Fast forward 10 years, and after having three biological children we felt like the time was right to add a much anticipated, much longed for, and loved child to our family through adoption. Two of our boys have varying degrees of special needs so we felt even more confident that our home would be a perfect fit for a child who had some extra needs. We completed our home study and registered with the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network as a waiting family. We were hoping for a little girl who had that extra special chromosome.
We were contacted about by Gifts of Grace Adoption Support Center in Lafayette, Indiana about a little girl, yet to be born, who had Down syndrome and a heart condition that would need to be repaired a few months after she was born. That was the beginning of our journey with Faith, She is our best Yes!
Faith Noelle was born on New Year ’s Eve weighing a whopping 2 pounds 12 ounces and only 14 inches long. Her biological family felt like they could not give her the life that she needed, so they chose and trusted us to be her family. They wanted us with her right away so she would never be alone, and so we were waiting in the hospital in the NICU during her C-section. Once she was stabilized and in her room we were able to see her and to hold her, even though she was so small. And though she was small, she was strong.
Her adoption became official when she was 4 months old, and she had a successful open heart surgery at 6 months old.
She knows around 25 words in her signing vocabulary and is picking up more words every day. She also says “ Daddy, chicken, woof ( for dog), kitty, brothers, and Momma.”
Her favorite song is the Itsy Bitsy Spider, and she tries to do the hand motions.
We have lots of adventures to California and Canada and the mountains this summer.
She is a bundle of joy and energy and GO!
Her three older brothers adore her and would do anything for her.
She is so loved by all who know her.
Not a day goes by that I don't look into her sweet face and feel SO thankful that
her first family chose to give her life,
and chose us to be the ones to watch her live it.
She is a gift, and such a blessing.