Sofia was an orphan with Down syndrome in Eastern Europe and now has a forever family.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sofia's First Playdate

On the same whirlwind day that the news reporter came to our house to do a quick interview on our little "star" Sofia, we rushed off to attend a music therapy playdate at a friend's house. We were so excited to see a HUGE group of friends attending the group and Sofia got to meet so many of her new girlfriends. There must have been about 10 children there (not including siblings) and all with DS and when Joaquin arrived he was the only boy (with DS) in attendance and he sure poured on the charm for everyone. Sofia was a little social butterfly and happily was passed from one mama to another and even participated in the music therapy session. I swear this little girl LOVES a crowd and enjoys all the attention! She really lights up around big groups of adoring people.

Here are a few snapshots from the morning playdate. Check out Sofia taking a ride in the big drum and Joaquin at the front of the class practicing his animal "signs".

We look forward to LOTS more of these in the future! We are so blessed to have an amazing community of families touched by DS and we (the mamas) affectionately call ourselves The Sisterhood. I love my "sisters" as if they were family. They have been an incredible support and it's just a wonderful feeling to have so many great families to experience this journey with. We hope to raise our children together and watch them grow and thrive and build friendships based on these early playdates. It's so exciting to think of all the kids when they get older. And judging by the numbers at today's playdate, Sofia will have LOTS of sleepovers and princess dress up playdates and tea parties at the park with all her "girls". And Joaquin....well, the odds are in his favor when it comes time for a homecoming date!


  1. I am so loving following Sofia on her new journey, she is fitting in to her new life so beautifully. She is absolutely adorable! You are lucky to have her.

  2. Love it! Thanks for sharing!!!
    Sunnie in NC

  3. She is so adorable and looks so good. She is going to progress very nicely being home with her family.
    I cannot wait to see her in months and years ahead being a sweet little girl spoiled by her brothers (plus Mommy and Daddy too!) LOL!!


  4. I have a question I forgot to ask on the other post.
    What does this actually mean?

    And Joaquin....well, the odds are in his favor when it comes time for a homecoming date!

    Are you guys adopting another child or do you have a friend adopting a little boy?
    Which ever it is I think it is awesome, but was curious as well. LOL!!


  5. Look at all those beautiful faces!! How wonderful to have such a great group :o)

  6. That's great! I agree, there is a special bond amongst us all who have a child with Ds. I love that God saw fit to allow us to be able to support and encourage one another.
    On another note: I noticed in a pic of you awhile back that you had a four leaf clover on a necklace. I smiled. I wrote a poem "An Extra Leaf" regarding Ds - and that is the name of our adoption blog: An Extra Leaf.
    Our love to you and your beautiful family...
    Charrissa Browning
    (working to bring home Ivanna and Matthew)

  7. Great photos -- I wish we could've been there. Especially since Joaquin was the only boy! Love seeing Sofia interacting with everyone!

  8. So happy we got to hold Sophia. What a doll! She was shaking the eggs, tapping the sticks, smiling, and just so sweet. She definitely needs to come over for a play date at the Biery's. She'll be in girl heaven over here. Plus I need to fit her for her own necklace and bracelet. I am so glad to have met you and your beautiful family. And YES, Joaquin is a lucky man (great odds not only for Prom, but marriage too. Too bad Charity is already betrothed :) lol.

  9. ok I'm so happy for her and her community - but honeslty I want to JOIN THE SISTERHOOD!!! But I live in Los Angeles, - Can I be in the club from over here!??!

  10. I'm so happy for Sophia and for your family. Looks like a lot of fun! What a blessing to have that many friends and to have such a wonderful family.


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