This past February, I met the cutest most dainty little girl who also happens to have Down Syndrome just like my Havah Rose. She is also five, just like Havah. We were actually visiting the orphanage a couple of days after receiving Havah as our daughter. She was over in the corner by herself but when Havah walked in, you could tell she had missed her. They both interacted and this mama’s heart melted. To think these two had been together for several years and now Havah was leaving caused me great heartbreak for Faith, yet great rejoicing for Havah. Definitely mixed emotions. Oh how I wish I could have just put her in my luggage and brought her home too. I have been waiting for the day when this sweet girl’s file would be ready so I could share her with all of you. I have prayed continually for her as it is so hard to leave the ones left behind. So…
I am thrilled to introduce you to Faith! She truly is the sweetest thing ever…AND… that smile of hers… it will melt your heart for sure. Faith was very shy when I met her; however, with little effort, you can get a smile out of her. And when she smiles… she will look you straight in the eyes and give you the most amazing light-up-the-room-kind-of-smile. Eye contact is huge and this little sweetie has that for sure! “Faith is the sweetest girl” was the response of another adoptive mom who met her in January. I totally agree. “Faith will laugh out happily when someone plays with her! She likes to draw and play with other children. This precious child has the sweetest disposition and is so good-natured; her motor skills are quite good and she’s working hard on feeding herself independently” was the response when I asked another friend about precious Faith. My friend has been on several mission trips to Faith’s orphanage and has spent a lot of time with her. It’s so hard to leave these children behind when you go to visit the orphanages… Faith was no exception. I can not wait for her family to find her and for the day when she is in their arms!
As always, I am more than willing to chat with anyone about Down Syndrome. So many times God calls us out of our comfort zone. From experience, I know that His plans are different than my plans and so much better. Oh, how thankful I am that we did not miss our spunky little gem with that extra chromosome. Honestly, it is crazy to think of where I was this time a year ago. We were within two months of traveling to China to get Havah Rose. I found myself consumed with feelings of inadequacies and focused on the unknowns; however, I look back now and giggle. My fears were real then but now I must tell you, I can not even begin to imagine our life without our newest treasure. The joys far outweigh any of my fears now. And those unknowns… let God have that. It is said often among those of us who get to parent these Down Syndrome loves that we are the lucky few… AND… I couldn’t agree more! I just know that Faith’s family will be saying those same words as soon as they have this precious girl in their arms! Pure joy will radiate from those beautiful eyes AND our Father will get all the glory for placing another Fatherless into a forever home.
Faith- female, 5 years old, Down Syndrome, special focus Lifeline Orphanage Partnership,
**Faith is also known as Amy from Fuling Kids International Facebook page. You will find many beautiful pictures of her on their page that will melt your heart even more.