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!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Thank you all for your sweet and encouraging comments!!
Thanks for the conversion of info on birth weight and length :) 

It is extremely hot here as well.  We are going to the afternoon visits but staying inside.  Other than that we aren't doing much of anything other than what we have to as far as paperwork during the afternoons because we just don't want to be outside.  Our driver thankfully has air conditioning in his car and he has been driving us everywhere we've gone so that has been wonderful!  We braved the heat in Kiev because of course we had to if we wanted to eat or get out to do anything but we have yet to brave the heat and get out for walks since we made it here :)  I sure hope it cools off a bit cause we'd love to go sightseeing some while we are here.

As far as the apartment in Kiev I have heard several families from RR who have stayed there.  Apparently that's the popular apartment for the area :)  Did anyone else get stuck on the elevator that likes to slam shut on you?? We never knew if that thing was going to work or not. We actually got stuck in it for about 5 minutes and Jim was trying every floor and trying to pry the doors open.  Once we got it open we decided we'd just take the stairs :)

Please pray for all the many orphans in the world! There are so many here that we've seen as well as we know they are all over the world.  It just breaks my heart. All the kids we've seen in the orphanage are tiny tiny tiny.  Myla (just turned 2 a month ago) is the size of the 4-5 year olds and they think she is big.  Anyone who knows Myla knows she is definitely not big for her age and many think she is pretty tiny so it's so hard to believe how tiny these little children are.   They all like to come up to us and get the biggest grins and waive.  A couple of the kids walked out of Mina's groupa and just walked up to us when we were giving Mina back after our visiting hours.  All these precious babies need families and to be loved and cared for.  Please pray for them.

Lots of pics from today coming really soon!

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