Please meet Peter's family...The Kehm's!!
Cam and Julie have 2 children, Kai and Lilah. If you are new here, the fact that Julie found Peter, through a reader of this blog (my friend, Christie from BabyCenter.com!) is nothing short of a miracle.
Back up to a few weeks ago. Actually, back up to January 11th...I had asked Andrea Roberts, founder of Reece's Rainbow, to give me the name of a child to advocate for. I asked her to give me the name of the most desperate child that was on her heart.
She gave me Peter.
When I saw Peter's profile- I'm just being honest here...my heart sank a little. This precious little guy had so many health issues on top of Down syndrome...I knew my faith was going to be stretched.
Here's what I read:
Peter is a darling little boy with brown hair and brown eyes. He has so much to bring to a family, but he was born with multiple challenges in addition to his Down syndrome. From his medical records: severe delay of stato-motor development, congenital heart disease(ventricular septal defect with high degree of pulmonary hypertension), condition after closing of patent ductus arteriosus and coning of pulmonary artery, retinal angiopathy, farsightedness, nystagmus
Peter needs a family right away, so his medical complications can be addressed by US physicians, and he can finally begin to live life as he should! Please give Peter this opportunity!!
Can you see why I thought finding a family might prove to be a difficult challenge?
Turns out it wasn't so difficult for God.
See, I serve a BIG God- one who is mighty to save.
He knew it was going to take an extra special family to save Peter.
One who is fully equipped to get the very best medical attention Peter will need. One who was familiar with Down syndrome, to help him get the therapy he needs- he has a lot of years to make up for... years spent in a crib. God knew this little boy was going to need someone trained in helping kids with health issues...someone who had a heart of gold....someone like Julie.
So guess what God did?
Julie is a nurse in the NICU at Texas Children's Hospital, which is the largest free-standing children's hospital in the country. That medical center includes the premier heart institute in the US....as well as a school that is geared primarily for children with Down syndrome. That school staffs therapists that work with the children daily, and Julie's son Kai (who also shares Peter's extra chromosome) is on the waiting list to attend there....because it's that good.
Are you crying yet? Cuz I am.
God...You are so good.
But there's more to the story...
I have a friend in the Down syndrome group on BabyCenter.com. Her name is Christie, and she has three boys, one of which has Ds. Christie also follows my blog, and she has a huge heart for the kids on Reece's Rainbow. She's one of those people who is such a cheerleader- you just want her on your side if you're going to do crazy things like raise $15,000+ grant money for kids with special needs and multiple health issues.
Christie went a little crazy during my Pure Love giveaway.
She emailed everybody she could think of, asking them to consider adopting Peter. One of those friends was Julie.... and here we are today.
Here's an excerpt from an email Christie sent me... (after I found out Julie was adopting Peter, I emailed Christie to tell her she did it!)
Nah, God did it, I was just a gal with a heart on fire for Peter. I love him. I DO. I would have loved to have had him here with us.
I was nearly fanatical. I could NOT stop myself from posting, blogging, emailing. *wash, rinse, repeat* LOL
I promise I have never in my life prayed like I did that night, not even before my momma passed away I did not pray like I did that night. I begged and pleaded til my heart was nearly empty that I would wake and someone would claim Peter. I cried and wept, praying until I fell asleep.
I had no idea it would be someone I know and love.
But I have to say, Thank You to you Patti, if not for your efforts for all three children I would never have been so convicted to help Peter.
So when Christie emailed Julie...she opened the email, saw Peter's face and immediately knew she was looking at her son. Here are Julie's words...
I didn’t read the rest of the email until much later; instead I woke my husband up at 2:30 a.m. to show him the picture of Peter. I told him I found our son, and it was time for us to adopt. The next morning we contacted Reece’s Rainbow requesting information on how to begin the adoption process. There never really was a ‘discussion’ of whether we should do this or not. We knew this was our son and that our life was leading us down this path to our next child.
Julie emailed me tonight to tell me some more incredible news....
I found out that the hospital I work at also has an International Adoption Pediatric Health Center. I never knew such an animal existed! And I am thrilled that my hospital has one. They will assist us from trying to muddle through his medical records before he gets here, to vaccines for us before we and a medicine kit to take and Peter will go straight there. Im so excited!
You know those infommercials where they keep adding stuff to the product, that was already a great price to start with...and then the announcer says, "But wait, there's more!" Well, here I go...
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!!! :)
Right in the middle of my little giveaway, Christie sent me an email asking if I could advocate for Alexander- a precious little boy on Reece's Rainbow who had just been transferred from his orphanage to a mental institution. When I saw a video of Alexander, taken just before he was transferred to a mental insitituion, my heart literally broke.
You can read more about what happened in detail, HERE on Christie's blog...
In a nutshell- she fell in love with Alexander in the process of trying to find a family for him. She asked her husband (you just have to read how she asked him- I love this girl!) and now guess where you'll find Alexander?
On the My Family Found Me page on Reece's Rainbow.
With Christie and her husband listed right there under his sweet little face.
How's that for miraculous???
SO, if you want to follow the Kehm's journey to adopt Peter, go HERE...and please tell them how loved and prayed for they are. Peter has $15,347 in his grant fund ...the Kehm family still needs help raising the rest of the money for his adoption, so please consider helping them!
Julie sent me two pictures of Peter that she received...taken just last week...
And yes, I cried when I saw them:)
Is he not the cutest little thing you've ever SEEN???!!! (thank you so much Julie- I'm going to Texas some day, dangit! Get ready!)
If you want to follow Alexander's adoption story, please go HERE. They could use some help bringing their son home as well!
So now I'm looking at that little clock in the bottom right hand corner of my computer monitor and...SURPRISE! It's 12:37. Who says mamas of ten need sleep??
I'm going to bed a happy woman!!