Tell me what it is you want to do with your one wild and precious life? -mary oliver

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Time To Weep

Earlier this month, I posted that 34 children found their forever family since we committed to Sarah and what a celebration it was.  Today, the Reece's Rainbow community weeps for the one precious angel who did not find her forever family on earth.  Anne Marie, or now we know her name as Anya, passed away, alone without loving arms around her and without knowing what it's like to feel loved.

During my red thread summer, every blog I read was advocating for Anya, knowing she only needed love and a family to get her out of the stroller. She was born November 25, 2005 with Down syndrome, a heart defect, and most likely was given up at birth, once her parents learned of her diagnosis.  Walking was too strenuous, so she was either in a crib or a stroller. A few friends who adopted from her orphanage fell in love with her there.  Ready for Ross and Stas's sister's blog have wonderful pictures of Anya, along with a touching memorial post.   Lizzie created a montage of her visits to Anya's orphanage with beautiful pictures of the children there.  The video tugs at your heartstrings for the children, alone without a family

Today is a reminder that these children are living on borrowed time.  Today is a time to weep.    Not everyone is in a position to adopt.  But everyone can do something to advocate for these precious gems, whether through prayer, donations, or advocating for their forever families.

Today, a little angel gained her wings. She is an orphan no more.


  1. I hope you don't mind if I put this link onto my blog. I really haven't been able to put my sadness into words but you said it so well!

    Thank you!

  2. Kristen, you who paved the path for our journey knew Anne Marie and advocated for her. Without you, we'd never be moving to Sarah, Without your words, we'd never have known. Thank you...

  3. Ditto.

    She was a gem. But one so unappreciated here on earth, but SHINING in Heaven :)

  4. That was so nicely written Shelly.

    I know that some good will come out of this loss. I have to think she is up in heaven advocating far better than we ever can....but we will keep trying.

    She was a precious girl.

  5. I have posted about her and in her honor have a chip in u on my blog that goes to our christmas orphan Warner the chi in is sent directly to Reeses rainbow to help a little boy with DS find his family. Here is the link

    I just thank God that we serve a mighty God and a loving God and when He says He will not leave us as orphans we can trust Him and now Anya has her forever family. Bitter sweet.

    Be blessed

  6. I really hoped that she would find a family :( But I know that she is with God now. In loving arms :)