Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Jealous. Do you know what the word means? Did you know it does not mean "feeling resentment against someone because of that person's rivalry, success, or advantages"? 

That is envy. In our society the word jealousy had lost it's meaning. 

Jealous. Vigilance in maintaining or guarding something.

God is Jealous (Exodus  20:5). A good and holy jealousy.  God vigilantly guards. He is jealous for His name. 
For His people.
For His glory.
For His ways.
For the marginalized.

Marginalized? Those who are on the margins. The poor. The widows. The orphans. Those who in the eyes of this world don't fit in. Socially akward. Ostracized. Judged. Disabled. HIV positive. Does this mean He loves them more? No. But those on the margin need someone to fight for them. God wants to poor out his grace on those the world sees as inadequate. 
"God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." 1 Corinthians 1:27

My pastor made this statement last week:

" I think every single one of us wants someone to be jealous for us. Someone who sees us when no one else sees us. Someone who fights for us when no one else fights for us. We have a God that is jealous for us!"
After hearing the rest of this sermon I was in tears. Broken . Realizing that I needed to be jealous for my daughter. Adopting her wasn't enough. I needed to be jealous for her.  I was just like her. I was on the margins. I was lost in sin. Despicable. Filthy. And God fought for me and loved me with a unconditional love. I needed  to love my Ava that way. 

Fight for her. 
Be jealous for HER. 

Not to be upset about the things that she struggles with. Not to be discouraged when it takes her longer to learn something. No. 

For her.
The way she is.
Accept her. Unconditionally. Like God did for me.

My pastor prayed this prayer that Sunday. " Fill us a new. Where we would know and extend the love of Christ in a more powerful way than we have every experienced before. May we be jealous for people  and fight for people who need to be fought for because we have a King who fights every moment for us."

From the words of the David Crowder Band

"He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy."

 Is our love for the marginalized like a hurricane?

 Doesn't every orphan want to be able to sing "He is jealous for me"? Wouldn't they like to sing it about their Heavenly Father and their earthly parents?

Oh that these children will somehow know the love of God and the love of a father and mother. How?

By the church seeing these children and being jealous for them. Fighting for them. Standing up for them. Adopting them. Loving them. No matter what. No matter what the cost. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012


It is with extreme excitement that I can share with you that due to donors who wish to remain anonymous I can announce that there is now a $1500 matching grant available for my princess Karina.

Karina is a 2.5 year old little girl. She has Crouzon syndrome, skeletal abnormalities, a heart condition, cleft hard palate and other medical conditions ( I will update you with more about her medical status if and when it becomes available).
She needs our help. Her health is fragile. She desperately needs a family. If we can meet this matching grant she will have enough money in her fund to move to the "Sizable Grants" page on Reece's Rainbow.

Here is how this will work. If you want to help go to this link and click donate. The payment will be processed through paypal but you don't need an account to give.

Or you can write a cheque with "Karina December 2009" on the memo line to:
Reece's Rainbow
PO Box 4024
Gaithersburg, MD 20885

When you write a cheque Reece's Rainbow doesn't have to pay the pay pal fees so more money goes to Karina!

All donations are tax deductible for Canadians and Americans. 

As of today her grant has $537.03. If her grant climbs $1500 by Labour Day (September 3) she will receive an additional $1500 from generous donors!   

So the magic number is $2037.03

If we can hit this by Labour Day  $1500 more will be added to her grant and she will have $3537.03 !! 

I KNOW if we all work together we can make this happen. God is moving for Karina! Please pray for donors to come forward. Share on facebook. Donate. Do a garage or bake sale or just sell something on Craigslist. 

Do you see the words on her pajama? "My Daddy Rocks".  Can we please act quickly to hit this magic number of $2037.03 so that we can get her a that much closer to finding a Daddy (and a Mommy too!)?


Monday, June 25, 2012

Hi Everyone! I really want to share a few stories with you. These are some families that could really use your support.

Family # 1  The Westbrooks
 Mark and Kirsten and their 9 children are very excited to be adding to little girls from Asia to their family.

This is a picture of their kids who are already home! 
 And these are the two sweet angels they are adopting from Asia. Hailey and Ruby

They could really use your financial help. Right now they are doing a fundraiser on their blog. All you have to do is donate as little as $10 and you will be entered to win a Kindle Fire as well as other prizes. It is tax deductible if you donate through the Reece's Rainbow box on their blog. Please consider helping them as they are leaving on July 13.
There blog can be found at:

Family # 2 The Shaw family

Geoff and Caroline have 3 sons and are now adopting a little girl named Erin. She is 9 years old and has Cerebral Palsy. The Shaw family are from Canada and I know from personal experience that this means their adoption is going to cost a lot more than it would if they were American. They could use some support to help get their girl home.

They do not have a blog but you can donate to their adoption through their Reece's Rainbow page.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

As most of you know by now we were unable to proceed with adopting Ivan. He is being well cared for in a orthodox church run orphanage from which he is not adoptable and despite a lot of effort by many people there is no changing this reality. Will you please join us in continuing to pray for him? He cannot be forgotten. He is deeply loved by us and by so many people. Maybe one day the rules will change and he will be allowed to have a family. Please pray for this.
We of course were devastated that we could not adopt Ivan. We could not see how it was right that he should grow up without a Mommy and Daddy. However, we knew that God had called us to adopt a child from Ukraine and we really wanted to be that Mommy and Daddy that every child needs and deserves. So after about 5 weeks we committed to adopt a six month old baby girl who was born with Down Syndrome. We didn't tell anyone because we wanted to make sure her and our privacy was protected while we traveled.
I now can happily announce that on May 14, 2012 we legally  became the proud parents of Ava Tyeesia Sproule! And can you believe that Renee's birthday is the same day. Ava is now 8 months old and she is due to arrive in Canada in about 10 hours with my husband. Renee and I are extremely excited to see them both again. We have been apart now for 3 weeks due to Renee and I having to leave Ukraine early because Renee was very sick. I can not wait to hold her again and know that nobody can take her from us and that she is really our daughter now. When I left we were still waiting to be allowed to take her out of the orphanage and I was only seeing her two hours a day. I have never changed her diaper, never bathed her, and only once given her a bottle. I cannot wait to have her home. My parents are just about jumping out of their shoes they are so excited! My dad can't even stand it that he has to work tomorrow and can't come to the airport.
And now for a picture....this is the day that Jason brought her home to his apartment from the orphanage. It was so cool to see her wearing her very own clothes! (The babies don't have their own clothes at the orphange) This is just before they got in the car. Jason looks so happy! Apparently she slept all the way back to the apartment.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Why are we adopting?

We are adopting because we feel that all children deserve a family. No child should be growing up in an orphanage. We can’t even stand to think that in many cases, the children will become prostitutes or live on the streets once they are too old to stay at the orphanage. We feel that God calls all believers to love and care for orphans and for us we feel that means adoption. We love children and we want to be a family to a child who would otherwise be alone.

Christ said, “Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me.” Because of the great love and grace God has shown us, we want to reach out to an orphan. After all God has adopted us!

Why a child with special needs?

These children are often at the highest risk of not finding a family. In our minds it does not matter if a child has Down Syndrome, cleft palate, missing limbs or other physical or mental disabilities. They are all beautiful people created by God and deserving of a family.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Trying to be Hopeful

Out of respect for Ivan's country I can not share all of the details but I have to tell you that it has become very unlikely that we will be able to adopt Ivan. I can tell you that we are very sad about this.

How we long to meet him.

To hold him.

To treasure him as the precious child that he is.

I really do feel that Ivan would want to have a Mommy and a Daddy if he was able to give his opinion. Oh to be so loved! Isn't that what every child wants?

I don't know who is all reading my blog but I want everyone to know that if we were granted the privilege of being Ivan's parents we would (and do) honour and value his heritage. We are already planning on teaching him and Renee his language. We would love to travel back to his country so he can know it well and feel that it is an important part of him.

Will you all pray that some how God in his awesome power will make it possible for us to adopt Ivan? We have no other refuge but to trust in Him right now.

"I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm"

Saturday, March 3, 2012

So close yet so far

We are getting so close to leaving for Ivan's country. Even though it is so great to be submitted we are still feeling so far away from him. We are glad to have updates on him (he is rolling over all on his own!!!) and we are so grateful that so many people in Eastern Europe have befriended us and are bringing him diapers and gifts! Thank-you!