Yes, we are adopting three (count them-3!) orphans with Down Syndrome from Eastern Europe. We have always wanted a big family, which God has graciously already given us, and we have always wanted to adopt, which we have never managed to make happen.
When we heard of the plight of special needs orphans in Eastern Europe, where they do not have the resources to care for these little ones, our hearts were moved, and we decided to bring three to be part of our loving family.
This is a completely new journey for us, and except for our cousin, Jordan, we are not very familiar with Down Syndrome, but we are willing to learn, and we are excited about this new chapter in our lives.
We have never adopted before, either, and it is as intimidating as it looks. Again, though, we are willing to learn, and although I am scared of making a mistake in all this paperwork, I realize that these are God's children, as he is the father to the fatherless, and until he places them into our hands, we will have to trust him to lead us through this journey. It is probably good practice for trusting him to help us raise these children after he does give them into our hands!
International adoption is also as expensive as you have heard, and it will be a very large undertaking. If you would like to help us in our endeavor to bring these precious children into our family, you may go to Reece's Rainbow, http://reecesrainbow.org/sponsorlutz.html which is dedicated to finding loving homes for the Down Syndrome orphans of the world (as well as other special needs children) to donate online to our family grant fund.
I'm the wife of a fabulous man, who keeps me on my toes. He's my greatest friend, but also makes me crazy sometimes! Marriage is a great adventure! Parenting is also a great adventure, and we've had a great time with our 6 kids (plus one in heaven.) Nursing is a challenging career with lots of variety. God has blessed me with family, friends, health, and enough to meet my needs. He is faithful!