Sometimes in life, there are things you just know. We know that Melissa is our daughter! Now we just have to go get her!
Melissa is a darling almost-6 year old in an Eastern European orphanage. We'll suffice it to say that she is in an area that has not come far from their post-Soviet history and conditions for kids in her situation are not good and definitely not what she deserves!
When we saw her, there was a spark we couldn't ignore.
This little girl belongs in our family!!
We have officially made our commitment through Reece's Rainbow, a fantastic organization that specializes in facilitating adoptions across the world for children with Down's Syndrome and other special needs. Our little Melissa is listed as having "global delays/Cerebral Palsy" which could mean anything since CP is a spectrum diagnosis and entails a fairly large range of things. It does not matter to us in the least--she is our daughter!!!
At this point, we know very little. She was facing transfer to a mental institution because of her age and her status as special needs. And you now have as much information as we do! :)
As of Wednesday, we have our very own Family Sponsor Page on Reece's Rainbow where people can read another little post about our family and our story and inspiration for getting to Melissa. It's also set up so people can make tax-deductible donations that go entirely to helping us go get our angel! I will post the buttons and direct, cute links once I get them and figure out how!
We have partially completed the homestudy and paperwork is in full swing, so now we are just continuing to get all of our forms together and hopefully do some fundraising. (Another bake sale anyone?) We were told that optimistically we could have her home with us around the end of Fall! That just makes my heart skip a beat! We are just so excited we can hardly do anything else!
We are so excited that you stopped by to find out about our miraculous news and can't wait to share in this journey with all of you! We are absolutely elated to go get our daughter and bring her home to the love and family she deserves! <3