A Different Sort of Fairy Tale: Please share!

August 12th, 2012

The following post was written by my friend Lydia Rosencrants, who blogs at Eight is not Enough, and is adopting Gabby and Marsha from Pleven.  Please read it and share wherever you can:


A Different Sort of Fairy Tale

I’m going to tell you a little story today.  I don’t know the ending yet, but I’m sure hoping it’s “. . . and they lived happily ever after.”  It all depends on you.

Once upon a time, three little babies were born in an Eastern European country.  They were as cute as can be, just like every newborn is.  They were completely dependent upon their mamas and daddies, just like every newborn.  But these babies were a little different.  Two had cerebral palsy.  One had hydrocephalus.  There were other issues I’m sure.  And then tragedy struck for these newborns.  Their mamas and daddies didn’t want them.  In their country, being different was not a good thing.  Maybe their mamas and daddies were scared and didn’t think they could handle their needs. Or maybe they were poor and thought the babies wouldn’t get the care they would need.  Whatever the reason, these babies were abandoned at the hospital, never to know the feeling of being held or loved or the sweetness of a mother’s milk or her smile.

Time passed and they were taken to the their local orphanage.  This was a very bad place.  The evil witch who was in charge hated children, especially those who were different.  The three little babies were placed in cribs and left there.  They were taken out once a day for a diaper change.  Other than that they laid in their cribs, in their own wastes, until their bodies were covered in rashes and sores.  They were fed once a day from an old beer bottle that was filled with a flour and gravy mixture.  They were never told they were loved or special; never held; never received any therapy or medical treatment; never had their teeth brushed; never saw the sun or went outside.  Never.  The old witch made sure of that.  She liked the children to remain small and weak so that they didn’t cause any trouble.

So the children slowly got older, but didn’t grow much.  They remained the size of babies because they were starved and unloved.  But enter the Hero to the story!  There was a great King who loved the children and was determined that they would not die alone in their cribs.  He sent people into the orphanage who really SAW what was happening and who fought with all their might to save them.  The old witch was thrown out.  Very slowly, families started to come for the children, families who didn’t care that the children were different.  But for the three children in our story, no family has come.  So that’s where you come in!  These three need for all of us to rally around them and find their family.  Their files will only be with their agencies for a short time and then their chance of finding a family decreases.  Please help me find them a family so I can type those magical words “. . . and they lived happily ever after.”

Here are those precious three children who need families:


Princess Penny is such a fighter!  Despite the fact that she was in the clutches of the evil queen for a long 11 years, she survived!  She weighs a measly 21 pounds, but would gain weight so quickly once she were home.  She smiles, she loves despite what has been done to her.  The Hero of our story has great plans for this one.  Don’t you want to be a part?  If so, please click on the link above or contact Shelley Bedford at shele337@gmail.com


Prince Payton is very dashing!  He has suffered from severe malnutrition and weighs just 17 pounds at 8 years old.  He has been treated at a local hospital and now is ready for his new mommy and daddy to come rescue him.   Is that you?  Please contact Shelley Bedford at shele337@gmail.com.


Adorable Adam needs a family quickly!  He has untreated hydrocephalus and will die if it is not treated.  He is the size of a six month old but is actually 5.  He’s so cute and so in need of a forever family.  If that’s you, please contact Nina Thompson at nina.t@chiadopt.com.


Friends,  I so desperately want this story to have a happy ending.  That depends on as many people as possible seeing these children!

I am giving away a $25 amazon gift card, a $25 visa gift card, and two free tickets to an AMC movie to three randomly chosen people.  All you have to do to be entered in the drawing is share this blog post.  Post it on your facebook page, twitter it or email the link to your friends.  That’s it!  Just read and share and you could win one of three great prizes.

When you share be sure to leave a comment on our blog here:  A Different Sort of Fairy Tale

Or email me at eightisnotenough2012@gmail.com.  Thank you for being a part of the story of these precious lives!

~Lydia Rosencrants
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7 Responses to “A Different Sort of Fairy Tale: Please share!”

  1. Lydia says:

    I have a great update!  Adam has been found by his family.  They could use our financial support and prayers:  http://grumpyjax.blogspot.com/2012/08/adoption-on-move.html

  2. Rachel says:

    Very happy to share!!!

  3. Thomas R Boroughs says:

    That is a very beautiful story!!!!  I can hardly wait to hear the next chapter, and I can hardly wait to hear how it ends!  I think I’ve heard of this “Good King”, so my hope is very great that with faith, it will be a wonderful ending.

  4. Rachel says:

    Thank you for sharing.  My girls and I are still praying.  Updates are so wonderful so we know exactly how to pray. 

  5. Sarah says:

    Yes, Adam’s (Lord willing) adoptive family is working on raising commitment fees to officially be matched to him! Jaclyn, his soon to be mommy, is a dear friend of mine, and they could really use any help! http://adoptutah.blogspot.com/

  6. Kirstin says:

    Susanna –

    I read your blog faithfully. We are beginning our own adoption journey, and while we are excluded from most international adoption (due to my husbands medical history: he was diagnosed with a rare cancer at 25, and while he has beaten it and has been in remission many years, it makes international adoptions unattainable for us) I still think about these beautiful children hidden away from the world every single day.

    FOr those that want to write the new director at Pleven, might I suggest Google translate?
    You type the text in english into a text field, and google will automatically translate into Bulgarian (and any other number of languages)!  

  7. Lydia says:

    URGENT UPDATE:  Penny and Payton’s files have been returned to their country!  It is still possible to adopt them.  Please email Shelley at shele337@gmail.com if you are interested.  And please, please pray and share!

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