Three years ago today, across the ocean a mom and dad celebrate the birth of their daughter who they have been waiting to meet. Only to find out a short while later she has a extra special gene, Trisomy 21 is what they are told. Their hearts sank, joy turned to tears and future dreams and aspirations about their daughters future turns to despair. You see, this little angel was born in a country that doctors bring the news of this diagnosis with a quick, I am sorry and I encourage you to leave her here, so the state can come take her, there is NO HOPE for her future or yours with her in it.
Our daughter was born to very loving parents, and I believe whole heartedly they LOVED her! They cherished her and felt nothing but love when they left her at the hospital! I don’t want to go into more details, but I know this to be true. In her country of Ukraine, children born with Down Syndrome are given little hope, no future and no resources. They are seen as a burden to families and nothing more. SO many misconceptions and false teachings that come from doctors own mouths that make many of us who know better scratch our heads and say How can a medical professional believe such a thing?! They are placed in orphanages, that are less than desirable, and if not adopted by age five placed in adult mental institutions where many die within a year because it is very harsh and unimaginable living conditions.
Fast Forward to today…..Isabella is celebrated today in Ukraine and here with us! She was given the gift of life and she is living it to the best she can! When we saw her precious face on a little picture on Reece’s Rainbow, we said YES!! Yes, we will go and we will bring her HOME! She deserves to be in a family, she is WORTH IT! I can’t even being to tell you how many ways she has changed our family, all of us, for the better! If Isabella could talk to everyone today, I would like to think she would tell everyone to go take a look at Reece’s Rainbow and help some of the kids who are where she was. She laid in a crib every single day, wondering why she was laying there staring at her hand all day long. I don’t let my mind go back there to often because it makes my heart so sad for her.
So today HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bella Boo!!! We celebrate the day you were born and celebrate the fact you were given to us!! Love you so much!!