Jubilee Mila is Here! {our adoption story}

by GfG on August 14, 2015 · 5 comments

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Eleven days ago my life changed in a way I can’t fully appreciate yet.  I became a mother via adoption.

I stood in the OB operating room and watched as a dear friend delivered her daughter and my daughter.  A squirming, beautiful, and instantly loved baby girl came forth.

And I wept.

And MH wept.

Tears of joy mingled with tears of pain.

Adoption always includes both.

We named her Jubilee Mila.

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Jubilee: a celebration honoring God and that all belongs to Him; done every seven sevens of years; our seventh child; born seven years after the previous; in the actual year of Jubilee.

Mila: a nod to a connection between me and MH; her favorite book that she “made” me read years and years ago and which I have never forgotten (Mila 18)

Jubilee Mila is stunning.  She is in the NICU.  And when I say she, I mean we. And when I say we, I mean me and her.

She was having some breathing issues, but those have resolved.  Now the main concern… so much so that they are estimating a month stay…, is eating.  Her muscles don’t have the stamina to eat well.

This is common in babies with Down syndrome.  But it’s not common in my life and so I have struggled with my emotions.

I am doing better, but it’s a dance.

I am encouraged though because when she has the strength and energy to nurse, she latches well.  And I am making milk!! Enough to mostly feed her!

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So, we will do this dance, stepping towards home and having our family  together. Trusting God as we have these six years and especially these last nine months.

MH goes home tomorrow and that will be crazy emotional for us both.  Please keep praying for her.  She has done amazingly, but she has a rough few weeks ahead of her as she transitions.

She has signed, relinquishing her rights and her daughter into my and Paul’s arms.  {see the steps blog post to know what’s next}

So…Maybe Baby no more! It’s Jubilee Mila!

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Rejoice with us!!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Shana August 14, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Beautiful story. Beautiful people. Love you all.


Linda Berg August 17, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Dear, dear Mindy and fam,

I am so happy for you all, and yet am also pleading with the Father that he mercifully intervene and get Jubilee eating as much as I do, and fast! Mindy, I am not surprised at all that you are breastfeeding. Very few could or would do the work it takes to make that happen – but with the combo of your God given great lactation gifts and your God given and self-disciplined effort and amazing work ethic, you’ve done it. I am so happy for you, as I know the JOY that breastfeeding brings!

Yay for the Brouses! Yay for My HERO! YAY FOR JUBILEE! YAY FOR GOD!

I’m an ocean away from you, but my heart is very close by. I am so, so happy for my friend.

Love you much,


Dawn Kneese August 19, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Just checking in…Wow! So much to be thankful for …what a testimony of faith and love!


Kim August 22, 2015 at 6:57 pm

I stumbled across you blog looking for reviews by families who have used Sonlight and Tapestry. And then was surprised to also read of the arrival of your beautiful daughter with Down syndrome. I just wanted to say Congratulations! We have a 9 year old son who has Down syndrome (who we are contemplating homeschooling, but starting with just one of our children this fall). He is amazing. I count each of my children a gift from God in our lives, and Charlie’s Down syndrome is an extra helping. It really is. Blessings!


Jackie B. September 9, 2015 at 8:57 am

Sweet Mindy! How are you, Jubilee, and the family coming along? Praying for peace, health, provision, and joy during this wonderful journey for you all!


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