Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Special Song

I would like to share a very special video created by two sisters, Annaka Koldyk Cowieson and Krista Koldyk. (When my mom and dad were dating, they used to babysit them when they were little girls). A couple of years ago, Annaka went to volunteer for a month at an orphanage in Haiti called God's Littlest Angels, to love, and cuddle baby orphans! This slideshow is made from the pictures from Annaka's visit, and Krista is singing a song that she wrote.

Even though this song is dedicated to the Haiti orphanage, I really wanted to share this because it shows how much God loves his little orphans, and how much He cares about them.

When my mom and I first watched this video, I was very teary and filled with happiness because it tells us that God is watching over his littlest angels! It reminds me of Hebrews 13:5. I will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you”. I love that verse because God promises never to leave us.

Just recently, I remembered this song when I was thinking about Bing, and how he is soon to be adopted! I thought it would fit perfectly because God is watching over Bing right now, even though he doesn't know that his new family is already making plans to come and take him home. I am including some pictures of Bing's orphanage or Social Welfare Institute/ SWI. (Actually, he is living in a foster home supported by this SWI, and the money we raise will be going to this specific Institute.)

Also, I should let you know that even though the Chip In button says that $726.86 have been donated, the total is actually closer to $1300!* So thank you again Everybody!

* The Chip In button isn't working properly and the totals haven't been updated, plus, lots of people have been sending money and cheques in the mail, which we have been sending on to the Berzenji family.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Spina Bifida

Hello Everyone! I promised I would talk about Spina Bifida, so here you go!

Spina Bifida is a something that you are born with. People are not entirely sure what causes it, but some think it can be caused by the mother not having enough folic acid in her diet before she is pregnant. With Spina Bifida some vertebrae (the bones that protect the spinal cord) are not formed properly, which leaves an opening. If the opening is large enough, this allows part of the spinal cord to go through the bones, which forms something like a sack coming out of the back.

SB-(Spina Bifida) can cause: loss of feeling in parts of the body, paralysis in parts of the body, some learning problems (but most people with SB have normal intelligence) and bowel and bladder problems. Some people can walk just fine, and others need leg braces, crutches or wheelchairs. People with Spina Bifida can live pretty full and happy lives!

There are a few different types of SB. The kind that Bing has, is called myelomeningocele (my-uh-low-meh-nin-jo-seel). It is the one I explained at first. When the baby's vertebrae, is not formed properly and the spinal cord goes through the space it creates which bulges out and makes a sack. He had a surgery when he was a baby, so he doesn’t have a sack.

It is wonderful to know a family who is looking past the Spina Bifida and sees a beautiful child. There are many other children with Spina Bifida waiting to be adopted.

Stay tuned for some photos of Bing's Orphanage coming soon!

By the way, I have decided to wait and cut my hair once the approval has officially be granted.