Monday, August 6, 2012


Oliver is an adorable 5 year-old boy living in an Ukra*nian orphanage.  Just look at those lips!  He has lived his whole life confined to a crib and everyday he waits alone in this same position.  Soon Oliver will be sent to an institution where he'll most certainly be bedridden indefinitely.

Several familes have witnessed that this precious boy isn't held or shown affection.  The nannies who look after the children will lean over the crib railing to feed him a bottle so they won't have to hold him close.  I've heard that he doesn't get to play, or have a bath, or go outside, or even make noise.  And some parents believed the children are kept silent by fear of being hit or thrown so I can see why he'd be quiet.  One mother who saw Oliver said:
"This little boy is available for adoption on Reecesrainbow. He was in Victoria's room. He has a form of dwarfism. He was never let out of his crib. His postion was never changed. They kept him covered up with a blanket so no one would have to see him."
Covered up!  Because he has dwarfism?  I can't even stand it.  It's so heartbreaking and the more we read, the more we regretted.  But it ended up motivating us.

So Ronnie and I prayed for what we needed to do.  In the end it unfortunately looks like Oliver may not be meant for us, but we still couldn't let go of him.

As I mentioned below, we shortly came across Leila's site (who is helping us spread the word here!) and she gave us a brilliant idea.

From now until August 19th, we are fully committed to match any donations to Oliver's Reece's fund, dollar for dollar, up to $2000.  This way your $10 will become $20, your $100 will turn into $200, and so on.

How fantastic would it be to help make adopting this boy a little easier?  Some families adopting special needs children may eventually receive a partial tax refund, but bringing home one of these cuties can cost around $26,000 - $30,000 upfront.  Reece's Rainbow is a 501(c)3 non profit charity (tax ID# 20-5466141) so your donations are tax deductible and it could very well be the push his forever family needs to go out there and get him!

If you happen to be in the position where you are unable to donate money, please share this information with anyone you can.  Your sharing just might be the ticket for a brand new family to see him and fall in love.

It says on Oliver's Profile that he has Achondroplasia, though a few of us believe this was mistaken for Diastrophic Dysplasia. Many of our wonderful friends have this type of dwarfism and are out there walking, dancing, and getting crazy!  Oliver could have had so much potential if this place gave him a little therapy - and we still believe he has so much more. He truly deserves a life, cuddles, and tons of love.
More information about the conditions of Oliver's orphanage can be found on the blogs below. These amazing families are doing some great things!:

Thank you so much for reading this, and please donate here if you can (our goal is to reach $5546.80 in two weeks!), and/or share, and pray for these kids!



  1. Hi there! I am a friend of Leila Miller's and an Oliver lover:) Thank you so much for starting your blog and raising awareness for him and offering such a generous donation and matching opp. I will link you on my blog which isn't just an orphan blog but I have lots of RR peeps on there:) I know with this exposure, Oliver will find a home.

    I can understand not being able to let go. My husband and I discerned for several months earlier in the year about adopting Miles 15 on RR and finally had to accept our "no" we were given. But we can't let him go. Not ever. At least not until we see him safely in a family. I'm not sure if he can have more than one Guardian Angel but I know he is blessed to have many! So glad your matching grant is on his profile! I am sure it will be met and then some. The community is fantastic! Can't wait to see what God has in store for him and for y'all!

  2. So happy you are advocating for Oliver. Wonderful. I also can't let go after seeing RR.

    Thank you so much for all of this! Oliver was the first orphan I helped advocate for.

  3. I blogged about Oliver's matching grant!

    Thank you so much for what you are doing for Oliver! I have my own little loves (Jack, who has a family now, Denis, and Jason), so I understand your feelings!

  4. We are visiting our daughter in the same orphanage as Oliver . We saw him outside being pushed in a stroller today. We also had the blessing of witnessing his caregiver pick him up and hold him for a little bit. He is a beautiful boy and we hope to be able to get some pictures of him very soon!! God bless you for advocating for this treasure!!

  5. WOW Summer, this is wonderful news! I am SO thrilled to hear this and know everyone else will be too. Thank you for looking after him and trying to get photos!

  6. Summer, thank you for this news!!! I am so happy that he got outside and was held!

  7. Kim, another great post!!! TY so much! What a handsome child...praying!