Monday, June 27, 2011

Balancing Heavy with Hope

My last post was a downer, I know. The plight of orphans around the world is a downer. To balance out the downerific-ness of it all- today I am going to post about the hope. The hope all those children have to find families.

The most concentrated source of hope, for me anyway, is the 'My Family Found Me' page on the Reece's Rainbow website. That wonderful organization has helped over FIVE HUNDRED orphans worldwide find their forever families. These children have come home, or are on their way home, to families that will love them. To birthday parties and peanut butter sandwiches. To picnics and to building snowmen. Never again will these children suffer days, weeks, months, years within the confines of a crib or single room in an institution.

Children like... 

And don't forget...

Those are just a few of the children- please go to the actual page to see many more. It is truly a blessing to see their faces. And because people like you and me are aware of the others- orphans not yet with their families have hope too...

...And I think that's pretty awesome. :)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Beyond the Bars

I think of Porter, and by extension all orphans, at random times. Of course I think of them in my prayers and when I'm 'scheduled' to think of them, but they also come to mind when I'm not doing something actively associated. Today my son was having a bit of trouble settling down for a nap so I was sitting in the glider in his room, reading a magazine and waiting for him to settle. He was in his crib, with his back against the bars, reading a book. I glanced over, and all the sudden I was reminded that, whereas my son will take his nap and then get out of his crib to play and be loved in other areas of his own home, so many orphans- especially those outside the U.S. where Porter lives- spend most of their days within the confines of those bars.

That thought, like most of the thoughts I have in regard to Porter, was heavy and tinged with great sadness. No child deserves that.

To counter the sadness, I sent prayers out for all those children spending their time in bleak situations. I can not fix everything, I know that. I also know however, that its important to do what one can. I hope by putting his picture out there and by helping to raise money for his adoption fund, that I can help Porter find his forever family. That he will be saved from the institution that will be his fate if he is not 'rescued' by the age deemed too old for the baby house. I am humbled by that opportunity, but also sobered by its importance.

Thank you so much to all those who are also helping Porter- I am most definitely not alone in my efforts, and I am eternally grateful for that. Please continue to pray and send good thoughts for Porter to find his forever family.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

New Beginnings

Hi Everyone!

I have been taking a little break from blogging, it wasn't a conscious decision, I just couldn't think of anything to write. I think I was getting a little emotionally spent thinking about little Porter, and I just didn't know what to write about him. I actually had to limit myself to checking his page on Reece's Rainbow only once a day, because I was checking over and over and making myself sad with his little face. So I took a little time to recenter.

During that time I continued to check in and of course pray for him daily. I also revitalized my yoga practice a little. It had gotten a little mechanical. Put the DVD in, do the poses, on with the day. I definitely needed something to help break the blahs.

So I started to really concentrate on being in each pose and not just moving through one to get to the other. Its been much better. Also, while I do that, I concentrate on really being present in the moment and I send prayers out to Porter at the same time. That has helped me not to get emotionally overwhelmed. I remember that I am not in control and I can't fix everything, but I can do good where I can and pray. Also that God has a plan for everyone, including Porter.

This has helped.

So I have been feeling better and new life has been breathed into my yoga practice (which is especially helpful since my commitment is to do it six days a week- not being present and focused makes every one of those six days hard, and not as beneficial as they could be). Doing yoga mindfully really has an amazing effect. I hope to write more about this.

I hope everyone had been enjoying the warmer weather! Please help me continue to raise funds for Porter's future family- and please join me in praying for his daily well being.

Thank you for continuing to read and support my journey through this year of yoga! 3/4 of a year down, 1/4 to go!!! :) :) :)