Carson was the first little boy I met. I actually saw him on most days during my week-long visit to Pleven. He is a tiny little doll baby with the sweetest personality! Carson was born with hydrocephalus and a shunt was inserted. He was blessed with life-saving surgery and is doing well.
I could tell that Carson is an orphanage favorite. Unlike many of the children listed below, he was out of his crib a lot. I saw him outside with his caregiver, loving the swings. He has the sweetest smile and is truly a delightful little boy.
He would be such a joyful addition to any family.
Dang! He is so adorable! At just sixyears old, he is very little for his age.
I love his sweet smile. Every single time I saw Carson he looked happy and so content to just be with someone. He seemed to understand everything thatt was being said to him.
What can I say? Brandi broke my heart! She lives in the room next to our Hasya. Two rooms side-by-side. They're the rooms that the most profoundly special needs children call home--the 6th floor at Pleven--a place no child ever wants to end up!
It is an absolutely heartbreaking place--one where even the toughest of hearts are broken--left crying out to the Lord for His grace and mercy to pour down like rain upon that place!
A crib is the only life this little lovie knows! She is just six years old and cannot weigh more than 15 pounds. She is so, so tiny.
I went in every day that I was allowed on that unit to check on her.
And there she was.
Laying on her back.
Desperately needing to be loved. And cared for. And just snuggled.
Beautiful Brandi has Cerebral Palsy. She has very limited movement and is so stiff and contracted--simply because she has never been given the freedom to move and grow and thrive.
How she would blossom in a family! She would finally have a chance at LIFE!
But oh my goodness! Is he so charming!
This young boy has a whole lot of personality in there just waiting to come out and make its presence known. He is such a joy.
Like all the children in this orphanage, Theodore is also very small for his age. He feeds himself, understands everything that is said to him and can bear weight on his legs with assistance.
He will thrive in a family!
Please, please don't leave him there! Ten years is long enough!
I was not able to meet Harvey in person since he was in the quarantine ward. These pictures were taken at the same time I was at Pleven. When the person who took them showed them to me from his camera, I just bawled.
I looked at this little boy and I wondered how different his life would be if he lived here--in a country where he could receive the very best medical attention!
Sweet Harvey has many medical needs. He is just three years old and is currently fed by feeding tube. I'm told that the excess hair on his body could be due to severe malnutrition and a total lack of human contact. He does not have it in his earlier referral pictures. How terribly sad!
I cannot even begin to imagine what life is like for this darling little boy.
Absolute misery on earth!
Oh, how desperately he needs HELP!
And a family.
He is one of the children I look at and wonder, Who Lord?
Who will go for him? This precious, amazing little boy who deserves a family JUST as much as any other orphan.
Who will literally save this precious child's life?
"Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me!" (Matt 25:31).
Oh my goodness! Thad lies next to Hasya in his crib. I was not able to take my own pictures of him--but I know this boy. I spent time with him. I touched him. Loved him. And prayed over him.
There truly are no words. His story brings me to my knees...begging God to intervene and make all things right in the world.
This absolutely stunning little nine-year-old boy was once part of a family. His "condition" is not one he was born with. Thad was a typical four year old...until he was physically abused by his own family--beaten and left in a coma. He was taken out of that abusive situation and placed in the orphanage.
And there his needs have not been met and he spends his days in the confines of a crib.
Every. Single. Day.
As a result of profound physical abuse, Thad suffered a brain trauma and is significantly delayed and very small for his age. His limbs are very contracted, his legs bent up toward his chest.
But no matter what is "wrong" with Thad...he is a child! Created in the image of a God who does all things well. He is valuable!
Thad is just so, so lovely and so deserving of a LIFE where he can be loved and treasured...and where God can do a healing in his heart and in his tiny body.
And I wonder, "Who, Lord? Who are you raising up to save this boy's life?"
"Who will see the inestimable value in this boy--see him as his Father in heaven sees him?"
Like all these other children, Kramer will do so well in a family.
He absolutely loved being outdoors and was so content to sit in his stroller and observe what was happening around him. He has such a sweet spirit and smiled all the time as I loved on him.
Just a little boy hungry to be loved!
A treasure, for sure.
Update: I just found out that Peyton is being relisted for adoption today! Now all he needs is a family to say YES to this beautiful boy with SO much potential.
Day in and day out he lies there. His joints stiff.
His body so absolutely emaciated!
I was told by the carers that they cannot feed Peyton by mouth. He struggles to eat.
My uneducated guess would be that he would thrive with a temporary feeding tube--getting high-calorie nutrition in him would be such a blessing until he is strong enough to eat by mouth.
He has eyelashes a girl would do anything for!
My heart breaks for Peyton! He has been overlooked so many times. I have no idea why! He is gorgeous and has so much potential hidden away in a tiny, frail body.
With love, therapy, and good nutrition, this boy would do so, so well in a family.
What a sweet little blessing he would be to someone!
I long to see him finally find a family. SO many children in this orphanage have been chosen before him. I just have to believe that God has got a very special family for Peyton...they just have to find their son!
And lastly, here's lovely Miss Penny. She's the other little lovie I specifically asked to see. Like Peyton, Penny's file was returned to Bulgaria because no one chose her as their daughter. She ran out of time. In order to be adopted now (and it IS possible), her file will have to be requested once again.
Goodness gracious.....she's a little baby doll! A stunning beauty. Her big brown eyes are just amazing.
Like many of these children, Penny has CP. She is 11 years old and is also very small for her age. I would say she is around the size of a 3 year old.
Penny is absolutely delightful! She smiles readily and is fully aware of everything happening around her. She too is so severely malnourished and desperately needs good nutrition.
Penny has lived in an orphanage her entire life. She is very delayed in all areas of her life and has never received the therapy or medical intervention which would help her to blossom.
She is breathtakingly beautiful.
I absolutely loved my time with Penny. How I pray that someone will see this and know that she is the daughter of their hearts!
She has waited too long!
Anyone wanting information on any of these children can contact Shelley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Serious inquiries only please! Additional photos and videos of all these children are available.