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 24, 2010

The many halls 2 get 2 Mina

Thought we'd share our daily walk with you since I love to capture everything through pictures :)
This is the many many halls we walk down each day to get to Mina's groupa room.  Anytime we decide to go outside, sit in the couches in the front, need to use the bathroom, you get the picture... we have to re-walk down all these halls... there is no shortcuts.  Today was the last day of walking these halls for our precious visits with our sweet girl and tomorrow we will be walking them to bring her home!! How joyous that will be!!
This is from the front entrance of the orphanage.
Front foyer area/ couch seating area

Hall #1

Mini-hall/ turn #2

Long Hall #3

This is the corner at the end of the hall. 

Hall #4

End of the hall little carpeted play area

Hall #5

Toys at the end of the hall

Hall #6

Hall #7

And finally we've arrived at Mina's groupa doors! Hip Hip Horray! Now that these out of shape Americans have had their excercise for the day and are worn out :)

Front doors to Mina's groupa

Waiting in the entry room for our little blessing!
Doors we knock on each day to pick her up and bring her back

Someone is quite the artist around the orphanage.  There is paintings all over the walls between the windows as you walk the halls.  Bright, cheery & fun!



Anonymous said...

So happy for your family..the feeling when you walk of that place and to never return sweet Mina will be the greatest ever..I am crying for the whole experience now...she has no idea how her life has changed...sweet sweet Jesus..thank you..
Love and prayers to your family
Nancy Benningfield

Tracey Sharp said...

Wow....thanks so much for sharing Minas life there with us. I wonder if most of the orphanages look similar!

Kirsten said...

It's almost as if you are in some kind of maze walking all those halls! Yikes! :0 I am so happy for you to be breaking her out of that place soon!! :) Yay!

Stephanie @ Ralphcrew said...

wow, that place looks eeriely similar to Zhen and Theo's orphanage. not so many halls but the doorways and the grouppa dressing areas are identical. congrats on your beautiful daughter!