Here Is A Chance To Be Part of a Miracle

by Susan

Miracles happen all around us and sometimes we get to be part of one.

My path through life this far has twisted and turned and sent me climbing and falling. I never could have planned the life I have now, but I love it. It’s far from perfect — I’m a single mom struggling to pay the bills — but it’s exciting and the fun part is I have no idea how my story will end.

Recently two of my dreams came together and let me be part of a miracle in action.

I’ve shared with you how my dream of writing a children’s book came true and my first book, The Pest Detectives is now available for free digital download through iBookstore and other platforms.

But I hadn’t yet told you the other half of the story.

As part of my compensation for writing this book, the publisher NPMA allowed me to select a charity of my choice for a donation of $10,000!!!

For months I wrestled with the decision of which charity to select… there are an endless deserving number of causes I’d love to help… but my mind always came back to a charity that Janice and I stumbled upon early in our blogging days here at 5 Minutes for Mom.

It is Reece’s Rainbow.

Reece’s Rainbow helps families adopt children with Down Syndrome from overseas.

From the first moment I saw their website, I knew I wanted to help them in a big way. But my life isn’t such that I can adopt one of these children myself despite my strong urge to help.

So I decided to use the $10,000 to help Reece’s Rainbow.

I called the founder, Andrea, to discuss how best to use the donation. We decided to give $5,000 to help an amazing family who is adopting two girls from China. They are in China right now and have their two new girls in their arms.

The Dashers have twelve children. Their two youngest children have Down syndrome and they have just adopted these two more little girls with Down syndrome.

In addition to helping the Dasher family, we are giving $2,500 each to two children who are waiting to be adopted.

Our donations are placed in each child’s account to help a future forever family bring them home.

Again selecting which children to help is impossible, but had to be done. I scrolled through and picked one infant boy and one toddler girl. Then I heard back wonderful news – the girl had just been adopted and was no longer a waiting child. I was overjoyed for her and selected another toddler girl for my donation.

So we have now added $2500 to the adoption funds for Pratt and Rebekah.

But the story doesn’t end here… We want to continue to help bring these two children home to their forever families in North America.

You can donate – even the smallest amount helps – into their accounts and also tell all your friends and families about Reece’s Rainbow and these children. You may know their future mothers, brothers, aunts, uncles, brothers or sisters and it might be YOU that makes the miracle of their families complete.

Join us as we take part in these miracles!

 

Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Lisa December 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Thank you Susan! You are such a blessing to these two little ones. If you would like to link their profiles so that people could more easily donate, Rebekah’s profile url is http://reecesrainbow.org/19320/rebekah-15h and Pratt’s is http://reecesrainbow.org/47755/pratt14\

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2 Susan December 6, 2012 at 3:24 am

Thank you Lisa… I had meant to link those images to their profiles but must have forgotten. I’ve linked them now.

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3 Jessica December 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm

What an absolutely beautiful act of kindness you have done, Susan. Sharing this and wishing much love to Pratt and Rebekah.

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4 Susan December 6, 2012 at 3:26 am

Thank you so much for sharing the post Jessica. I sincerely feel honored and grateful to be able to help and spread the word about the fabulous organization Reece’s Rainbow.

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5 Kara December 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Wonderful. Thank you for doing this. We are currently adopting with the help of Reece’s Rainbow, and we LOVE new advocates. It helps so much just to spread the word.

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6 Susan December 6, 2012 at 3:28 am

Kara, I’m thrilled to hear you’re adopting through Reece’s Rainbow. It’s such an awesome organization and we’re going to continue spreading the word as much as we can. And let me know if you’d like to guest post or have us share about your adoption story here at 5 Minutes for Mom.

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7 Ashley December 4, 2012 at 6:36 pm

This is absolutely WONDERFUL, Susan–I have been a follower of 5MFM for almost 2 years, and I never knew you and Janice were familiar with Reece’s Rainbow! I am so thrilled you choose to save lives of some fantastic and deserving children with your donation! Thank you so much, from a huge Reece’s Rainbow advocate!

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8 Susan December 6, 2012 at 3:30 am

Thank you Ashley for being such a loyal reader here at 5 Minutes for Mom. We sincerely appreciate it. And yes, we love Reece’s Rainbow and we’re going to continue to promote the cause.

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9 Amy Dasher December 4, 2012 at 11:01 pm

We were so thankful to be chosen to be part of this miracle! Amy Dasher

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10 Susan December 6, 2012 at 3:32 am

Welcome home Amy to you and your two new little girls. Wow, they are adorable… I can’t stop staring at their pictures. It’s so extra wonderful that you’ve been able to bring them both home so that they have each other. What blessings you will all be for each other.

We hope to continue following your story and sharing your inspiring life with our readers.

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11 AmberByler December 4, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Hello Ladies,
I wanted to stop by and tell you how much we appreciate your donation. My family is Pratt’s angel warriors and as another adoptive family has said we are putting our yes on the table and letting GOD move mountians for us to adopt. In know way is it offical but we still appreciate you. We love Pratt and know that GOD has great things in store for this precious prince. We want thank you from the bottom of our hearts. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR SISTER.

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12 Susan December 6, 2012 at 3:35 am

Wow Amber, how wonderful to “meet” you!

I am so happy to hear that you are Pratt’s “angel warriors”. We will continue praying and helping to raise funds for his adoption.

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13 Jolie Harris December 5, 2012 at 1:27 am

Thank you so much for your wonderful generosity! Reece’s Rainbow is an excellent choice for your donation and you can rest assured that your donation will help save these children’s lives! We have two little boys adopted with the help of Reece’s Rainbow and they are the sunshine of our lives. When we adopted them our younger boy was near death and we were told he would have died within a few more days in the orphanage. What this organization has done is truly miraculous, by bringing attention to the plight of these orphans around the world and by saving 800+ children in their few short years of existence. We are blessed everyday by the gifts we have received through Reece’s Rainbow! Bless you!!!!

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14 Susan December 6, 2012 at 3:38 am

Thank you Jolie for sharing your story… how amazing!

It is truly profound the impact one small organization has had in only a few years. It is definitely miraculous.

I think it is extra wonderful how many families adopt two children at a time through Reece’s Rainbow. You can see in the Dashers’ photos how extra happy the children are and I imagine it must make their transition easier.

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16 Gina B December 19, 2012 at 9:38 am

I’m clapping and stamping my feet!! Woohoo, how wonderful!!

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