Josephine is a little girl with down syndrome living in an orphanage/asylum in the Ukraine. I have recently become aware of both the mission of Reece's rainbow and the deplorable conditions that special needs orphans live in across the world through my friend Stori, whose put a lot of effort into blogging about these things over on her blog, The Wannderers: Russia Edition. I was definitely moved by what I saw but I guess you could say I hit a tipping point this morning when a co-worker sent out a reminder about his family's quest to adopt Josephine from the Ukraine. She is living in the very same place, or type of place, that Stori has been blogging about, and she has a family who desperately wants to share their life with her and help her grow up as happy and as healthy as can be. I want to help too!
Jay and Caroline have been married for almost 18 years. They married while Jay was in the military [Air Force] and moved around the United States. During that time they were raising their 6 sons and had their first daughter in 2004. Jay retired from the Air Force in 2004 after serving 20 years. In 2006 they were blessed with a second daughter, Gabriella. She was born with Down Syndrome and a complete joy to their whole family. They knew that Gabrielle had Down Syndrome before she was born and felt blessed that God choose them as parents to this wonderful baby girl. Even Grandma came for her birth. Gabrielle has taught her family so much and is such a joy. Jay and Caroline wanted to connect with other families that have a child/children with special needs and found that through facebook. Thats when they were introduced to the special needs orphans on Reeces Rainbow. Adoption is something they have discussed many times and wanted to do but now Reeces Rainbow was the path to that child that God choose for them. They knew it was their time to adopt. Josephine took their heart as soon as they saw her picture. Josephine has struck to the core as being the right child in the most need. She is five years old and will be six years old soon. Josephine is on the verge of being transferred to a mental institution from the baby house. She deserves to be at home with her awaiting family and going to school with her siblings. Jay and Caroline are committed to bringing Josephine home as soon as possible. Please pray for them. Any kind of support, donations and prayers will help bring Josephine home to her forever family.
The trick to all of these adoptions is that they are very expensive and I can only imagine, quite emotionally draining for the families who wait for their children to come to the US. So I am hoping that we can collectively send messages of support directly to the Cutlers via their blog cutlerfamilyadoption.blogspot.com and raise even just a little bit of money to help them bring sweet Josephine home.
Today I created a coupon code for my etsy shop zero calorie cookies that will give YOU 10% off your order just by entering JOSEPHINE10 at checkout. And in return I will donate 20% of my sales generated with that code to her reece's rainbow account. (you can also donate directly via the link above her name). What? You didn't know I have an esty shop... well I DO! I make appliqued baby onsies using my cookie cutters as inspiration shapes. Hopefully by next week I will have new valentines, easter and st. patrick's day items added as well!
Please share with anyone and everyone you can think of, leave me a comment so we can all track the progress. I will try to update the progress in a blog post as well.