Mina is a precious little girl recently rescued from an orphanage in Eastern Europe who is now finally home with her forever family! She had been without a mother or father to love her & care for her each day. No one to rock her, kiss her gently or tell her she's loved. She is blessed with an extra chromosome known as Down syndrome, which for her that meant a life of being viewed as worthless in the country she was born into & a life without hope. Because of this her parents gave her up at the age of 6 months when they found out the diagnosis & from there her life progressivly went down hill. We are the Gower family residing in OKC who recently adopted this little angel. She was extremely malnourished and unable to do just about anything when we first met her. She will be 2 in January & is the size of a 3-6 month old weighing 14lbs. She continues to amaze us at how quickly she is progressing with love and nutrition. She has learned to sit up, roll over, feed herself finger foods, hold her own bottle and loves to interact with toys and other children. Her life has changed so much in such a short period of time and will forever be changed! Thank you Lord for putting a burden on our hearts to rescue this little blessing and making her apart of our family!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Our Poem To Mina!!

This was found on a blog I follow that I believe one of her friends may have written~ not quite sure.  It was such a precious poem and touched my heart and I wanted to share it with you all!

God's Little Girl

Oh, little girl, your life was planned.
Right from the start from the Father's hand.
He fashioned your frame in ways so grand,
And loves you in ways you don't understand.

And though we've yet to hold your tiny frame,
You've captured our hearts, and we long to call your name.
We thanked God for you, a gift so sweet and pure,
And pray for you, to know His Son for sure.

And as you grow, may you always know
The Lord is there wherever you go.
We promise to love you through all your days and hours,
But never forget, His love is far greater than ours.

 Our Father's Son, He freely gave
And all who believe, He surely will save.
Oh, little girl, we're all adopted at so great a price,
But as God's little girl, you're adopted twice.

Myla talking about Mina!

So for some reason Myla has been talking about Mina a lot lately. The other day I asked Myla who her best friend was thinking she'd say Annaliese~ who she plays with all the time.... but she kept saying Mina.  I said, "No Silly, who's your best friend that we go play with?"  "Mina" 

Then yesterday we were playing around the house and she kept saying, "Mina Home... Mina Home." probably 10 times throughout the day.  So I asked her, "Do you want Mina to come home?" and she looked at me with a smile and said, "Yes."

It's crazy to me because she's not even 2 yet and we've talked about Mina and told her that she was going to be her little sister but didn't fully think she quite understood completely.  Although she would say "Mina sister."

I wonder if God is preparing her heart for her baby sister.  She keeps asking about her and wants her here now.  I just keep telling her, "Mommy and daddy are working hard to get her home... but it still might be a little bit."

I pray that God does prepare Myla's heart for the day she will get to meet her sister and that she would have the patience and understanding till that day comes.  I pray that the process would go as quickly as possible.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Why do we want to adopt a child with down-syndrome?

• Because we feel the Lord created all children to be loved… regardless of the situation they were born into. Every child deserves the love of family.

Do we plan to have more biological children?

• We believe we will have however many children the Lord wants to bless us with and feels we can handle. Therefore, we won’t be trying… and won’t be preventing :)

What will we do if I get pregnant in the meantime during this adoption process?

• Then we will be a family of 3 very soon :) And precious Mina & Myla will have another sibling. Our hearts and minds won’t in anyway change.

How will we have the money to adopt her

• God will provide the way. We have complete faith in that. God always provides! And we will beg and plead with everyone around us… LOL J/k :)

So you haven’t even met Mina yet?

• Nope we haven’t. We just have faith and are trusting in the Lord.

What if she has already been adopted by the time we get to her?

• The chances are slim but do exist. If that’s the case our hearts will hurt because we already feel she is our little angel but we will be thankful for her that she is out of the orphanage and we will pray for the Lord to open our eyes to the child that we are to adopt. There are so many orphans in this world who need the love of family.

Where is Mina developmentally?

• All we know is that she can sit up and is working on crawling

Will we get updates on Mina or know anymore about her than we already know?

• What you see on our blog is all that we know about her. Most likely we will not find out any other information until we get to her.

When do we plan to travel?

• Hopefully if everything goes smoothly paperwork wise and financially we will be traveling to meet her in June

How long will the travel be?

• We will take two trips. The first trip will be about 3 weeks, then we will be home around 2 weeks and back for the 2nd trip (10-16 days) then home with our precious girl!

What if she is never able to develop in certain aspects and is never able to be on her own?

• We will take each thing as it comes. Our job is to help her have the best life she can and help her to fulfill the purpose and plans for which God created her. We will help her to grow into the child God intended her to be with our love and support.

Hopefully this cleared up some questions :) Blessings to all and thank you for all your love, prayers, and support!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Heavy Hearted

My heart is hurting so badly for these little ones in the world. My eyes are filled with tears. My mind and thoughts feel so jumbled. Oh how I wish I could change the life of so many more. Lord what can I do to make a bigger impact for these children?

So many little ones all over the world just wanting the love of a mommy and daddy. And I believe with all my heart everyone of them deserve it.

I read a story today of a friend who is in the process of bringing their little one home, and the stories just break my heart so much. A mom goes to the orphanage every day to see her son because they wouldn’t let her leave the hospital with him, and she doesn’t want to give him up but there is no hope for her to bring him home. She is hoping a family will come adopt him and love him. I just couldn’t imagine having to give my baby up. That is something I would Never be able to do. I couldn’t imagine my life without Myla in it. I couldn’t imagine having to put her in a place like that and the thoughts that would haunt me for the rest of this earthly life.

She also told a story about a little 3-4 yr old girl running up wrapping her arms around her leg and saying momma momma. These little ones just long to have a family. She said they feel like celebrities at the orphanage because all the children want to run up to them. It’s like they try their best to get noticed and to get picked, and children shouldn’t have to work for their parents approval. Could you imagine if we had to work for God’s approval? God loves us regardless of our screw ups, and he accepts us just as we are.

Everything that was once important doesn’t at all seem so important anymore. Jim and I have been anti-debt and always worked so hard to just buy what we had cash for, and our next goal was going to be working on getting our house paid off as quickly as we could. The debt of taking in Mina as our daughter is 100% a debt we are willing to accept. The expenses to get her, the medical bills and physical therapy once home. Whatever it may be I believe with all my heart God ALWAYS PROVIDES! He always has and always will! I will let my mind rest in peace knowing and trusting that.

Who cares, who cares if we never get a better car or bigger home. So what if we never get to buy fancy things, or eat expensive meals. Who cares if we never get to travel and see the world. Does all that really matter so much anyways? I just can’t think of the pain these babies are feeling and think that any of that is more important than the lives of these kids.

I praise God for ADOPTING us into His family! Where would we be without him? He sacrificed a great price to buy us, and we are willing to sacrifice and pay the price to have Mina as our daughter to join our family Forever! Just as I never have to wonder if the Lord is my Forever father…. She will never again have to wonder about having a mother and father. Oh how I can’t wait for that day to come! I’m so ready to bring her home. Please process go quickly!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Pregnancy Waiting vs. Adoption Waiting :)

Well, when I was pregnant with Myla I couldn’t wait until she entered this world- but I knew I didn’t want her to come to soon cause I wanted her to have plenty of time to grow. I remember only being around 20 weeks worrying about what if she came early and once I hit a certain point in my pregnancy I remember the peace of mind that if I was to go into labor at that point she would most likely survive. Well I carried her full term, exactly 40 weeks and I was so thankful for that!

Now here we are on the adoption side of it. Every day that passes is another day spent away from our little girl, and another day that she is growing older without her mommy & daddy. I just want to get to her so soon and not miss anymore of her life. I sit and think about what she is doing, if she’s happy or sad, if she’s napping, If she’s being held, what toy is she playing with, is she getting closer to crawling?

Every time I look at Mina’s clock I imagine what I think she would be doing at that time. I wonder if she’s in bed come 8:30 at night. I wonder how orphanages are in the middle of the night. When babies wake up crying do they wake all the other babies up? Do they get comforted and loved or left to cry themselves back to sleep?

The waiting to me just seems so much more difficult because the waiting in pregnancy is a good thing because you want the baby to grow to full term, but the waiting for adoption is thinking about how your child is somewhere not being given the love and attention they deserve and the sooner you get to them the sooner it can all change.

• Please pray with me that the Lord will make everything go so smoothly.

• That the paperwork needed enters my mailbox asap.

• That during the meantime while we cannot be there that God surround her with His arms, Love & protection & that someone in the orphanage would just pour love into her & be there for her while we can’t.

• Pray that God prepares Mina’s heart to meet her forever family as well as all of our hearts.

It’s truly amazing how much you can love someone you never even met. All I have is a picture of her and I feel like she’s already stolen my heart away and that she’s been my baby since birth. Oh how I long for the day to embrace our precious angel!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

1 month gone by... Closer to Mina

Well, I feel like we've made quite a bit of progress for one months time.
I can't believe one month has already gone by.
Each day that passes I am anxiously awaiting the day we get to meet our little Mina!
I just continue to pray everything will go extremely smoothly and we can get to her as soon as possible!
I am ready to hold her in my arms and give her all the love in the world!

We have all papers needed to get our homestudy finished except our background checks. Hopefully, those will arrive in the mail very soon. Once we get those we'll be able to have our homestudy completed.  We've already sent in our i-600 forms and are hoping they'll let us go ahead and get fingerprints done or get the process started while our homestudy is finishing up.  We've just about finished getting dossier papers together - just a few more things, but mostly once I receive my renewed passport in the next couple days we will be able to get all of that finished pretty quickly... so that's exciting. All we'll be waiting on then is our I-171H approval letter (which hopefully won't take forever :) and then our dossier will be able to get put in the mail.

So basically we're down to a whole lot of waiting and not much else we can do to speed up the process.  Now we'll start focusing on some fundraising :)

We're planning a large garage/ yard sale and trying to gather things from anyone that has things they want to donate. Hopefully we will be able to make it a big event.  We are going to have a bake sale and some auction items, and an avon lady contacted me about setting up a booth and giving Mina a % of the proceeds.  I'm also in the process of getting lots of things together for the JBF consignment sale and all of that will go straight to Mina's adoption. We recieved our first donation today from a good friend. It was such a blessing to receive but at the same time I feel bad and want to give it back.  I have a hard time being given donations but of course I know that Jim and I can't do this all on our own. I guess I must push the pride aside and thank the Lord for the help to get this precious girl home and ultimately save her life.

Thank you all for your prayers and support through this process! We are truly grateful!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Fliers are off!

Fliers are off getting printed and cut and once finished I will take them and drop them off so they can be stuffed in 500 bags to be handed out to families in OKC!  Yay!!!

Please pray with us that the Lord won't just use this as a tool to help us receive donations for our adoption, but that the Lord will open the eyes of His people to see the need for these orphans and help in any way they can through prayer, through giving, or through adopting a child of their own.  I pray that the Lord will just use this as a tool to put a desire in many hearts to seek Him and His word about adoption and orphans and that people would go to the websites and see all the children in need and that God would put a burning desire on hearts to do something about it!!! It's pretty crazy to think that around 40% of Americans have thought of adoption and only 1% actually go through with it.  Can you imagine how many children could be saved and have a much greater life filled with Love?

Hope you all like the flyer. I'm not the greatest with computery stuff :) LOL
Sorry it's a little blurry- this is about the only way I could get it posted on the blog.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Fliers in the JBF Sale!!!

I talked to the JBF consignment sale coordinator this morning and found out that we can put 500 fliers in their family packs for just $50. They will be handed out at the week long event here in a couple weeks. I have to get the fliers made, printed and to her by tomorrow am. 

We are so excited about it and feel it will be a great opportunity to get the word out there for these little ones.  My prayer is that it won't just help us financially but be a voice for others as well and lead other families to have a heart for adopting and through that more children can find a forever home!!!

So that is what I am working on today!! :) Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Today has been one crazy day... Lots of running around and paperwork gathering :) So Jim and I headed off to the bank early to get some paperwork notarized... then after everything was done I realized the notaries license expired in 2 months (darn it I had forgotten to ask before hand)... so off we went back home to reprint the copies and back up to the bank we went. Everything was notarized and faxed in for approval.  Then ran Jim to work and dropped him off, met a person from CL to buy a new Scanner (so I will be able to scan docs in to email instead off running to a fax everytime I have a new doc to send in.  I wish my darn Dell all-in-one would work to scan- for some reason it will copy but it won't scan and I can't figure out the problem.  So anyway I make it home put Myla to bed, try to install the scanner to find out it's not compatible with Vista. Get a call from the Dr saying our medical physical reports are done and all test results are in. We are free from everything~ Yippy! We then headed to the main business office for the Dr to get them notarized because they don't have a notary on site. They got it approved for us to run them over there and they would notarize because they do all of his paperwork & know his signature. Well, we get there unload Myla, into the office we go- and find out she's out sick to day- load Myla back in the car. Hopefully we will be able to get it notarized tomorrow with todays date otherwise we'll be back to the Dr for a newly filled out physical with the different date.  Then off to the accountants office for notaries for Jim's self employment verification. Load Myla back up. Go by post net to make a print. Myla's getting extremely restless by this point :) I buy her a keychain bracelet to keep her entertained while in the store- which after the next car ride she must have thrown it somewhere in the car and I can't find it in the mountain of mess :) LOL  In to the Post Office to mail off our i600a app.  YEAH!!! It's off and headed to TX. That's very exciting! Then by Red box to return a movie, fill up the car with gas, and back up to the bank to find the lady whose notary doesn't expire anytime soon is gone for the day. We need to get one doc redone because the notaries stamp didn't stamp clearly and she had to restamp it.  So here we are now at home. We had lots of getting a toddler in and out of a carseat all day and Myla seemed to think she needed to go to the Potty at every place we went into :)  Yay for potty training!  Needless to say we had an eventful and not so eventful day. Myla did great considering all the running around we did.  Only a few fits throughout the day so I am extremely thankful for that and I am most thankful that we got the i600a app sent off. One more thing to check off the list and on our way we go!!!