Even though I was not allowed to take pictures of the babies with my big ol’ D90, Kirsten, who is the heart of An Orphan’s Wish, snapped away with her little handheld camera during our time there. And, thankfully, she tucked a CD with pictures of our visit into my bag before we left. Otherwise, I’m afraid I’d already be suffering the ugly effects of withdrawal from all the cuteness.
Getting some loving from one of his biggest fans: LeeAnn. His SN is an intestinal issue, now surgically corrected. He has endured a lot in his short life and his demeanor through his ordeal has made him a favorite of the carers. And doesn’t he know it.
Here is handsome Hugo (soon to be known as Ryan) who has been matched with his forever family. He
didn’t let me get within 10 feet wasn’t too crazy about me, but he did, at last, agree to give me some high-fives.
Falling in love isn’t hard to do at this place. This little one is named Taylor, and she is delicate and fair, and sweet. In a word: breathtaking.
Meet Taylor’s polar opposite: big, sturdy, dark and hairy. Ooohh, and handsome. His name is Jackson. His SN is as yet undetermined. He suffers from some respiratory problems.
and Taylor beauty. Her SN is stridor, which is caused by “turbulence through a partially obstructed airway.” Her condition has already improved dramatically since she came into care at An Orphan’s Wish.
This is Gabriella. A stunning little one with CP. Because of her CP she has very little head or body control, but when you hold and love on her, her smile lights up the room.
Here’s a little peanut that has only recently joined the group. Her special need is unclear, and for now the staff is just giving her lots of love and attention. Hopefully she will become strong and healthy enough to join a forever family soon.
And here, as you might be able to tell by the huge, sweaty grin plastered on my face, is Miss Olivia. How cute is she? Look at those little clasped hands, those pointed toes. They believe she has spina bifida, and possibly clubfoot. At An Orphan’s Wish, they allow the children time to settle in before undergoing testing, unless medically necessary. And for now, Miss Olivia seems to be settling in just fine.