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, July 5, 2011

The Day That 2 Became 3!

Today we went to court to petition for Quinton's adoption and the judge approved! We were there for about an hour and a half. We were asked lots of questions about who we are, where we live, why we want to adopt a child with special needs when there are perfectly normal kids at the same orphanage etc. Our facilitator, Marina was there to translate for us and she, as always, did an excellent job. I know that the people in the court room could not understand what we were saying without Marina's help, but I hope that they could hear and see our sincerity when we spoke. After many questions and "are you sures", the judge returned and gave her approval. Today is a day that we will always remember. Quinton (whose middle name we will announce on gotcha day) Miller was born on February 4, 2010. In our hearts he became our son as soon as we laid our eyes on him. In the eyes of the court, he became ours on July 5, 2011. Regardless of when he became ours, he will be ours forever. God has blessed us with many gifts throughout our lives, but today we received the biggest blessing yet. He has given us our son. Quinton's life will forever be a testament to God's faithfulness.

 Tuesday July 5th
 The day 2...

became 3!

Here is our updated timeline (supposedly LOL):
July 5th-adoption day
July 16th-10 day wait period is over (but it's the stupid weekend so we can't get the paper to bust him our yet)
July 18th-paperwork to get Quinton's visa and passport
July 19th-Gotcha Day (and we will tell his middle name)
July 20th-We should have travel dates for returning home
July 25th-pick up passports and visa (as long as there are no mistakes)
July 26th-leave for the capital (again-hopefully)
July 27th and 28th-paperwork and US embassy appointments in the capital
July 29th-fly home!


  1. Oh Carol! This is so wonderful!! I am so excited for you and Brian and Quinton! I love reading all of your posts and now to know he is officially a Miller is a blessing from God! Be safe and keep those updates coming!

  2. There are no words to express my joy for you. Congratulations to three wonderful people!

  3. wonderfil i was so happy i could burst and then i saw the pictures and the hands together made me cry! xxx

  4. congrats! I am so happy to hear those words! July 29th is the perfect day to fly home lol, thats the day I get back from camp.

  5. Congratulations....beautiful family :)

  6. I emailed you after I got your comment on my blog....not sure why I wasn't receiving any of your emails...having trouble with me back at spbasile at gmail dot com. Thanks


  7. I am so so SO happy to see this post. I've read it a few times, trying to soak it in. I miss you. I can't wait to see you and hug you and Brian and QUINTON. This is almost surreal from here! I'm so thankful for you, and for your (and Brian's) faith. I'm so excited and relieved and joyful for you! I love you!

  8. Congrats! I can't wait until Gotcha day is here, because I wanna know Quinton's middle name but most of all because I want to see that baby out of there!
    I love the picture of your three hands!!

  9. I couldn't be happier for you - and for Quinton. Like Anna, he has been blessed with wonderful parents. God has been so good!

  10. Love your post especially the picture of all of your hands! I hope we will be able to meet!

  11. Congrats on being a family of 3!!