Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Now It Is Yasmine's Turn

Yesterday we celebrated Dima's 8th Birthday.  It was a wonderfully magical day for him and we all went to bed with full and grateful hearts.  While it is easy to rejoice for Dima and move on with life, my life has been drastically changed since being in the Ukraine.  I've seen little faces that haunt me each and every day.  I can still hear sweet little voices call out to me, "Mama!  Mama!".  Yet there was nothing I could do other than love on them for that brief moment and pray over them, that they, too, would know the love and security of a family.

Dima, Nathan & Elijah

Dima is so happy!

He has a family and is loved!

Dima, Jeremiah, Elijah & Nathan
Dima's Birthday Gifts

As you can see Dima was very blessed on his first birthday home with us.  His grandparents, great grandmother, aunt and uncle sent him gifts because he is to be celebrated.  He has 3 brothers who made their new brother feel extra special yesterday just as ALL little ones deserve on their birthday.  Dima has a mommy and daddy to love him unconditionally!

But what about the others?  What about the ones left behind?  There is one little love in particular that has been weighing on my heart and that of some other mommas who have adopted from Dima's orphanage.  Her name is Yasmine.

Yasmine Age 7

Girl, Born June 19, 2004
Yasmine is walking sunshine!  What a glorious smile and a personality to match!  Yasmine was born with CP.  She has congeinital hydrocephaly as well.  Her feet/ankles are turned in, but she is able to pull to a stand and tries so hard to get around!  Surgery and therapy can make a world of difference for this darling little girl.
She is already 7 and facing the institution soon.  She is blessed to still be at the baby house.

I have never had the honor of meeting this little one, but I know someone who has.  He name is Dima.  Apparently at one point they were in the same group and were friends.  He was even able to tell me what her real name is and that she likes to play with baby dolls. 

Do not let CP or hydrocephaly scare you.  With God all things are possible; Dima and so many others are proof of that!  Are you her mother or father?  Brother or sister?  Aunt or Uncle?  Grandmother or Grandfather?  This beautiful little girl deserves a life like Dima, to have a family and know unconditional love.  If you cannot adopt, can you at the very least donate to her grant with Reece's Rainbow so a family can commit to her with less of a financial burden?  To make a donation please click here.  In the meantime please pray for this beautiful little girl.  Pray for her health, safety, and for a family to be able to adopt her and soon!  It is my hope that by her birthday next year someone is sharing pictures of her celebrating with her as a part of their family just as Dima was able to do with us this year.

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