TEAM BARNETT ADOPTION 2014 ~ Felix's Heroes Wall

The following people have graciously donated to our adoption fund and have made Greta, Felix, & Romeo one step closer to becoming "An Orphan No More"!
Greta's, Felix's, & Romeo's Heroes Wall:
Linda Wade ~ TX; Tammy Johnson ~ TX; Brian & Carol Miller ~ NC; Karl & Beth Brennan ~ TX; Sammye Smith ~ TX; Barbara Balthrop ~ TX; Jeri Newman ~ TX; Shirley Bowman ~ TX; Anonymous ~ TX; Kelly & Chay McClellan ~ TX; Heather Farester ~ VA; Terri Mauldin ~ TX; Sherry Hamby ~ TX; Laura Homan ~ TX; Cindy & Kelsey Cregar ~ MD; April Jurisch ~ TX; Danni & Rhaya Edison ~ TX; Brenda Baswell ~ AL; Anonymous ~ TX; Keshia Melton ~ New Zealand; Mistie Sutko ~ TX; Amy Epley ~ TX; Annie Trenda ~ WA; Jenny Raspberry-Martin ~ Canada; Amber Gilchrist-Anderson ~ NM; Bianca Montelaro-Oliver ~ LA; Sasha Fera-Schanes ~ CA; Gigi Glynn ~ NJ; Cordie Teddlie Everman ~ TN; Clydene Moore ~ TX; Peggy McAdams ~ TX; Kayla Groen; Kristen Abel ~ TX; Dandy Rivas Fleming ~ TX; Colleen Salinas ~ TX; Katy Pyle ~ LA; Sandra Lizcano ~ LA; Reby Lawler ~ TX; Charlette Flowers ~ TX; Mary Anne McCartney ~ TX; Colleen Krizak ~ TX; Rhonda Jackson ~ TX; Heather Woodall ~ TX; Heather Johnson ~ TX; Sherwin & Ann Lee ~ TX; Stacie Lee Mercer ~ TX; Anonymous; Wesley Barnett ~ MS; Anonymous ~ TX; Shirley Massey ~ TX; Jeremy & Mandy Danielson ~ TX; Anonymous ~ TX; Debbie Goff ~ TX; Jamie Discher ~ TX; Carol Miller Wise ~ NC; Cherrisa Shelton ~ TX; Sheilah Chisum ~ NM; Debbie Marks ~ OH; The Stokes Family ~ TX; Wanda Oldag ~ TX; Lisa Smith ~ OH; Michelle Hughes ~ VA;
Reece's Rainbow: Andrea Roberts, Nancy Thornell, Debbie Hannon, Michelle Zoromski, & Lucille Brown

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Precious Greta - The Orphan Who Has Stolen My Heart

Sweet Greta is still yearning for her forever family.  She will soon age out of the system in her country and will be forced to die alone, with no love, in the cold dark mental institute where she has been transferred to.  She is almost FULLY FUNDED - meaning there will be little fundraising to do!!  Other RR families & advocates have also committed to donating $$ to the family who will commit to bring her home.


Let me repeat that:  ARE YOU HER MAMA??  ARE YOU HER DADDY??

Please make her "An Orphan No More!!"  She is worthy of that and deserves a FOREVER FAMILY!!!  My heart aches for this precious little girl.  She has captured my heart 100% and then some.

Please click on her link here:  Greta's Reece's Rainbow grant page

I first saw Greta's picture on Reece's Rainbow when David and I got confirmation that God was calling us to adopt again several months ago ~ this time an older child.  When I first came across her picture and information, my heart melted and this familiar emotional rush from December 2010 came over me.

She is full of SO MUCH potential!!
Her finger placement reminds me so much of my Silas!!

{You see, that initial rush came over me when I first found my precious daughter "Leeza" on the RR website right after we started inquiring about "Igor" and "Tihon."  For two weeks, I sobbed, on my knees, and begged God to bring Leeza a mama to love her.  And He answered!!  Through God's grace and after several prayers, we committed to her, along with our two boys - all three of our children.  "Leeza" officially became Maclayne Faith Barnett (or Mackie for short), "Igor" officially became Teague Josiah Barnett, and "Tihon" officially became Trenton James Barnett in October 2011.}

David and I spent almost two months praying and talking about bringing Greta home, but, in the end, we knew that Felix was the one who we needed to bring home.  Felix (click here for our RR FSP page) is tailor-made for our family - in fact, God created him just for us and He has made that abundantly clear over the past several weeks.  However, we made a promise to commit to praying for Greta and advocating for her.  We are fully committed to making her An Orphan No More by sharing her story in hopes that a mama will find it in her heart to take a chance on Greta and bring her home.  We are also committed to praying for this precious little girl on a daily basis ~ actually, every time her name crosses our hearts and minds.

From what we have learned from other families who have met Greta, it seems that Greta will need to be placed with a family who has well adjusted children, whether special needs or not.  This family will need to surround this precious girl with an insurmountable amount of love ~ more love than usual.  It would be neat to see a family who has multiple children able to give Miss Greta this love and attention because she LOVES to be around children and was seen comforting them when they got upset and/or were crying.  It would be awesome if this family had an older sibling(s) who could step up and cherish a new sister.  She needs to be in a family that will give her a lot of one-on-one attention when she is first brought home and until she is secure and adjusted enough to thrive in her new environment.  Currently, poor Greta is desperate for love and attention and will literally use all of her strength to cling to (without letting go) anyone who will show her affection.  And, believe me, children with Down syndrome are extremely strong!  But, how can you fault this precious child?  She has spent 15 YEARS without love, affection, and attention - she has 15 years to make up for!!

This pic captures just how starved she is for love & attention - heartbreaking!!

To say the least, it has been a gut-wrenching decision to only bring Felix home, but we are thankful that God gave us the wisdom to discern that.  At the same time, we are at peace because we know in our heart of hearts that sweet Greta's family is still out there and they will step up for her soon, making her An Orphan No More.

This precious angel DOES NOT deserve to die in a mental institution!!!  So, I implore - no, I BEG - anyone who is interested in adopting to consider this precious child!  If you aren't able to adopt at this time or if she is not right for your family, please advocate for her!!  Pray for her!!  Love her!!  Post her picture and information!!  Share her story with whomever will listen!!  You will be forever changed, I promise!!

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in your power to do it
- Proverbs 3:27

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