May I suggest…

September 3rd, 2011


I have just learned from Stephanie Carpenter that Lifeline Children’s Services has a new child listed from Katerina’s orphanage.  He is four years old and has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome.  I just watched his videos, and I can tell you that he is PRECIOUS!

If you would like to know more, please contact   He needs a family to come forward quickly as Stephanie will only have his file until the middle of October, at which time it will need to be returned!

This would be a good time to include a letter written by a friend of mine who knows the unique joys of rearing a child with Down syndrome, and who keeps dropping little girlie clothes off at our house!

She wrote this letter the day after I first met Katie, and the vivid picture she drew with her words has stayed in my mind ever since.

“Those pictures, of little Katerina.  And you.  I don’t know which broke my heart more, how pitiful Katerina is, or the look on your face, when you looked at the neglect Katerina has suffered.
Those skinny little legs that have never walked, when she could have, if given the chance.

The description of the way she patted your arm, just like Verity does…..and just like the way C does mine.  How precious the last picture, where Katerina is smiling up into your face.

I went to bed with those pictures in my mind’s eye, and pouring out my heart in prayer for Katerina and for you. 

I dreamed…of the orphanage being over-run by other moms, so many moms, coming to get all the other children. Women who saw your pictures and heard your heart and they could not stop til they had the orphanage empty and all the children in loving arms.

I don’t necessarily put a lot of stock in dreams.  But I do believe [God has] begun a good work in that orphanage and that others will follow!  I am praying it is soon, so no other baby will suffer the life that Katerina has suffered.”

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6 Responses to “May I suggest…”

  1. Rilla Wisor says:

    We pray for “Our Orphans” every night on our FB prayer group and Katie is one of  them.

  2. Jordan says:

    I needed the last post, I have known my entire life that I wanted to be a mom, but I have to admit that the thought of raising a child with special needs scared me.  Reading your blog has opened my mind, my eyes, and my heart.  Thank you, I know when the time comes, I will be looking toward Special Needs adoption.  I pray for your family and esp. Katie.

    Isaiah 43:1-4 

  3. Debi Allenbaugh says:

    Just wanted you to know that several people at my church pray for your family and Katerina. I want to adopt so badly but I am not able to now. I do have several kids I pray for regularly and Katerina is one of them.

  4. Susan says:

    Steven is also listed with Reece’s Rainbow, so his family is likely to receive financial assistance through donations to his RR account to help offset their adoption costs.

    Surely hope he and all the other children who are waiting with him will find families and come home soon…

    Susan in Ky
    Cousin to 2 from Ukraine    

  5. Thank you for sharing your story.  It is so powerful and I do believe God is working in the hearts of many through your openness.  Joy Dawson once said,
    “It is more powerful to talk to God about man than it is to talk to man about God”.  This is so true!  God can move in ways and in hearts of people we have never met if we pray and ask him to.  I have been praying that the hearts of the leaders and orphanage workers would look into the eyes of the precious children and see, even for a moment, what God sees in their lives.  I believe a moment like that would surely begin to change ones heart.  I am praying that local Christians will rise up and begin to change perspectives and fight for the children.  I pray too that all the babies find homes and families that will love them for the rest of their lives!  

    I would like permission to post the YouTube video of you singing to Katie.  I want to share your story and help bring awareness of what life is really like for children with Ds in other countries.  I believe you have my info above.


  6. Amy says:

    It is amazing to read this today and see all that God has done. Even though I know how Katie’s story turned out and her story was one of the first thing I read, I am captivated watching it all come together in your blog. I am watching how God worked out all the little details. I have a hard time sometimes making myself stop reading. I can’t wait to read the next post and see how the story comes along. God is doing amazing things at this orphanage and He did bring many moms to wrap there arms around those children. Praise God!

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