There is a precious little boy living in an orphanage in Eastern Europe and he’s waiting for us. He has the most beautiful eyes, the sweetest little hands, so much potential. Our little boy has been blessed with an extra chromosome; our son has Down syndrome. He needs a home and we are going to do everything possible to make that happen for him!
Our hearts are overflowing right now as we feel that we are in God’s will. We have learned that at times, there is nothing more frightening, yet nothing more rewarding, than taking leaps of faith and trusting that God is in control. I know that many of you have so many questions right now and we will be writing many blogs to answer them. We can’t wait to share with you how God has worked this situation! We will start from the beginning and give the full story in the days and months to come! Promise!
I will begin with this for now: We both felt that God was leading us to adopt a child. We knew we would, eventually, but the timing never felt right… until now. 10 years later, 2 beautiful daughters later, 2 miscarriages later, a huge move to a different country later, and God issued the official call. We are so excited to go on this journey!
We found our son through Reece’s Rainbow. Their mission statement is this, “to rescue orphans with Down syndrome through the gift of adoption, to raise awareness for all of the children who are waiting in 25 countries around the world, and to raise funds as adoption grants that help adoptive families afford the high cost of adopting these beautiful children.” As of right now, due to privacy and a desire to protect all children listed on Reece’s Rainbow, they are unable to release official names publicly, so they refer to him as “Finn”. Also, his country will have to remain unnamed in our blog but will be referred to as Eastern Europe. We can’t wait to find out his real name and see how we can incorporate it into a name that we have already chosen if we were ever blessed to have a son. (This explains the blog title!) Being that he is 2 ½ years old, we are pretty sure that he will probably be attached to his name so we would love to incorporate it into his name somehow.
I just can’t wait to hold him in my arms, to see some personality on that sweet face, to show him a mommy’s love. I want to rock him and let him know that we are his forever family. We want to do our best to give him a life, to try to erase some of the damage that may have done to him. From what we have read in blogs of other adoptive parents, special needs are not viewed positively and these children are shunned and hidden away, locked away in a mental institution when they reach the age of 5 for the rest of their lives. God, please, please let us bring him home!
So we ask of you to pray for us. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers! We need all of the positive encouragement that we can get! We have already had a Scentsy Consultant step up and offer a fund-raiser for us and a friend of ours has offered to do a 10 mile run in Paris, France to raise funds for our adoption! We are currently selling items on a site called Ramstein Yardsales and have raised $2000 so far! We have had friends from our area volunteer to help us with our sweet girls while we travel to Finn’s country. Someone even donated a laptop to us anonymously to sell as a donation to our adoption fund! God is truly lining everything up for us! If you have fund-raising ideas, please share them with us! Every bit will help with the $25,000 that we have left to fund this adoption.
So that is all for now. We are so happy that we are finally able to share this news with everyone! Thank you so much for supporting us on this amazing journey! We hope to be posting Finn’s picture soon! J