Camille. What a beautiful name for a beautiful little girl.
Just look at those big eyes, those sweet, chubby cheeks. Her wispy blonde hair. I wish I could just reach into that picture, pick her up, and rock her in my grandma's rocking chair. I would kiss her little head, stroke her tiny hands, and tell her that she is special. That she is fearfully and wonderfully made. Sadly, I cannot. She is in an orphanage on the other side of the world, lonely, underdeveloped, and in need of a family to rescue her. Why not us, you ask? Because we already have taken that leap. It is not our turn right now. But what about you? What your family? To you who is reading this and have flirted with the notion of adoption, what is stopping you? Money? Ha! Money was supposedly stopping us, too, and here is our little love from across this sea:
Our Dima. For those of you that are new, Dima is the Buzz Lightyear in this picture. In 7 months we raised over $25,000 to adopt this amazing little boy who changed our lives. Each of my boys have told me that they cannot imagine life without Dima; he makes them laugh, smile, and overall happier little boys. Dima has taught them the meaning of sacrifice. Dima has taught Eric and I the meaning of sacrifice. Sacrificial love, to be exact.
Have you not made the leap of faith to begin the adoption process because you are concerned how it may affect your biological children? It is a legitimate concern. And honestly that is something to consider. But let me tell you about my biological boys and how they feel about Dima:
|Dima and his littlest brother, Sammy.|
|Dima and his big brother, Jeremiah. Yes, Jeremiah loves Dima, he was just being silly for the camera.|
|Dima and his little brother, Elijah. Elijah is only 2 months younger than Dima.|
Pictures are worth 1,000 words, but I need to share something very specific with you. My oldest son, Jeremiah, does love Dima (despite the funny look on his face in the above picture). At the beginning of the school year Jeremiah was asked to do a writing assignment on what makes him happy. Lots of wonderful things make Jeremiah happy: Legos, books, swimming, spending time with his grandparents, etc... But do you want to know what he wrote about? Rather, do you want to know who he wrote about? Dima. Dima brings joy to Jeremiah's life as he does to all of our lives. My boys have fully accepted Dima as their brother and look out for him everywhere we go. Jeremiah, in fact, has even asserted that when he grows up Dima must live with him. Eric and I would never expect that of any of our boys, and arrangements are made for Dima's future, but it blesses my heart every time Jeremiah talks about life with Dima when they are older.
Quite often during our adoption process we were chided that having another child, particularly one with special needs would take away from my other children. Well, hate to prove you all wrong, but my boys will tell you repeatedly that Dima has made them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Rich in things that truly matter in life.
Doesn't Camille deserve the same sort of life? The same unconditional love of a family? Doesn't Camille deserve a mom and dad, brothers and sisters who will love her for who she truly is?
Today marks the first day of Reece's Rainbow's Christmas Angel Tree and our family is sponsoring Camille. Our family's goal is to raise $1,000 and/or find her family by January 1st. We had been sponsoring Adalia, but she has been found! Mission accomplished, so to speak. If you wish to help her mom and dad rescue her, you can donate to her adoption, grant, too.
But will you help our family help Camille?
If you make a modest donation of $35 you will receive a lovely ornament with her picture on it. All donations are tax-deductible. This is an opportunity to be a part of something that is so much bigger than any of us. This is a chance to help give the gift of a family!
If you wish to make a donation via PayPal, click HERE. This will take you directly to Camille's page. If you would rather send a check make it payable to Reece's Rainbow (specify in the memo that it is for Camille) and send it to:
P.O. Box 4024
Gaithersburg, MD 20885