The Sharp Family and our Amazing Adoption Journey
This is written for all the people out there that do not know our family personally and those that want to know Why we are adopting.
My husband George and I have been married for almost 22 years. We were married very young and quickly became parents to a beautiful little girl named Alexis. God continued to grow our family with a few more children most within 2 years apart. George was the baby of 13 in his family so a big family is what we decided we wanted! Today Alexis is now 21, Brennen is 19, Paige is 18, Madison is 15, Zander is 13, Obrion is 12, Taegan is 10, Twins…Menzo and Mavis are 7, Twins…Mathias and Matayah are 5, Kullen is almost 4, Ziah is 3 and the baby Rizlee is 19 months old! We love being parents and have always felt our children are such a blessing to us.
|Here is our family in June of 2012 when our son Brennen graduated from High School|
|This is our baby girl , covered in bandages when we were finally able to bring her home from the NICU|
|Here is Menzo and Mavis as newborns. notice Mavis' coloring is different due to her EB and her poor little hands we so rough as she lost every fingernail and toenail.|
Not long after my son Ziah was born everything began to fall into place, and we knew God was telling us that it was time to expand our family through the blessing of adoption. George had a much better job and we were financially doing pretty well. We knew that we had lots more room in our hearts, home and family for another child. It was clear to us from the start that after having Mavis, we wanted to adopt a child with special needs or as I prefer to say, challenges. George and I spent hours educating ourselves on what was out there. We wanted to make sure we could meet the needs of the child and that they would blend well with our family.
One day while searching on Reeces Rainbow I came across the picture of a beautiful little boy with big brown eyes. I just knew in that moment I was looking into the eyes of my little guy. Looking further into his profile, Kullen was listed as having dwarfism. Honestly my husband and I knew very little about dwarfism and had never met a single person with it. We then spent a great deal of the next several months preparing to bring him home and what care he might require.
|The very first picture we ever seen of our son, Kullen|
|This is the very first time we met our son Kullen as we sit in the orphanage directors office.|
|Here is our shy, sullen little boy that very first day in Ukraine.|
|Here is Kullen today. This is the bright, happy face we get to look at each and everyday . He is here with us today because we listened to God's calling. A family does make a difference!|
We are currently in the process of adopting two children from China both of whom have a form of dwarfism. It just seemed natural to choose these two little ones because we are already very familiar with dwarfism and the medical care they will require.
Our little girl, whom we are naming Rowyn just turned 4 years-old on September 11th. She was abandoned as a newborn simply because she was a girl. They had no idea at the time that she also had a form of dwarfism. She is now living in a foster home in China where she will be sent back to the orphanage to wait for our arrival, which breaks this mommas heart. She will grieve the loss of the only family she has ever known, all alone. In her update that we received in November, she is only 17 lbs and 26 inches tall. She is very tiny. Shes even smaller than our youngest daughter who is only 19 months old and Rowyn is 4 years old.
|This is the very first picture that we seen of our daughter, Rowyn.......she is 2 years old here.|
|Here is our girl's updated picture taken in November 2012. Shes just so so sweet and deserves to have a family!|
|Here is our little guy standing|
|Check out this cute little face just waiting to be loved!!|
Just like Kullen, the long term outcome for these children in their country is very bleak. China’s culture does not accept physical differences. It is almost impossible for them to provide for themselves because they are limited in education, living skills, and health care. By adopting these two children we are not only providing them with a loving family but we are also giving them the opportunity to live a full and healthy life. Dwarfism can have many medical complications and can often intimidate adoptive families. Unfortunately children with dwarfism are often overlooked for adoption. We are excited and motivated to bring Rowyn and Zekiel home to join our family.
Right now we have received our Letter of Acceptance from China and we are beginning the final stages of our adoption. We hope to travel to China to bring them home in March. We are still very short on funds. While we have the means to take care of them on a daily basis, we do not have the large amount needed to get them home. Currently our family needs close to $20,000 to bring them home. We have already spent that for this adoption as well. We have done many fundraisers, applied for grants and different things to help fund our adoption. It’s very expensive to adopt and bring a child home to their forever family. This is why we are now asking for support from, family, friends, and just about anyone that would love to see our children home with their family. They too deserve the love of a family......can you help make that happen??
Thank you so much for your love and support! Every donation helps and raises the ransom to finally bring them home where they belong! We all can make a difference in these 2 children's lives.....Will you help us?
You can make a tax deductible donation that goes directly to REECES RAINBOW to help our family
Thank You all so much for caring for our family!!!