Guest posting today for a very worthy cause. Check it out HERE.
Wow!Merci pour tout: l'inspiration, l'espoir et le courage, la créativité et le bonheur que je retrouve ici.Love, xx
awesome! Wanted to leave you a tip for littles with coughs. Rub vicks on the bottoms of their feet and then put a pair of socks on them. Works like a charm to help the all night coughing. Hugs!
k I love that you brought me to that blog...I wish I could adopt him today...it breaks my heart to think about all those babies abandoned just because they have DS. *side note* I was flipping through the channels and landed on Sarah Palin's Alaska (random? I know) Well, little did I know that she has a little boy with DS. Not sure if you knew that but it's true. Changed my whole perspective of her when I saw her playing with her little boy. You women are amazing! You make me want to be a better person, mother and advocate for those sweet, darling designer babies. Thanks so much for changing my world.
I'm so glad you're doing this. We're planning on embarking on the adoption journey (through Reece's Rainbow!) next year and at times the financial aspect can be a bit (or a lot!) overwhelming.This is such a good cause!
Lovely post. Sweet little Cliff..no doubt will find his way to the old US of A, and you will be a piece of that plane that propels him here..nicely done!
I hope you know how much your readers look forward to every single one of your posts. I also caught Sarah Palin's Alaska last night, where they got to meet a cousin who also had DS like her son. I hope you saw it, or can find it somewhere, she got pretty emotional talking about it. I'm not very political, so I don't have a "view' on Sarah Palin really, except she has a cool name, and I think she's a cute lady.
So glad you blogged for one of Reece's Rainbow orphans!! They sure do tug at your heart. Would love to see a button for them on your blog.
I just made a donation to Baby Cliff. My heart breaks for babies who don't have loving homes. I never would have learned of Cliff without your post. Thanks for opening my eyes.
I so wish I could take him or any of the other 143 million orphans out there... You truly inspire me! When I find myself, in tough and trying situation, asking myself "What would Kelle do?" You're changing the world!!
I had NO idea all those babies were out there waiting for love, abandoned by their parents. NO idea. Now I am so sad just thinking of all of them. It is really hard for me not to feel upset that the process to adopt one of these children is so overwhelming, expensive, time consuming, etc. If it were easier/more affordable lives would be changed so much more quickly and often...
Beautiful guest post and photos. Bless you and baby Cliff and every heart that loves.Steph
Amazing...That first picture of Lainey and Nella is my absolute favourite!! And I went on to read all about little Cliffy, and my heart aches for him!!
Kelle~Reece's Rainbow rocks and so do you!Susan from Boston
Kelle,Thank you for hilighting Reece's Rainbow. I am proud to say that I am an adopting parent of a RR child. She is Vera G. Soon to be a former orphan from Russia region 8 She's almost at the bottom of the "My family found me" page. I am the single mom of 2 very high functioning typical children who had the audacity to grow up on me and now am starting over with a little girl who has already changed my life and will I'm sure have a joyous impact on all those who meet her. You can call me crazy, but I prefer just crazy in love. :)Deana
This one almost made me cry. Hugs.
Kelle, What a beautiful gift you have. You touch more lives then you can imagine. Blessings to you and yours. You are amazing!
i so wish i could bring that little boy home. And honestly i wish i could bring lots of little orphans home...maybe one day.
Another star in Heaven for you...I like you so much Kelle.Sher
Kelle,This is such a beautifully touching article you've writter here. x
My heart breaks for baby Cliff :(
Here's a clavourine blogspot for you! http://kelibphotography.blogspot.com/The photos are JUST LIKE the ones you take! kelle, or keli - it wouldn't matter! So vibliferous, I know - I just about died!
Kelle,Thanks for bringing light to the worldwide orphan problem. I had no idea. I sat and stared at the photos for hours last night. I didn't cry...just vowed to try and help make a difference big or small. Maybe a contribution, maybe more. Haven't really figured it out yet but it has been on my mind ever since. It's really making me think about if our family is cut out for adopting. It might not be our calling but it got me thinking...and that is a great thing. Hopefully it's made others stop and think about if adoption could be a good fit for them as well. If your post and call to awareness finds even ONE forever family for those babies..or raises even ONE dollar towards their adoptions...then you have done a very wonderful thing. Thanks for keeping us informed. As always love ALL of your blog posts...the happy, the sad, and the thought provoking! :) Hope you and the family are getting over your colds and are on the mend!
We found our son through Reece's Rainbow 18 months ago. When we arrived in Eastern Europe we accepted a 2nd referral for a little girl. She was 4 years old & could have been transferred to an institution at any time. Her b-day is Christmas day. There is no mistake we chose Ds. A boy & a girl. Love them! So much that God has called us again. We again are choosing to adopt a little girl, 3 years old with Ds. We recently committed to her. Paperwork going quickly. Now we just have to work hard on fundraising. There is no grant for Masha. Wanna help bring an orphan to a family she deserves? Would love your support.Blessings,Meghanwww.thenewdickinsonfamily.com
really put it all in perspectivethank youmakes me not wanna freak out about my little issues and support a much bigger issue instead.so inspiring and beautiful writingrandom:the singer on your playlist "timmy curran" is my friends husband. small world : )happy holidays KellexoAbbey
Hey Kelle, I'm listening to this song right now so I thought I'd post while it's still fresh on my mind. Have you ever heard "Half Acre" by Hem? I think you'd dig it. Flurries in Chicago today... I'd like a FL Christmas, I won't lie! :)
Cliff is lovely. Reading about him makes me hug my Chloe a little closer to my body, wishing that some other baby could feel my arms and kisses. There is nothing that compares to the warmth and smell of a baby. It is sad that there are babies out there missing the security and love of parents. I have been inspired by your story and photos. I purchased my first "adult" camera. Wish me luck...Hopefully, I learn how to work the camera with some hard work and lots of pictures. By the way, your girls are adorable!
Hope Baby Nella is feeling better soon. I imagine you earned a few grey hairs during this whole ordeal - hope you are enjoying your much deserved break.
Baby Cliff is adorable! Every time I visit Reece’s Rainbow my heart breaks for all those children...Thank God, Nella is OK! The photos of Brett with Lainey in Key Largo and you with Nella are beautiful. Love Lainey and Nella's room. Have a wonderful time in Key West. :)~Sending Nella healing energy her way~"As you absorb truths and stories that nourish the spirit, you will feel an energy released within you. It is an energy that resonates with universal truth and leads you into unity with your world. This energy can only be called 'grace'. It is a vibrational force of such power that it can lift you for an instant out of your immediate circumstances. It can fill you with the perception that there is nothing you cannot handle and that all will be well, no matter the outcome." ~Caroline Myss
will light a candle for the girl's upswing on the cold/RSV situation! those smiles and giggles are the best medicine. you're amazing parents.
You inspire people more than you or we know…I tell complete strangers about your blog. It all started when I took a risk and went to Ohio to be with my boyfriend and his family for 2 days over Thanksgiving week. A risk only because I had to work on Friday and if I got snowed in how on earth was I going to make it back to Florida for the rehearsal on Friday night. (Career: Wedding Planner) It was a busy day last Tuesday making sure I packed everything, all the wedding details finalized, and well you know that out of town list that seems so big at the time. I made it to the plane on time, and sat their thinking this is crazy…I was going to miss being with my family on Thanksgiving to be in Ohio for 2 days. I got out my book at that point, to not talk myself out of getting off the plane before we left the gate. Then the random person that was sitting next to me on that snug AirTran Flight started chatting with me. I have to admit I kind of sighed inside because I was looking forward to the silence for a couple hours. We chatted the whole flight giggling and sharing stories about life and why and where we were going. I found out she’s a teacher for special needs children in Port Charlotte, and I couldn’t resist telling her about your blog and your awesome journey. Admitted I might be board line addicted to your blog, with visiting first thing in the morning to start my day at work. She asked me if I knew you personally, and I had to laugh because I caught myself speaking about someone I don’t even know. Thank you for the inspiration! Inspiring people to always look for the joy in life while “Enjoying the Small Things.” Fabulous! Happy Holiday’s Hampton Family & Get Well Wishes to the Girls!
I'm so very glad that you are supporting Reeces Rainbow and their off-shoot fundaisers. That ministry has grabbed my heart, and coincidentally I found your blog. I would give anything to be able to adopt a child, but I'm a full time working mom of four (ages 16 through 1) and have an unemployed husband so I don't even know how I would have time to give to another. :( Maybe someday.... I don't know but if God makes a way I'll do it. thanks so much for being a voice in the DS world, you show the beauty in it!!!! Love you!!!!
I am so glad your little bunny is feeling better! Even without you photo editing program you pictures are amazingly beautiful!Thank you, as always, for you inspiration!
I'm a new follower and loove reading your posts. Your girls are gorgeous and you have such a way with words! :)
I have just spent hours browsing your blog- it is such agreat journey!
i just love reading your blog :) i get so excited when i see a new blog post. you are such an encouragement and your family is absolutely adorable!
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