Faith to Move a Mountain

In November of 2011, I started this blog as a sort of journal to chronicle the events of our son Quinton's adoption. Quinton is a little boy who was born with an extra special something. Quinton has down syndrome and was given up at birth by his parents because he has down syndrome. His birth parents must not have had any idea what a blessing he would be or I am sure they would not have given him up. Unfortunately in Eastern Europe (Quinton is from Ukraine) people with disabilities are not accepted in society and at the age of 4-6, they are sent to adult mental institutions where most of them die :( Although it breaks my heart that his parents have missed out on such a joyful little boy, God has used this unfortunate situation to bless us with a gift greater than I could have ever imagined: the gift of our first child. If you ever considered adoption-do it! Don't let money deter you. God provided over $20,000 for us to adopt Quinton. We were not fully funded until 50 minutes before we boarded our plane to Ukraine. If you have never considered adoption, go back to the beginning of this blog and read. You will see what a blessing adoption really is. Many people tell us that we are angels for rescuing Quinton, but the honest truth is this: Quinton has given me far more that I will ever be able to give him. He is my little miracle, my silly bug, my baby boy, my love. HE IS MY LIFE!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Surprise! It's a...

It's a girl! 
Oh, wait. That's my son LOL. We went to pick up Quinton for our afternoon visit and he was dressed in a pink shirt and pink tights....and I thought the pink and purple panties were bad! Oh well. There's not too much we can do about that one.

Quinton decided to be a stinker today. He was very happy, but apparently has decided he does not want to smile for the camera, so there are not too many great pictures today. Sorry :(  I think he is just really interested in it. The flash distracts him and he wants to play with it. He is so curious about everything. Brian called him Curious George. I think it is really amazing to him to get to see and touch things he has never been exposed to before. He loves textures like the wallpaper and his Daddy's face. He loves sounds like the baby apps on the iphone and he loves visual stimulation (hence him being so distracted by the camera flash). Look how he spent the first 16 months of his life:
That's where he spends the majority of his day-laying alone in a hard wooden playpen. If he is lucky he might get a rattle or 2 tossed in there. This breaks my heart, but it makes all of his firsts even sweeter. He is loving life for at least 4 hours a day and I can't wait to get him home where he can love life all of the time.

We were very blessed today to go out to lunch with the missionaries that I mentioned in an earlier post. They took us sight seeing and to TGIFridays for some American food (thanks again ladies-you made our day). It was such a blessing to get to see Quinton's birth city and to just break up the monotony of our everyday routine. Rita is from the Ukraine and her church here in this region provides a lot of humanitarian aid to the baby house, orphanage, and local hospital. She told us so much about the history of this country and how it became what it is today. We had a wonderful time. I wish I had thought to get a group shot of us all. Here are a few pictures from our outing today followed by a couple shots of Quinton.

 This is a place that overlooks the river where couples come when they get married.

 us in front of a fountain

 in a park with the circus behind us

 in the city with Jackie and Rita

 Quinton too busy REACHING FOR HIS MAMA to sit still and smile for a picture!

 Quinton and his lovely little hat that he would not leave on (we had to hide from the nannies because every child should wear a hat!)

 Quinton trying to rid himself of another hat!

 just being silly

 Quinton being thrown up tossed up gently in the air by his daddy ;)

 You can't see his sweet face in this one, but this little guy is bearing weight on his legs! This is the same little boy who could barely hold his head up a week ago! 

Well, that's all for now. I guess we will see what tomorrow brings! I know I say it all the time, but we love and miss you all and we can't wait to get home so you can come meet our little love bug!


  1. We cant wait for you guys to get home either! Love all the pictures, He looks so happy to be you guys! I love it!!

  2. Oh, so sweet! So, they do require the kids to wear hats? I was wondering about that! Keeping you in our prayers!

    Elk Grove, CA

  3. We met Rita, she was the sweetest lady and a huge blessing to us. She really helped me feel like I could keep going on with our very long stay there. And we only spent about 30 minutes with her :), I wish it were longer like yours. If you see her again, tell her I said hi, maybe she will remember me.

    I love all of the pictures of your little guy and I love it that you are head over heels for him.