I was stuck between him and Kolya.
Both are boys in Millie and Eli's country with less than stellar pictures.
Until June 2013,
Millie never had good pictures either.
I think it's why my heart was drawn toward those two boys specifically,
That and they are right around the same age as her.
"George" has $1,222 in his grant right now.
That means $2,222 is the goal for Angel Tree,
What a fun number!
But like I said yesterday,
$7,500 is the magic number,
I need to see him make it to $7,500.
To give him hope,
That maybe, just maybe,
A family already in process will see him,
See his grant,
Know his funds are all covered,
And it be an easier leap of faith to add him to their current adoption!
So that's George....
The second child we are advocating for,
It was not something we had planned to do.
Like I said yesterday I'm on my way to pick up my own kids this week,
But surely we have time to help these two as well.
If kids on the Angel Tree didn't have warriors by the end of the day yesterday,
They were being left off and left out of the fundraiser,
$1,000 they would miss out on in their accounts.
I saw her over a year ago and she's had a special place in my heart ever since.
Again, a child with a not so great picture,
A child that is big and looks a little rough around the edges even.
But I love her, and I see sooo much in her,
And I know we don't qualify to adopt her,
So I must find her a family,
And funds help!
I texted my husband in a panic yesterday saying that of the 5 kids left to be chosen,
That she was one of them :(
That I needed to sign him up to help rally,
Because she just could not be left behind,
She reminds me too much of our Millie.
Do you know how many kids are on Reece's Rainbow?
I have no clue,
But it's a lot.
And no one saw her beauty,
So we had to step up and shout for her too.
Because all life is precious.
Jill's RR profile states
"Jill is a beautiful young lady who needs a loving, experienced family. She is considered profoundly delayed. She does attend a school for children with special needs, and she does recv therapy and specialized care in her orphanage. She is growing well (size-wise), but she needs full care. She tries to walk but gets tired easily. She has some autistic/institutional behaviors, and craves sensory input."
And Millie's reads
"Millie has difficulty making eye contact and other signs that she may also have Autism. A formal evaluation is being scheduled to either confirm or rule out Autism. She is significantly delayed in her development and requires adult assistance for most activities. She shows little interest in toys unless an adult is directly interacting with her and assisting her in her interactions. She is not yet talking, though she will vocalize to indicate her pleasure or displeasure with activities."
Millie's Profile Picture at one point.
So you see,
They are a lot alike, only two years apart, and many of the same institutional behaviors.
I can tell you that in Millie's referral videos,
It was a whole lot of stimming.
My time in country with her,
There was still a whole lot of stimming,
But that sweet beautiful child of mine,
She came to life overnight
So for Jill and George,
We will Rally.
While on our gotcha trip to bring our treasures home.
Oh and I mentioned Gotcha Day,
Yeah, sorry, it wasn't today,
But it got you to click on the post.
I mentioned it because I'm not sharing anything, pictures or otherwise, about Millie's Gotcha Day until Jill's Angel Tree account reads $500 or more.
Gotcha Day is November 6th.
Six Days to get her to $500 if you want pictures and updates as soon as we get back to the hotel that afternoon!
And a heads up that the same goes for sweet Eli,
Until George reaches $500,
We are not sharing anything about his gotcha day,
or anything else to do with that extraordinary trip!
I arrive in Pleven on November 7th,
Will spend 3 days at the orphanage,
And GOTCHA is the afternoon of the 9th.
MY LIPS ARE SEALED!
*Also worth noting, ornaments are fun and all but they take a chunk of your donation from the child and it gets put toward materials. If you want your full donation to reach the kids, please consider opting out of getting an ornament*