Every October we celebrate Down Syndrome Month. Raising four amazing children who have Down syndrome and are the absolute light of our lives, this month gives us so much to celebrate and be thankful for. No words can ever express how thankful we are that God knew so much better than we did when He called us to be their Mom and Dad!
There is not a day that goes by when I don’t look at my own children and feel that now all too familiar sadness when I think about all the many, many children just like them who are waiting all around the world for someone to come for them. Sadly, gone are the days when families flocked to faraway lands to bring children home. Times have changed so very much. The decline in adoptions over the last few years is utterly heartbreaking. And as thankful as I am that my seven adopted children are safely home and treasured beyond measure, they will forever be my reminder to pray without ceasing for the ones who may never be as fortunate as they are.
This month I am partnering with Nightlight Christian Adoptions to share the profiles of a few precious children who desperately need a family. Some have been waiting for years. And if you have read here for a sufficient amount of time, you will know the sad reality for orphans who have special needs around the world. It will forevermore be the cause that brings me to my knees, longing for that day when Jesus returns to make all things right on the earth.
These sweet children all have three things in common. They all have Down syndrome. They are all very young. And they all need a family to love them and shower them with unlimited hugs. Because if they are anything like my children, they can never get enough hugs and cuddles.
Darling Mason is just three years old. He has been waiting for a family since he was just a baby. How absolutely adorable is he?!
According to his bio, “Mason is a sweet three-year-old boy from China. We previously advocated for Mason when he was one year old, and he is still waiting for his forever family. He has grown up so much since we last advocated for him, and he is now able to walk. He has gotten so much bigger! Mason is not a picky eater and is able to feed himself. His physical development is good and he is able to walk around, pick up his toys, and get in and out of bed by himself. He does have some language delays and hasn’t begun talking yet, which is to be expected with his diagnosis of Down syndrome.”
Here are two very recent sweet videos of Mason:
Beautiful Eliana is just six years old and lives in Eastern Europe.
Her bio reads, “Eliana is a six-year-old girl who is adorable and a charming little girl. She loves all kinds of food, is very neat, and can take care of herself and her friends. She likes to set the table and clean it after each meal. She likes to see everything in order. She is an example of good behavior and is trying to make friends. She does not speak but every sound and every movement are easily understandable. She is very sweet and warm and is very close to adults and needs a parent’s love and support. She is a special child and will be a ray of sunshine in the home.”
We read about Eliana and the first thing we thought was that she sounds exactly like our Hunter– a darling little helper who is very capable. What a sweet little girl who will blossom in a family and be such a precious blessing. And those eyes! Goodness!
Little Stacy just breaks my heart! She is so, so little and delayed and desperately needs someone to scoop her up and love her. Stacy is five years old and lives in South America. Having adopted a very malnourished, incredibly delayed little girl who has Down syndrome ten years ago, I look at tiny Stacy and I just know that she will blossom and do so well in a family. Institutional life is so hard on these children.
“Little Stacy is five years old. She is a calm and happy girl who usually responds with a sweet smile. Stacy is diagnosed with Down syndrome and delays in psychomotor development. She has the ability to focus on a toy for up to 20 minutes and loves to move to rhythmic music. Sometimes she tries to stand up, but has not mastered this skill yet.”
Raising our children who have Down syndrome and who all came home after living in orphanages overseas, I can assuredly tell you that these three sweet children will blossom in a family. They will astound you in how far they will come. They will fill your life with joy indescribable.
For more information about each of these children, please click on their name and then click the “inquire about this child” button.
And if you’re not in a position to adopt, would you please help us by sharing this post to anyone who you feel may be interested? And pray! I have seen it too many times to count in my years of being involved in the adoption community…
God is so faithful to move mountains on behalf of the orphan.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.