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    Bracelet Brigade

          My little brother, who falls on the autism spectrum, has declared that he is ‘on the front lines of fundraising’ for the Little Bear.  He makes knotted bracelets (and key-chains & necklaces) and has decided to make a TRUCKLOAD of bracelets for L. This is our first ‘official’ fundraiser.  Lots of Love for Little Bear.  My little brother’s friend is helping in the endeavor (and my mom has been brought in for reinforcements).   We are asking for a goodwill donation for the bracelet, $5 or more will ensure free shipping!   All proceeds go directly into Little Bear’s fund.        You can use the Chip-In to the right to order…

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    You are Loved…

         At the bottom of this blog is Josh Groban’s song, You Are Loved.  It is a song that I have always enjoyed and find meaning in.  (Of course, Josh himself is pretty enjoyable!)  I can’t wait for this little girl to meet all of the people that have shown such love for her already.      I work weekly with the youth at my church.  This is such an amazing group of kids.  Over time they have ‘adopted’ two children from foreign countries through a children’s mission organization.  They frequently pray for these little girls, (both from different countries and in different social situations) and they raise money to send…

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    Those Eyes

       I know I posted early this morning, but there is just so much to share!  As I’m headed off to bed, Little Bear is probably just waking up (or will be very soon)!  It’s about an 8 hour time difference.  I frequently find myself doing the math and wondering if she’s eating or playing or sleeping soundly, at any given time.  (Especially while laying awake at 3 o’clock in the morning!)  I got some more pictures.  Earlier, younger pictures.  And of course, the scrapbook as been started.  I’m mesmerized by those eyes.  I can not wait until I can actually look into them and see the little girl that…

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    Rainy Days

           The Little Bear got moved to the next ‘step’ today.  Every time I think I have it under control, I read a post or get an email or see a comment and I end up in tears (of joy) or skipping around the office like a 10 year old! Or wanting to throw up from the anxious feeling of waiting and waiting some more.  Ugh, these next months are going to last FOREVER! On the other hand, the social worker will be here in a week.  In 10 days, we will be moving forward yet another step.        10 days, I wonder what you’ll be doing in those…

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    The First Promise

    “By adopting a child and helping them reach their potential, they help us reach ours. An adopted child is not an unwanted child; to the contrary. They are a child who was searched for, prayed for, cried for, begged for; received by arms that ached, making empty hearts full. Love is meant to be shared.”     Author unknown      Those eyes, asking for someone to love her. Lizzy, derived from ‘Elizabeth’ meaning: “God’s Promise”.      How can such a little face carry such a powerful name?  God promises unconditional love.  And He does, love her unconditionally.  Extra chromosome, positive antibodies, wandering eyes, fuzzy hair, chunky cheeks, button nose and ALL!!  …