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

Monday, November 29, 2010

New Puzzles and Missing Pieces

Winter is arriving with his fierce winds, bitter cold, and frost on the windows.  The bulky coats, mittens, hats, scarves, and boots roll out of the closet.  The kids have begun pulling out their puzzles,  sorting their pieces in such a way to meticulously work each piece into the correct slot.  Since I typically buy puzzles at yard sales and Goodwill, every so often a piece or two is missing.  What a heartbreaking moment when we've reached end of the puzzle and we're missing a piece!!  Frustrating, upsetting, and an anti-climatic end to the hard work involved.

Three months ago we began Sarah's puzzle, and we are in need of three pieces for it to be complete.  All we need is one piece, that will complete another, to be sent for the final piece in our dossier.  Similar to a domino design, when one domino falls, so goes the rest of the masterpiece.  Only 3 pieces...3 papers.  I'm tellin ya it can be so frustrating, hoping, praying, and wishing for these final pieces.  My heart and head wants her puzzle complete.  Even though her country is closed until February for adoptions, I want to know our puzzle for her is finished.  So that in my perfect dream world, a little angel 
is whispering to her as she sleeps that her family is coming soon.  All the hard work, paper chasing, faxing, scanning, mailing...I want it to be completed as our Christmas present for her...

But for so many orphans, a puzzle has not begun in their name.  Their puzzle box has yet to be opened, to be put together piece by piece, waiting for the forever family.    Early November, I wrote about these four young souls needing a forever family.

 Walker (23)
Boy, Born May 13, 2007
Caitlin is a BOY!!!   All this time we were told Caitlin was a girl, but she is a HE!   Walker is a darling little boy ready to come home!   He is doing well, and is healthy outside of “dystopia of the left kidney”. No heart condition.
 He's at the same orphanage as Sarah!!!!
  Sandra (31)

Girl, Born June 22, 2006
Sandra is a beautiful little girl with platinum blonde hair and brown eyes. She is nearing 4 but is still working on her walking skills. She is physically capable, she is healthy with no heart condition, is able to stand on her own, play with toys, respond appropriately, but she will need extra patience and help with her PT and speech. She will so greatly benefit from a loving family who will encourage her!

Alina's puzzle was begun soon afterward, but Igor, Sandra, and Walker are still waiting for someone to open their box.  Could it be you?  If not, could you help donate to their adoption grant fund to make it easier for someone else?  Could you pray for these little gems?  Can you do something?

The Christmas Angel Tree is a fundraiser for the many special needs waiting children.  Reece's Rainbow is an international Down Syndrome orphan ministry helping to find forever families.  Their heart is for special needs orphans in many countries.   The Christmas Angel Tree lets you donate to a specific child's grant, and in return you'll receive an ornament with the child's photo on it. 
Could you help one find hope, find someone to open a puzzle in their name?  
Alice S.






Could you help just one?  
Could you change the world for one, make a difference for one?  Could you give someone a little hope?  
A little hope for the hopeless?  Would you?


  1. Great post! I love the puzzle analogy. Your pieces will come together soon and boy will that little sweetheart be the best prize for your efforts!!!

  2. Very touching and inspirational, Shelly! I am hoping and praying for your little Sarah!