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Kris L.

Hello, I am Kris, married to Tom for 32 years and mom to 8 wonderful kids; 4 adult men, a teen daughter and three young daughters who have the diagnosis of Down syndrome. Meghan, who was born to us, and our youngest two, who were adopted, Kara from Ukraine and Amanda from Estonia when they were... Full Bio
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Kara and Meghan by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Kara and Meghan have come a long way in their sisterly relationship. At first Meghan was a little jealous of all the attention Kara received, then Kara was jealous. I find ... Read on »
Kara lost her first tooth by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Can you see the space on the bottom, we went to The down Syndrome Connection's holiday party and yesterday and had the girls dressed in their cuter clothes, for pictures w ... Read on »
Some new pictures-approaching our Gotcha Day anniversary! by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Eating her blueberry walnut gluten free pancakes. She makes me laugh, she gets so mad when the food falls off the fork, she is a perfectionist! When we brought her home sh ... Read on »
You never know who you will find surfing the net by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome http://www.ukraineorphans.net/id67.html I found Kara at this website, what a surprise, and for a good cause, please visit the site, maybe think about helping them with the ... Read on »
Guess who has a birthday coming up by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Oh yes, Kara is almost 5, I still think of her as 3, I know nearly two years have gone by since we saw her that first time in Vorzel, but it seems like only yest ... Read on »
Homesick? by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I finally realized I have been avoiding reading adoption blogs from Ukraine because they cause unbearable homesickness for me. I long to return to Vorzel, to walk the ... Read on »
Kara is learning to use sign language! by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome For almost two years Kara has struggled to communicate with us, she does not talk, and we have tried very hard to get her to embrace sign language, these past few weeks ... Read on »
We are still here by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome As our lives settle in to a routine and we are occupied with therapy visits and family life, I forget to post, or even come to Blogger. I suppose that is normal. Then I re ... Read on »
Today was World Down Syndrome Day by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I went from blog to blog and read what was in their hearts today. I made me think of being in Ukraine the day Meghan left with Tom, the relief I felt because Meghan made Y ... Read on »
Please, can you help translate a letter? by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I promised Kara's orphanage I would send them updates about her progress, and I need someone to translate the letter I wrote to them. Does anyone know someone who can transl ... Read on »
Dermatologist concurs, it is Fifth Disease by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome She said it was absolutely not strep or an allergic reaction. It is fading, so she said in a week or so, Kara should be fine. At least we got an answer, and I am relieved it ... Read on »
I wonder if it an an allergic reaction to antibiotics? by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Kara today, the rash is fading. Thank you all for your comments, I have been scouring the web (it being a weekend, the doctors offices are not open) and I have seen ... Read on »
Fifth disease? by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome So I was doing my Saturday reading and read about Kennedy's rash (Special K's)and went on to read about fifth disease, hmmm, sure sounds like this is close to Kara's rash, ... Read on »
Kara is feeling much better! by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Kara sure does look Ukrainian, doesn't she, we thought the women in Ukraine were stunningly beautiful, and she is no exception. Yea, we are proud parents, wouldn't you be? ... Read on »
Poor Kara is relapsing by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Kara is feeling poorly again. I do not understand why her antibiotics did not work, but her throat seems even sorer than it did before, probably because she has a virus and ... Read on »
Kara is recovering by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome She is still sleeping a lot, but she feels so much better, her antibiotics are working. She is eating better and no longer running a fever, so I am praying she is on the men ... Read on »
Still sick here by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Kara has been spiking a fever all day, though she seems to feel better; she did not sleep all day like yesterday, she has a runny nose, congestion, and is very dehydrated. A ... Read on »
Poor Kara has the flu by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome She woke up crying this morning and is so miserable right now. Please pray she gets better soon, poor baby, she never cries, it is so sad to see tears on her face. Thankfull ... Read on »
In memory of two special girls by Kris L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Katerina and Margarita needed a family, and they would have been home already if Ukraine had not changed their adoption laws concerning single women adopting. I know it is u ... Read on »