Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I See You


❤️ I See You ❤️

I see you running your child to therapy when your friends are running their kids to Little League or ballet
I see you slipping out of the conversation when your friends are all chiming in about milestones and test grades.
I see you constantly juggling appointments and meetings.
I see you sitting at your computer for hours researching what your child needs.
I see you cringe when people whine about what feels like petty things.
I see you spread thin but still going the extra mile for your family.
I see you digging for depths of strength you never dreamed you had.
I see you showing appreciation to the teachers, therapists and medical professionals who serve your child with you.
I see you rising early in the morning to do it all again after another chaotic night.
I see you when you’re hanging on to the end of your rope for dear life.

I know you feel invisible, like nobody notices any of it. But I want you to know I notice you. I see you relentlessly pushing onward. I see you keep choosing to do everything in your power to give your child the best possible care at home, in school, at therapy and the doctor.

What you’re doing matters. It’s worth it.

On those days when you wonder if you can do it another minute, I want you to know I see you. I want you to know you’re beautiful. I want you to know it’s worth it. I want you to know you aren’t alone. I want you to know love is what matters most, and you have that nailed.

And on those days when you have breakthroughs, those times when the hard work pays off and success is yours to cherish, I see you then too, and I am proud of you.

Whichever day today is, you’re worthy, you’re good and I see you. ❤️

~Alethea Mshar

https://themighty.com/2016/05/letter-to-special-needs-mom-on-a-hard-day/

Bone marrow donor needed for 11 yo Russian Adoptee


Bone marrow donor needed for 11 yo Russian Adoptee

An 11 yr old boy, originally from Nizhny Tagil near Ekaterinburg, in Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia, needs a bone marrow donation.

The boy, adopted as an toddler, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in November 2015. He has a genetic disorder and must have a bone marrow transplant.

Unfortunately, in the one billion people in the bone marrow donor registry, he has only two matches due to his ethnicity. At the moment, neither match is a possibility.

Encourage 18-44 years olds of Russian and Central Asian background to get a simple cheek swab to get registered! It is free and easy. Just go to www.bethematch.org and register to get a free kit sent to your home.

Registering can help not only this 11 year old boy, but others with similar ethnicity. Let's make sure there are potential donors for this boy and any others like him.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Am I Ready to be an Adoptive Parent?








I believe that well prepared, fully-informed families, appropriately matched, with children who truly are in need of a family (and who want to be adopted), have the best chance of success for all parties. 

Adoptive families, especially those adopting teens, need to be able to parent outside the box, be able to adapt, and be able to discard prior beliefs, dreams, and plans.


Find your new dreams, Make your new plans, and Love your new life,