Saturday, September 1, 2007

Intro

This is day one of our blog. Here's an introduction to our family. (The Reader's Digest version.) We have been married for 10 years. We have given birth to 3 amazing and fun children. All 3 of our children have Down syndrome (trisomy 21). Our oldest passed away at a year old. He would be 8 now. Then we have a 5 year old daughter and a 3 year old son. We are now adopting a beautiful little boy from Serbia. He also has Down syndrome. He will be about a year old when we get him home. We are about one month into the adoption process.

So, the biggest question: Why adopt a child with Down syndrome? The geneticist says we may have a 50/50 chance of having a child with DS with each pregnancy. (No one knows for sure.) So why not just have another baby?
1. I hate being pregnant. I am SICK all the time and can't take care of my children the way I need to.
2. We would be too worried to have another biological child. Unfortunately, we know all too well, the health problems that can come with DS. We also know that we could not handle losing another child or having a child who needed to "live" in the hospital over and over.
3. Most importantly, this is just right for us. We get the opportunity to get a child out of an orphanage and show him his potential. We can provide services he would never receive there. We already know the in's and out's of therapy etc. and we are ready to LOVE this little boy!

8 comments:

AZmomto7 said...

You family is just beautiful. I feel such sorrow when I read of your sweetheart you lost. I am so happy you will be adopting!

Charissa said...

Your cup runneth over! I love your family. What a sweet sweet story, and beautiful kids. You are blessed.

Wendy Kenney said...

Congratulations on the new little one! Children are a gift from God, no matter what package they come in. :)

Gina said...

I love you dear friend. I LOVE this blog of your family! Yesterday when I was at the cemetery and saw Braxton's sweet name it made me smile. What an adorable son he is.

I wanted to let you know I did speak with Cindy last night regarding your home study. I told her you and Kevin are the BEST! She agreed. :-)
I love you dear friend. I do have one favor...can you list in your blog how people can donate to help you get your son from Serbia? I want to forward that to my Proud Parent list.
Love you so much,
Gina

Dulcie said...

What a blessing your sweet family has been to our extended family. We are all touched by the wild angel gang in so many wonderful ways. I all ready am feeling a love and connection to wild angel #4. Not only is it a wonderful thing for him to join your special family, but a another great blessing for the rest of us. love you

spahrfamily said...

What a beautiful family. It makes me cry to read of your loss. You are so strong. I know God must have carried you through that time. People always tell me that God picks and chooses the parents of kids with Down syndrome very carefully. He must be really proud of you guys that He picked you 3 times over and now a 4th. :-)

Christine said...

I'm very blessed to run across your blog on Reece's Rainbow. Your story is a special one. I can't wait to read more about your family.

Milk Mama said...

What a blessing your testimony is! God bless your adoption! :)