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!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Feeling Better Already :)

Quinton woke up bright and early at 4:50 this morning. I had gotten up to go to the bathroom. When I walked past his crib, he was wide awake with a huge smile on his face. As tired as I was, I just could not leave him there. He probably would have laid there quietly until someone came for him as that is what he is used to, but I need him to know that we are here for him and will come to him when he needs us. When I got him out of his crib, his diaper was only a little wet. I was worried about dehydration because yesterday he barely ate or drank anything and giving him his meds was no fun either. Today though, Brian decided that he would try and give him apple juice in a bottle. It was a last ditch effort. The only thing we had any luck with the day before was with a medicine dropper and half teaspoon at a time :( When Brian put the bottle up to his mouth, he took it. I wholeheartedly expected it all to come right back out of his mouth as soon as he realized it was liquid, but he didn't. He drank like a champ and took his meds like a champ too. I was so relieved. His fever has stayed down for the most part today and he seems a lot happier. Unfortunately, I suspect he has passed his little bug or whatever he has on to me. I have been sick to my stomach all day. Brain did a fantastic job with him while I was not feeling well. He doesn't read my blog much so I can embarrass him a little and call him out. I am so proud of him and how much he has stepped up. He is not the one who had a passion for children with special needs-that was all me, but he understood my desires and trusted me when I knew it was what God wanted for our family. He loves Quinton sooooo much. It is just heartwarming. Quinton is one blessed boy to have a daddy like Brian.

This evening, we got a call from Marina. We were hoping to have Quinton's passport by Friday so we could schedule embassy appts for Monday and Tuesday, but it will not be ready until Monday. Oh well, that will only put us a day behind. Right now the plan is to take the overnight train from Quinton's region to the capital on Monday night. Then Tuesday and Wednesday morning we will have embassy appts and hopefully fly home on Thursday!!!! As soon as the embassy confirms our appts, we will book a flight outta here! We would LOVE to have friends and family meet us at the airport :) We can't wait to see you all.

Sorry, not many pics today. I was sick and Brian was really busy with Quinton.

 Quinton enjoying his new (way overpriced) stroller-glad we sucked it up and got one though. It is really nice to have a safe place to put him. I can cook with 2 hands again :)

 Daddy's touch-drinking apple juice. Yay for hydration!

 my sweet boy laughing til he could not breathe anymore :)

 sleepy at 7:30-think again kid. I do not want to wake up before 5:00 again! (although I'd do it again in a heartbeat for him)

 The strollers here recline so Brian rigged it with an umbrella to sit up so Quinton could watch a DVD while we sat down to eat. (He says thanks, Becca for the movies :D
Quinton and mommy taking a much needed nap.


  1. I'm so glad he's feeling better and drinking fluids. I really hope all 3 of you can come to family day at the unit so I can meet you and Quinton.

  2. oh i hope you feel better really soon and so glad that beautiful boy is drinking for you xx

  3. Oh, how sweet you are sleeping side by side :D He finally got thirsty enough to drink the juice, huh? Eventually, they come around! Hope you feel better today!

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