Thursday, December 30, 2010

The little hairs on the back of your neck....

Do you ever get so moved by something that it raises the little hairs on the back of your neck?  This has happened to our family.  I recently began reading about and then actively researching the orphanage system in Eastern Europe.  There is a specific country that has a gut wrenching reality.  When orphans who have physical or mental disabilities turn 4 years old, the government starts the process to have them transferred out of the "baby homes".  They are moved to mental institutions right along with adults.  Many reports describe children isolated, left in beds with no stimulation, and even locked away.  I know things like this happened even in our country years ago, but I cry to think of it still happening anywhere in the world today.  Thank God in some places reform has happened, but to think of the places where it has not....

My Simon is 6, my Danielle is 8, they would have been in these mental institutions for 2 and 4 years by now if they were born in this particular country and orphaned....I can't imagine this for one heart is ripped into shreds thinking about it.

So, our plates are full, our lifes are crazy, our house is too small, our bank account is even smaller....but our hearts have been broken for the least of these.  Guess what friends?  One of these boys will be ours!!  The Kulp family will expand by one in about 7 months.  We are actively in the process of adopting Shea.  He is a four year old with good cognitive health, but he was born with Spina Bifida, so he has some physical challenges.

Simon and Danielle have another sibling to welcome to the tribe.  Our heads are spinning, but our hearts are full!  Dear Lord, bless our new child, protect him from transfers, and give our paperwork wings like eagles!


  1. Lord You are exceedingly able...

  2. Hi Liz
    People have asked me if I've talked to you or what you think bout our efforts to Save Shea - so far I have to say "I don't know - I'm not sure she even knows about us or how they found Shea or his bracelets". Would you mind sending me a little email (I know you must be super busy - so just when you get a chance) describing how you found Shea and any other little details you want to share. :) There are HUNDREDS of people following his story through my blog and facebook and I would be thrilled to share this with them - as well as know anything more about the family who is adopting little Shea myself - I became so, so attached to him and have cried so many tears for him wanting him to be ours -but I praise God that He sent you - a family ready to adopt him right now. :) Again - I would just be honored to hear from you. Please.

    Much love

  3. Again my email is :)

  4. Congratulations on adopting Shea! He is a cutie! I will be praying for him and your family!

  5. Congratulations!!! You know how incredibly happy I am for you! You are going be blessed beyond measure by this little boy. I'll be following your story closely and praying for a QUICK process for you. He wants a mama SO badly. I can't wait to see pictures of you holding him. It gives me chills just even thinking about it. :-)

  6. I am so excited Liz!!! He is such a beautiful boy.... how amazingly lucky he is to be joining your family.


  7. I was given your information by Erin because I also have a son with SB. When she said that you might be adopting a little boy from Eastern Europe whose name was Shea, I got HUGE goosebumps. I belong to an amazing community on line at (look up spina bifida kids) and another momma learned about Shea weeks ago and has been fundraising for his adoption expenses to help out any family interested in making him theirs. I am so excited for you and your family and so happy for Shea!!!! If you are interested in chatting or meeting, drop me a line, I sent you a facebook message already but I promise not to stalk you, ha, ha. Wishing you all the best!!!