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 14, 2011

Our Last Thursday at the Orphanage

I want to start off by saying thank you for all of your sweet comments and prayers. We really appreciate them. Please keep them coming.

Sorry to disappoint you all, but the highlight of our day was finding good looking produce at the market. Oh, and the other day we found Heinz 57 ketchup! I made oven roasted potatoes and they were really yummy. Seriously though, we were really tired of canned peaches and pineapple. We bought potatoes, bananas, and oranges.

Our time with Quinton was enjoyable as always, but it is getting harder and harder to keep him entertained with the same toys and in the same place for 4 hours a day. He is such a good baby. He is very content to just sit in our laps and clap hands or shake a rattle, but whenever he is not actively engaged, he resorts back to hitting himself in the face and other self stimulatory behaviors and I just hate that for him. He does that enough when we are not around.

We did get to skype with Brian's family today. We were mid conversation when Quinton decided to projectile spit up everywhere. Is it normal for spit up to smell like cheese? It was so nasty. I thought Brian was going to barf since he took the brunt of this one, but he didn't. He just gagged and moved on LOL. Oh well. The joys of being parents ;)  Fortunately he was wearing shorts and the spit up just got on his leg and not his clothes.

So that's about it for today. Tomorrow should be more interesting. We are going out with Rita again and she is going to help us find out about Quinton's schedule and eating habits and what not. So, hopefully tomorrow we should have some good fellowship, a break from the normal routine, and some helpful information about Quinton.

Here are some pictures from today:

Today was our last Thursday at the orphanage! Our 10 day wait is up on Saturday and gotcha day is in 5 days on Tuesday! The end is in sight!

Here is a video from yesterday.

Somebody found his voice!


  1. That would be hard entertaining a baby for 4 hrs! And, yes, spit up usually smells like cheese...feta cheese to me! The first time I smelled feta cheese, I thought of when my girls had spit up or thrown up a milk product...good thing it tastes good in food! Can't wait for Gotcha Day!! :D

    Elk Grove, CA

  2. he is so scrummy. cant wait for gotcha day and you all to be home xxxx

  3. He is really a sweetie and a very lucky little boy! It is sooo obvious that you and Brian love him dearly. Can't wait until you break him out and you're all safely home. Please keep all of us bloggy friends informed after you get home. I read different adoption blogs daily (love em) and pray for many families and after they get home I'm sure everyone gets busy learning new routines but the blogs seem to stop. I enjoy following these precious lives even after they are home safe and sound! Thanks and good luck!

  4. Hi from Sweden!
    I stumbled across your blog and now I can't stop reading it! I wish you all the best and I can't wait for you to get home with your boy! If it's ok to you, I'll follow your blog from now on. Love, Anna