Are you all as excited to meet our next little hidden treasure, as we are to introduce her? She is absolutely darling, so without further adieu, here is Lisa Matthews of the Matthews family to tell you all about her sweet little girl!
"Carissa (Christiana) turns 5 in September. She has lived in Pleven since she was just 3 weeks old. Can you imagine a child who has never known a home... a mother? She hasn't. Christiana is a beautiful little girl with large eyes and a sweet smile. She's very tiny due to several health and nutritional issues. At Christmas she weighed only 18 lbs... the size of the average 1 year old. When we committed to adopt her I was amazed to find out that we were the only ones who had ever enquired about her. It amazed me. I thought "She's so beautiful...so lovely. How is it that we are the only ones to ask?" Then I realized that people are afraid of her main disability: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Many families who joyfully welcome children with Down syndrome, CP, and other disabilities are hesitant (sometimes afraid) to consider a child with FAS or autism. We aren't. We understand the she will need lots of therapy and attention. She'll need accommodations that other children don't. But that's ok. She's worth it. We have 3 sons who are ready to meet her and are excited to have a sister. We believe that a house full of children is a happy house and can't wait to become the "Matthews 6"."
Take a look at their perfect little beauty:
|Carissa, this past March!|
If you'd like to follow the journey along with the Matthews family, please visit their blog: Three Little Birds Plus One More.
"Christiana's Chance" will kick off on October 1st and run through October 7th. As always, we are looking for donations for this auction. Handcrafts, New Items, Gift Cards, Collectibles, and Entertainment Tickets have all been popular in the past. Be creative! If you have an item(s) to donate or questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance to those of your participating -- be it by donating, bidding or praying. It's because of all of you that these auctions are successful!