Today was our TDSN (Triangle Down Syndrome Network) Buddy Walk. October is Down syndrome awareness month and so the Buddy Walk is an annual event to promote awareness and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. It was also a wonderful venue to promote Reece's Rainbow since it's the only international Down syndrome adoption ministry in the country!
We had the special privilege of having the founder and director of Reece's Rainbow, Andrea Roberts, attend our BW. I didn't realize until I read this blog post :http://covenantbuilders.blogspot.com/2010/10/andrea-roberts.html that Andrea has met so few of the children she has so tirelessly WORKED and ADVOCATED for to place in families! So, one of the benefits of Andrea and her son Reece making these "guest appearances" is that they get to meet these sweet treasures.
We had Nadia dedicated in church today so Andrea got to come to our church and then to our house afterwards for a quick brunch before heading out to the BW.
(This is a little blurry because both Nadia and Andrea seem to be moving all the time! ha ha)
2 other families who have adopted recently through Reece's Rainbow also came to help work the RR booth by handing out pamphlets and goodies that Andrea ordered for us. How fun it was to see these 3 little ones interacting with their families knowing that 6 short months ago, all 3 were languishing in orphanages. If it weren't for the efforts of Andrea and her team of volunteers, these little ones may never have known the love and acceptance of a family. I shudder to think about that.
From left to right--Andrea, Nadia, Me, Jenn Wojcik holding Milana ("Open Your Heart" blog), and Nikki Esquivel holding Ezequiel ("WANTED" blog).
Andrea asking Reece what he wants for lunch while the little girls wait to put in their order as well. :)
(Either that or she's consoling Reece over the Alabama loss last night. ouch!)
Two of my wonderful helpers! (I don't have a picture of my husband but I could never have pulled off this busy weekend without him!) We call my niece Jessica and my son Allen twins. Can you see why?
Thanks also to Leslie and Kristin who also helped at our table today!
Someone is tired and wondering where her food is. (Either that or she's consoling herself over the Penn State loss--it's ok, honey, every football program has a "rebuilding" year...this is ours!)
My sisters Nicole and Stephanie were SUCH a HUGE help to me today...lugging stuff from the cars to the table, chasing kids around, bringing sno-cones and cold water to me, etc. My Mom (who is sporting the stylish visor) kept an eye on the little ones--all things that needed to be done so I could give my attention to the people coming to get information about RR--thanks again to my terrific family!)
Time to say good-bye to Andrea and Reece. They still had a 5hr. drive back to Maryland.
Please remember to keep Andrea and her family and Reece's Rainbow in your prayers. God is using Andrea and her staff of volunteers in a POWERFUL way to stir the hearts of people to be a part of God's plan in ministering to orphans. There are many ways you can support Reece's Rainbow. Please click on this link to see what part you may have in helping a child find his/her way into a family!