My friend Patti asked me to share this. I think this deserves it's own post.
Can you help?
I read the words of a friend last night, and as is typical of posts written by mamas rescuing their babies from orphanages across the world, it cut me to the heart. I read it with my girl tucked safely in the crook of my arm, her golden head laying softly against my neck, and I gulped back hot tears trying to read the words out loud to Sam.
She was stunned. It seemed she had not been made aware of what was happening or why, and she regarded us quizzically at first. We were stunned. The picture had turned in to a person! My mind was literally swimming, I could not remember a.single.word. of Russian. I couldn’t remember how to greet her, or how to tell her she was absolutely gorgeous, or how to say I am your Mama. Nothing. Just complete shock.
Then I remembered I had a Disney princess doll in my bag to give her. I pulled it out, and she smiled. I asked if she wanted to sit on my lap, and she did. The director and doctor began talking again, but all I could do was stare at the sweet, brown pigtails swishing in front of me. Her little hands turning the doll over, as she began to speak a little bit. She began to realize what was happening.
We were there FOR. HER.
Our sweet little Vi.
She looked up and asked me “What is your name?” in Russian. I told her “Lora. Mama.” She looked straight to Dean, “What is your name?” He told her “Dean. Papa.” She looked to the director and smiled “Mama! Papa!”
Everyone was absolutely beaming, and perhaps had just a glint of tears in their eyes.
“I kept asking for you!! Mama? Mama? Mama? When will you come??” she said, according to our translator.
Six days to make a miracle happen.Do you think we can do it?With God's help, I believe we can.Charlotte's mama, Kelly, emailed me yesterday, after I said I would do everything I could to help.There are no words to thank you and the others who have stepped up and spoken out for us and for my girl. I knew this journey would give me the opportunity to learn a great deal about being a momma and about Down Syndrome...but I didn't know just how strong this community is.Well, Kelly- you're about to find out. I say that not because I have confidence in Lily's blog, or in my own words, but because I serve a BIG God. And I'm part of a faithful and generous community, one who rallies around its own.Charlotte is our own, friends.
She's been waiting for her mama all of her life, waiting and hoping for someone to come and take her home.“I kept asking for you!! Mama? Mama? Mama? When will you come??”
Lily's readers have responded so many times to the needs of orphans. You've given so much to help these families find and rescue their children. Will you help me again?
Will you help us make a six day miracle happen?Will you help save a little girl?Because Charlotte is our own.
I know Lily's readers, and I know it doesn't even take a giveaway to move you beyond compassion, and into action. I know the face of one beautiful little girl who desperately needs her mama is enough to move you to give.But a giveaway full of amazing prizes is always nice too:) (and thank you, Kelly, for letting me hijack your giveaway!)
Here's how it works....
1 chance=$10 donation
5 chances=$25 donation
20 chances=$50 donation
All donations are tax-deductible and go directly to the Dirkes's grant fund through Reece’s Rainbow. They can be made using the Chip-In at the top of my sidebar on the right.
Canon Rebel DSLR camera (with lens)
Petal Knot Dress from Willow Bean Creations
Custom made t-shirt from If You Say Sew
Starfish necklace from The Vintage Pearl
Pearl, bracelet, and earring set from Kay Jewelers
Insulated Tote from 31
Autographed copy of Alton Brown’s book “I’m Just Here for the Food”
Autographed “Hopkins” from Rachel Coleman of Signing Time
$150 gift card for Kimberly Wilson's TranquiliT (an amazing line of clothing for anyone who loves yoga...or comfort)
$50 gift card for Scentsy
$50 gift card for Hanna Andersson
$50 gift card for Target
$25 gift card for The Adopt Shoppe
$25 gift card for Wal-Mart
$25 gift card for Starbucks
$25 gift card for Olive Garden
A jar of Renee Tam’s famous toffee
A batch of oReshki, traditional cookies from Charlotte’s country
Kelly sees who donated on her chip-in, so you do not need to leave a comment to be entered to win. She will announce winners on her blogon February 6th, the day they leave to see Charlotte....
I believe in miracles.