Monday, December 22, 2014

About a Girl

Merry Christmas to all. Sergei and Crosby will get to celebrate their first Christmas with a family! We are very excited yet know there are many who will be without a family once again. Things have been busy here as we have been helping a young lady and her baby find housing and a job. Not an easy thing to do to say the least. She is the product of a failed adoption. She had nobody and no where to go. All her relatives an ocean away and no contact information to reach them and unable to return to her country and a family that discarded her after she was adopted by them. She has spent years in and out of shelters and group homes and such. God is good and we found a nice place and she can start work soon. She will join us for Christmas and other family gatherings! It is a nightmare to try to figure out everything on your own without parents to help guide you, especially when you were not educated and cannot drive. It can be a scary world. Please consider reaching out to people in need. Now we can get busy getting ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus! We still need to find a tree and decorate and bake! Enjoy your families! We are blessed! Can't wait to get our new boys home....they will not get to celebrate this year but we are praying for them to stay strong and healthy! Donations appreciated!!! Www.reecesrainbow.org/sponsorharlin-2

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Little Town with a Big Heart

Again blessed by people in and around the community of Winneconne, WI! These people have the biggest hearts for orphans! Thank you to so many that made crafts and baked and shopped and donated towards our adoption of our next 2 special boys!! We couldn't do it without you! You are saving lives. Every dollar counts towards the freedom of orphans living in unbelievable conditions. It takes a village to raise a child but also to adopt a child!! A big thank you to Winneconne Christian Fellowship and the Birschbach family and youth group! They say the biggest reason people do not adopt is due to the huge cost. I know for many years we thought about international adoption of a child with special needs but then would think we don't have that kind of money. But finally God got a hold of us and said to step out in faith! For our last adoption we had to take out a loan for about half of the total fees, including travel but so many people also donated. People that don't even know us but have a love for orphans and obey God's commands about helping orphans! THANK YOU!��������������

Friday, December 5, 2014

FIGHT 4 freedom 4 orphans

FIGHT -
Faith
In
God
Holy and
Trimuphant

We are adopting again! What? Why would you do that? Don't you think you have your hands full?

Common responses we get along with looks of ????? you must be crazy and or stupid!

And as I was reading another post on a different families blog she had it laid out so well...

Yes we are tired some of the time
Yes we don't always get to sleep
Yes we have to give up a lot, like vacations and other "fun" things
Yes we have more bills
Yes we shop at 2nd hand stores
Yes we are busy and full...


But not too full to save a life! Through adoption our blessings increase each time!
More Joy
More Love
More Jesus
More Appreciation
More Gratitude

We will never stop fighting for orphans until they all have a home! Once your eyes are open to the terrible suffering, it is no longer an option to look the other way. Please join us in helping orphans around the world, especially those with special needs!

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Sergei after being home one month. wearing size newborn socks...20 pounds.

Happy boy....october...home 5 months

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thankful

Thankful to all that support us and waiting orphans in prayer and donations and encouraging words. Thankful for the people of Winneconne Christian Fellowship and Pastor Dan. They don't even know us but their love for orphans pours out. They had us come and speak about our last adventure and our new adventure to come. And then they blessed us! They were so kind and giving!! Through their donations, we are able to put a big dent in our home study fees. This time around our home study will be double of what it was last time due to changes requiring all studies to now be Haque approved. So we are looking at $4,000. For just the home study. This time around we also have to have clearances from all the states we have lived in since we were 18! Well for us, this is a lot of states!! I believe we are still waiting for clearance from one last state. Meanwhile everything is delayed and our little boys sit in a crib day after day unaware that someday they will have a family and love, attention, enough food and medical care. It is so hard having them wait. We are praying that the 4 year old can continue to stay at the baby house or he will not survive long at the adult mental facility he is to go to. Again age 4 is a sad time for these kids. My heart breaks thinking about the things that Sergei endured. Going without food, never leaving his crib, being locked away from visitors and volunteers because he was in the laying down room where no one is allowed to go in or see except maybe the one employee that goes in once a day to see who is dead and prop a bottle for the day, which sometimes falls and then no food for that day either. No clothes, sheets or bedding, no comforting or help. So many kids never escape this death sentence. We pray more people will become aware of the plight of these disabled children in Eastern Europe. We will continue to FIGHT 4 Freedom 4 Orphans!! Please visit www.reecesrainbow.org and help a child or family! Thank you! We are thankful for all!www.reecesrainbow.org/sponsorharlin-2

Monday, November 10, 2014

Turning 4

Here in the US, turning 4 years old is a fun event with lots to celebrate! Kids are learning so many new things and getting ready for preK or 5K for the next year! They are learning to be independent. But in Eastern Europe, turning 4 can be a death sentence for the disabled orphan. This is the time when children are removed from the baby house (orphanage) to the mental institution. Everything they have ever known instantly gone! Kids that aren't mobile are now imprisoned in a crib, and might have been at the baby house too, but this is far worse...they are now in the laying down room..aka..the dying room. About 80% don't survive the first year after transfer. This week we became aware of a 4 year old that was going to be transferred to a very bad mental institution. He is very similar to Sergei and can't sit or get around. If a family can get there in the next few months the director at the baby house will try to keep him there.....so here we come!! Pray for paperwork and needed funds and other things come through quickly and we can be on our way! Praying this little boy does not need to endure horrible suffering and starvation! Even though we were planning on a girl, a God has a different plan! Thanks for support in prayers and donations! Want to donate? It is tax deductible!! Www.reecesrainbow.org/sponsorharlin-2

Here you will be able to see our other little boy!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

November is national adoption month

Sergei in June on a boat ride...celebrating freedom from life in a crib!

Crosby in September...growing so much!

Sergei on his way to the Down Syndrome Awareness Walk!

November is National Adoption month! If you ever thought about adoption...go for it! It always seems overwhelming but take it one step at a time and get it done! You will be so blessed! It isn't easy but worth all the hard work! Children in the US and all over the world need a family! Step out in faith and be that family! If you just cant adopt, support it! Sponsor a child or a family, provide respite care or be a foster parent and of course prayers are the most needed!!!

We are so blessed. We are invited to speak and share at a church next week! Hope we can plant some seeds or encourage others. A little nervous....

Monday, October 27, 2014

Still waiting for the wheelchair

Poor Sergei still waits for his special wheelchair. He cannot sit or hold up his head so a wheelchair was ordered in July. I never realized how long it took to get necessary equipment for people with special physical needs. He has grown 3 inches in length since he has come home! He is getting too long for the stroller and high chair. He had gained over ten pounds but is still thin. This past week he had his 72 hour EEG. This was very uncomfortable for him. Hopefully this will give us better answers on his brain activity.
Meanwhile we continue at a not fast enough pace to bring home a couple more kiddos in desperate need. Thank you for your help in getting these kids home. This is not easy after just finishing our adoption this spring and medical bills! We are so blessed!
If you are able to donate, any amount is such a gift! You can donate at reecesrainbow.org/sponsorharlin-2
Have a beautiful day!