbea-40af-b51e-82bc520a895a (2).jpgI was reflecting on my family this week. It is an easy thing to do when your Dad is out of the country for work and you have finished your studies. I have been able to put more focus into helping my mum and my siblings.

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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Barry

When I think of Barry I think of DC superheros (Barry Allen is the alter-ego of the Flash).

 

 

The Barry pictured above is the product of an awesome world of superheros who fight villains on a daily basis. The Barry I want to talk about is a little boy who is waiting for his chance to be a superhero. Barry is living in a children’s home in Eastern Europe. While he is well-developed physically he does have some delays in his speech development (he has speech difficulties and speaks in short sentences of 2-3 words) as well as delays in learning skills.

Barry likes music programmes on the T.V., ball games, computer games, and drawing. He is available to be adopted by large families, older parents, and by single mums.

Every kid has the potential to be a superhero. Barry is no exception. He reminds me of another ten year old boy who was living in an Eastern European orphanage before he was adopted.

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Three years ago my brother was adopted with his three younger siblings. He was ten years old and in the years leading up to his thirteenth birthday I have seen him grow and develop. He has come so far, and while he still has many things to learn and work through, he is well on his way to being a superhero. Someone who can use his loves and passions, his past and his future dreams to change the lives of others. Isn’t that what a superhero is? Someone who works to help others and to keep them safe.

Will you pray for me that Barry will get the chance to be a superhero? https://reecesrainbow.org/123337/barry-2

Dear Lord,

Thank you for every chance that you give us to step into the lives of others. Chances to make friends; chances to help others; chances to protect others and see them grow into amazing people; chances to be a superhero in someone’s life.

I pray that Barry will be able to be a superhero in someone’s life and that someone will be a superhero in his. Please bring him into a family filled with encouragement and patience. A family that will weather the tough times that happen when adopting an older child. I pray that they will have the support system that they need to help Barry grow into a fine young man.

Please give all of us the grace and strength to be superheros in other people’s lives and that we can strengthen others to be superheros themselves. I also pray that you will help us to be humble and full of grace when we are in need of a superhero. That we will be thankful and welcoming to those that you send to help us just as you call us to help others.

May Barry be a wonderful addition to someone’s family.

In your holy name I pray,

Amen

 

 

Tristan

This handsome young man is Tristan. He was born in 2003 but was not listed until 2013. Unfortunately it has been four years since then and he is still waiting! His younger sister has been adopted and his older sister aged out.

It is probable that Tristan has F.A.S. Other than mental delays he is said to be a healthy young man. A missionary who met him said that he is very tiny and that he can get very excited. He was also described as sweet, loving, capable, and curious. It is said that he wants a family.

It is such a blessing that he is eligible for an Oldertristan-2016-1 Child Grant from Reece’s Rainbow (http://reecesrainbow.org/54397/tristan). He is also available to large families and older parents.

Would you pray with me that his family will come soon?

Dear Lord,

Thank You for Tristan. Thank You that his younger sister was able to be adopted. Though it breaks my heart that these siblings couldn’t be adopted together I thank You that his sister gets a chance at a family. I pray that you will protect and care for Tristan’s older sister and that she is healthy, safe, and loved.

I pray that Tristan will soon have a family to call his own. Lord, please bring forward a family that can help him reach his potential. I pray that they will come forward quickly and that unlike his older sister he will not age out before he can experience the love of a family.

For Your glory and Your kingdom I pray,

Amen

Annie

Today my youngest sister helped to choose a child to pray for. She really wants Annie to be able to have a family. Could you help spread the word that Annie is waiting for a family? My sister knows what it is like to be waiting for a family and she is glad that she is adopted. She wants other kids who are still waiting to get adopted as well!

annie-1-225x300Annie was born in 2010 with the complete absence of her arm. She also has mixed specific developmental disorder, astigmatism,  hypermetropia (farsightedness), and hypertrophy of tonsils listed to her name. She is living in Eastern Europe and is available to be adopted by large families and older parents. So far she has just over $180 gifted to her on Reece’s Rainbow, hopefully it will be a help for the family that will come forward to call her their own. http://reecesrainbow.org/118367/annie-2

Would you please pray with me and my sister that she will have a family soon?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Annie. Thank you for her smile, I pray that she will have reason to keep on smiling. Please show her Your love and grace. Please bring forward a family for her. May they not be scared by the list of medical conditions but be strengthened by You and remember that she is a little girl not a medical condition.

Thank you that my sister has a heart for other kids who are waiting for families. She remembers how it used to be and loves having a family. I pray that Annie will get to experience this feeling of love and support.

For You and Your kingdom, I pray,

Amen.