(Still Under Construction)
When we were at the early stages of the adoption process for Ellie, I was trying to choose a site for beginning our blog. I opted for blogspot rather than other adoption sites, because I wanted to keep the blog for an extended period of time. After a discussion with my friend Joli, I decided our experiences might encourage others who were considering adoption of a child with spina bifida.
Now, six years later, we have adopted two more children with the same diagnosis of lipomeningocele as our Ellie. It is my hope that the links on these pages will be informative as well as encouraging to others.
For anyone considering adoption of a child with any special need I always want to say: You are adopting a child who just happens to have a special need. You are not adopting a SPECIAL Needs child. Ellie, Drew, and Zeke happen to have spina bifida. That does not define who they are. A medical file cannot let you know how it will feel when your child slips her arms around your neck and says, "I love you." It doesn't tell you how her smile will melt your heart.
The beginnings of this page will focus on Ellie since she has been with us for 5 years. I cannot imagine our life without her. She loves LIFE. She enjoys every moment. I am so blessed that God impressed upon us that she was OURS. We were anxious, understandably so. But, she has been a blessing to so many people. Had we let our anxieties keep us from pursuing her adoption, we would have missed one of the greatest blessings of our lives.
Parenting Ellie is parenting a high-spirited, vivacious, free spirit with the God-given tenacity to overcome any obstacle she might face. I spend 23+ hours a day just being her mommy. On average, less than one hour of our day has anything to do with taking care of her medical needs.
Information about spina bifida:
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Medical experiences with Ellie:
Our First Visit with Urology
Disappointment: Learning Ellie Needed to Cath
Our First At- Home Cath
Early Experience with Catheters
Learning to Cope with Catheters--Just a Way of Life
News From Our First Visit to Shriner's
AFO's and Pretty Shoes
New Shoes--Many Tears
Passing Through Deep Waters
Turning Heads---Using Hot Pink Crutches in China
School Life for Ellie