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, August 10, 2010

Introducing Officially Mina Bella Gower.... The many faces of an angel!

Here's some pics now that Mina is officially our girl!!! We took these this afternoon at our visit!

Arms wrapped around her daddy... oh how she loves him!

Oh wait mommy got out the camera I need to sit up and smile!

The many faces of an angel!
Now it seems she is always smiling! That's exactly what we like to see!

Making kissy faces at daddy

My most favorite face Mina likes to make. I call it her smooshy face. Jim calls it her bitter beer face. LOL I just think she is so precious!!

And lots and lots of smiles, giggles and laughs!! Love it!

Mina's tiny foot in her daddy's hand.

NY Pizza for super to celebrate Mina being officially ours!
Tasty pizza and fries!

Street vendor~ Cotton Candy & Popcorn

Uncle Sam in Ukraine!

Myla enjoying cotton candy!! Yummy! Big ball of sugar!

Cramming her face in it.... sticky mess!  But she loved it!

There are fun little kid play areas on just about every street corner out here.

You can pay to let your child drive on of these cars around in front of the movie theatre

Myla on the Disneyland Bouncy..... she loves these things. Thankfully they only cost about $1.25 :)

Our girl presenting her lack of stability on the Disneyland bouncy house. Yes she is falling as quickly as she gets back up ;) lol

Twilight in Ukraine!

There are homeless dogs EVERYWHERE!! You will not walk a street where you don't see dogs lying around. Thankfully they mind there own business.

Jim went to this beer brewery and picked out a local Ukrainian beer to try.  Don't think you can buy beer in 2 liter bottles back home... but then again I could be wrong cause I really don't know.  :)


Tracie said...

Awesome pictures. She looks LOVED already!!

Jodi said...


I love seeing all the pictures :)

Man, that is the BIGGEST cotton candy I have ever seen!

Enjoy your last 10 days in beautiful Ukraine!

Lu, Poppies Blooming said...

Congratulations! She is absolutely precious! And so tiny!! I am just thrilled for her and for you! What a blessing!

The Sanchez Family said...

She is such a sweet little angel baby girl!!!! SOOOO tiny!!! I can't wait to see her blossom in your loving arms! CONGRATS!!!!

Kirsten said...

Congrats!! That is so awesome! Mina is so precious...LOVE her smooshy face! :)

schoolmother said...

Congratulations! What an adorable, cute, and tiny little girl!! She is precious.