Meet the Aschoff family. I "met" Jodi in an online adoption group. She and her husband Ted have a beautiful little Colombian princess with Down syndrome.
Every time one of us tells a story about our girl, the other ones laughs because our girls are so similar! I'm convinced if we lived closer to the Aschoffs, we would all be good friends. Someday we are going to get these too little sassy chicas together and see what trouble they can get into. Or, we could just play music and see who gets tired of dancing first.
I've watched as Jodi and Ted have searched for another little one from Colombia. We forwarded pictures and info back and forth trying to find a child that would fit into their little family. I remember the day that Jodi sent me a picture of little Leo. While he isn't Colombian, he's adorable and perfect for them. I am so excited to watch their process unfold.
Here is what their Reece's Rainbow profile has to say about the Aschoffs:
Ted and Jodi met in 2001 and married in 2005. After many years of infertility they chose to pursue adoption as a way to grow their family. Initially they encountered some bumps in the road including a domestic reclaim (of a boy with DS) but in their hearts they knew that adoption was the right choice and in 2011 they completed the adoption of their daughter (with DS), Kayella, from Latin America. They knew that Kayella should have a sibling and decided to pursue international adoption again specifically hoping to add another child with Down Syndrome to their family. Once they were ready to begin the process, their search of options for another adoption led them to Leo’s profile and they fell instantly in love with him and knew he would be the perfect addition to their family.
Can we encourage this wonderful family? Even if you can't make a donation, head over to their blog and leave an ENCOURAGING comment. Adoption is hard. It's exhausting. Encouragement and support are crucial---even when they come from complete strangers.
If you love adoption blogs like I do, you can follow their journey here.