Two Boys, Two Days, One Year…One Voice

Their is something I have wanted to share with you for a while now.  It’s something bigger than I truly know how to put into words,  my heart pounds right this moment as I type….but today I will try….

Just when I thought God’s work was truly being done with Grady  in our lives, he layed upon my ears and heart the cries of the orphaned.  No longer do I hear silence when closing my eyes to pray. The  forgotten ones that are far beyond my reach are now close within our heart and prayers.   In Eastern Europe when orphaned children with Down Syndrome near their 5th birthday they are transferred to a mental institution where within a year they typically die from neglect of basic care and love.  I ask you to watch these videos first. Please. It will explain a lot.

As Grady’s 1st Birthday is nearing, I want to share this story with you…

On February 19th, 2010 somewhere in an Eastern Europe a woman gave birth to a little boy named Simon at the same exact time I was in labor with Grady here in NY.

On February 19th, 2010 that same woman in Eastern Europe discovered her child has Down Syndrome and decided not to care for him at the same time here in the United States I was eagerly anticipating finally seeing Grady’s precious face for the first time.

On February 20th, 2010 at 12:25 am I delivered Grady Wayne in Westchester NY and somewhere in Eastern Europe on that same day Simon was transferred to an orphanage, alone, just because he had Down Syndrome.

On February 20th, 2010 I fell head over heals in love with my little Grady Wayne.

On February 20th 2010 Simon had no one to love him. He had no mother to hold his tiny hands, to sing him to sleep, or keep him warm. He was an Orphan.

On February 24th 2010, in the midst of  a very cold winter we brought Grady into our warm home, covered him with blankets, provided unconditional love, and rocked him to sleep.

On February 24th 2010, Simon fell asleep with no mother to rock him and surrounded by the cries of other abandoned children, mostly with Down Syndrome.

About six months ago when I first fell in love with Simon my mind started to race… he was born just a day before Grady… The connection is deep within my soul. I can’t imagine Grady living in the conditions that Simon does, it breaks every piece of my heart when I think of it.

Simon as a baby, the photo I first fell in love with!

On January 21st 2011… You, yes you reading this get to be a part of Simon’s Story, you  get to be a part of Saving Simon from a mental institution like the one in the video above.  You get to be a part of the rest of his story…

Simon is celebrating his 1st Birthday alone on Feb 19th, but our mission and prayers is that this will be his last birthday alone. Will you help us?

Since finding Simon on Reece’s Rainbow (an accredited and nationally known International Down Syndrome Orphan Ministry) I have been praying for him fervently. I have been praying for his forever family to find him soon. While, both Paul and I feel called to adopt one day… unfortunatley ( I say this with tears and a great sigh) we aren’t in the position right now to do so. …If God opens that door to do so within the next year, you bet your bottom we will take Simon…  But until then what we can do is raise money towards his adoption fund to help his forever family bring him home.  It typically will cost around $25,000 + to bring him home… he has $1,000 dollars right now….

Meet Simon Today:

Sometime within the last year  my view on international adoption changed. I used to think why adopt internationally when their are so many children here  in the States who need our help? The realization is that here in the land of opportunity, America, we don’t have mental institutions locking up and killing off children with Down Syndrome. Every child from every nation is God’s child… they all need our help.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27


Grady is a blessed little boy, he has never-ending love, mountains of clothes, therapy toys and bins and bins of fun gadgets and gizmos. He needs nothing. So in honor of his birthday we ask our followers, strangers, friends and family to help Simon.

You can do so by clicking on Simon’s picture above or HERE. We ask you to share this post a thousand times, email it to friends and family, blog about it, tweet it, facebook it…and mostly pray about it.  Watching Simon’s adoption fund grow will be an abundant blessing for all. Glory to God.

“Once our eyes are opened, we can’t pretend we don’t know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act.”  Prov. 24:12


You can be a part of something amazing. With ever dollar raised Simon is one step closer to home. I am so excited to see what God will do with this fundraiser, I am excited to be a part of something in honor of Grady’s 1st Birthday…. to  finally after months of praying see Simon’s story begin unfolding.

On Reece’s Rainbow website you can keep track of Simon and his adoption process as well as his adoption fund. How absolutely exciting right?

To see awesome stories of once orphaned children already brought home to their forever families click here.


Matthew 21:21

And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.


Let’s Make a Miracle Happen!

CLICK on the Donate Button under his Simon’s name on the link above…




24 thoughts on “Two Boys, Two Days, One Year…One Voice

  1. Lara Font says:

    Happy “almost” Birthday Grady! You and Simon share a terrific birthday, my anniversary!!! 18 years on the 20th, a child bride I was for sure 🙂 Erin, you gals are all inspiring me, donated here too, love what God is doing, moving in our families and families overseas as well. Praying for Simon to go home soon! XO

  2. sarah says:

    Erin, you and your family are gifts from God. What you are doing for this sweet little boy is beyond amazing to me! And very inspiring.

    Let’s bring SImon home!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Will be donating with Tax money! Im hoping God Brings to us an Angel from Adoption as Well. I went to the website and there are many many of them who need a loving family.

  4. christi harrison says:

    I can’t watch the videos. I am so weak. I did donate though. I have donated before for RR and hope to do a fundraiser for them soon. I wish they just had one fund and distributed them themselves because donating for one child makes me feel guilty about not donating for the other children. God bless Simon and all the others. I wish I could adopt them all.

    Happy Birthday Grady! Lots of love!

  5. Heather Sacco says:

    I’ve recently discovered your blog and it is truly inspirational. Grady and Mason are both lucky little boys to have such an amazing mommy. God blessed you with a beautiful family Erin!

    Happy Birthday Grady and good luck Simon 🙂

  6. Elissa says:

    Donated! This is what we are going to do at Abbie’s birthday too. It will be hard to chose just one though! We are doing a giveaway in a few weeks for Elizabeth already in the institution but with a loving and anxious family hoping to bring her home asap. I can’t wait to do it! God has given me some great blessings to make this giveaway a good one!

  7. Ilisa Ailts says:

    He looks like my little Calvin and it breaks my heart. I wish so badly that he did not have to go one single night without a mother to rock him and hold him close. He is adorable. I will spread the word and then some…

  8. Kayla says:

    I love this…what you’re doing is amazing! You really hit home when you said you couldn’t imagine Grady living in those conditions. Simon shouldn’t have to either…what a precious baby he is. It’s so sad and unfortunate that his birth mother decided to give him away. I will spread the word, sister!

    Oh yeah…I LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture of Grady with the words”Brotha from another motha”. Too cute! Love it.

  9. Audrey says:

    Erin that video is absolutely heartbreaking, I can’t even believe places like that exist in this world! You are doing such an amazing job at bringing out all these stories that need to be told and seen by everyone. I truly hope that Simon as well as all the kids on Reece’s Rainbow, the Serbian mental institution and those all over the world find the loving & proper care they desperately need ❤

  10. Korey (Jack's mom) says:

    I LOVE this, Erin! You and your family are so beautiful, inside and out. I feel so inspired when I read your blog, and now that we’ve met in person, I know that it all comes from a wonderful, true place. I will talk with Robert and see what we can come up with for a donation. You’ve brought tears to my eyes yet again, and I’m in LOVE with little Simon, too!

  11. Whitney Melton says:

    I am so disgusted and angry and upset and I could have never imagined this if you didn’t share the video. We must take this and change it. I’m with you 100%. I will donate asap and will continue to research and spread the word. I have never been so grateful for Carter AND Grady. Life is not suppose to be like we see it in that video. I can’t get those images out of my head. If I had the money and life to support Simon, I’d go over there myself. Bless you Erin. You’re a wonderful mother.
    Sending my love…

  12. Kristin Montgomery says:

    This makes me so sad!! The parents of these children have no idea what they are missing out on! I couldn’t even imagine! We will for sure make a donation for this precious angel! Your such an inspiration and I really think the world needs more Erins!!! Praying for Simon and the many babies, children, and adults in this awful place they are in, praying for awareness and for something to be done about this!

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