If someone would have said "you will be adopting a precious little blond-haired, brown-eyed boy with Down Syndrome from another country" 4 years ago. Shoot. Even 4 months ago-I would have said YOU ARE CRAZY! As I've been reflecting on how my husband and I reached this point in our lives, I now see the plan God has slowly been revealing to us over time. He has gently introduced people, experiences, struggles, and joys bit-by-bit to soften our hearts and prepare us for Blake.
You see, my personal journey began about 4 years ago. I was introduced to Amy. Amy has Down Syndrome. Amy was considered obese and her family had tried desperately to motivate her to lose weight for fear that her life would end all too soon. That's where I came in. Her family hired me as her personal trainer to get her on track with her eating and exercise. Amy and I began to meet two times a week. Slowly her weight began to fall off, pound by pound. Within the first year, she lost almost 88 lbs! But much more than that, I began an endearing, personal relationship with Amy. She shared her desires, hopes, and dreams with me. We became dear friends. Soon Amy introduced me to her other friends. Not long after I was providing exercise sessions for many of Amy's friends. Those in wheelchairs, those with Autism, Down Syndrome, Genetic disorders, and much more. I now base my wellness business solely on serving those with special needs. These are my best friends. No. They are my second family. I no longer see their disabilities, but their capabilities, their motivation, and their joy. They have changed my life more than I could ever change theirs.
This change is probably the single most effective factor in bringing Blake into our family.
I can't wait to share the details of the journey that brought us to this place.
The only way to explain it is...it has been all God. Nothing humanly possible could have created this opportunity for our family.
Go to: http://reecesrainbow.org/sponsorwoods to read more, familiarize yourself with the other orphans..be careful they will melt your hearts! I will be holding several fundraisers in the next few months to raise funds and awareness for these children! Including my next 21-Day Workout Challenge. More to come.