Thursday, March 14, 2013

Meet Mitch!

Hello! Today I would like for you to meet Mitch!

This cutie boy will turn 10 in July! He has no mental delays and has mild cerebral palsy affecting his right side. Mitch can walk, and he very much wants to be adopted and have a family of his own.

This little guy captured my heart from the moment I saw his picture. First, I am always a sucker for the brown-eyed cuties! (My son has brown eyes!) Second, he is the same age as my son, who turned 10 this year. Third, my nephew's name is Mitchell (I know that Mitch is a pseudonym, but still ...). And lastly, one of my friends when I was young had cerebral palsy and a limp but still was able to play on my soccer team (and she was adopted, to boot!), so I have always been rooting for the kids with CP.

I wish that I had more information to share about Mitch, but not much information is given about him. I can guess, though, that he is like the many other older children residing in orphanages that I have met. He probably is reasonably content with where he lives, especially if it is all he has ever known. He probably enjoys playing with his friends and has a caregiver that he is especially close to. He probably doesn't spend too much time wondering about his future (he is only 9, after all). But he probably does think about what his family would be like if he had one; he probably does wish that he had a mom to tuck him in at night and come to him when he has a bad dream. Most likely, Mitch wants to know the love and security that kids feel only when they know they are truly home, that they belong to their parents and their parents belong to him. Even if Mitch has always lived in an orphanage, I'm betting that he knows, deep down, what he is missing. Humans are hard-wired to live in families, and even the best orphanage doesn't meet that need.

Mitch is a newly listed child, and he therefore only has $10 in his grant (can you guess who donated some of that money?). Jenny over at Zero the Zeros has him listed in the Baby Steps to $15 category. Mitch really needs a Zero the Zeros Hero to increase his grant. Can you be his hero?

Please share Mitch's photo and description. Please donate to increase his grant fund. Please consider whether Mitch has a spot in your family.

Thanks for visiting TWOB! Please keep our boys in your heart, your thoughts, and your prayers.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013







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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Beautiful Yegor

Welcome, friends! I'm glad you stopped by to check in!

Today I would like to introduce you to a beautiful little boy named Yegor.

Yegor is not listed on Reece's Rainbow, but he is available for adoption. He turns 11 this year.

Aren't his brown eyes just about to melt your heart? I have to admit that I am a sucker for the brown-eyed ones.

Unfortunately, life has not been very kind to Yegor. He resides in an institution where he spends most of his time bedridden. He is physically and mentally handicapped.

But oh ... that smile ...

Yegor is a heartbreaker if ever there was one!

Like many children who are confined to an institution, Yegor's difficulties are probably a combination of a congenital condition and neglect in the institution. Children who are confined to cribs do not progress. They are not talked to; they are not held; they are not given the physical, mental, and emotional stimulation they need to develop to their fullest potential.

But they can make great strides when they are adopted into a family and given the love, therapy, nutrition, education, and attention they need and deserve! Who knows what Yegor's potential is if he gets these things?

 I do know that, regardless of the bleakness of his circumstances, this is a child who responds to and benefits from love and attention. Just the simple act of touching his face elicits such a joyous response!

You can make a difference in Yegor's life! You can pray for him. You can help to sponsor the salary of a caregiver at the institution. You can share his photos and information. You can consider whether he has a place in your family!

Please don't forget that for a $10 donation to Jason's grant fund, you have the chance to receive a customized map necklace AND benefit and adopting family!

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for your support of orphaned boys worldwide!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Fundraiser for Jason!

Welcome, friends! I am very happy today to announce a fundraiser for Jason! But first, I would like to introduce you to a lovely family.

The Tanquarys are a beautiful family with six children. They are in process to adopt their seventh child, a four-year-old little girl from Eastern Europe named Katie. Katie has Down syndrome, as does the family's youngest child. Tosha, the mom, has come up with one of the neatest fundraisers I have ever seen. She hand-makes jewelry using maps from anywhere in the world. You can get a necklace with a map of the region your child is/was adopted from, the region where the child you advocate for resides, or anywhere else in the world that has special meaning to you. You can check out the wide variety of pieces that Tosha has made at their Etsy store. (Tosha also has crocheted items for sale.)

Several weeks ago, I received my necklace, which I ordered in honor of the children at Kalinovka. It is beautiful, made with love, constantly reminds me of the children who have captured my heart, and inspires many questions from people who see it. I have had the chance to talk to many people about Kalinovka, Reece's Rainbow, and the plight of orphaned children in Eastern Europe because of my necklace.

Jason is tied to the crib

Now, how is this related to my fundraiser for Jason? Well, Tosha has generously donated a necklace as a give-away item to benefit sweet Jason! If you win the give-away, Tosha will custom-make a necklace featuring any region of the world for you!

So here's what you need to do: Donate $10 (or more!) to Jason's grant fund. Leave me a comment or send me an email (you can use the contact me button on the right side of my blog) letting me know you donated. I will put your name on the list, and on March 19th, 3 weeks from today, the giveaway winner will be randomly selected. Additionally, a second lucky person will receive a $5 Amazon gift card! And lastly, although Tosha has offered to donate the necklace to help out sweet Jason, I will be covering the cost of the necklace and shipping as a donation to the Tanquary's FSP! Not only can you win a beautiful, unique necklace but also you can help out a family in the process of adopting!

Please watch this video for a better understanding of why it is so vital to get Jason out of the institution. This video was taken last week. Jason is clearly deteriorating. As he has become more mobile, he has been left tied in the crib more frequently. Jason can climb out of his crib, he can move about quickly, and this curious little boy gets into everything. There simply are not enough staff at the institution to look after him properly, so he is confined to the crib, where, out of boredom and frustration, he hits himself. So he is tied down. This sweet child, who turns 10 in April, endures this hellish existence every day. Please join me in increasing his grant fund so that his family can find him!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

Please Don't Forget About Elliot!

Please don't forget about Elliot!

I worked hard to find out information about him!

He has a $6006.00 grant!!

There is a lot of information available about him from adoptive families who have met him and an aid program coordinator who has known him for 6 years!

Jack's mom met him when he was hosted in December! He may be available for summer hosting!

Please don't forget about Elliot!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Meanwhile, Back at TWOB Central ...

Welcome, friends. Here's a catch-up post. I haven't blogged in about three weeks but that doesn't mean that I have not been thinking about the children and working on their behalf.

First I would like to remind you that Forty Days to Forever is happening right now! FDTF is a fundraiser with a goal of raising $20,000 for forty orphans. There are 40 giveaway prizes and forty days worth of chances to help! Please don't forget that sweet Jason will be featured on Wednesday, March 6th. My awesome cousin donated nearly $100 worth of prizes for this giveaway.

Chain-maille bracelets

Tie-dye onesies and toddler t-shirt

I have also been fielding inquiries from people asking me about boys they have seen on my blog. About some of the children I know quite a bit and about others very little, but I am always happy to share what I know and direct people elsewhere for more information if I can. If you have any questions about the boys on my blog or just want to chat about adoption, raising kids with HIV and other special needs, homeschooling, or anything else that's on your mind, please feel free to contact me (you can email me through the Contact Me button on the right sidebar of my blog). (Disclaimer: if you are a troll, I will delete your inquiry without responding.)

I have also been busy gathering information about boys available for adoption who are not listed with Reece's Rainbow. I am planning a series of posts about these children in the near future. I have a heart for a certain country and a certain region of that country, and I would like to help shine a light into that area in the hope of alerting prospective families to the many precious children waiting there.

On the more personal side of things, the kids' hockey has been very busy recently. I must admit that every time I watch my son play, I am astounded. Here is a kid with a host of medical, developmental, and post-institutional issues who, frankly, becomes a prodigy on the ice. He has already been (unsuccessfully) scouted by two travel teams, both of which offered him spots on the team without even having to try out. To watch a child who struggles immensely with fine-motor coordination, who can barely write and who has only recently learned to buckle a belt, a child who still steals and hoards food, a child who continues to struggle with impulse control issues and the emotional impact of international adoption, who has endured several surgeries, ongoing medical treatment, and continuing speech and language issues, a child for whom no day in life ever comes easily ... to watch that child turn into a well-oiled machine who amazes anyone who watches him just by stepping onto the ice is one of the greatest rewards not just of adopting, and not just of being a parent, but of my entire life.


Something wonderful happened today! Years ago I made an online friend via a parenting website. We were in contact for quite some time, but then life got in the way, we both became busier, and we fell out of touch. Today I got a message from this friend, Kim, who saw me post on the Reece's Rainbow Facebook page. It turns out that Kim and her family are adopting not just one but TWO precious children listed on Reece's Rainbow: Nellie and Fredrick! If you are interested in reading about their journey, you can head on over to their blog. I'm so excited to find out this wonderful news. It really gave me a lift today!


And I've saved the best for last. I am thrilled to announce that I will be traveling to Ukraine this summer to volunteer for three weeks at Kalinovka, the institution depicted in the documentary Ukraine's Forgotten Children! The dates are picked, the tickets are purchased ... now I am just counting down the days until I am with the precious cutie pies who are in such great need of love. I will be there during my 39th birthday, and I honestly can't think of a more meaningful way to celebrate than to be with these children who are among the world's most forsaken.


Within the next several weeks I will be letting you know of some ways in which you can assist the children of Kalinovka. For now your continued thoughts and prayers for these precious blessings are appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for your support of orphaned boys worldwide.