Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Surpise That Makes Me Smile!

We had some paperwork progress this week and we'll be sending off our first little batch of important papers to Eastern Europe on Monday. Yipee!

Then, while I was relaxing on a lazy Saturday and checking in on some blogs for other little Reece's Rainbow darlings, I happened upon these pictures... What a sweet surprise! And it's not even my birthday!

Shawna - April 2011

 Lindsay - April 2011

Sans the big brown bibs! Oh my goodness, how precious! Makes me smile really big!

I can't wait to get these little ladybugs home!  I've been smiling at these pictures all afternoon!

I have to thank Amy for sharing these pictures. She and John adopted their two little punkin's from the same place. Sonya and AJ ("Dusty") have been home 2 full months now and, after a little stop at the hospital for some specialized care, they are growing and settling in just beautifully. Now they get LOADS of TLC everyday from Mom & Dad and their brother and sister!

And, yes, it's obvious that we'll eventually have to schedule some time with our ophthalmologist to see about eye care and probably some corrective surgery for them. It's a shame because the strabismus (crossed eye) could have easily been treated and corrected when they were much younger by patching the other eye. This would prevent the loss of  functional use in the lazy eye. But such is the life of an orphan in this situation. They are provided very little above the most basic medical needs. No one believes that they will ever amount to or be able to do much of anything, so why bother with much, if any, therapy or treatments. Poor funding for these facilities has it's part to play in those decisions, as well. But that doesn't make it right...

But we have it in our ability to make a difference for these two precious girls. That's where we're headed. And with God's help, they will have that future and hope that He promised.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Please continue to pray with us during this time. I have a list of our current prayer needs under the tab on the top of this blog. We've had one big one answered already! He's listening and He's answering!



  1. Oh my goodness!!! I have not got any words! Your daughters are more than precious! I love their hairdos cute!


  2. Pictures of your girls! Happy tears. They are so beautiful. Is that Miss Shawna in the background of Lindsay's pic? Whoo hoo on the paperwork! Prayers headed your way.

  3. @Anna - Good eye! It sure is! They are roommates.

  4. Hi Carrie,

    I was really excited to see these pictures too. Both of the girls are adorable. We are praying that everything goes smoothly for you during your paper chase phase and, of course, in country. E-mail me if you have any questions.