My husband and I often talk about the miracles we would have missed if we had given in to our fears and doubts about adding to our family of six by adopting a beautiful little girl from China. Or if we had let our inexperience as parents to a special needs child keep us from bringing two more beautiful little girls from China into our family four years later.
Amberlie Joy (You Fu Shuang) joined our family through adoption in 2006 when she was not quite a year old. Our twins Axi Grace (Xi He Xi) and Addixian Hope (Xi He Xian) became part of our forever family in 2010 when they were five years old.
Of course, the girls themselves are our miracles. But so are all the wonderful people that have entered our lives on this amazing journey of adoption and parenting a special needs child. Axi Grace has spastic cerebral palsy with developmental delays. She didn’t get enough oxygen when she was born and as a result, she needs lots of extra therapy to help her walk and talk.
The Ronald McDonald House has been part of our experience as parents of a special needs child since we brought Axi and Addi home. Though we knew Axi had a diagnosis of spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, we didn’t know what that meant in practical terms right away. In fact, the first time we stayed at the House, I didn’t yet realize Axi wasn’t strong enough to sit up on her own. We were having dinner in the dining room when I walked away from the table to get something. Axi fell right off her chair. I was stunned, upset, and embarrassed. But from that day to this, I have been overwhelmed and so blessed by the love, support, and comfort that flows to our family from the RMHC community.
Axi feels so at home at RMHC. Everyone loves her and she loves them right back, brightening their day with her amazing smile. What a miracle that an orphaned, handicapped little girl from China can bring so much light and love into so many lives.
The Ronald McDonald House is a beautiful, comfortable place to lay your head while your child is in the hospital. But the experience goes so much deeper than that. For me, RMHC truly is a home away from home where all the staff and volunteers will always go above and beyond to help us. It is a wonderful community of love and support to get you through whatever challenge you are facing – whether your child is a preemie, a cancer patient, or in need of ongoing therapies.
Every day, the many miracles in my life remind me that when we think we are being called to do something for someone else, we don’t realize the blessings we will receive in return. RMHC is one of the most important blessings on our list of miracles.
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