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!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mina sitting up caught on camera!

Today has been great! Caught Mina on camera sitting up, watched Life church sermon, bought groceries, Myla took a super long nap, played in the ball pit, & enjoyed tasty onion burgers!! Now I think we r going to have a movie night & snuggle up & watch a movie on our computer. What a wonderful day!

Watching Life church on daddy's phone.

Mina sitting up on her own. She did this several times this morning. When she gets her balance she'll sit up for about 30 sec. We r excited about this accomplishment!

Our precious girls:

Happy girl

Walking down the many halls after taking Mina back to her room. Myla always has to be carried cause she's tired from the long walk

Daddy's afternoon visit:

Daddy's so silly!

Mina talking to herself on video ;)
She sure likes to watch herself in the camera.

Watch what Mina does every time there's sunlight. She hates the sun ;)

Mina playing in the ball pit

Our yummy American food super! We went to the supermarket today & was so excited to get ground beef, boneless skinless chicken breast, and parmigiane cheese. We made onion "American" burgers and they were so yummy!!! The burgers here are made with spam & cabbage. Nothing like our burgers back home. We also made Jim's sister (Aprils) famous tomatoes baked with parmigiana cheese. Yummy! My belly is now happy & full ;)

Myla has been taking my phone and taking lots of pictures of herself. This is 2 of about 35 she took today. Yes I had to go through & delete most of them ;)

1 comment:

Jamie said...

Mina reminds me SO much of our Lucy! Lucy just started doing the lip popping (that's what I call it anyway) last week, it's makes us crack up every time. I can really see a difference in Mina from the earliest videos, we're all praying for you guys and for these 10 days to go quickly. God Bless