Friday, December 11, 2015

YOU can make a difference

Ever since Mia's adoption, this story of the starfish has held new meaning ....

An old man was walking down the beach just before dawn.
In the distance he saw a young man picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea. 

As the old man approached the young man, he asked;
"Why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?"
The young man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun.
"But there must be thousands of beaches and millions of starfish, exclaimed the old man. 

"How can your efforts make any difference?"
The young man looked down at the small starfish in his hand
and as he threw it to safety in the sea, he said; 

"It makes a difference to this one!"

YOU who have already given, have helped make a difference for one child

YOU who have shared this story, and giveaway with friends and family, and through blogs and other social media, have helped make a difference for one child.

YOU who have prayed in our behalf, have helped make a difference for one child.

YOU who have taught your children what it means to give and witnessed the little ones giving, have helped make a difference for one child.

YOU who have stretched yourselves to donate money of your own, have helped make a difference for one child.

YOU who are part of this journey with us, are making a difference for one child

YOU  all are helping us literally save a life!

YOU are making a difference for this one!

 I think part of our decision to do this adoption path again, is subliminally attributed to the things we saw and felt at Mia's orphanage, things that will forever leave a mark on our hearts; as we walked out of those orphanage walls with Mia, and yet looked back at all those other little faces that we could not help. Other children just like Mia, who deserved a home, and a family, and love.

It has always weighed heavily on our hearts that we couldn't do more, that we couldn't save them all.

Mia's orphanage was very private and we weren't allowed a lot of interaction with other children but the little interaction we had will forever be on our hearts as we can still vividly picture the little faces in wooden playpens where they spent most of their days with outstretched arms reaching for us and saying "mama? papa?" with lost eyes searching for hope and love.

The images of a little girl who saw us outside at the orphanage and tried to pry free from the caregivers hand to run to us and when she was not allowed to, she started crying "mama, papa" as she was taken out past us.
I remember feeling so helpless watching these little ones walk by or walking into Mia's room each day and seeing them all sitting there waiting for their turn to be loved, and knowing that they may never find what Mia had found. They may never know the love of a family or life outside this big white building.
And today sadly, Mia's orphanage no longer exists due to civil unrest in that region the past few years, so we can only assume the worst for those children that were left behind. And its almost more than I can bear.

So when we think of the enormous plight of these orphans and how we can not save them all,  of course it is overwhelming. But just like the little boy picking up starfish on the beach, we CAN make a difference to one.

Our family is being given the opportunity again to make a difference to one,

once again I won't be able to save them all, but I can make a difference to one,

We have been led to one little boy........ to make a difference for him.

 "It matters to this one, I can't save them all I know. It matters to this one, he deserves a chance to grow. It matters to this one and it matters to me..."

We THANK YOU for what you have helped us with so far and pray that you will continue to spread the word about the giveaway that will change a life......the giveaway that will bring an orphan home!

We only have 5 more days for our giveaway so please help us keep it going.


You can participate in our giveaway in the following ways:

- every $10 donation is one entry into the giveaway (i.e. $100 donation is 10 entries into the giveaway)
- every social media share is one entry into the giveaway (please comment with your name to notify me of your social media share)

Donations can be made to our adoption fund through our youcaring page, our
Reeces Rainbow account or given to us in person (contact me if you need
info on how to donate in person )

If you make your donation through the youcaring page it is not tax deductible but the Reeces Rainbow link offers a tax deductible donation if you are looking for that option.

We will be giving away these three awesome gifts!

XBOX one Lego movie edition, ipad mini2, apple tv

The giveaway will run through Dec. 16 at midnight.


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