A couple of you have asked about the Burman's blog being private. Shelly and Brian have always preferred to keep their blog private even when they're not traveling, so it will likely remain that way plus Shelly has zero time to update her blog during this busy time in her life. She is spending every waking second focusing on trying to return to a new normal with her new beautiful family. I'm trying to keep this blog all about Miss Carrington's recovery and focused on prayer and support. I definitely don't want to overstep my place and start posting in detail on anything other than that, so for now the blog belongs to Miss Carrington and her recovery. Maybe when Shelly's new routine falls into place she will do a post on this blog with an overall update for those of you who prayed the Burman family through their adoption and are dying for an update :)
And another question that has been left in the comments,
"I suppose digestive issues have been ruled out? If she has food allergies/sensitivities or other gut/absorption issues she could be malnourished while the others did much better. I guess you know more than we do as you usually write as though her starvation was for sure done deliberately."
Yes they already knew Carrington had digestive issues AND food allergies prior to taking her out of the orphanage. That is hardly an excuse for her condition though. Children from her same orphanage had life saving heart surgeries so I find it interesting that she was in such bad shape even in spite of her gastrointestinal and allergy issues. And yes, I guess I do know more than you, but not about Carrington's situation at the orphanage. I write from a place of experience. Visiting orphanages in Eastern Europe can be written about and talked about but until you experience it first hand and have your heart ripped out of your chest as you see some of these children literally wasting away in their cribs 24 hours a day, well then I guess it might not make quite the same impact. No I do not know that Carrington was starved deliberately. I do know that she was pretty much in a "laying room" and rarely picked up, cuddled, or loved on, while other children from the same groupa got a lot more attention--emotionally and medically. I can guess--from my experience with my own child from an orphanage in EE that she may have only been fed once a day, but I do not know any more specifics of her situation than that. I do know that had the Burmans not gotten Carrington out THAT VERY DAY, the Reece's Rainbow members definitely would have received an email that Carrington had died, as we've gotten many other emails about children who have died waiting for their forever families. Simply LOOK HERE to see other children who weren't as "lucky" as Carrington. These children were taken away from the orphanage too, but instead of being taken to a family, they were taken to their grave. Thankfully we know they are in a better place now, but that doesn't diminish the fact that they lived lives of suffering, pain and loneliness, never knowing the love of an earthly family.
I don't want to focus on placing blame (as hard as it is), but I do know that we all need to rise up and figure out what we can do so that other children are never in Carrington's shoes. I do know that many orphanages in EE have made improvements and many are "great" as far as orphanages go, but it's not enough because children are still dying.
Yesterday I mentioned that I had thought of another way to help. I know Shelly's heart would be so happy to know that Carrington's story has caused others to want to take a stand and prevent other children from suffering unnecessarily like Carrington has. Carrington's story has already touched so many hearts and may be changing people at their very core and we may just not know those stories yet, but I know Carrington's ugly situation is bringing beauty to this world. I can't wait to hear testimonies of how Carrington's story has changed people for the better. It will help heal Shelly's heart to know that others are taking a stand for these children and to know that Carrington's suffering will not be in vain. The Burmans have adopted 5 children from EE, all with special needs, and all "older" children who are harder to find families for. They adopted 3 children in 2010 all ages 5-6. Even at 3 years old, Carrington was considered hard to adopt due to her age. For those of you that don't know, when children in EE turn 4, they are send to ADULT INSANE ASYLUMS, yes mental institutions with grown men and women. That is the reality for so many children.
Soooo.....I present to you:
I'm posting some links below from the Reece's Rainbow website. Please take a minute to look at these beautiful faces. In honor of Carrington and the hard battle she is fighting, choose ONE child and DO SOMETHING. ADVOCATE for that child through facebook, email, blogging, printing out flyers and putting them on mailboxes or car windows, talk to friends about this ONE child. You may not be in a position to adopt, but you might tell a friend who tells a friend who tells a friend who ADOPTS this child. If you're a Christian, PRAY for this ONE child. If you're able, DONATE to this ONE child's fund. Even for those of you who never considered this before, consider ADOPTING just ONE child. Do this in honor of Miss Carrington. I can think of no better way to help begin the healing process for the Burmans and for Carrington. DO SOMETHING FOR JUST ONE CHILD.
Leave a comment if you're taking "Carrington's Challenge"!