Wednesday, January 6, 2010

To put things into perspective....

I've really enjoyed reading your comments about Ava's first steps. True, walkingwill open up a whole new world to her and to us. :)


This comment was particularly meaningful to me posted by Michelle: matted hair, skin and bones, vacant eyes, chicken pocks...just look at the beautiful insides of the gift you received 2 years ago. I am so proud of her, and of you for trusting your love and Gods will. I love you guys....


You see, Michelle remembers my post "Our first visit" describing the moment we first met Ava at  the orphanage. Her sparse hair was matted, she was cross-eyed, covered in scabs, skin and bones and didn't make eye contact. Holding her was like holding a floppy sack of potatoes. Michelle remembers the overwhelming fear I expressed at the challenges that laid ahead for us. I told my husband recently how glad I was that he made 'the decision' and not me, or I'm afraid our lives would have taken a much different turn. We are so blessed to have that little girl in our lives.


Recently I saw on Reece's Rainbow, two little girls, both with Down Syndrome, who remind me SO much of my Ava. matted hair, skin and bones, vacant eyes, chicken pocks...just look at the beautiful insides of the gift you received 2 years ago.  I can't help but think of the gift that some other family is missing out on by not having these two girls in their lives. Maybe your family will be one of the lucky ones. If interested in adopting one or both (they can be adopted together), please contact Andrea at bamaroberts@comcast.net. And as always, if adoption is not for you, you can always help these children tremendously by donating towards their adoption fund. Please visit Reece's Rainbow to read more about these children and see how you can advocate for them.


To put things into perspective....and show just what a difference a family can make for these kids....here is Ava learning to sit up at 4 years old.....

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

They look like they would fit right in with ava :)

Larsen Family said...

Nice perspective... :)

Shelly said...

It is amazing the transformation Ava has made being in your loving home. You are truly an amazing family. God bless you!!

The Spicer Family said...

I hope you don't mind that I posted it to facebook. I'm still crying. I love you, friend.

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Adeye said...

I also saw those two precious girls waiting. Oh my heart aches for them. I wish I could bring them ALL home :(

Wow, how Ava has changed in such a short amount of time. I look at her picture and it gives me such amazing hope for Hailee. Thank you for sharing her story of redemption. I can hardly wait to get to my angel.

She is just absolutely and totally adorable!!! The video of her taking her first steps made us cry---such HOPE!

Michelle said...

omg C....omg. What an honor you just gave to me. Thank you. I LOVE that little girl, in a way that makes NO sense. And I love you for loving her. Thank you.

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