Just when we thought that our plate was full in life, God dished us up some dessert!


Thursday, March 31, 2011

iPad2 Giveaway and more!!!!

Before you read anything else...go to this link below and ignore everything else that I say:

The Burger family is working very hard to bring their Brian home. There is great fear that this precious soul,
will get sent away to an institution.

Hidden behind a locked gate forever. Never to even see a car drive by!

Life in an institution vs. Life in a family with loving momma and papa, 2 brothers and a sister? 

The decision is easy.....he needs to be home...and FAST. Please do whatever you can to bring him home.

Tons of prizes.....even if you don't win the iPad2!

Entrance Details:

$10 = 1 entry

$25 = 3 entries

$50 = 8 entries

$100 = 20 entries

$150 = 35 entries

$300 = 80 entries
Go HERE to find the Chip in at the bottom of the posting....you wan the one that says iPad2 Giveaway!
Good Luck!

Blessings to you for your generosity!

Friday, March 25, 2011


Kirill's Story as told by his parents.....to go straight to their link: http://oureyesopened.blogspot.com/

Please feel free to share the following on your blogs. It is a summary of our adoption journey so far. Please help us spread the word. We are hoping somehow someone will be able to help us.

Two years ago Greg and I began praying for God to do whatever he wanted with our lives. We handed him a “blank check” so to speak, and told him to cash it. He opened our eyes to children with disabilities wasting away across the ocean in Eastern Europe. We joined God and started our adoption journey.

Our family is more than equipped to handle a child with special needs. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education. I am a member of the Board of Directors of Best Buddies of Alabama. I have volunteered for RISE and Eagles’ Wings. All of these organizations serve individuals with special needs. My husband I have close friends and family who have special needs and we are a big part of each other’s lives. Our wedding party included some of these special people. Our involvement with individuals with special needs led us to adopt a child with special needs; specifically, we chose Down Syndrome.

As we prayed over the faces of thousands of orphaned children with Down Syndrome, we ultimately chose a little boy named Sergey from Russia. Eight months later, as we neared the finish line of our adoption, one of Sergey’s family members in Russia stepped forward to adopt him. We were heartbroken for our loss, but God showed us that we were following him, and his ways are perfect. We knew we still wanted to adopt, so the way we saw it, two children would find homes because of our journey…Sergey went to his family and now we would choose another child to come into our family. We took great comfort in knowing that God could see this when we first committed to Sergey! We were honored to be a part of his plan.

Shortly after losing Sergey, we received a new referral with a grainy photo of a four-year-old blond-haired boy wearing pink glasses named Kirill. We were instantly in love with him. We had to re-file a lot of our paperwork because of the change in referrals and regions of Russia, but we were fast and we thought we were looking at three more months at the most until we would have Kirill home.

That was well over a year ago.

Since then so many things have happened. A tragic story of an adoptive mother sending her child back to his country alone on a plane with a note pinned to his shirt rocked our world…he was from Russia. Adoptions in Russia came to a screeching halt. Kirill’s region stopped processing adoptions for eight long months. The judge refused to accept any Amercian adoption cases until an official treaty was signed between the United States and Russia.

Even though we wouldn’t be able to finalize the adoption in court until the treaty was signed, we were allowed to go visit Kirill and sign our official petition to adopt him in August 2010. We fell more deeply in love with him. This was our son.

During that time, we found out that Kirill is the first child from his region EVER to be adopted with Down Syndrome. A birth mother keeping her child with Down Syndrome is unheard of in this area of the world. Adoptions of children with Down Syndrome just don’t happen there, these children are literally hidden away from society in orphanages and mental institutions. As our process continued, it became apparent that Kirill would be a pioneer. If our adoption was approved, it would pave the way for other children with special needs to be adopted from this region.

Then, a miracle happened around Christmas and the judge in this region suddenly changed her mind and began processing American adoptions again. We were elated.  Could this be the light at the end of a very long tunnel? I was somewhat nervous about Kirill being the first child adopted with Down Syndrome from his region, but our agency was very confident that if we got a court date, our adoption would be approved. In seventeen years, they had never had a case rejected IF the family was issued a court date. We were told not to worry, so I didn’t. After meeting the judge’s requests for several supporting court documents, we were finally granted a court date-March 17, 2011. St. Patrick’s Day…I was thrilled. This would be our new favorite holiday! Our son was coming home!

Our other son, Clayton, who had just turned three when we started this adoption process, has prayed fervently for his brother. He is now almost five. When we told him Kirill was coming home, oh my…we had an excited big brother on our hands! At one point he even went to his room, dumped out his toy cars and divided them into two stacks…one for him and one for Kirill.

Last week, as we sat in the courtroom and suffered through five agonizing hours of difficult questioning, we were not prepared for anything but an approval of our case. Two doctors, two social workers, and the Minister of Children’s Services all made very strong statements on our behalf. They fought for us. Hard.

But when the ruling was read, the judge said, “Your application to adopt is rejected.” The basis given was that Kirill was “not socially adaptable” due to his “medical condition” and he was better off in an institution than in a home with a family. As the judge read her ruling, she stated several times that we were a good family, that we met all the criteria to adopt a child, but that she would not approve our adoption because Kirill has Down Syndrome. She told us that we could adopt another child, because legally our application had no problems according to Russian adoption law. She said she would approve our adoption for a “typical” child, but not this child. Why? The only reason? Because he has Down Syndrome. Even though we were approved by our home study and by the USCIS to adopt a child with special needs. It makes no sense whatsoever. Denying a child a family because he has Down Syndrome is a violation of human rights at its most basic level!

It was like a terrible dream. We were so unprepared for this outcome. As we left the courthouse in a mental fog, the doctors and social workers that had testified came to us and said, “If you appeal, we will fight for you. Appeal. Fight this decision.” Of course we were going to appeal…I could no more walk away from our biological son, Clayton, at this point. Kirill is just as much my son.

So here we are, asking God to move the mountain that is standing between Kirill and us as we appeal to the Supreme Court in Moscow. There are also three other families who are in various stages of adopting children with Down Syndrome from Kirill’s region; one of the families has a court hearing set for next week.

We are hoping that someone will hear our outcry and help us bring our son and these other waiting children home. His adoption will set the precedent for many other children in his region. There are 98 children in his orphanage with special needs alone. It is one of many orphanages in this region that houses children with special needs. This is about more than just one child, the lives of hundreds of children with special need are at stake.  Please help us.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

iPad2 Giveaway!!! I love Alexander!!!!

So, when we went to get Stas we met this precious boy....Alexander. 

If you have seen this video of him you know why we fell for him. He is so darn innocent and has been moved to a mental institution several months back. That is awful.  Pure innocence in a horrific place such as that. Look at him:


 Love, love, love him!

Even if you don't want an iPad....will you please just give something? If you want an iPad then I personally think you should give a whole lot!!!!! Make sure you leave a comment with how many chances you get.

Here is Christie's explanation and blog post:

iPad2 GIVEAWAY!!!!!

We are hosting our very own iPad giveaway. Shawn and I have talked this over, and prayed about it too. We have friends praying as well that God will bless this giveaway with an outpouring of funds. We must have our adoption costs covered quickly; unfortunately, time is not a luxury Alexander has. Alexander was still in a baby house/orphanage last year in July 2010--however, our son has been transferred to a MENTAL INSTITUTION and we need to get to him as soon as possible which means we need our fund to be full quickly also. Literally, every, single day he spends in the institution is robbing him of his achievements. He will regress quickly with little or no stimulation. Pictures of the institutions are not pretty. Some kids are tied to beds all day long, some are drugged to keep them quiet, some are left to their own devices and become nearly feral. His safety is at risk; his life depends on us rescuing him and GOD providing a way. While we do believe God will bless this journey, we also know we must be diligent in seeking what he has to offer us.

Sooo, here is what our package will offer:

iPad2 (choice of white or black)
16 GB with Wi-Fi
Your color choice of polyurethane sleep cover for the iPad2 (gray, blue, green, orange or pink)
Apple iPad2 Dock


The person selected as the giveaway champion will receive an electronic receipt of the purchase and delivery information as soon as we have communication as to where to send the information. 


Now, how do you get your chance at this package? First donate at least $10 to our Family Sponsorship Page (there is a donation link right here on my blog) just look for the Alexander for the Taylor Family Donations box with link to the right of this post you are reading right now.

If you do not have a paypal account you can mail a check to Reece's Rainbow with "Alexander for the Taylor Family" in the memo line and send it to:

Reece's Rainbow
P.O. Box 4024
Gaithersburg, MD 20885

Then you can come here to my blog and leave a comment, your name and entries will be tallied and added to our bucket to select the winners. This fundraiser will be live ONLINE and we will also be doing direct-face-to-face entries as well. What that means is this, my husband will be gathering entries through donations to Reece's Rainbow as well around town. 

For $10 you will get 1 entry (and 1 chance for a freebie entry)
For $25 you will get 3 entries (up to 3 chances for freebie entries)

How do you earn a freebie chance?

Once you have made a monetary donation, PLEASE share this blogpost for another entry. If you donate enough for one entry, you can only earn one freebie entry by reposting. BUT if you earn 3 entries you can earn 3 freebies. Facebook it for another entry. Tweet it for another entry. Blog it for another entry. SHARE, SHARE, SHARE. Momma said it was good to share, right? Come back here and let me know that you shared it and we will add to your entries for this giveaway. If you donate money multiple times over the weeks this giveaway runs--you will get entries for that too.  YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR NAME and, please, do not post just anonymously because I won't be able to find you if you are the winner.

So keep coming back to see how many entries are going in the bucket and watch the blessings unfold!!

Thank you!!!!!! You are BLESSING AJ and BLESSING our family too!!!!!





Wednesday, March 16, 2011


You can read this post HERE or just read below......honestly it is probably better that you go to Renee's site to get the best effect!!! Below comes from my friends blog. She is bringing this beauty home....but she needs the money first! She is supposed to travel soon. Look at that face!!!! Oh my!!!
Nine more days.... $1,295 to go.  Paisley has $2,245 in her FSP.  God is bigger than that, right?  If you've already donated, thank you. If you can't donate, please spread the word on your blog or facebook or twitter or carrier pigeon.... We need your help!!


Four pieces, four prizes.  For every five dollar donation you make you get a chance to win!  Leave a comment either on here or on the chip in when you donate to let me know which one of these fabulous pieces has stolen your heart.  I asked, you answered and here are the pieces ya'll picked for this here giveaway...

First Up....
This Beautiful Charm Bracelet
Isn't it gorgeous?  You could slip this on with a white t-shirt and blue jeans and the fabulous would just take over... I love it!

What's next, you say?   

Crystal and pearl bracelet


All you have to add is the little black dress and Lawd have mercy on your husband.  I bet you could hear a stiletto drop when you walk in the room!  Cha Ching!

I know, I know, there's more...

Edwardian Button Ring.  The pearls, the black, the flowers, the gold, and it's adjustable.  Think water weight.  Nuff said.

Finally, the Pièce de résistance or that fine looking cross necklace we all liked...

Can you feel it?  It just got a whole lot fancier in here..

These four fabulous pieces will make you feel as fine as frog's hair and twice as jumpy.  But in a good way.  Now if that ain't enough to get ya'lls blood pumping and ya'lls checkbook smokin, how about this.

Okay, here's where it gets good... Ya'll ready?

 If someone makes a 100 dollar donation there might be a little of this going on...

That's right, if someone makes a one hundred dollar donation, I, Renee Tam, will take a pie in the face and post it on my blog.  Paisley, I love you. :) 


Now, ya'll all know if I'm going down I'm bringing the two amigos with me.  So, here it goes:

If our total gets up to 250 dollars, Mama Grits, the Kim Houser, otherwise known as that other crazy Alabama woman, gets a pie in the face and yes, I will be posting that picture when it happens.

250 dollars people, let's wipe that smile off her face.  I'm thinking she needs a little makeover. 

Oh no, I didn't forget about Menskat.  Michelle Enskat, not really Miss Alabama 1992, the current reigning Miss Crazy Britches Alabama 2011.  Well, let me give ya'll a hint about what we got in store for this blonde bombshell...

If our total reaches 500 dollars then Michelle Enskat will dye her hair pink.  You just thought I was crazy, you ain't seen nothing yet.
Good-bye Blonde, Hello Bombshell...a big pank colored Bombshell.  I just love pink, don't ya'll? 
Have ya'll had enough crazy yet?  No, I didn't think so either.
See these three guys...

My husband, Steve.  Hi Steve that sure is a cute baby
 you're holding....

Wait, Grits is married? 
What up Eli?
Otherwise known as Pa Grits...

Noah, that would be Menskat's better half.  Noah, I feel for ya...

If our total reaches 2000 dollars these fine specimens of manliness have promised us to go out in public, make that to dinner, looking a whole lot more like this...

Steve "Pigtails for Paisley" Tam, Eli "Sugar Lips for Sveta" Houser, and Noah "Queen for a Cause" Enskat.

Now, because crazy loves company I am giving Grits and Menskat part of the proceeds from this Fundraising Gone WILD jewelry giveway.  As ya'll all know Grits is adopting a precious little one and Menskat said she'd give her share back if we reach the 2000 mark but she has like 20 kids so there's no tellin with her...

So there you have it.  Our Jewelry fundraiser gone wild.  A five dollar donation gives you a chance at fabulous.  Be sure to tell me which one you're hankering for when you donate.

We have until March 26th to raise 2000 dollars.  Don't let Sugar Lips down.  Do it for the kids, do it for the inner badonkadonk beauty that lies in each of our husbands.

The countdown starts  NOW!!

Make it happen.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

You still have today...

...to get some YUMMY treats AND help bring Brian home!!


I guess I messed up....the auction ends at midnight tonight. Hope I didn't mess anything up for anyone!

Hurry, hurry!! Go bid and read my yesterday's post to learn about this little sweetheart you are saving! Brian is just absolutely precious!

Thank you!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Sweet Deal!!


Go to this site above, scroll down, look for the long list of yumminess and bid bid away on some treats to help bring Brian home.

As you eat each yummy cookie, or bon bon or whatever tickles you palette, you will remember that you helped bring this sweetheart home!

Today is the last day....QUICK! Some very kind people are pouring their love into each yummy treat that is made. Don't look at the going rate for a cookie! Don't look at the going rate for a pie! What is the price of a child? This little guy just turned 5! Yes 5!! Do you know what that means? It means any day he could be saying good-bye to the only home he knows and heading to an institution. Why? Because he has Down syndrome.

I look at my boys and want to curl up in horror when I picture either one of them in a place such as that. A mental institution for a little tiny boy. An innocent tiny boy. Doesn't that KILL you? It does me.

Look at my boys! Look what love does.

Go back up and look at Brian and see his potential and the financial burden that his family has to bring him home. It costs a lot! It is worth it but SOOOO difficult. Can you help ease the burden just a little (or heck--a lot if you want!!)?

Please pray.....please bid....and if you are on a diet....FINE...don't bid on the cookies, just give them a donation on their site. It is so easy to do. Look for anything on there that says you can donate on-line. Or send a check to Reece's Rainbow marked for the Burger Family Adoption Grant.