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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Little Bird And A Little Boy

Every once in a while something happens in everyone's life
that cannot be simply chalked up to a coincidence. 
When that happens to me, I like to think that God is
is trying to tell me something....trying to get my attention so I can
do something.  That happened to me at the end of last week!


For the past few days I've been watching the birds outside, and
looking for one special little bird in particular.  See him there?
The little Junco? (black with white belly)


Here's a closer look at the little guy.
He's a little crippled bird, hobbling around on one good leg.
He's sweet, happy, and he reminds me of Tiny Tim from
Dicken's A Christmas Carol.  And you know what else?
All the other birds accept him.  They all fly to the feeder
together, eat together and huddle for warmth together.
It doesn't matter he's a cripple.

But you know what?  There are countries that treat
cripples or babies with any kind of physical challenge as outcasts.
 They are abandoned by their parents in the hospital when they are
born and moved to an orphanage.  They lay in cribs, unloved and
untouched, except to have their diapers changed.  When they reach
4-5 years old, they are transferred to a mental institution where they
stay until they die, which usually only takes about one year. 



Last Friday, Brian mentioned that he was helping with a
BBQ fundraiser for his good friends Steve and Chrystal
who are looking to adopt a little crippled boy from the Ukraine. 
A little boy in the exact situation that I just described.
He's two.  Crippled.  And living in a crib, waiting for adoption.

Well, any friend of Brian's is a friend of mine.  I mean, he's not only my
 brother, he's my twin! No not really, but we have an uncanny history of
 similarities ranging from all male children...to repossessing cars for a living
 ...to loving key lime pie and french fries with ketchup and hot sauce. :)

 
This is that little guy.
Tavin.
Just look at that sweet boy!


The BBQ raised $3450 and got them within $2000
of their needed amount of $21,000.
Love certainly exceeds any dollar amount, doesn't it?
And there's no price on human life.

Chrystal has a blog HERE.

She was nice enough to give me permission to do this post!
You can visit and see updates on their journey.

And if you're so inclined, there's a donate button on the sidebar.
And I encourage you to donate!

 If 400 of us gave $5 (the price of a cup of Starbucks)
they would have their goal.

Prayers and best wishes to Steve and Chrystal.
And for little Tavin.

59 comments:

  1. Betsy... NEAR AND DEAR to my heart. NEAR AND DEAR. So many children needing homes and FUNDING the only obstacles to them coming HOME. Prayers for Tavin and his family to be...may they travel and bring home their sweet son VERY SOON. It was only with the help of family and friends did we get Sam home for his much needed surgeries and early interventions. He was considered "unwanted" because of his physical and mental issues. He is pure joy to us!

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    1. Oh, I know! So many sweet kids! I thought of your two China babies when I read through her posts!

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  2. Wow all I can say is God bless people like you. I'm touched by your message.
    xx
    Carmen

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    1. Aw..no, God bless Steve and Chrystal! My part was easy and small....but I hope it makes a difference!

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  3. Very gracious of you Betsy...
    I wish them all the luck...and love..

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. What a special couple they are to go to all this blood, sweat and tears...and dollars to rescue a little one! God bless them!

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  4. What a precious little lad! Wishing Steve and Chrystal all the best and a trip soon to bring Tavin home.

    Vincent xo

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    1. Yes! Have you seen the turmoil in the Ukraine on the news? Awful. And they must stay there one month before they are allowed to leave with him. The sooner the better!

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    2. I would think they would want to surpass their goal, and not simply meet it. I'm sure there is a long road ahead of surgeries, therapy and the like. He does have haunting eyes, doesn't he? I'm sure his parents feel a great urgency to go get him as soon as possible! He'll be staying with all of us and we shall say a prayer when we think of him.

      Cheers, lovely lady. I'm off to bed. A bit late, but welcome nonetheless!

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    3. That is a very good point...lots of expense ahead for them. Yes, he does have the most expressive eyes and sweet little sad face. Thanks, Vince....

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  5. I wish everyone concerned all the best luck and good things in the world, and I hope that there is a truly happy ending to this story very soon. So kind of you to mention this.

    You know those moments that you described, when god is trying to tell you something, I call those God Prods!! He does it to me sometimes too!! xx

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  6. Yes I saw this post! he is adorable:)))

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    1. He looks like a sweet little bird himself! :)

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    2. yes, and his eyes are sad omy!

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    3. Aren't they? Aw....he needs a mama and daddy!

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  7. It's very sad to think of what children go through. I have two nieces who were adopted from Russia. One was in an orphanage where she wasn't well cared for an only weighed 12 pounds at a year. It was amazing to watch her grow in body and spirit!
    I know Tavin will too! He'll be a blessing to his parents - and they are wonderful to adopt him.

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    1. Oh my...it just warms your heart when you hear of the ones that are rescued! And yes, they are wonderful to adopt him! They have children of their own...but the heart has no limits...it stretches for more and more!

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  8. Betsy, thank you so much for sharing Tavin's story and need. Isn't it amazing how quickly a goal can be reached when good people just share what they can. I will go over to their link.
    The pictures of your little crippled bird is sweet. Do you remember last summer I had a little crippled bird that was able after a few days fly away with his friends.

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    1. I do remember that little bird! Fortunately, this one has two strong wings and he gets along quite well. Still, I look for him every day...and there he is! Thanks for visiting Tavin's site...much appreciated ...they look like a very sweet family.

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  9. I am very touched by this whole situation, Betsy, and may God bless you for your compassion. It seems the bird kingdom is indeed much kinder to those less fortunate compared to the Cosmos Diabolicus environment in which we humans must live where anyone who cannot fend for themselves in a dog eat dog situation is seemingly rejected with no help.
    I will pray for dear little Tavin and that he may be blessed and have a happy and secure life.
    Take care

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    1. We humans should take a lesson from God's other creatures at times! Yes, I too pray for Tavin for a speedy adoption and the proper treatments for his little legs!

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    2. Yes, I suppose it's safe to agree with a brunette, isn't it! haha.

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    3. You love this stuff don't you - so just for that here is another blonde/brunette joke ROFL.

      Q. Why are there so few good brunette jokes?
      A. Because not many blondes are able to think them up!

      LOL

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    4. haha...ok, that was a good one. :)

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    5. btw I am a blonde! ROFL so if you shine a light into my eyes you might see the back of my head LOL

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  10. thanks for sharing so we can share Betsy. Godspeed to all involved. Taria

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    1. I'm sure the family will appreciate your prayers and good wishes! The more the better, I think!

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  11. I am in total admiration of all those who adopt children out of terrible situations from far away lands (and here too).
    Praying Kavin comes home soon.
    And I love your little junco. How great that he has such an encouraging and supportive group of friends.
    He needs to be in a children's book somewhere too. (Just bought 3 copies of Max Lucado's "The Crippled Lamb" at 50% off for next Christmas.)

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    1. You're getting messages about cripples, too? :)

      Little junco would make a great story...what a great idea! Yeah, the others don't even act like they notice, although he does topple over once in a while. Not clear onto his side, though....just over on that side of his belly and then he bounces back up. :) ha....it's kinda cute, actually.

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    2. It wasn't until this morning while reading this that I remembered my three-legged dog. We got so used to seeing her that her "infirmity" often went completely unnoticed.
      I miss her.

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    3. Oh, that is sweet. I can imagine how you wouldn't even notice any longer. Three leggeds seem to get along quite well!

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    4. We called "Stumpy" and still didn't notice. :0)

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  12. Oh what a precious little boy!! Blessings to Steve and Chrystal as they plan for and look forward to bringing him home!

    Your junco reminds me of a little chickadee that's been around here for several years with only one leg and foot. She/he is very active and hangs on the suet feeder with his one little leg to eat.

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    1. Aw...little chickadee! They make do, don't they? This junco sits in my feeder...I noticed he was there yesterday and it was the best place for him as the wind was blocked and he didn't fall over. Smart little one!

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  13. Wow, look at who is blabbering on today lol
    More than my bay
    Saw him at your twins place
    Never knew, should have suspected, disabled kids were treated with such disgrace
    Many of which could live a grand life
    If idiotic people wouldn't throw them away and put them through such strife
    People who do that deserve their own special spot
    Way down where it is hot
    Great that they are saving the poor guy
    Looks like he is about to cry
    Yeah nature is much kinder amongst themselves
    From three legged cats to one legged birds and magic elves
    Humans need a lesson or three
    Maybe stung by a bee for free

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    1. So, I beat you with quality AND quantity today? hahahaha.....

      Yes, your words are very true...
      and the cruel will get their due.
      I'm sure many die of a broken heart
      being unloved and set apart.
      This was such a great cause
      I had to stop and give it pause.

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    2. haha quantity I suppose
      But snip snip still keeps one on their toes

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    3. No...I got you on the Q&Q
      that I think you knew.
      lol....
      although, I had to say LALALALA during your song
      or that would have been stuck like a loud gong.
      ha.

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  14. It's a great thing that they're doing, and it's so sweet of you to help out this way!

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    1. Silver Fox! Forgot to add my name to my comment at first, and my phone wouldn't let me edit the comment before leaving it!

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  15. Awww, Betsy. Those eyes have seen too much, haven't they? I hope they soon sparkle with love and acceptance.

    As we know, Mother Nature can be cruel as well - many a National Geographic special left me in tears! And while the adage "only the strong survive" is often true, there are these heartwarming examples like your little junco. So very sweet. And I know Tavin will survive too!

    I will visit and donate - I pray Tavin comes home soon with the family he was meant to have. I have several Ukrainian friends and we are all devastated by what is happening there. I hope they make it home safely and soon.

    I also have friends who have adopted from China and their children have grown into wonderful young people. Humans are resilient. All my best wishes and prayers to Steve and Chrystal for their generous, loving hearts. And to Brian for all his efforts. And to you for making us aware.

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    1. Yes, that is true that cruelty happens in nature, too!

      Thanks so much Suz...I know they will appreciate your donation. We have many friends that have adopted from China and other countries...each story is amazing.

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  16. thank you betsy.
    now you are giving me tears...smiles

    i appreciate it
    as i know they do as well
    i will be sure to tell tavin of my sister
    when i get to meet him

    smiles.

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    1. aw...let's just share some tears....and smiles. :)

      Hey, it was really fun to see you and your family in Chrystal's photos of the bbq, You look a little tired. Even your mohawk is laying down. hahahaha.....

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  17. We are on this planet to to care for and help each other.

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    1. So true...and so easy to do but not done nearly enough. We're basically selfish, aren't we?....even with so much around that could be done.

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  18. Hi Betsy .. your friends Brian and Chrystal are offering a fabulous gift to litle Tavin - I do so hope he will find himself in America soon - safe and away from what must be a terrible life - through no fault of his own.

    There is so much cruelty, so much unfortunateness in this world .. yet much hope and joy for some - why we each cannot look after others as we would like to be looked after I've no idea ... and can't get my head round why not. Selfishness abounds .. yet our hearts reach out to the vulnerable ...

    Thanks for posting this story of hope offered by Brian and Chrystal ... with thoughts for Tavin's safe 'home-coming' to the US of A ... Hilary

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    1. selfishness abounds...oh, that is so true...and so sad. Yes, I admire them, too! Can't wait for them to be rewarded for all of their hard work and see him come home!

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  19. Helping them was a no-brainer. I am glad you shared both stories. Keep us posted if you can.

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    1. It sure was...thanks for reading...and thinking of them!

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  20. Betsy, thank you for your beautiful post about our sweet little boy. It made me cry...it doesn't take much lately. :) I read through each comment, and it meant so much to read such encouraging words from people I've never met. "Strangers" doesn't seem like the right term when there is so much kindness and love involved. I had many comments on my blog this morning form your readers. Thank you so much for sharing!! We are quickly inching nearer to our goal!

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    1. It was my pleasure, Chrystal! And I see your donations have risen! Yay! :)

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  21. What a sweet face this little boy has. I am part Ukrainian, so I feel even more of a connection. I'll go over and donate!

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    1. Pat, that would be just wonderful! Thank you so much!

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