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!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Groceries for all future adopting families

So after our struggle to find the right kind of grocery items and figuring out through trial and error we thought we would compile a grocery list for any future adoptive parents. The brands may vary a bit by region and everything but we thought that people could have an idea and read the words on the packaging to find what they need where they are. Hope this helps!!

The best bottled water we found... and trust me we tried a lot. This one tastes like filtered bottle water and not tap and it has no bubbles!

We tried lots of juice and this brand is the best. Several brands tasted like sugar water and not at all fresh. This one is supposedly 100% juice and tastes like it. They make all different kinds (apple, orange, grape, pineapple, grapefruit, etc.)

This is instant coffee. I'm not a coffee drinker but Jim is. This is his favorite instant coffee out of the ones he has tried here.

This is ketchup. They have lots of bags with pictures of tomatoes on them and we have tried 3 different bags. One was chunky tomatoes, one was like spaghetti sauce, but this particular one is ketchup.

This is the cheese we found to be the most like cheddar. It tastes the best when it is melted or cooked in something. Grilled cheese is great or scrambled eggs with cheese! Yum!

This is real butter.... NOT margarine.

This is salt. Couldn't find any salt shakers. Our driver helped us find this and it is just a box of what he calls Ukrainian salt :)



These are 2 different flavors of Ramen Noodles. They are both great. Mix a bit of butter, some vegetables, and scramble an egg in it to make it a bit more healthy. Definitely reminds me of home!

Cross between mayonnaise & miracle whip

Milk tip: always check the date on any type of dairy you buy. Lots of it will be expired

Hope this helps!!

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