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Race to China 2016

I have a very important post to share with you today.

I was adopted from a Russian mental institution when I was 17 months old. Doctors said I would never walk and always need special needs classes. Today, I can run a ten-minute mile and I am finishing my first year at Bucknell University with a double major and minor. I also have five younger sisters with special needs that were all adopted from different countries.

Today, I would like to introduce you to someone.

This is Annie.
Every day, she and her friends pray that a family will come for her.
We believe that Annie will thrive in our family.

But we have to hurry!
We have two months to raise 26,000 dollars to bring Annie home forever!
Can you imagine her joy when she realizes the Lord has answered her prayers?
Imagine how much her faith will be strengthened!

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3

Words cannot express how deeply I desire to s…

My Left Foot

"Disability does not mean no ability."
~ Jessica Long, Paralympic Swimmer adopted from Russia.
"Are you okay?"
"Did you hurt your foot?"

When people ask me these questions, I smile. No, I'll say. I just have a mild form of Cerebral Palsy, that affects my walking and balance.

Several nights ago, I watched the movie "My Left Foot" The film tells the story of Christy Brown (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) a well-known Irish writer and artist.
He had Cerebral Palsy too.

Cerebral Palsy is a physical disability resulting from brain injury. It can affect body movement, muscle control and coordination, reflex and balance. Cerebral Palsy is permanent, but it shouldn't worsen if you take care of your body. "People who have Cerebral Palsy may also have visual, learning, hearing, speech, epilepsy and intellectual impairments. (Courtesy of:

Christy Brown's Cerebral Palsy was much more severe t…

They Count the Days

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love Downton Abbey.
The characters, the time period, the upstairs-downstairs storylines... I have watched all 6 seasons, many, many times.
But what does Downton have to do with adoption?
I found this song from the final Downton Abbey soundtrack a few days ago. Please play the song and pay attention to the lyrics as you look through the pictures of this post.
I believe the lyrics echo the hopes of adoptive families, as they wait for their children to come home, looking forward to telling them, there are "So many years of loving you" ahead. I also believe the lyrics echo the dreams of orphans, as they count the days until they have a family of their own.
What if there is a child out there saying, "I'll count the days till I am yours?" Will you come for them?

I'll count the days till I am yours

I'll save your notes from distant shores

I'll count the days hoping they'll fly I'll spend my nights staring at the sky

Time …