Xixi- He’ll Steal Your Heart

Every child is valuable and worthy of love- each and every one. When we go to the orphanage, we try not to play favorites, but to make sure that each child gets their fair share of love and attention. We’ve noticed, however, that God seems to put certain children on different people’s hearts and give us a little extra bond with them…something special that’s just with that child.

I have that with Xixi, and he with me. We bonded from very early on, and I have to say, I have wanted him to be mine. If I were in any position to adopt him, I would. He’s definitely got a piece of my heart.

Unfortunately, I can’t adopt now, and this precious boy needs a family! So, let me tell you about Xixi.

Since he could crawl (a funny method that looked like he was swimming the butterfly on tile), Xixi has rushed to the door as soon as we arrive. With arms outstretched, eyes shining, he begs to be picked up.

Wrapping his arms and legs as tightly around us as tightly as he can, his exuberant hugs leave no doubt as to his excitement at our arrival.

Though he’s more enthusiastic in his welcome of friends, strangers come in for their share of charm with his shy smile and shiny eyes.

Oh goodness, those shiny eyes…

Xixi bubbles over with joy in the midst of almost everything he does. Whether he’s blowing bubbles…

…being a cool little dude…

…playing in the pool…

…riding his new car…

…hanging Christmas ornaments…

…or going up…

…up…

…and away…

his face is often creased with a cheerful grin.

Despite his joie de vivre, Xixi also has a shy, serious side. He’s very bright, and focuses on the task at hand with single-minded devotion. Hunting Easter eggs…

…drawing a work of art…

…packing his bag for a “trip”…

…preparing for a water fight…

…and especially eating….

(ice cream is his favorite!)

…Xixi’s diligent perseverance gets the job done.

Xixi just turned five last month, and has been at the orphanage since he was an infant. He has Down Syndrome, and is smart and motivated. I believe he would learn quickly in the right atmosphere. He’s a bit reticent with strangers initially, but warms quickly and bonds strongly once a person has won his trust. He longs for love and attention, and I think he would eagerly embrace a new family. Any family would be warmed by his sunny, dramatic personality and super-great hugs. :) Look at this precious boy-

Don’t you think you’d be blessed to read him stories, have his sweet face around your table at meals, tuck him into bed at night? I know he would love to have a mommy and daddy of his very own to do those things with him. Would you please prayerfully consider if your family might be a blessing to Xixi?