Here is a brief story on how this amazing family started their process written by Erin.
Well it all started wayyy back...about 12 years ago. My parents were foster parents since I was probably about 7. When I was 11, my parents got a call that they were bringing twin babies (I think about 7 months old. One boy named Manny and one girl named Sasha) to our house. They were born very premature at only 23 weeks and both weighed only a little over a pound at birth. They were both born with detached retinas (blind) and both had surgery to correct it. Mannys worked and he can see normal...Sashas didn't so she is legally blind and can only see lights, shadows, and outlines of certain things. About 3 years ago Sasha really started to feel left out since she didn't know any other kids that were blind and she felt different. My parents had been seriously considering adoption since a friend of the family adopted from overseas. Their friend told them about the agency that they had went through ( I opted this part out because I wasn't sure if Erin wanted to share the source).
On January, 2012 my parents went on the website and were scrolling through all the little faces that are listed for adoption. One little girl really stuck out to them, Sarah. She was 5 years old and was listed as blind and also had cerebral paulsey and they instantly knew that they needed to make her a part of the family. So, then, I had to go look at her and then I saw Anna, same thing...she was 5 years old and also blind and for some reason I just fell in love and had to show my parents. They felt the same pull to her so they decided to adopt 2 little girls. It took about 2 years to finally get them home. They were both in Bulgaria but Sarah was in a very bad orphanage so she wasn't fed or taken care of properly. She only weighs 25lbs at 7 years old. Anna on the other hand was and she was taken care of very well. She is a typical 7 year old who loves to play dress up and barbie dolls. They came home on Dec 11th. They just had their first doctors appt yesterday. Sarah cannot walk, she only does an army crawl, but they have an amazing doctor and hopefully within a few years of fattening up and building muscle she will be able to run around!
So. That was quoted from Erin. You would not believe what this family has gone through to adopt these two precious girls. SO many children need a home overseas and let me first explain something...I have always been the one to say HEY. We need to adopt our American children, they need homes too. But after hearing about how bad these environments are for these children I feel we must do something. I totally cried for a LONG time last night because my heart just broke and broke for these precious babies.
I was given permission to share this, and THIS is the most shocking thing I have ever heard. I was told that a friend of the family recently adopted two girls from Bulgaria, the girls ages were 12 and 16.
The 12 year old wore INFANT clothes. INFANT. Can you imagine? The 16 year old was the size of Gabriel. Yes. A 16 year old young woman was the same size as my 1 year old.... Can you fathom this??
I literally can not and the more I think about it, the harder my heart hurts. I want to do something. I do not have the finances to adopt a child but I am going to figure something out to do. These precious poor children need care.
Please watch this video to get an idea of what it is like for these angels .
I am going to share some photos with you all of Erin's 2 new wonderful sisters :-)
This was the first visit...and the first time that Erin's mom and Anna met. On the left is Anna's Baba (her caretaker). On the right is the director of the orphanage.
This is also the first visit. Anna had picked Erin's mom a flower.
This is the first time that Sarah and Erin's mom met.
Erin's mom and Sarah (First visit)
Here is the second visit. This was Erin's mom picking up Anna to bring her home. Anna kept saying "Go to America? "
This was the second visit. They were at the hotel after they had picked Sarah up. Anna was helping feed Sarah.
Here they both are now. Anna was taking pictures of Sarah. They are both blind but Anna can see a lot better that Sarah. Anna can also see better than Sasha (Erin's other adopted sister).
I really hope and pray you all enjoyed learning about this amazing family as much as I did, and tonight when we tuck our little ones in let's be so thankful we are blessed and able to be the parents we are and blessed to be in the country we live in.
Please pray for children all over the world who need a home and need love. If you are ever able to adopt what a wonderful blessing you are making in our world and thank you.
Also THANK YOU to Erin for sharing her family's wonderful story with me and you all!