In 2016, Ellie’s world was forever changed when her daughter was born without the chromosomal disorder doctors had told her to expect. When her second daughter was 6 months old, Ellie and her husband began the adoption process to adopt a child with Down syndrome. A little while later, they adopted their son, Finn, who has Down syndrome.
Ellie now has written the children’s book, Image Bearer which is a Christian children’s book that celebrates differences and spreads the message that every child is an image bearer. The characters in the book are inspired by children with disabilities that Ellie has gotten to know.
In this episode, Ellie talks about the adoption process, what life is like with Finn and her two daughters, teaching kids about people with disabilities, and so much more!
Photo credit: @sweetsmilesbysarahmichelle
What we talked about:
3:10- Ellie’s book Image Bearer and the inspiration behind it
5:00- Ellie’s first pregnancy
8:25- What came next after finding out her daughter didn’t have the extra challenges that they thought she would
9:10- The different feelings that she had during her pregnancy after finding out that her daughter was supposed to be born with special needs
11:40- The process of adopting her son Finn, a baby with Down syndrome
22:15- Meeting Finn’s birth parents
23:45- The experience of being in the NICU with Finn after he was born
26:50- What life is like with Finn and her two girls now
28:50- The biggest surprise of raising a child with Down syndrome
33:30- Finn’s sleeping schedule
36:35- Teaching your kids about people with disabilities
39:15- Thoughts on the friendships that Finn will form
43:50- Who the characters in the book are based on
45:30- The self-publishing process for her book
47:15- End of podcast questions
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