Utah parents Adrianne and Jason Stewert never thought they would adopt a child with special needs, but now they can’t imagine what their life and their family would be life without their three-year-old adopted daughter, who was born without arms or legs.
The couple has two kids of their own and thought their family was finally complete after adopting a son from the Philippines. But when an adoption agency sent the family a photo of a disabled child in an orphanage, they knew she was meant to be a part of their family.
“She had one of the most beautiful smiles and at the time we weren’t really planning on adopting a special needs child but we just fell in love with her,” Adrianne said about the then 6-month-old in the Chosen Children Village. “We just knew we needed her to be part of our family.”
“We didn’t have any idea what it would be like to raise a child like her,” said Adrianne, who knew it would be a challenge for everyone to adjust in the beginning, but a challenge that was well worth it. “She is so full of light and joy. Even meeting her for the first time, you think she’d be scared and nervous to meet strangers, I mean, she’d seen a picture of us. But she did so well and she was so happy and smiling for us and it was really amazing.”
“She’s helped us to see that kids like her are really no different than any other kid. She’s doing all the same things as our other kids, just in a little bit different way,” the mom of four said. “She loves to color. She has a custom mouthpiece that we can stick markers in for her to color and she’ll spend hours and hours coloring.”
“She taught us to appreciate the little things and not be sad or disappointed by the things we’re lacking. She’s taught us not to take things for granted.”
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