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, February 4, 2011

Mina turned 2!!!

January 15th was Mina’s 2nd Birthday!! It was such a joyous day because it was her very first birthday spent with family and her birth is definitely something to celebrate. Mina was sick on her birthday with 104 degree temp so we didn’t get to go out or take her to do anything exciting on her special day and her birthday party had to be postponed to a later date which was a little disappointing. However the day was spent with a lot of snuggle time with mommy and daddy. We lounged around all day (because we all were sick with the flu read about it here) and watched movies and spent time together as a family.

We had her 2nd Birthday Party on January 22nd and she sure had a great time. She got to color on the wall :) dig her face into a huge cupcake and open lots of presents. She absolutely loved it!! Needless to say she was on a sugar high and didn’t fall asleep till close to 11 that night.

Mina has come so far in just 5 months and it is so amazing!! She has been just blossoming before our eyes.  We are so thankful for her birth and that we were blessed to adopt her and that she is apart of our family! She is such a joy in our lives!

Coloring a pretty picture!

Present Time!
Beautiful cupcakes her Aunt Sheshe (Michelle) made special just for her

"I think I'll take this one"
"Look at all my cupcakes!"
 "What am I supposed to do with that?"

"Here sister have some!!"

"I think I'm really starting to like this stuff!"

Papa giving Mina kisses!

Kisses for the birthday girl from Mom & Dad!
All Done!!! Time for a bath!



Aspiring Earth Mama said...

So cute!!!

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jenn33199 said...

She is an absolute beauty- even with a frosting face! Thank you for sharing your family with us.

Michele Marie Mastroianni said...

Happy Birthday Mina!!!! Love those cupcakes! I did not realize how close your birthday was to Maria's - Maria turned 4 on January 14!
Looks like a very happy day!
Michele :)

Anonymous said...

Precious!!! What a sweet blessing she is...love keeping up with her.
Nancy B

Eugene said...

Look how she has grown! She's beautiful!

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