Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

I just finished putting the presents under the tree for the kids and hanging their stockings.  Dana is on my mind tonight and I can't help but wonder what Christmas will be like for her and all the other orphans around the world with no family of their own.  Tomorrow my kids are going to wake up and eat cinnamon rolls for breakfast and open way too many presents.  I doubt the little ones at Dana's orphanage get presents, but do they even get a special meal to celebrate the holiday?  I don't know.  Tonight I'm having a hard time with the reality of 147 million children needing a family.  I realize that not everyone is in a position to adopt, however I do firmly believe that everyone can do something to help the orphan crisis.  Molly at Team Parker had a great post about this very subject.  There are so many ways that each of us can help the orphans of the world.  Please take a minute and consider what you can do to help these precious children.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.  James 1:27

Monday, December 20, 2010

Another update

I haven't posted anything in a while because things are a little slow right now.  We don't have our home study back yet.  It's done but needs a few minor changes.   I'm continuing to collect the other dossier documents we need and am almost finished.  My doctor's office did my medical statement wrong for the 2nd time so I need to get that fixed.  Not sure what they don't understand about the notary stamp not being allowed to touch ANYTHING on the paper.  I'm going to call them about it tomorrow and I have a feeling they're not going to be too happy to hear from me again.

In other news, we bought Dana her first toy!  Having 3 boys, there is not a single thing in this house that would hold much interest for a little girl.  I highly doubt Dana will care too much about Ben 10, Batman, or ninjas.  Although I'm not planning on going crazy and buying a lot of stuff, there are a few things I want to have for her to play with when she gets home.  When I saw this adorable doll house I just knew we had to get it.  It's called the Loving Family Grand Dollhouse.  Could that name be any more perfect?  :)

Monday, December 13, 2010


Doesn't my blog look great?  I love the new design and the adorable header with Dana's picture.  I want to say a HUGE thank you to Lu for all her hard work this past week getting it to look so fancy.  :)  She has been so patient with me as I emailed her with every little problem I was having.  Thanks for all you do for the Reece's Rainbow families, Lu

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Life2Orphans Sponsorship Package

Life2Orphans is a wonderful non-profit organization established to help the orphans of the country from which we are adopting. They have many different programs that help children in orphanages all over this country. One is a sponsorship program for the children at the orphanage where Dana lives. Sponsors can choose the child they wish to help and send packages at least twice per year to that child. It is very likely that for the children who receive these packages, it is the first time they have ever been given a gift or even owned an item that belongs to just them.

We are sponsoring two children through Life2Orphans. One, of course, is Dana! :) We recently packaged everything up and took it to the post office to ship. We had so much fun shopping for her. I especially had fun buying pink clothes for a change! We included 3 outfits, a pair of pajamas, socks, mittens, a super soft blanket, hair bows, a baby doll, a necklace and bracelet set, a princess ball, a teddy bear, crayons, construction and drawing paper, coloring books, toothbrush/toothpaste, soap, and animal crackers. We also sent a letter (translated into Russian by Life2Orphans volunteers), photos of our family, and pictures the boys drew for her. We hope she likes everything!

All the goodies we sent.

Matthew and Sam each drew a picture for Dana.

Sam and I attempted to add some color to the box.

There are lots of ways you can help orphaned children through Life2Orphans. Many of these programs would make wonderful family projects. Check out their website if you are interested in learning more.

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