Saturday, July 14, 2012
Good Things Come in Small Packages
Several people have asked me how I choose Francesca and Victoria. Francesca always caught my eye on her photolisting on Reeces Rainbow, but I kept telling myself this was crazy, knowing how hard all the surgeries would be. After all, what did I really know about this child? How could I take such a risk?
Then, a miracle happened. A woman named Tracey traveled to the orphanage that Francesca was in to adopt her son, Kullen. Kullen has dwarfism. Kullen was in the same room as Francesca!
Tracey got to know Francesca. She took pictures of her. She was was to tell me all about her sweetness, all about her smile. I really believe that if it wasn't for Tracey, I might not have been brave to move forward with adopting Francesca (Victoria is a whole other story!).
Doesn't Francesca look so different?!
Tracey and her husband have decided to adopt not one, but two children from China who also have dwarfism. By the way, Tracey has 14 children! She is amazing!!! Here is her blog: www.adozenreasonsandmore.blogspot.com
China is not like Ukraine. Ukraine pretty much has a "adopt one child, get the second one for cheap" policy. But with China, each child's adoption has the same cost, making it very expensive to adopt two children.
Here are Rowyn and Zekiel, the sweeties that Tracey and her husband, George, are hoping to adopt. They need a mom and dad badly and the only thing stopping them from having a family is the cost of adopting. There are many medical issues associated with dwarfism, which is why orphan children with dwarfism are often overlooked.
My wonderful friend, Jen, (here is her blog), adopted the little boy in the picture above with Francesca and Kullen. She has organized a really cool auction to help raise money for Rowyn and Zekiel's adoption. There are so many cool things you can bid on, from handcrafted earrings to fuzzy flip flops. I am hoping to win the "kitty decoupage plate"! I may even give up my Oreos and chocolate to help bring home these sweet babies!
Please consider donating to these sweet children!