Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Finding a Family

It’s true that his heart isn’t whole.

With a corrected VSD and a pacemaker, Adam has already fought many battles in his young life. But he has fought valiantly, and he has won. When you’re with this little guy, the scary details of his medical file pale in comparison to the joy that comes from knowing him.

With his adoption papers currently at Small World Adoptions, we’re looking forward to the day when his family finds him. And we know it will take a special family… one who is able to see past the clinical terms and complicated diagnosis and just see a precious little guy who needs a family. We believe this family is out there somewhere – they just haven’t yet had the chance to get to know and love Adam yet.

We want to change that.

Adam likes to suck his thumb. It’s almost always his right one. He doesn’t ball his hand up into a fist in front of his face, with his thumb poked in his mouth. Instead, he keeps his hand flat, with his palm resting on his chin and his fingers stretching around to his cheek. It's a cute little habit that is distinctly "Adam."

Adam pretends he’s a puppy. When he goes outside, he’s often on hands and knees, crawling around the yard. He tries to pick up toys with his mouth, and he comes up and waits to be patted on the head. We’ve stopped him from eating plants and other things he finds on the ground a few times… His game is so convincingly fun that it doesn’t take long until we have 4 or 5 other little puppies poking around the yard! It’s all fun and games until they decide to practice biting and chewing. Adam even barks and pants, but his “tough dog” game quickly ends when our real dog shows up! Though he imitates our pet Beagle, Adam has no desire to be on the same eye-level as the real dog. It’s quite an elaborate game, though the resulting grass-stained knees certainly cause some extra work in the laundry room!

Adam could spend all afternoon cuddled on your lap. He loves to be held, and he’s one of those little guys who doesn’t sit stiffly, carefully keeping a safe distance. He lets down his defenses and melts against you. He rests. He lets you love him. And in return, he loves you.

His heart may not be whole… but it is full. Full of laughter and mischief; of hope and love.

All he needs is a family to help make it whole.


As fellow bloggers, would you help Adam find his family? If you are a part of a yahoo group associated with Chinese adoptions, maybe you can post this story there. Or maybe you’ll take a moment to link this story from your own blog. Adam’s heart condition is quite serious, and we know it will take a special family to adopt him… but with your help advocating for him, it isn’t impossible.


  1. What a beautiful little boy!

  2. I am going to put up a post on my blog about Adam and link it over to this post. I did not use any pictures of him on my blog, because I didn't know if I had permission.
    Good luck Adam!!!