Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sweet little girl...


She was only 4 1/2 yrs old and living in an orphanage in Eastern Europe.
Now she is gone.
She was only 4 1/2!!

This is the reason why our family traveled halfway around the world, endured a very different culture from what we are used to, endured being separated from our kids for almost 5 weeks and spent thousands of dollars we really didn't "have" to bring home 2 orphaned children.

To rescue them. To save them from what happened to Sandra.

There are many people who do not like adoption to be referred to as a rescue mission. But in cases of children like Sandra, it truly is a rescue! She needed a mommy and daddy so badly. She needed someone to rescue her from the "life" she was living. But no one came.

What kind of life was that? A life where she probably spent most of her days lying in a crib.
No love. No mommy. No daddy.

It is just heartbreaking... And the only people mourning her loss are a bunch of strangers (thanks to RR). She was nobody's little girl and that just breaks my heart.

Now that I have been in that country and have seen the way things are and the shape our girls were in when we met them, it just really makes me want to tell people about this and to try to make them understand. This is REAL. These children need to get out. Now!! They don't have time! They are dying.
Don't give me your excuses. Don't tell me you could never do it. Don't tell me that I am special because I did. I am not some amazing super mom. I am just a normal person with many flaws and imperfections. Our family is not great or wonderful or amazing for what we did. We just have a passion for these little ones. And we want to see them all find families!

In October, while we were still in Ukraine, I posted about sweet little
Anne-Marie, another precious little girl who had passed away.

It has not been that long! And now another little one is gone!! :((

I know in my heart that could have been one of our little girls...if she had stayed. If we had not gone and brought her home. It is no exaggeration that these precious angels have a shortened life!!

I know that God did not promise us that this life would be easy. I also know that Sandra is safe in the arms of the Savior now! She is no longer an orphan, hurting and lonely. I am so thankful for that and that is a reason to rejoice!!!
I am not a great writer. I am not even a good writer. Some of my posts are long and boring! But I am hoping that once in a while I make a difference for at least one person. If just one person will read this blog, and be moved to do something for one of these precious orphans, I will have been successful!

I hope that if you have not watched the video at the top of my blog, that you will today!! I promise, you will be moved! Like Eric Ludy says in the video, these children are God's children! We have to be His hands and His feet. We have to rescue these little ones. He is a father to the fatherless through us! And if we are not doing it, then no one is!

Please consider making a donation to a child's adoption grant or help an adopting family by donating toward their adoption fund!

Please consider adopting an orphan with Down sydrome yourself!

I promise you will be forever blessed!!!!!


WalkOnWaterMom said...

Great post! I love it. My heart breaks for baby Sandra! She did not have to live her life alone. I would say her time was just too soon. But our God knew the number of her days, and he sent his angels to carry her home! I thank God for eternal life, and his promise to our orphans...he did not leave her as an oprhan. As you can see by all the blog posts around the world....Sandra was not forgotten, she was loved and will be missed. 'Til the day we meet in heaven "He will be holding her hand" .... Thanks to RR, they all have a voice, and will not leave this world, not prayed for, not loved and not wanted.

Stephanie said...

Your post in honor of Sandra....I am heartbroken at her loss. Had just emailed Andrea about being her NY Warrior, and in the back of my mind wanted to go get her after we got Anastasia home....if someone else did not get her....she was one of the ones in my heart....I had not seen the other picture of her...she is beautiful. She now knows love, but am still heartbroken here on earth. Thank you for sharing the truth....

Stephanie Lynch

And your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it", whenever you turn to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21

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