I Heart Faces | Best Face of 2013


It is easy to ignore the orphan until you know their name.

This is Lizzie

and she is an orphan NO MORE!

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This is my youngest daughter, Lizzie.  She is spunky, and sassy, and a bubble of laughter!  She is my little ray of sunshine!  We met her for the first time on August 23rd, 2011, at our local Emergency Children’s Shelter along with her 2 year old brother.  We picked up her baby brother 2 days later when he was released from a 3 week ICU stay at the age of 3 months old.

We’ve adopted all 3.  Our lives have NEVER been the same.

God called us, and my husband tried his VERY hardest to hide his eyes and ignore the call.

Ignore the children.

Ignore those faces.

Please don’t look away from the faces.

Please don’t ignore them.

These are babies, children, teenagers, that need a home, that need a family.  They need a chance.

It’s easy to ignore them when you don’t know their names.

Her name is Lizzie.  She picked it out herself at adoption.

I am now the Mom of 7:

3 natural-born, 3 fostered and adopted, and #7 we are fostering.

I am very very blessed.

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19 Responses to “I Heart Faces | Best Face of 2013”

  1. Rachel January 12, 2014 5:24 am #

    Love that girl of yours (love both of your girls and all five of your boys!)

    And I really, really love you.

    Thankful for you answering God’s call on your life and Mike’s.

  2. sonya January 12, 2014 7:07 am #

    Love your story!! what a lucky family to have such a bright ray of sunshine in your family!

  3. Buckeroomama January 13, 2014 10:08 am #

    She’s beautiful. :) What a lot of love in your hearts. May you continue to be showered with blessings.

  4. Emma @ Outmumbered January 13, 2014 10:43 am #

    What an amazing story to go with a gorgeous photo. I’m so happy for you all!

  5. Adrienne January 13, 2014 2:05 pm #

    She’s absolutely beautiful, Dana!

  6. Heather Rodriguez January 13, 2014 2:38 pm #

    Stops me dead in my tracks. Her beauty, YOU’R beauty. It si so east to see she is safe and loved. xoxo

  7. Life with Kaishon January 13, 2014 3:10 pm #

    I am a big fan of Lizzie.
    Kids make life grand.
    I am glad you listened to Jesus.

  8. Candy January 13, 2014 3:30 pm #

    Beautiful girl, a beautiful story!!

  9. skeller January 13, 2014 3:54 pm #

    Lizzie is beautiful. Just like her Mama.

  10. Dana January 13, 2014 10:01 pm #

    You are an Angel and so is she.

  11. Emily Main January 13, 2014 10:56 pm #

    This image speaks to me. Lizzie is absolutely beautiful! I am especially drawn to hers eyes. I would be willing to guess that she is wise beyond her years. Fantastic!

  12. Mindy January 14, 2014 12:20 am #

    as an adoption worker and also a volunteer photographer for the heart gallery in PA, thank you for sharing your story and for helping to spread the word about older child adoption & foster care! lovely photo of your lovely daughter…

  13. Amanda January 14, 2014 12:34 am #

    This is so inspirational! God bless you! She is definitely a beauty.

  14. Shannon January 14, 2014 12:34 am #

    Absolutely beautiful girl and picture! Love it!

  15. Kel January 14, 2014 3:22 pm #


  16. Rachelle January 15, 2014 2:40 pm #

    Beautiful. Lizzy suits her well. Truly she is as blessed as you to have found her new life within your beautiful family.

    Love it!

  17. Janell January 15, 2014 6:54 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your daughter and piece of her story with us! We are in the middle of a very long adoption (or it definitely seems that way ;O) and adoption is something very close to my heart! Beautiful capture!

  18. Caryn January 18, 2014 4:48 am #

    Truly heartwarming. This image is beautiful!

  19. Rose January 19, 2014 9:30 pm #

    What a wonderful story and she is BEAUTIFUL!

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