Prayers for Mila

Please remember to say a prayer for our sweet girl. We will leave here around 5:45am tomorrow for Pittsburgh. Her surgery will probably be around 9:45am if all goes well. Prayers for a successful airway surgery and speedy recovery with no complications! I feel like I should be praying but I can't calm my thoughts long enough to form any prayers just yet....but I know you all are praying for Mila and God knows our hearts, our weaknesses and our needs.  I thanked God so many times today for giving us our Mila bean. She is so special. He has big plans for her. How could He not with a story like hers?

There is one part of tomorrow that I'm dreading the most and that is handing her over to the team who will perform her surgery. So if you could pray especially for me during that moment I need it. I have barely left her side since Gotcha day and I certainly wouldn't dream of leaving her with someone who doesn't even know her, but tomorrow that is what we will have to do. I know the surgeon is capable. But that doesn't make it any easier. In the grand scheme of things, tomorrow's surgery should be a lot less stressful for her and for us than her upcoming open heart surgery, but right now it feels like I'm not even strong enough to get through tomorrow, let alone going through all these emotions times ten in another week. I just keep reminding myself to take it one day at a time. I'm trying to keep the focus on my girl and not on my emotions. She is so brave and so strong....such a fighter....she has endured so much in her 9 months of life (she turned 9 months old today). In 3 more months we can celebrate her first year of life and all the struggles she has overcome. What a celebration that will be! I still can't fathom that God knew she was OURS the day she was born (and long before she was ever born).

Thank you all for your love, friendship, prayers, and support. We are blessed. If you think of us tomorrow morning please say a little prayer. I will post when Mila is out of surgery and stable.


  1. Just as I was praying that you would make it safely home with Mila, I will be praying that surgery goes well. You and your little beauty are always in our prayers :)

  2. Saying prayers tonight and will be saying prayers tomorrow until I hear that she is out of surgery and doing well.

    Oh Momma, your girl has come so far in such a short period of time. She is so much stronger now than ever and she is a fighter.

    She will be in and out of surgery before you know it and doing fine, I just know it. Prayers will be for you too, I know that heart of yours.

    Praising God for all that he has given and all that is to come for Mila's future.

    Love to you all.....


  3. Praying for peace of mind for you & for sweet Mila.

  4. Praying for peace as you hand Mila over. Praying for the best possible healing and preparation for her next surgery. Praying for the doctors and caretakers of this lil bean! Absolutely can not wait to see those 1st birthday pics!!!!

  5. Praying for precious Mila, her doctors and medical staff, and her family, that all will go successfully and easily tomorrow, with a quick and complete recovery to follow.

    Your little jelly-bean is one of the cutest little ones I've ever seen (big sister is another one). She's going to do so well once her heart is mended...

    Thinking of Mila - and you -
    Susan in Ky
    Cousin to 2 from EE

  6. Oops! I read too hastily and misunderstood that Mila's heart surgery would be tomorrow, rather than her airway surgery. In any case, I hope all goes well and will keep her in my prayers.

    Susan in Ky, again

  7. Praying for your sweet baby girl and for you!!
    Please keep us posted!!
    Sunnie in NC

  8. Holy and Loving Father, Thank you for Mila's precious life, for the gift you have given Sarah and Shawn and Zoya in her. We pray today, that in your perfect will, there will peace in Sarah's and Shawn's hearts, that their little Jelly Bean will be safe and sound as she has the surgery to help her airway, that she will awaken easily from anesthesia and give her mommy and daddy a big smile! Lord, please guide all of the staff who will care for Mila today, give them complete wisdom and skill for the job they have to do. Trusting in your awesome love for your little daughter, Mila, we ask your protection over her. In Jesus' mighty name, Amen and AMEN!!
    ((((HUGE HUGS))))) Anne B.

  9. Hello Sarah,

    My name is Abbie Tharan and I am Lauren's sister in law. Lauren shared your blog with me a couple of weeks ago, and I was, and continue to be, so moved by your story that I cannot help but follow along, even still. Your story is such an inspiration, it is hard to express in words. I have even shared it with others (friends, coworkers, etc.). I had no idea there was such a crisis in these eastern European countries. Thank God there are people like you and your husband who, with faith and perseverance, have given two very special little girls a loving home. Much good luck and prayers to your family as you begin Mila's series of surgeries.
    Bless you and Merry Christmas!!

    Abbie Tharan

  10. praying! You will be in my thoughts and prayers all day.

  11. Sarah,

    Prayers are streaming your way from California. I pray that God keep you, your family and beautiful Mila safe and well and that the doctors and nurses are blessed with clarity and rest.


  12. Praying that surgery went well and was uncomplicated.

    One more step in the right direction for sweet little Mila.

  13. Praying for your sweet girl this morning (and for all of you as well!!) - praying for steady hands for the surgeons and a quick recovery for Mila. I don't think I've commented on your blog before - but I've been "lurking" for awhile. My husband and I are just starting our own journey to bring home our daughters from EE. :)

  14. Looking forward to hearing how Mila bean did today! And you too! :-) Sending strong and positive thoughts your way.

  15. WE have been praying for you all! We will continue until we hear from you. Keep your chin up your little one is a fighter!


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