Saturday, July 23, 2011


I wrote two days ago that I AM JUST ONE PERSON but that I am not alone.  I wrote that after watching people rally around a little Lost Girl across the ocean.  This morning I have to say it again.  I am just one person but I am most certainly NOT ALONE.  The outpouring of love for the Parker family has blown me away.  In less than a day the Parker Chipin went from 0 dollars to $2,760.00.  Unbelievable.  This means that Charley can now take some time off from work and be WITH his littlest son.  Your outpouring of love has granted the family PRECIOUS TIME together.  Your gifts have helped ease the grief that this family is going through as they journey to say goodbye.  Words are not enough to say thank you for responding.  The Chipin is still open for those of you who would like to still contribute - You can access it HERE.  Every single nickel helps ease a bit of the suffering this family is going through.  Please keep lifting them up in your prayers as they walk in this valley. 

Thank you too for sharing across facebook and in your blogs about Patrick.  I know there is room at someone's table for a tiny little boy who is missing his Mama.  For those who have wondered - Patrick has Arthrogryposis like Aaron.  His arms and hands do not look affected, but his legs are.  He gets around using a wheelchair.   I'm not an expert but I am pretty sure that Aaron's doctor in Philly (at Shriners) would not write off Patrick's walking chances!!!

And for all you Aaron fans....

Yesterday he did another FIRST.  He went swimming in a Lake and LOVED it!  I didn't take my camera (bang my head against the wall) but a dear friend took some pictures so I am sharing those here for your viewing pleasure...

If you look closely in the last picture you can see that Aaron is kicking his feet. 

That is NOT trivial.  In order to kick, Aaron has to balance on his arms which is very hard for him to do.  He lay there in the water and worked and worked to get both his feet kicking at the same time.  It was a huge accomplishment when he was finally able to get them both working.   He's an amazing kid and I am blessed to call him son!!


  1. Patrick is six which means that he is no longer able to have a grant fund open just for him. Anyone who wants to donate to Patrick has to donate to the older boys fund and the money there goes to the next boy adopted. I believe there is less than a thousand in the fund at the moment. Fundraising for Patrick himself would have to start AFTER family committed to him. But donating to the older boys fund is A WORTHY WORTHY PLACE TO DONATE...

  2. Look at how long his hair is getting!!! love it. Go Aaron go!

  3. That is wonderful that Charley will be able to take the time off of work! I spent quite a bit of time with them when we were adopting at the same time and I know how much they absolutely love their children, and sweet little Joshua. What a blessing to not have to worry about finances during this time.

    And that is huge that Aaron can do that! That takes quite a bit of strength and coordination!

  4. Oh my goodness that little Patrick. Talk about tugging at heartstrings. There has to be a new mama for Patrick out there. Thank you for sharing his story. I'll be putting him on my prayer list for sure.

  5. great kicking Aaron! you are such a determined worker.

  6. I need to stop looking at this sweet boy. Oh Lord please bring a mama and papa to Patrick!

  7. Hi, We are praying about Patrick. We contacted RR but were told that Ukraine gives very little info prior to you coming in country. We have adopted special needs before but know little about his condition outside of your blog and Wikepedia. Would you mind e-mailing me at ? Thanks.


  8. Thanks for sharing your photos of Aaron. I love to see him accomplish new things. It makes me even more excited to see what new things Carlene will learn once we get her home :)

  9. Here is the blog I started for Patrick. I hope you don't mind, I copied your post about him, and linked back to your blog.



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