Thursday, January 22, 2015

Please give Maureen a snuggle today!!!

~SNUGGLES FOR MAUREEN~  By Diana Richie
Help Snuggle Maureen by purchasing a blanket square for $5. Each square purchased is actually going towards a blanket that I will be making for her and sending to the Walter family when it is complete. Please share the snuggles!!
Donate here: http://reecesrainbow.org/84982/sponsorwalter-2
Forward donation receipt here: embracingmiracles@comcast.net



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fundraiser part one!!!

Thanks to the Peterson family, they are making these beautiful bracelets to sell with all proceeds going directly to our FSP.  Price $12, adult or child size. If you would like to purchase then click the donate link on the right of this blog, make the donation and then forward a copy of your paypal confirmation email to shawnandlola@ntin.net along with your name, address and which size bracelet. Not only will you get a beautiful bracelet, but Reece's Rainbow will send you a receipt at the end of the year for your taxes.



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Fundraiser coming soon!!!

Stay tuned for our upcoming fundraiser.  Another family was generous enough to offer their help in putting together a tshirt fundraiser, so we can try and reach our goal.  Details to follow very soon!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Great news...

Our FBI background checks have been apostilled, are being picked up today and sent via federal express to a family heading to Eastern Europe this weekend.  This is the last document needed to complete our dossier.  We have confirmation that our dossier will be submitted on Thursday January 22nd instead of the 29th, so very excited about that.  We will travel anywhere from 4-6 weeks after submission, so we could actually travel as early as the end of February.

On a sad note, there was a child listed on Reece's Rainbow who was in an orphanage in Eastern Europe and she passed away.  It is hard to see these children suffering and being left unloved with no mommy and daddy.  They have not done anything to deserve this kind of treatment, they did not ask to be born, but yet because they are born with a disability the parents decide they are not worthy of love.  So sad.

Monday, January 12, 2015

New week, new update!!

Today is Monday January 12, 2015.  Our FBI background checks will be picked up on Wednesday and sent via federal express to the family that is hand carrying them to Eastern Europe.  They are leaving on the 19th, so the last piece of our Dossier will be delivered on January 20, 2015.  Then we wait to be submitted, we are hoping this will be January 29, 2015.

We need to have our FSP read $10,000 in order to make our first trip in March.  It shows $1,030 so we just need another $9,000 and we can go!  Please find it in your hearts to help us make this happen for baby Maureen.  She needs a family and she needs out of the orphanage so she does not get transferred to the adult mental institution.  The following link is to a story that Diane Sawyer did about these precious children and what happens to them when they are transferred
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/utah-family-saves-ukraine-girl-15236476 

We know first hand the amazing difference that will be made in Maureens life.  When we first brought Arielle home from the orphanage she was 1 year old and just laid on the floor on her back and did nothing and she only weighed 12 pounds, she was severely malnourished. She hardly even smiled.  Now we have been home five months and she is a totally different baby.  She weighs around 20 pounds, she is 16 months old, she crawls, she laughs all the time, she plays with toys and her sisters, she is pulling up to tables and things trying to stand and before we know it she will be walking. All things that she would have never done in an orphanage being kept in a bed 24/7 and had she been transferred, if she made it that long, she would have died very quickly.

Maureen needs heart surgery just like Arielle did, we need to get her home, get the surgery she needs and give her the opportunity to thrive and grow and have a wonderful life!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Overnight couriers...

Well now I know from experience to always use federal express if you want a guaranteed delivery time for a letter or package.  We received our FBI background checks yesterday via UPS, I paid extra to receive them like that so I would have a guarantee of arrival that day.  Little did I know they can take all day to bring it to you.  UPS showed up at my door at 10:30 pm with my documents.  Obviously not in time for me to overnight them to DC for delivery today!!  Anyways I am off to overnight via federal express our FBI background checks to DC for apostille. We are supposed to receive them back next week, guaranteed!

All of our other documents were delivered to a family traveling in the next few days to Eastern Europe and they will hand deliver the to our legal team.  Almost there as far as documents go.

On another note, we still need to get donations or earn money some how to fund this adoption.  I am working on letters to mail out to people and organizations in an attempt to gain donations.  We are selling items we have to try and make some money and hopefully we will be having a fund raiser very soon, to earn more!  God has this under control.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Quick exciting update.....

Just received an email that our FBI background checks are completed and being sent UPS 2nd day air today.  So they will arrive here on Tuesday, then I can turn around and overnight them to Washington DC and get them apostilled.  Looks like the last of our documents will be ready to travel to Eastern Europe by around the 15th!!!!

Thank you Lord for the quick processing!!