Thursday, June 28, 2012


It is with extreme excitement that I can share with you that due to donors who wish to remain anonymous I can announce that there is now a $1500 matching grant available for my princess Karina.

Karina is a 2.5 year old little girl. She has Crouzon syndrome, skeletal abnormalities, a heart condition, cleft hard palate and other medical conditions ( I will update you with more about her medical status if and when it becomes available).
She needs our help. Her health is fragile. She desperately needs a family. If we can meet this matching grant she will have enough money in her fund to move to the "Sizable Grants" page on Reece's Rainbow.

Here is how this will work. If you want to help go to this link and click donate. The payment will be processed through paypal but you don't need an account to give.

Or you can write a cheque with "Karina December 2009" on the memo line to:
Reece's Rainbow
PO Box 4024
Gaithersburg, MD 20885

When you write a cheque Reece's Rainbow doesn't have to pay the pay pal fees so more money goes to Karina!

All donations are tax deductible for Canadians and Americans. 

As of today her grant has $537.03. If her grant climbs $1500 by Labour Day (September 3) she will receive an additional $1500 from generous donors!   

So the magic number is $2037.03

If we can hit this by Labour Day  $1500 more will be added to her grant and she will have $3537.03 !! 

I KNOW if we all work together we can make this happen. God is moving for Karina! Please pray for donors to come forward. Share on facebook. Donate. Do a garage or bake sale or just sell something on Craigslist. 

Do you see the words on her pajama? "My Daddy Rocks".  Can we please act quickly to hit this magic number of $2037.03 so that we can get her a that much closer to finding a Daddy (and a Mommy too!)?


Monday, June 25, 2012

Hi Everyone! I really want to share a few stories with you. These are some families that could really use your support.

Family # 1  The Westbrooks
 Mark and Kirsten and their 9 children are very excited to be adding to little girls from Asia to their family.

This is a picture of their kids who are already home! 
 And these are the two sweet angels they are adopting from Asia. Hailey and Ruby

They could really use your financial help. Right now they are doing a fundraiser on their blog. All you have to do is donate as little as $10 and you will be entered to win a Kindle Fire as well as other prizes. It is tax deductible if you donate through the Reece's Rainbow box on their blog. Please consider helping them as they are leaving on July 13.
There blog can be found at:

Family # 2 The Shaw family

Geoff and Caroline have 3 sons and are now adopting a little girl named Erin. She is 9 years old and has Cerebral Palsy. The Shaw family are from Canada and I know from personal experience that this means their adoption is going to cost a lot more than it would if they were American. They could use some support to help get their girl home.

They do not have a blog but you can donate to their adoption through their Reece's Rainbow page.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

As most of you know by now we were unable to proceed with adopting Ivan. He is being well cared for in a orthodox church run orphanage from which he is not adoptable and despite a lot of effort by many people there is no changing this reality. Will you please join us in continuing to pray for him? He cannot be forgotten. He is deeply loved by us and by so many people. Maybe one day the rules will change and he will be allowed to have a family. Please pray for this.
We of course were devastated that we could not adopt Ivan. We could not see how it was right that he should grow up without a Mommy and Daddy. However, we knew that God had called us to adopt a child from Ukraine and we really wanted to be that Mommy and Daddy that every child needs and deserves. So after about 5 weeks we committed to adopt a six month old baby girl who was born with Down Syndrome. We didn't tell anyone because we wanted to make sure her and our privacy was protected while we traveled.
I now can happily announce that on May 14, 2012 we legally  became the proud parents of Ava Tyeesia! Ava is now 8 months old and she is due to arrive in Canada in about 10 hours with my husband. Renee and I are extremely excited to see them both again. We have been apart now for 3 weeks due to Renee and I having to leave Ukraine early because Renee was very sick. I can not wait to hold her again and know that nobody can take her from us and that she is really our daughter now. When I left we were still waiting to be allowed to take her out of the orphanage and I was only seeing her two hours a day. I have never changed her diaper, never bathed her, and only once given her a bottle. I cannot wait to have her home. My parents are just about jumping out of their shoes they are so excited! My dad can't even stand it that he has to work tomorrow and can't come to the airport.
And now for a picture....this is the day that Jason brought her home to his apartment from the orphanage. It was so cool to see her wearing her very own clothes! (The babies don't have their own clothes at the orphange) This is just before they got in the car. Jason looks so happy! Apparently she slept all the way back to the apartment.