Thursday, December 19, 2013

An Alex Update

Alex is in the best health that he has ever been!  He is strong, no kidney reflux, and he is getting better and better with his walking.  Over the past few years, he has learned to walk with one crutch around the house and in his class.  Even with one crutch, he kept making nicks on the door frames when he cut the corner walking in.  I kept asking him to leave his crutch in the hallway and to walk using the wall for support.  Over time this has become Alex's preferred way to walk... and he is so very proud of himself!
Check him out!


This is huge for Alex.  Back in August 2009 when we first adopted him, he could not even stand up straight, let alone walk.  He has made so much progress over the years.
I am so excited for him!
Go Alex!
Thank you for the recent donations that were made to our GraceHaven family page.  They are such an encouragement as we continue down this path.  Recently, we completed 12+ hours of adoption education.  Soon we will be sending off our I-800 application.

We still have headbands, beanies, snowflake earrings, and window decals available.


  1. Great job Alex!!! He and Bryson would have so much fun together!!! The walk very similar, although Bryson's last surgery has drastically changed his mobility!!

  2. Hello Christine and John. So good to know you through your profile on the blogger and also your blog post is so teaching, touching and expression of God's love through adoption of Orphans in to the family and loving them with the parental love of Jesus Christ. I am blessed to come across such a blessed family through your profile and the blog post. I am in the Pastoral ministry for last 34yrss in the great city called Mumbai, India a city with great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reachout to the poorest of poor in the slums of Mumbai where you come across children who are parentless raised in the slums, some with single parents and some who have parents but are disowned by the parents because of their poverty. We reach out to them with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted. We did have have an Orphanage to take care of the orphans in the slums but unfortunately had to close it.We could adopt only one orphan child in our family and having two our own biological children. We know how hard it is to take care of such children. May the Lord bless you richly while caring, nurturing and shapping them in the image of God. Well we do also encourage young people as well as adults from the West to come on a short/ long term missions trip to work with us during their summer vacation. For young people in their teens such missions trip gives them life changing experience. I would be so blessed to be in touch with you to know how you take care of all 19 kids would be a learning and blessed experience. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. May you all have a very blessed and joyous Christmas and a Christ centered New year. Praying for you and your Godly kids.

  3. Amazing progress - well done, Alex!

  4. Christine it is just amazing how far Alex has come since you brought him home. He looks as though he is VERY pleased with himself. You have given him the opportunity to grow and thrive and that he has - all of your children have and they are just so blessed it was you and John who adopted them....

    Marilyn from Canada :-)

  5. Hi! Alex has come along way with his walking. I have heard that botox injections can also be helpful for some children when walking. Thanks, Pat


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