This last summer my oldest daughter and I were looking on Reece's Rainbow and ran across and absolutely beautiful little girl with an enormous bow on her head. Apparently when someone in an orphanage cares about a child they put huge bows (and I mean H U G E) on their heads before getting their pictures taken....
So this little girl was obviously loved. She had a huge grant through Reece's Rainbow, so essentially her adoption was fully funded and yet she didn't have a family yet. It wasn't long after we saw her though that a family DID step forward to adopt her.
So what does Alexandra have to do with this blog and why am I talking about her if she already has a family? (Who happens to be in country NOW :) ) Well, Alexandra's diagnosis is Osteogenesis Imperfecta. This is a big term for Brittle Bone Disease. Basically people with OI have extremely weak bones that can be broken by something as simple as sneezing. They are very fragile and often times come into this world already having experience broken bones in utero and through their delivery. They are little miracles! ...but really isn't every life a miracle?
My 8 year old daughter, was absolutely fascinated by "Brittle Bone Disease" and children with this diagnosis. In fact she walked around talking about it and telling strangers about it for months (literally - MONTHS!)
A few months ago my husband came home and told me he could see us adopting a little girl with OI one day, but that I was NOT to take that as a hint and to start looking for someone to adopt right now. I laughed and told him not to worry since it wasn't a very common diagnosis and that the chances of their being a little girl in Lance's country listed with OI right now was HIGHLY unlikely.
About 5 minutes later....
WAIT!! I remembered, there IS a little girl, in Lance's country, who has OI!
God had other plans for OUR family and introduced us to "Drake". Sadie is still waiting though. She is 8 years old and is living in her orphanage on borrowed time. Children are almost always transferred to adult mental institutions before they are 7. If Sadie is transferred to an institution she will likely not survive - most children (about 80%!!) will die within a year of being sent to an institution.
Sadie has so much potential. Cognitively she is so smart! She talks well and with the cutest little voice. She is a little mommy to the other kids in her orphanage, telling the caretakers when they need to change diapers. God has a plan for Sadie too, and we pray that His plan will come to fruition here on earth for her. Please pray with us for her family to come find her quickly.