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!

Friday, April 16, 2010

A little story...............

Dazed and confused, Sarah and Mike of Eastern Europe, took one look at their newborn baby with a special need and immediately asked to place the baby up for adoption. Don't get me wrong, they loved this baby they so desperately wanted. However, this baby with the special need of Down Syndrome, will be viewed as worthless and dumb in their country. This baby will now sit in an orphanage waiting for a family to rescue them from a life in a crib. They will not experience being rocked, loved, kissed gently, having their teeth brushed daily, boasted upon, a decorated nursery, family holidays, the outdoors, and most importantly Jesus. No one will care when they first roll over, their first tooth, or first babble. This child will sit in a dirty diaper with a rash developing, will develop sensory issues due to lack of stimulation, will hunger, will learn crying will get them nothing, and silence will eerily become a part of their life amongst the rails of their crib due to the ratio of workers verses orphans.

Not all children come from hard places like the one described above. There are orphanages with great support and theraputic services for orphans in some countries. However, adoptive families must be prepared for the emotional/behavioral scarring that comes along with this beautiful child you have adopted. We have a heart for the hurt child. We understand the risk factors and outcomes of adopting an orphan. We have adjusted our expectations and are prepared for this child. Everyone has a passion about something and this is our passion. God has lead us to this point. Please consider supporting us with our efforts. We hope you enjoy following our journey. Thank you.

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