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!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Yesterday's Adventures

Yesterday we met up with the McFarland's (a family from Alabama also adopting through Reece's Rainbow). They are staying in an apartment a little closer to Independence Square than we do, so they were able to show us around. We met for lunch at a little cafeteria and ordered pizza. Take a look-it was much more "normal" than our last attempt at pizza:

After lunch we walked to Independence Square. It was really fun. There was a lady there giving an outdoor concert and lots of vendors on the street. There are people dressed up as different characters that will try and get you to take a picture with them (using your own personal camera) and then try and get you to pay them for the picture! Luckily, the McFarland's were able to warn us before hand. We walked around for quite a while just sight seeing and enjoying a new experience with American company :)

Here, cars and people play chicken fight on the roads. Sidewalks apparently are made for driving and parking on and if you are going to cross the road, you had better joke. There are very busy intersections that are too big to cross, so you have to go underground to cross the street. These little underground passageways are actually underground malls. They are filled with little Ukranian kiosk type shops and most of them lead to actual little malls with food courts. We walked all around them yesterday. On the way back to the place where we needed to catch a cab, we stopped for a soft served ice cream cone. I got cherry vanilla. It was amazing! We were exhausted to we headed back to our apartment and called it a day.

Today is Father's Day and I think this is the first time in 27 years that I have not been with my dad :( It makes me pretty homesick just thinking about it, but I know it will be worth it to him and to me when I bring him his first grandson! We are overjoyed that we will be on an overnight train tonight (what an incredible Father's Day gift for Brian) on the way to meet our son! As excited as I am, though, I cannot help but think about all of the people who struggle with this day-the people who have lost their fathers, the people who never had a father figure in their lives, and for people like Brian and I who have wanted to be parents for so long it hurts. Hang in there. Special thoughts and prayers to you all. Love you guys!

Here are just a few pictures from yesterday:

Happy Father's Day to my dad!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I've never been to Europe, so it's very interesting to read different perspectives from people who are visiting! Our prayers are with you!

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