Oh man, I am being worked on here. I was just talking to Matt the other night about God calling me to something, but I just couldn't figure out what. I said something like, "I feel like he's given me the blog for a higher purpose than just, 'Jonah is doing well. We didn't do anything today. The End.'" And I know it's more than that, so I'm not trying to dismiss how many prayer warriors we've gained or the effect Jonah has had on peoples' lives or how God has worked through our struggles. But now, as things are becoming more and more stable, I just want to use the blog and the readership for more than just our day-to-day happenings... although I want to keep including that stuff too. Because it's still important.
I am committed to help advocate for Anton until we find him his Forever Family (or rather, until God leads them to each other), and I'm also committed to fundraising until he can come home. I feel a great Spirit led (I hope, anyway) urgency to pursue funds for Anton and help bring him home, wherever that may be.
So a couple things:
1) I know everyone wants to help one way or the other, and I'm so thankful. I hope you can find a way, through the fundraisers we come up with or with an idea of your own to donate to Anton's adoption fund if you feel so led. His PayPal button is HERE or you can mail a check to Reece's Rainbow at
2) I know not everyone is qualified to adopt Anton, so don't feel guilty if you are not in that place. Not everyone has space in their home or a hospital close by or can take on the time it requires to properly care for an EB child. Let's face it, as much as I would love to adopt him myself, I honestly don't know how we would/could care for both boys' needs. I already have help come in every day to help with Jonah's dressing change. I can't imagine having to ask for help for an additional two hours every day. (And dressing change is really the least of my concerns.) Plus, Anton will face many challenges due to RDEB that Jonah won't and he will face additional emotional and physical delays due to his circumstances. I'm not trying to talk you out of it, but please if you are considering, pray about it, contact DebRA or other EB Folks who can share their "reality" with you, and truly prepare yourselves for what his care, both physical and emotional, will entail. Believe me, whatever it is, it is TOTALLY WORTH IT.
3) If you are feeling like God might be calling you to this, please see these eligibility requirements and you can contact Larisa Ulinova at