Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A journey I didn't see coming until now

So I'm finally able to share!!  Here we go...   

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.
So, thank you Amy and Amy's friends.  You know who you are. You don't know what an impact you are having on my life, but also on improving the life of our soon-to-be son, Blake.

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.


  1. Anna,
    Tears came to my eyes as I read this. I was curious what was going on in that wonderful heart and mind of yours....and so glad you posted this! :) Praying for you all as you make this wonderful commitment! Down syndrome and children/adults with disabilities have a special place in my family, too, with my dad working for TECH and me working at Hutch Rec and seeing first-hand the great things that come out of quality-of-life experiences through Special Pops and other organizations.
    What an amazing gift God has given you and your family! Please keep us posted. I love reading your blog!
    In Christ,

  2. Awesome story! I am just stopping by your blog... I live in Lawrence and recently adopted 2 kids from EE through RR!

  3. Oh my goodness Blake is so adorable! Congratulations!!! Can't wait to follow your journey to bring him home!

  4. Welcome to the DS adoption family! Blake is a cutie!

    We are just up the road in Abilene. :)

  5. Just found you on the RR website and had to come check out your blog. We have a lot in common! I have a degree in exercise science (glorified personal trainer, it was the path they suggested for Physical Therapy school, which I have yet to go to), I have a passion for helping people with special needs, and I eventually want to adopt from RR AND I live in KS!! Not many Kansan families on RR...YET!

    I just wanted to wish you a happy adoption journey and to let you know I am praying for you and your husband and for Blake! :)

  6. What a beautiful story! Just another testament to how our kids touch hearts and change the world just by being themselves.

  7. I love this post!!!!

    I'm so glad we are on this road together! I can't wait to see where it takes us. I know that it seems like its a long way off but we will have our little guys home in no time. I hope we get to travel at the same time!


  8. What a sweet story! Can't wait to watch the rest unfold. :)