Thursday, April 20, 2017

Joseph

Friends, 
I've come to you with so many needs lately. 

Honestly, I need to be better about posting family updates as well as sweet waiting faces.  

And I will. 

But today, there's a very special family and a precious little boy that need our help. 

In my Valentine's Day post, Hearts, maybe you saw the face of sweet "Montgomery".  



It makes me so, so happy to tell you that "Montgomery", soon to be Joseph, has an amazing forever family racing to him! 

They will probably have him in their arms next month! 

But. 

They need support - especially, right now, prayrer.  

Expedited adoptions automatically have extra costs. Plane tickets have to be booked on short notice, paperwork has to be overnighted, and so many more factors. On top of that, raising the funds to complete any adoption is so much more difficult when you only have 3 months to do it! 

If that's not enough, Joseph's family just returned from Ch*na with their beautiful newest daughter. 

So today, friends, I'm coming to you and asking what you could do to help get Joseph home. 

Pray? Prayer is always the most important way to help. 

Donate? Could you give up your next meal at a restaurant and help Joseph's family get to him? 

Share their fundraising page, Journey to Joseph? Maybe you're the one who will show this story to someone who never would have seen it otherwise? 

What can you do? 

What is your part in Joseph's story? 

UPDATE: Joseph's family has a t-shirt fundraiser going on! Visit this link: https://www.bonfire.com/maikes-campaign/
and grab a shirt - or 2 or 3! 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Introducing Kaleb!

Today I'd like you to meet Kaleb. 

I've shown you so many, many equally precious and equally deserving kiddos lately - in fact, this blog has been pretty much taken over by their sweet faces! I have Cogan-family posts soon, but for now....

Please let me introduce you to Kaleb. He was our Kai's best friend in China.

Since Kai came home, 3 years ago, we've been trying to follow up on this precious boy. However, the orphanage where he currently lives is not a place where any child should be in many, many ways, and they are not forthcoming with updates. 

When we first found his file, after Kai told us his name, this was the newest picture of then 11 year-old Kaleb. That has remained one of two pictures that we had of him for three years. 

We received a written update at one point, but all that it told us was that Kaleb had broken his leg and was in the hospital. We had no idea what had happened to him. 

A few weeks ago, we tried again for an update - 10 questions long - and, almost unbelievably, we received answers! No pictures were included, but we weren't really surprised. 

And then.... 

This arrived in the inbox!! 



Doesn't he have an amazing smile? 

Now, please let me tell you the details about handsome Kaleb! 

First, you need to know that he is running out of time for his family to find him! Kaleb is 13 years old and will age out on his 14th birthday. His family will need to be in China by mid-August. If you think that you might be his family, please email us as soon as possible at theworldwillchangeblog@gmail.com - we are happy to talk to you about the process, his special need, and what we know about him and his orphanage from Kai. 

"He is extroverted, bright, active and has a ready smile. He is not afraid of strangers but will not voluntarily talk to them. He will say hello to you and talk happily when he gets familiar with you.  Because of his physical situation, he cannot jump and run like other kids, but he will not cry or shout but cheer up others sitting beside them. He is very bright and can grasp the knowledge taught by teachers very quickly." 

Kaleb was born with Arthrogryposis, the joint condition that is also a part of Karwen and Kade. 

Here's the update from March: 

1. At his last update he was recovering from a broken leg. Did he recover well after his therapy? He recovered well after his therapy.

2. Has he had any further injuries, procedures or surgeries? He hasn’t had any further injuries, procedures or surgeries.

3. Is he receiving any therapy at this time? He isn’t receiving any therapy at this time.

4. Is he still using a walker to walk or something else? He isn’t using a walker to walk or anything else.

5. Does he have difficulty getting around? He has some difficulties in walking; he cannot run, jump or kneel down.

6. Is he able to take care of his own bathing, feeding and bathroom needs? He is able to take care of his own bathing, feeding and bathroom needs.

7. Is he still receiving schooling at the orphanage and, if so, how is it going? He is receiving schooling at the orphanage and he gets good grades.

8. How does he compare to his peers developmentally? He is normal compared to his peers developmentally.

9. Updated measurements? Updated measurements: height 140cm, weight 28kg, vision 4.9 L &R, head circumference 69cm, waist 60cm foot length 23.5cm


We also received 2 videos of sweet Kaleb! I can share these privately with an interested family. 

For Kaleb, just like our Kassi last year, time is of the essence! He doesn't have much longer before it will be too late. Please, please pray about whether you might be this amazing boy's family, and email us at theworldwillchangeblog@gmail.com for more information! 

Also, feel free to share this post and direct interested families to us. We can connect them with the right people but we need to get Kaleb seen!! 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Purple Day!

Happy "Purple Day", everyone! 

Yesterday was Epilepsy Awareness day, but we were traveling, so today I'd like to show you the faces of some absolutely amazing kiddos who happen to have epilepsy.

If you think that one of these precious faces might fill the missing space in your family portrait, please email me at theworldwillchangeblog@gmail.com! I am happy to connect you with people who can answer questions about epilepsy, adoption, or the process for any of these countries.

Please, please consider whether you, perhaps, are being led to adoption. Are you living every day without a certain someone? Are they here? Is your son or daughter waking up across the world to another day of waiting?

And now, the kids!


First, Eric!! The cuteness here is unbelievable, friends! He doesn't have a link, but I'd be happy to connect you with the right people to get more information! Eric is not quite 2 years old and has mild epilepsy (medicated) and an abnormal MRI. He is currently listed with the agency Wasatch (contact kathy@wiaa.org for more information). 

Here's Mr. Benny!! He is currently listed with Holt. Benny turned 4 in November and has epilepsy. Here is a video of him! Benny came into care when he was about four months old. He has a seizure about once a month and is on medication (it seems that they haven't found the right medication for him yet). His speech is delayed, but he can speak several words and follow instructions. He goes to school and knows all his teachers and classmates. Benny is an active little guy with a ready smile. He loves colorful toys, cartoons and music. 

Sweet Petal doesn't have a photo that I can share, but if you email me I *may* be able to get one. She needs a family to see her and get her out of the institution and into a place where she can thrive!

Darling little Sydney. No words needed - she is stunning! 





Here's ShuangShuang! This is from an advocate who has met her, and is in contact with the foster home where this sweet girlie lives. " ShuangShuang is a beautiful 3 year-old little girl. She was born in August 2013 and found at approximately six months of age. Her medical report suggests that she has Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. She enjoys music, sitting in her walker, playing outdoors and interacting with her caretakers. She is a precious little girl and she needs a family to help her reach her full potential. She is currently listed with Gladney's shared list program and the Gladney team has actually also recently met her. I have had the pleasure of meeting her also in July of 2015. She is beautiful, precious, and so so worthy of a forever family. Someone please see how special this little girl truly is!" If you email me, I will put you in contact with this advocate! 

Tony doesn't have a photo, either, but again, I can try to get one to share privately. He loves cars!!  It sounds like he would do best in a family without other children in the home, but regardless he needs a family! 


Mavis is just adorable! Are you her Mama? 


Handsome Jayson sounds like he would fit beautifully into a family! 

Oh my goodness Malcom has the most beautiful eyes! 

What a bright smile sweet Arwen has!

And precious Vijay, too! 'Vijay' means victory - I hope and pray that he will be victorious in his search for a family! 

Beautiful Lucia - "friendly and sweet". 

Larry looks like a curious little guy. Could he be yours? 


Oh, Jubilee - those curls!! 

Smiley Miss Caris

Clayton was originally listed with his twin brother, Caleb. However, sweet Caleb has passed away. Clayton's Mama and Daddy need to hurry! 

Isn't Heather just darling? 


And last but certainly not least, wonderful Harrison!

Again, please email me if you see your child here, or if you believe that you might be called to adoption! 
theworldwillchangeblog@gmail.com


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National Cerebral Palsy Day!

March 25th, was National CP day! A day to celebrate the people in our lives who have Cerebral Palsy. People like our awesome Kai and Kassi!  

Kai wrote a post the other day about what CP means as a part of his life. If you haven't yet, would you read his words about this subject that's so close to our hearts? The post is here: Cerebral Palsy


Now, I'd like you to meet some beautiful kiddos who also have Cerebral Palsy. Can you look past the CP label and see them for who they are? These are just kids! Is one of them yours? 

If you think that you could be called to adoption, or that you might be the family that one of these sweet children is waiting for, please email me at theworldwillchangeblog@gmail.com! I am more than happy to put you in touch with the right people to learn more about adoption or any of these kids, and Mama and Daddy would love to chat with families about CP! 

And now, meet the kids! 

Handsome Zachary will age out in March 2018. He has plenty of time left for his family to complete the process, but they need to find him soon! There are videos and updated information if you click on his name. 

Sweet, sweet Nicki has my heart! She has been to an in-China camp, and the volunteers have so much to say about this precious girl! Click here to see what they had to say, to see more pictures and video! There's also more information on Wonderful Waiting Kids (search "Daisy"), but you need to request membership to see that. Precious Nicki sounds so very wonderful! 

Smiley Quinn!

Precious little Patty!

"Sunshine girl" Waniya

Beautiful Athens

Darling little Greg


Stunning Isabella


Adorable Cassie


Aston, who has CP, and his sister Lilian (follow the link to see her photo)! 


Handsome Harry


Lovely Selah Rose, who has both Epilepsy and CP! 


Precious Zeke - look at that smile! 


Amazing Anton who needs out NOW! 


Absolutely lovely Jessica!

Beautiful Bree!


Remember Bert? He's been posted here before


Adorable Miss Sarea


Sweet little Katerina, who has been transferred to an older childrens' institution!

Handsome Gibson


Beautiful Nevaeh (no link, but please contact me for more information)! 


Precious Shirley who would like to be adopted but will age out in February 2018! 


Sweet Sherman who was hosted in the U.S.! There is a wealth of information available for this little guy!  


Smiley Aleah


Spunky little Amber

And last but not least, lovely Sarah Anne


Finally, please check out Anderson Advocacy! This blog has multiple sweethearts with CP! 

Again, please email us with questions! theworldwillchangeblog@gmail.com



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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

3/21

Did you know? Today is World Down Syndrome day!

I hope that some of you rocked your crazy socks to celebrate! 

Reece's Rainbow, the amazing organization and community that we have become more and more a part of, is about adoption. But more specifically, it's about bringing home the beautiful children blessed with an extra chromosome who are often overlooked or looked down upon in other countries. So today, I'm highlighting a few of the precious faces on their website (with a couple extra precious ones thrown into the mix).  Please be sure to read all the way to the end, because the last kiddo has some special notes about him.

First, though, before we get to the kids, I'd like to mention a program that ends TONIGHT! If you would, can you please consider making a donation here:http://reecesrainbow.org/21daysofhope? This is a wonderful program that was created to fill the grants of a few of the children with DS each year who were struggling. This money will be given to their adoptive families, or if they age out without finding a family it will be gifted to another child. 

You can also support a family bringing home their child with Down Syndrome - here are three, but look around a bit on Reece's Rainbow for many more!

http://reecesrainbow.org/107687/sponsorkarrick-2 

http://reecesrainbow.org/117553/sponsortenenika

http://reecesrainbow.org/112512/sponsormarshall

And now for the fun part! Meet the kids! As always, click on the child's name to learn more about them and email me (theworldwillchangeblog@gmail.com) if you think that one of these beautiful children might be yours! 

First up is sweet Miss Megan, who has been listed for 5 years: 



And here's Luke Anthony! Check out his other pictures (click the link) - he looks like so much fun! 



Smiley Madden


Handsome Asherton

Precious Jesse



Awesome Ansel



Dear Chad who is aging out very soon! A family needs to file a certain form before April - email me for more information! 



Darling Bella - 





Lovely Suzy who was hosted...so there's tons of information about her! 



Adorable little Neo



Cuddly baby Braxton!


Mikel with the super-spiffy glasses!


Little Laney



Sweet, precious Lisa who is NOT in a good place: 



Absolutely adorable Holly

Beautiful Joey:




Hilarious Mae (seriously, look at her pictures!)



Stunning little Mona



Precious Loman -



Handsome James -


Precious baby Simon:


Kent, with such a bright smile!


Gorgeous Quinn Leigh -



And oh, Jayce. I have no words - this child is fourteen years old. The left-hand picture is just a year or two old, but the second one is from this year. This is inexcusable.




And last but never least, Yancey

 Oh this boy has a special place in the hearts of my family! When each of the little 5 chose a child to be a Prayer Warrior for, Yancey was the one that spoke to Karwen's heart. She prays for this boy constantly!

Yancey ages out in October, but as we all know that is still doable! The difference between his adoption and our Kassi's is this - his will cost a fraction of what hers did! Yancey is eligible for a combined grant of $25,000!! $30,000 if he is adopted through the agency Madison! That is practically his entire adoption paid for!! If you think that you could be the family he has been waiting for, please email me as soon as possible! Several people have met this wonderful child, and I can give you all of the information that I have - just email. Please, oh please consider whether you might be his family!