On May 1st, Nina turned 4 years old. This was not an ordinary day, or an ordinary birthday, but rather, a every significant day in her life. Her 4th birthday was the day that we celebrated her, the day that she was showered with balloons from friends, had her own cake, and we sang happy birthday to her.
But what is even more significant is what did not happen. Saturday was not the day that someone came to take her away to an institution. Saturday was not the day where she would have began to slowly die. Saturday was not her death sentence. Saturday was a day of life, a day of rejoicing. She once was lost, but now she is found, she is loved, she is wanted!
The reality of this day weighs so heavy on my heart. A child saved from an institution...a child that we sacrificed so much so that we could bring her home. And she was worth it!
Happy Birthday my sweet little girl. You have hope and a future. You are loved!
Last August we began the journey of adoption. I did all I could so that we could get her home as soon as possible. Her 4th birthday looming in the back of my mind. And now she is home!
A few months ago I shared a post about what these institutions are like. I don't want to forget, I don't want anyone to forget what happens to children with special needs in Eastern Europe. Ukraine was no different than Serbia is. She was so close to being sent away all because of her Cerebral Palsy.
So I will share this video with you again. The images are hard to see, but they need to be seen! There are too many orphans that need a family, too many Nina's out there. You don't have money? Neither did we, God provided. Do you have room for one more bed, do you have room for one more persona at the dinner table? Do you have $10 or more that you can give for one of the children from Reece's Rainbow? You might not be able to save one of these by bringing them home, but you can help another family. You can really save a life!
So watch the video, and allow these images to be etched in your mind. It is okay if you cry a little as it touches your heart. Because most likely nobody will cry for these orphans that die in institutions, nobody cares. Will you?