"We are so blessed to have been given such a nice grant. With out of state adoptions there are many costs that are unknown and even unexpected. We incurred a lot of expenses from two unexpected plane tickets to North Carolina on a matter of an hour’s notice, two and a half driving trips of 15+ hours to and from North Carolina/Arkansas. Two diff. lodging arrangements, multiple doctor visits, food, etc. We were able to use a credit card for most of these expenses and this grant helped to relieve some of that financial burden. All well worth it for the blessing we received! Thank you again for giving us this gift!"
So we were able to celebrate both Hope's first birthday and her adoption ,that was finalized on April 24th, on May 5th Cinco de Mayo. We thought that was so fitting since she is Latino! We wanted to celebrate her heritage. We also went to Florida to see family and take a Disney Cruise in celebration of the adoption and several other family events. On September 12th we celebrated her one year anniversary of her open heart surgery and last weekend we participated in our first Inclusion Walk that supports our local Down syndrome organization. Hope is turning 18 months on Sunday and she has two teeth, she's crawling on her hands and knees and just started to self feed last week! We still have many obstacles to overcome but she's rocking and rolling along through her milestones on her own time schedule! We are just so blessed to have her in our lives and couldn't imagine life without her!