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!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Going Private!

Ok... so I've debated on whether or not to make our blog private and well just figured since most everyone else does it for safety reasons for the adoption I might as well be on the safe side and make our blog private as well. 

Basically what making our blog private does is allows us to tell you exactly where we are going and post the truth about our adoption journey in Mina's country! That way we don't have to worry about saying something that could possibly cause a problem in our adoption journey.

Anyone who wants to follow our journey can email me (sweetraeoflove@gmail.com) or post a comment with your email address and name.  Be sure to include your name & email address in order for me to add you to the list.  I will compile the list and then send out invites next week before we leave.

Be sure to email me or comment before the blog goes private so you won't get locked out.

Off to do some of the many things on my to do list. Only 9 days left till we are boarding a plane to Mina's country!

Also we still have many quilt squares left.  Please send me a scripture, prayer or message that you would like written on a square so we can get Mina's quilt finished before we leave!

Thank you!!


Charissa said...

If you don't max out I'd love to follow. Are you SURE you want to go private? It's so hard to keep up with the private ones. :( charissaurban@yahoo.com

Rachel said...

Would love to continue to follow your journey. My email is butterflygirl82@gmail.com

nicole said...

Id be sad to not be able to read anymore my email addy is amomentintime@live.ca

Amy said...

I would love to follow your journey to your girl!



love an invite please I sent u an email also
Tammy (RR)

Kirsten said...

We would like and invite as well! Can't wait to follow your journey!

Kirsten Westbrook

Envyshope said...

Love following along with your family. Kelli Stever envyshope@gmail.com

Nicole said...

If you still have invites left, I would love to follow along with your journey to sweet Mina.

Emi said...

Hi, I've been following your blog almost since the beginning but I don't know if I've commented before. I found it at RR and i love following your story as well as other adoption blogs. I found the site last year, when my uncle, who had Down Syndrome passed away and I started looking information about special needs adoption. If you are Ok with me following your journey I'd like to get an invite, my email is emi.tosoni@gmail.com

Julia said...

Put me on the list... Thanks = covenantb@yahoo.com

Tina said...

Hi - our family would like to follow along, if possible. We found you through RR.

May God continue to bless you and yours!

Tina & co

Rejoice in the Lord always - Philippians 4:4

Stephanie @ Ralphcrew said...

I'm in Ukraine right now! What city is your girl in? I'd love to follow, but going private DOES make it harder. My email is nancefamily8@cox.net.

I'm blogging at www.psalmsixtyeight.blogspot.com. Pop on over and see us!

Missy said...

Hi! I would love to continue to follow your journey! My name is Melissa Nielson, and my email is niel9782@bears.unco.edu

Sarah said...

Can't wait to follow! spbasile@hotmail.com

Sarah Basile