Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Our Precious Blessings!

I've prepared this post in order to feature our children that we've brought home and adopted that have had struggles. We have 2 biological children and 6 adopted children, and 2 more coming from Bulgaria very soon! We home school, and this has allowed us to tailor make our children's education to them as they have come into our family.

Each of our adopted children have had struggles of their own, due to their circumstances from which they came.

Meet our beautiful Grace. Arriving in our family at the age of 9 from Haiti, Grace suffered greatly for a long time with attachment issues, throwing fits that lasted hours. By the Grace of God, she is now doing really well, and is well adjusted and age 17.

Here is our handsome Haitian son Jon. Jon came to us at the age of 2. He had been brought to the orphanage at the age of 1 and weighed only 10 pounds. He was starving to death. Due to his start in life in this way, he has struggled with attachment issues, and also has been categorized as ADD and ADHD, as well as showing some signs of high functioning autism. Jon is 10 now, and has really come into his own. He still has great struggles, but God is good, and Jon hopes to be an evangelist some day!
Meet Elisha and her twin brother Edward. These beautiful children were in our NH state foster care system at the age of 8.5. They suffered greatly before coming to our family in 2010 when they were 10 years old. They both had some attachment issues to deal with, and many educational hurdles to overcome. They were considered too old to adopt, and hard to place, but we knew God wanted them in our family! On the day they moved in, there was an inverted rainbow in the sky! Such a blessing from the Lord!

Meet Nicole. She, too, was from the NH foster care system. Abandoned at the age of 5, Nicole had some major attachment issues. She was prone to fits of rage lasting for hours, and hours. She was truly one of our hardest children to deal with a lot of the time. Nicole is 8 now, and is mine and my husband's little shadow! She is doing wonderfully!
Last but NOT least, is our precious Rosalinda. Born one month early in NH, Rosie was also born addicted to drugs. In the NICU for almost 6 weeks, she was detoxed using morphine drip. Drug addicted babies are so hard to comfort and soothe. Rosie is now 22 months old, and doing really well! She still has struggles, and many behaviors that are part of how she came into the world, but it appears that she is on target with her development in many ways! She's our littlest peanut right now!

It has truly been by God's grace, and the fervent prayers of His faithful that we have been able to come this far. He has equipped us for "such a time as this", and He has equipped us VERY well. He is now preparing us for our 2 newest children, who will also come with much to prayer through.

But we can truly say:  "We could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.!" 3rd John 1:4


Lisa and Dave said...

oh how I would love to sit and chat with you someday. We are in NH too and adopting our 4th

The Winslow Family of 10 said...

We'd LOVE to chat with you, too! I'll email you!

R said...

I love this post. I am wondering though, how your kids respond to it. As you know, ours have had many issues, too, in response to their early lives, but when I share about those, the kids can get irritated with me. I try to explain that by talking about the real situations, we are encouraging and teaching others, but they just don't totally seem on board. I don't use their names even! So I am just wondering about your kids' attitudes about having their basic information and histories shared here and if they're great with it, how did you help them BE great with it?!

Anyway, God bless all of you. I love your hearts for adoption and I am so grateful to God for the progress they have each made!