Category Archives: Adoption

A Family for Natalie

I was so excited to see Natalie move to the “My Family Found Me” page on Reece’s Rainbow a few days ago! This little girl has really captured my heart and it makes me so happy to know that a family is working toward her adoption.

I guess I need to change my sidebar again soon to display another precious little child needing an adoptive family. 🙂

A Family For Arnold and Introducing Natalie

I don’t know how many of my blog visitors pay attention to my blog sidebar where I feature a precious child who is looking for their forever family. I hope you do!

For several months, sweet Arnold‘s face has been featured there.
Arnold at Reeces Rainbow

Arnold had been on my heart for a long time. Did you know that in some Eastern European countries, many orphans with special needs are transferred to mental institutions at the tender age of 4 or 5 if they haven’t been adopted? It is hard for me to comprehend. Arnold was scheduled for transfer this summer, so I was incredibly excited to see that a family had stepped forward last month to adopt him. My heart still thrills with joy whenever I think of it.

I’d like to introduce you to another precious child named Natalie. Natalie is almost 3 years old.

Natalie at Reeces Rainbow

Natalie at Reeces Rainbow

From the Reece’s Rainbow site:

This little love is said to have a very mild delay — they don’t even consider her as “special needs” at her orphanage, but yet she’ll never find a family in her country due to her Down syndrome diagnosis.

She has some physical delays, but her neuro-psychological development is said to be at age level.

Natalie is an orphanage favorite, and they are hoping to find her a family! They say she is the sweetest girl, kind and friendly.

Even if you aren’t called to adopt a child, there are many things we can do to help these children. We can spread the word, pray for a child or help an adopting family, financially or with our prayers and support. Each child on Reece’s Rainbow has a tax-deductible fund setup to help prospective parents with adoptions costs as they don’t want finances to be an issue holding anyone back from adopting a child.

Thank you for reading about Arnold and Natalie.

Help Carlene’s Family in a Disney/Family Fun Fundraiser

Hello faithful blog readers,

You may or may not know that adoption and special-needs adoption has been close to my heart ever since discovering Reece’s Rainbow a couple of years ago. Even though my family cannot adopt a little one right now (as much as I’d love to), there are so many ways that we can still help these little ones. A few ways are to give to an adopting family (adoption is expensive!), participate in fundraisers, spread the word and profiles of children waiting for families and pray for these children and adoptive families. Every little bit adds up!

That said, I would like to share a way you can help an adoptive family with just a few minutes of your time.

Steve and Katrina have committed to adopting sweet little Carlene from Eastern Europe. Katrina is a fellow digital scrapbooker, which is how we “met” online.
Carlene - Reece's Rainbow
Carlene has already been moved to an institution so they are trying hard to get to her as soon as possible. Did you know that precious children as young as 4 or 5 are sent to adult mental institutions if they have special-needs? It is a place no child should ever have to go. It breaks my heart to even think of it. Carlene just turned 6; the age of my oldest daughter. Please can you help?

Here is a note from Katrina:

Dear Friends and Family,

I have entered our family in a photo contest to try and win a $500 Visa card to help with our adoption expenses while in Russia. We are almost to the end of the contest which ends March 22nd at 11:59 p.m. PST. But this is a very tight race and every vote counts. As of right now we are in 7th place but could fall out of the top 10 very easily. (The top 10 photos with the most votes win the prize so we don’t have to be in first place to win)

We are asking everyone we know to please vote and share our link with your friends.

Also, if by chance you know of a business that would be willing to donate $500 as a matching grant to our tax deductible account if we are able to get 500 votes the last 2 days that would be fantastic. Sometimes that motivates people to vote even more. (Besides helping with our adoption now being $1,000 ahead instead of just $500 from the Visa card)

Thanks for any help you can give us in this contest. Every little bit helps us get closer to our little girl.


That’s it! All you need to do is create a login to the Disney/Family Fun website (you may already have on – I did!) and vote for their family. Literally five minutes or less of your time.

If you’d like to donate to Carlene’s adoption fund, you can find her profile on Reece’s Rainbow. All donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you for helping!

Free “Fresh” mini-kit – DST Blog Train

Thank you to everyone who took the time to read my post about Anne and also to those who donated toward her adoption grant. I appreciate it so much. I am adding a widget in my sidebar for her. I am still praying that her forever family will find her and adopt her soon. Don’t forget that you can still make donations or pray for Anne or any other sweet orphan at Reece’s Rainbow. If you haven’t checked out the Reece’s Rainbow site, I encourage you to do so. Your heart will be touched by all the sweet little faces that are waiting for families.

Okay, on to business. I joined the DST Blog Train for August because I knew that I needed a little kick in the pants to get some more designing done. It worked. I have a little mini-kit available for you. 🙂

Fresh - Free Digital Scrapbook Kit

You can click on the preview image above to be taken to my page containing all of my digital scrapbook freebies available for download.

If you found my blog from the DST Blog Train, then you most likely arrived from Outside The Box Design Studio.

Your next stop on the DST Blog Train is Ramona Memories.

For a listing of all participating designers, you can check out the Blog Train Blog.

Thank you for your time in leaving a comment. Each one makes my day!

Zoey’s Closet

My friend, Myndi, has been busy raising awareness for the sweet kids on Reece’s Rainbow and specifically for a little 3 year old girl named Annabell. Myndi has been busy sewing adorable dresses and aprons as a part of a project she is calling Zoey’s Closet, named after her daughter. The winner gets to keep one dress and then has another one to give away to a friend while telling them about the Zoey’s Closet and Reece’s Rainbow. I was the lucky winner for June and I am thrilled with the dresses!!

Here are a couple pictures of my daughter wearing the “AnnaBanana Dress”. Which works out well since we often call Adrianna our Adrianna-banana. Adrianna loves this dress so much that she has worn it for the last 2 days in a row.

And here is Zoey wearing the “Hope Dress”.

Aren’t they adorable? (Both the girls and the dresses!) I am having a hard time deciding which dress to keep and which to give away – I love them both!!

Well, Myndi is hosting another great giveway on her blog for the month of July. This time, it is for some cute art aprons named after two more precious children on Reece’s Rainbow, Thalia and Josie. (Update: it looks like Thalia has found her forever family – hooray!)

Here are a couple pics I lifted from her blog.

It is so easy to enter the drawing to win these.

Each one gives you an entry into the drawing. Make sure to leave a comment on the giveway page so Myndi knows how many times to enter your name in the drawing!

Thanks for looking.

FREE 2-Page Digital Scrapbook Template (16 Photos)

I have a free two page template available for you all to download that can accommodate up to 16 photos. But first, would you take just a few moments to read about a little girl named Anne? That would mean a lot to me – thanks!

Introducing Anne
(from her profile on Reece’s Rainbow)

DOB: February 2008

Anne is a happy, calm and inquisitive girl. She is friendly and smart. She is sociable with people that she knows well, but takes some time to warm up to new people. Anne has good cognitive abilities. She plays well with her peers and the older children. She learns quickly and loves to help in the group.

I’d like to raise awareness regarding the overwhelming need for adoption and special-needs adoption, to help Anne’s forever family find her and to also help fund her adoption grant so that money will not be an issue holding someone back from adopting this sweet little girl. Would you consider donating a little to Anne’s adoption grant on Reece’s Rainbow? It is tax-deductible and would be a very feasible way to help one of “the least of these.” If you are not in a place to donate, I encourage you to visit the Reece’s Rainbow site and learn a little bit more about what they do and how they are helping the word get out about these precious children.

Thanks for reading. I appreciate it. And here is your freebie! You can click on the image to be taken to a page of all my available freebies.
Free Two Page Digital Scrapbook Template for download