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!

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!!


Nancy B said...

When I first discovered Reeces Rainbow..Mina was the first one that caught my eye. I inquired about her and found out we were too old to adopt her. My husband is not on the same page with me on adoption but I am trying not to give up. When I saw Mina's new family I was so happy! She looks like your family and she will have such a great life with you and your family. I enjoying reading your post and after I help another family with a child they are longing for I hope I can start helping you with Mina. Please keep posting about your journey. I can't wait to see her in your arms. God Bless! Nancy Benningfield

the Gower Fam said...

Thank you so much!! That is wonderful. Definitely don't give up on your husband :) I didn't really think we'd be adopting now (although I'd always wanted to) till God put it on Jim's heart & one day randomly he told me he was thinking about adopting. To me it was just amazing because I didn't even have to ask... God just completely put it on his heart and he was the one that brought it up. So I'm here to tell you that it definitely can happen :) Thank you so much for your caring heart and support! We greatly appreciate it!