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Eleanor's Story

While other babies were being rocked to sleep with lullabies, and fed and changed every few hours, her cries were unattended. While other toddlers were learning to walk and play and dance and talk, she scrambled through neighbor's gardens to survive. At age two she was removed from a house filled with unspeakable abuse, and placed in an orphanage where there were too many children, not enough workers, and no toys. At age five, she was adopted.

She was given a beautiful bedroom, every toy any little girl could ever ask for, family camping trips, piano lessons, nutritious food, a playground and a swimming pool in her backyard, and a seat in a top-notch American kindergarten classroom. But developmental trauma had stolen the first five years of her life, and she didn't know how to be a child. One year later, at the end of their rope, after seeing their other children suffering from secondary trauma, after thousands of dollars in therapy bills, after behavioral issues spiraling beyond what they could handle, her adoptive parents relinquished their parental rights.

As my husband and I sat at King's Ranch training event, we knew the Lord had confirmed to us that we are called to adopt, and He was training us, equipping us, preparing us. Then we found out about a little girl named Eleanor, who needed a second chance.

Today our daughter is making mud pies, playing in the sprinkler, reading Junie B. Jones, learning her addition & subtraction facts, beating us all in Uno, and is the joy of our family.

Because of the training and support we received from King's Ranch, she has a hope. She has a future. And we have a forever daughter for which we are so, so grateful.

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