I want to introduce you to Megan Meier. Megan is adopting from Eastern Europe! You can follow her adoption journey on her blog!
|Megan with Sophia|
Tell me about yourself and your family. I am single and have always dreamed of being a mom. I am very close to my mother and my sister as well as my two uncles and my aunt.
What can you tell me about the children you are adopting?
From what I gathered from my meetings with Sophia. She is a smart, loving, sweet little girl. She is mischievous in a "I can conquer the world" kind of way. She is full of life and laughter. She is clever, curious and loves music.
Tell me why you decided to adopt a child with special needs? I am going to 38 next month and realized the dream of being a mom was slipping away from me. I was married for a short time to a man who told me he wanted a family then decided he didn't want children. This of course saddened me but not my resolve to be a mom. I decided I would try artificial methods. I only tried once which didn't stick. I thought is it that I want to be pregnant or I want to raise a child in a loving home and help them be all they can be. I determined it was the latter that was my dream.
With so many children without families I could meet my dream and provide a family for a child. My sister is a special needs child/adult. She contracted meningitis at 3 weeks old. The illness literally killed half her brain. They gave her less than 1% survival and if she did survive they told my mom she would be a blind, mute, deaf vegetable and to put her in an institution. My mom was determined that wouldn't happen. She put her faith in God and prayed for His will but that she was willing to keep my sister anyway she could. Kelli survived and will turn 40 at the end of this year. She works in a sheltered workshop, she makes her own cereal for breakfast, bathes and dresses herself and she runs all her electronics (TV, DVD etc.). She has even learned by her request to do the laundry and now won't let my mom do it. LOL She defied all odds and she communicates well, walks, and hears. She is legally blind but most don't even realize it, she was raised as a sighted child and she does just fine. She is mentally around 8 years old.
I volunteered many summers at our local special needs recreation group and spent lots of time with people of various special needs. I have always had a place in my heart for people with Down Syndrome. I also have always been open to adoption. So when I decided to take being a mom into my own hands this just felt right. I discovered RR through a friend who's biological daughter has DS. I looked through website and quite honestly was leaning towards a little boy which surprised me growing up with my sister and my mom. What do I know about raising a little boy. :) Then I saw Sophia's picture and she had my heart. I knew and then confirmed with prayer she was the child of my heart. I knew she was my daughter and I jumped in with both feet.
What would be your advice to anyone wanting to adopt? If you feel you have the desire and the ability to adopt and love a child as your own, then have faith and jump in with both feet!
How can people help you help Sophia reach the potential God has for her? By the grace of God I have raised and contributed $30,000 in a year and a half. Thanks to the kind hearts of people like you. I still have about $17,000 to raise in a short period of time. If you can donate and share my story and say a little prayer.Megan goes to court in Russia in August and then if all goes according to plan she will come home for the waiting period of about 30 days and return to process more paperwork. Then she will come home again and return in about 14 days to bring Sophia home!!
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