It was after the death of my husband, I felt this call to adopt a little boy with Down syndrome. I was a widow, raising a little boy with cerebral palsy. Looking back on that time, I put that call in the elusive "one day " column. I know I was afraid of raising the amount of money it required and I was afraid what raising two medically complex children would be. As life continued, so did my loneliness and I dipped my toes in the dating pool. I quickly was swept away by someone and before I knew it, I was pregnant. Hos true colors began to shine, and I felt the safest decision for my children and I was to separate myself from him. I shortly learned that I was carrying a little boy who had Down syndrome. I felt like I must have misread what God meant for my life and He did indeed was blessing me with a child and adoption wasn't what He intended for me. He works in mysterious ways. My sweet Sebastian was born with some significant health challenges. He was diagnosed with esophageal atresia ( his stomach and esophagus weren't connected and the longest gap they had seen in quite some time: three vertebrae apart). They also discovered he had Hirschsprung's disease ( a section of his colon didn't have the proper functioning cells). My brave little warrior spent the first 8 1/2 months of his life in a level 4 trauma NICU; probably one of the scariest places I have ever been. The sickest of the sick lived there. Some children spent their entire life there however short it may be. We had several amazing months at home before Sebastian passed away at 11 months. His health challenges were far greater than his little body could handle. Sebastian had a gift and touched so many people. He also had a purpose. He brought me closer to my God, and deepened my faith. He showed me I could handle two medically complex children.... mainly because God was there with me. He showed me God will make a way for His purpose. I can relate with Jonah more deeply. Losing a child is a darkness and pain I wouldn't wish on anyone, similar to being in the belly of that fish. Like Jonah, I ran straight to adoption and that has led me to my son in Bulgaria. God has made a way and I know He will complete this journey through your generosity. I firmly believe that God is going to use this little boy, his brother and I in remarkable ways.
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