Bringing Little Sister Home

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Raised by 37 people in 17 months
Created January 17, 2018
From Cassidy and Amanda:

Our Dear Family and Friends,

Amanda and I have always had a special place in our hearts for adoptive families, and have discussed “what could be” since we were dating. We’ve always marveled at the idea of providing love, structure, safety and opportunity for a child whose story may not have involved these precious and sacred things.

When we were pregnant with Jane (3yo -- our youngest) we decided that due to Amanda's consistent health related pregnancy difficulties, and the evident worsening circumstances with Jane’s complications, we were done having babies -- we were at peace with this! However, the lord had other ideas.. Just minutes after Jane was born, as the NICU team was trying to stabilize her, Amanda had the strongest impression that our family simply was not complete. She even partially expressed these thoughts to me, literally as Jane was trying to find her first breaths.

Since that day, we’ve wrestled with the idea of expanding our family. How? ...Amanda’s body cannot hold up? What? ...these promptings and impressions would come and go, but their persistence was ever so consistent. Who? ...we’ve always slightly toyed with the idea of adopting an infant … When? ...we’re getting older, and our lives are hectic! At long last, we decided this past year that we needed to ponder deeply, pray with great intent, and finally come to a final decision..

In going through this process over several months, we experienced some of the most unforseen experiences that we ever could have imagined. The process began with a half hearted decision to be finished having babies, but it became clear that we needed to put much more effort into finding answers, as we were still emotionally unsettled. As we continued to navigate the pursuit of answers, we were seemingly being blessed with new knowledge and new people in our lives which allowed for broadened perspective and realities.

One experience in particular, was our precious friends for whom Amanda had the opportunity to assist in caring for their special children, and in turn (our little family) gained a newfound perspective on “what could be”. The kind of “what could be” that allowed for a very clear and sacred knowledge that we have the capacity to love, unconditionally, with all our heart, mind, and soul, regardless of blood, regardless of status, regardless of ability, and regardless of circumstances. In the midst of these experiences, we were seemingly prompted… more so “carried”, nearly immediately, into the opportunity of a lifetime.. Of an eternity..

We are in the process of adopting the most precious little girl. She currently resides (in wait for us) in an orphanage in the province of Sichuan in China. She is 3 years old, and she has Down Syndrome. She was born in June of 2014, and matter of factly, the same month we lost (what would have been) our third child. We “committed” to her the week of Thanksgiving, and got our Pre-Approval from China to move forward with the adoption on December 1st. We already have a connection with her that is undeniable and quite prominent in our home.

We have a lengthy journey ahead that includes an arduous amount of paperwork and home study processes as well as a financial commitment that will certainly test us. International adoption is a long and cumbersome process, but we know we will be lifted up and blessed with the ability to endure in order to bring this little one home at long last. We have a goal to bring her home to her forever family before Christmas of 2018 and appreciate everyone's support from the bottom of our hearts!

“I don’t care what your problem is, where you came from, what your background is, what your beliefs are, man LOVE conquers all.” -Dabo Sweeney

Without further ado... meet our sweet “Little Sister”.

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We received our first UPDATE on this little one since committing to bring her home for adoptive families, receiving updates on your little one is as big of a deal(possibly even bigger)as Christmas Morning is to a child! Updates are very few + far between, so to say this was a big deal would be a bit of an understatement. We had not seen nor heard anything about our little one for 3 months + all of our hearts were aching to see her. My Mommy heart absolutely needed to know that she was ok + hanging in there. It is not uncommon for these precious orphans to get sick + not receive the medical care they need, therefore resulting in them passing away before their families can get to them. When we saw her again tears of joy, excitement, & relief were shed. She has grown so much and they cut her hair/gave her bangs again! Our little family was elated when we learned that not only did the orphanage agree to send us a couple photos/short videos, but they also agreed to answer a few questions for us which we were so very grateful for ✨

Q. Can she feed herself, and if so does she use a spoon or chopsticks?
A: She can feed herself with spoon but she eats very slowly when she feeds herself. So the caregivers in general feed her instead.

Q. Does she drink from a bottle or from a cup?
A: She can drink from a sippy cup.

Q. Is she a picky eater or will she eat most of what is offered to her? Is there anything that she will NOT eat?
A: She doesn't like to eat hard and dry food.

Q. Does she have any allergies?
A: We have not found that she has any at this time.

Q. What size clothing is she wearing at this time?
A: Her height is 92cm, weight is 14kg. You can purchase her clothes accordingly.

Q. Does she have a favorite color?
A: She likes bright colors

Q. If she is sad, what seems to comfort her?
A: She is a good-natured and obedient girl. When she is sad, you can hug, comfort and talk to her, she calms down very quickly.

The response to the last question got to me, as it is evident that what she needs when she is sad is to be LOVED! Hang in there baby girl, your forever family is coming for you ❤️❤️❤️
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FAMILIES FOUND FRIDAY! Every Friday is a big deal in the adoption world, as they post photos of the precious orphans who have found their forever families! Look at the sweet face of our Little Sister who made the list! We are one tiny step closer to getting her home to her Forever Family!
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I have no words for this incredibly generous act on our behalf this is a repost from my Family. Cassidy & I thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for the love, support, and prayers to help us get our little one home as soon as possible ❤️

As we sit here pondering the past several weeks, since we were introduced to Little Sister, and all of the love, support, and kind words shared by family & friends. Our hearts are so full❤️The love we feel for this sweet angel girl awaiting her family in China is overwhelming. There are no words to adequately describe the love we feel for our sweet sister, brother-in-law, and their 3 kids. We can’t think of a better family for Little Sister to come to, and a more selfless act than giving a beautiful 3 year old orphan, with Down Syndrome a forever family. How blessed she is, and she doesn’t even know they are coming for her! As we have pondered the upcoming days and months of waiting, paperwork, home studies, and financial obligations The Hilton Family are going to endure, It feels overwhelming. It has been said many times “We wish there was something we could do”. After many discussions, we decided there were some things we could do to ease the burden of the adoption process. The financial obligation to adopt (especially internationally) is astounding. There are fees associated with everything. Once the adoption is approved, Amanda & Cassidy travel across the world to China where they stay finalizing the process for 2 weeks. Once Little Sis arrives home in Utah, the work doesn’t stop. Little Sister is going to require immediate medical attention and long term therapy. The road is going to be bumpy and long, but there is something we can ALL do to help the Hilton’s. The Swonson Family has started a GoFund Me Account, in hopes that we can help earn some money to ease the upcoming financial obligations. All of the money earned will go directly to the Hilton’s for adoption fees, travel, and most importantly the medical needs & long term therapy for Little Sis. Wd have no doubt we can raise enough to make a difference. Every dollar helps. Every donation big or small makes a difference!
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After seeing this precious little ones @reecesrainbow photo & profile for the very first time, I could not seem to escape her from my mind. I spent the next 48 hours thinking of her every single second, and I knew I needed to know more. From the start of our journey i had requested files of a handful of babies. In the past it had taken a little bit to hear back, and be referred to the agency that had the child’s file. More often than not I would never hear a single word in return from the email I had sent to the adoption agencies, and if I did hear back, I had never felt a “connection”. This time however, was different... within a couple of hours @reecesrainbow had gotten back to me and let me know that the agency coordinator that had “Little sisters” file would be getting in touch with me. Within minutes after receiving the RR email, I received a message from the agency coordinator, and attached was this little ones file and a few more pictures. As I sat up late into the night reading the file of this most precious and perfect little soul, I was overcome with an abundance of many different emotions. In our dark and quiet home, I sat sobbing as I was pouring over the pages that contained the events of this little child’s life. I had the most prominent feeling come over me, and I knew with out any doubt in my mind that this was in fact OUR baby girl! She had been waiting patiently for 3.5 years for us to find her, and it was time to finally bring her HOME ❤️❤️❤️ #downsyndromeadoption #internationaladoption
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