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Kaelin - Troutville, Virginia


This is Kaelin Faith, our beautiful daughter who was born on October 4, 2003. We were so happy when she arrived because the doctors gave us a scare during the pregnancy. We were told she could die within a couple days of birth, that she could have Down's syndrome, or a heart defect. However, they were all wrong and she is now a sweet, smart 2 and a half year old. She is energetic, loving, talkative and feisty!

She has a full-sized left hand and a little right hand. Her right hand has a full-sized thumb, and a small pinky and very tiny index finger. She had a minor, out-patient surgery at 18 months of age to free up some ligaments that were causing her index finger to curve inward. Her little hand has not presented a problem for her in any way...in fact, she probably has more use of both of her hands than I do!! I am right-handed, and I cannot do much of anything well with my left one. But, she uses both hands to do many things. She has surprised us all with her abilities and does everything that any other 2 year old does. Her favorite activities include sculpting with playdough, reading stories, going to the park and helping mommy cook.

She now has a 7 month old brother, Jake, whom she loves dearly. She is his second "mommy" and always wants to help him and take care of him. He has two full-sized hands, which he enjoys using to pull sissy's hair! She calls him "her little baby."

She has not really questioned her hand very much yet, although she does know that it is different than her left hand. To her, that is just who she is. When she does start to wonder about it, we will explain that God created her just that way for a purpose. He does not make mistakes! Possibly to help others with similar differences, to grow stronger in her faith, or to help her mom and dad learn to trust God more...we will not know the exact reason until we get to Heaven.

I think the hardest thing as a parent is to balance the encouragement with the concern. To tell her not to let her difference upset her, while also realizing that I do not totally know what she is going through. Here is a great verse that we love and will share with Kaelin, and that I hope you will share with your children:

"...Thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made...in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there were none of them." -Psalm 139:13-16

Feel free to send Kaelin or her parents (Jason and Pamela) an email if you would like to chat. .

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