Friday, April 24, 2015

A Mad Dash to the Capitol

Well all but one document made it safely to where it needed to go! Our last document, the immigration approval finally came and we had it notarized and then it has to go to our state Capitol to be apostilled. So since it is about a 2 hour drive from here and people have been sick, I mailed it off and paid for expedited processing fee. My giant packet came back in a week not expedited so this last one should be easy. Finally feeling a bit relaxed since this last one should be back and ready to go with time to spare. Well no!  I kept checking the mail. Finally yesterday when it didn't show up, I called. Guess what? They do not have our paper??? Lost in the mail? Lost at the state Capitol? Who knows but this is now a problem because it has to be delivered this weekend. Brian is at a 2 day meeting in Milwaukee and kids are sick...fevers 103* for Crosby and others with fevers, cough, ear infections!! So now what? Brian was able to get a vacation day. He rushed home from Milwaukee so we could get a new notary. Papers have to be at the Capitol by 10 am for same day apostille...road trip! Brian took 2 of the boys that aren't sick and left early this morning. Since they are in Madison, they are going to have a field trip and tour the Capitol building! I just heard from Brian and he made it in time and they were super nice and are getting things done for him ASAP! He then has to find a dhl shipping location and this baby, the paper will board the plane!! Hang on little Whittaker! Lots of people are praying for you to stay strong!! Your mommy and daddy are coming and we love you so much and can't wait to hold you!! Extra prayers so appreciated!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pictures from the fall and Whitaker

Thought I would try to add some pictures...might already have these in a former post...too much paperwork for new adoption and appointments. I have adoption brain! And I need major help with blogging. one problem being an older mama!
This is Whitaker. He has been transferred to a very bad place. Praying he can hold on a bit longer!!!!
Sergei on his way to the Down Syndrome awareness walk in Appleton

Crosby on his 2nd birthday

Court day in the US, also Sergei having his 72 hour EEG which showed no seizures at this time!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Almost There!

Our giant packet of papers have made it safely across the ocean this week! We are waiting for one final piece of paper to arrive to be completely done with paperwork. We were told today that it is in the mail to us. Once it gets here, we have to get it notarized and then drive to Madison to get it apostilled and then find a family that is travelling to take it over! Such a long process but so worth it! Hopefully we will have a travel date soon! Still trying to raise some funds. You can message me about horseshoe key chains and necklaces we have for sale made by my daughter or you can also donate to www.reecesrainbow.org/sponsorharlin-2 A big huge thank you to all who have been praying for these sweet boys and helping with the huge expense. It shouldn't be so expensive but that is reality. Hang on Whitaker we are coming!!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

True love

Crosby loves Sergei! He will bring him toys and touch him gently and look his way when Sergei cries from leg pain or upset stomach! Even though he is only 2 years old and home for not quite a year and has Down syndrome, he knows there is something extra special about Sergei! Crosby went to his first play group on Wednesday and did very well. I was so proud of him. He will definitely love his new brothers once they get here! Our papers are travelling across the ocean on Sunday! One piece of paper is still missing so it will have to be sent over as soon as it gets here! I called and left a message for immigration today trying to see how long it might be before we get that last piece of needed info! The wait always seems so long. I think it is because I know every day, every hour is a nightmare for Whitaker! Hang on buddy! We pray for his protection. Thank you for all the prayers for these kids! Have you loved an orphan today? What are you waiting for? Send some love! Visit www.reecesrainbow.org  donations are tax deductible. Thank you for loving the least of these!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

One step closer

For my birthday, today, we have our appointment at the immigration office! After this is done, we wait for our approval letter and then we should be able to roll! Next is completed documents, final check and prayer and off they go and then waiting for a travel date?, please pray for Whittaker during this time. He is in a very bad place. Pray for speed and accuracy of all the paperwork! Thank you friends! Appreciate all the prayers and any funding that has been given to get these kids home. The hardest part is knowing and seeing all the kids not going home. It is beyond horrific. We need more families! Thank you and have a blessed day! We can all do more than we think we can through Christ!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

1 year of Freedom

Sergei is celebrating 1 full year of freedom today! This is the day that he was released from a life in a crib! This was a total God thing because Crimea was taken over by Russia just 2 days before, making travel and other things very dangerous to get in and back out of Crimea! Sergei is probably the last child out of Crimea since Russia bans adoption to US citizens! Brian was then stuck over there until the 1st of April, unable to get his passport completed due to the Russian take over. We are now praying for another miracle for another sweet boy stuck in a different but even more horrific place!! We need to get there ASAP!! If you feel led to help us with funding we would be so honored. Any amount is helpful. The freedom of these children does not come cheap!! Thank you to all that hear God's calling to help the orphan! You can donate at reecesrainbow.org/sponsorharlin-2

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Waiting

Waiting on paperwork to most is a pain, but to some it is a daily battle to stay alive. Friday marked the one year anniversary of Sergei's court date! This was his first step to freedom, although he then had to endure another 10 days before true freedom began. Where he could be fed when hungry, held when scared, changed when wet and loved! 10 dat wait required after court until allowed to leave the orphanage. Friday is the day we found out that our new little 4 year old was no longer in the safety of the baby house! Yes he was transferred to a place with a horrible reputation, one with a mortality rate of 90+% within the first year of being transferred. A place where it is a daily struggle to stay alive. Endless hopelessness and suffering! They did not want to wait any longer for this family that said they were coming! We have hit many delays in our paperwork. Every day that it takes us, is another day for this poor kiddo to try to hold on. He doesn't even know someone is trying to free him from hell on earth! He is not the only one in this place. Please please pray for his protection! Please pray for the others stuck here as well. Pray for a change on how people and children with disabilities are treated! This new place makes Sergei's institution look like the Hilton! Sergei age 6 plus years old, weighing 15 pounds, this was his condition when he got him out. If you can help us with funding that would be a blessing but we really need prayers for this boy and for our paperwork to be done and for a quick travel date. May God bless you! Thank you! If you want to help us please go to www.reecesrainbow.org/sponsorharlin-2