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Starfish: A Little Night Music

How can we Change the World for an Orphan?

We cannot help all of them. But we can make a world of difference for one.

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. 

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching.  As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.  The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning!  May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth re…

Now It's Too Late

Tonight, my heart is tired.
Looking through Reece's Rainbow, I realized how many children have aged out-- children I thought about, prayed for, and watched daily to see if a family came for them.

No one ever came.

Tonight, I want to share just some of these children with you. I recognized more children on the aged out list than I included on this post...The children I chose to write about are particularly on my heart. (Photos and info courtesy of Reece's Rainbow. Please click on either link above to learn more).

Micah...He was on the list for a couple years.

Precious Reign...She is 16 years old. Look at the hopelessness in her eyes...

Anna Michelle...She grabbed my heart the day I saw her picture. She is blind. Imagine how a family could have changed her life...

Natalie...She is another girl I noticed on the aging-out list again and again...

Oh, sweet Veronica...It was our shared case of mild Cerebral Palsy that drew my heart to her. (I had advocated for her before, I think it was o…

Halfway There, Birthdays and Books

Hi Everyone! Now that my summer vacation has begun, I am going to be posting more blog updates. Meanwhile, here are a few things that have been happening around here...

~ Our Race to China YouCaring fund for Annie's adoption is almost halfway completed!
Please see this post at The Blessing of Verity for an update!Thank you to everyone who has been praying, sharing and giving to Annie's adoption. We have six and a half weeks to get to China before she ages out and becomes unadoptable!

~ I recently celebrated my incredibly blessed I have been plucked out of a Russian orphanage. According to The Home for Good Foundation, 60 percent of the girls who turn 16 and "age out" of the orphanage are lured into sex trafficking and 70 percent of the boys are become involved in gangs, landing in prison. 10-15 percent of these orphans commit suicide before they turn 18 years old. The Lord has blessed me, allowing me to defy these statistics for nineteen years.