The Hospital Treatment
What was moving was a child that had been discarded in a trash bag. Some mother had simply thrown her baby away like he was nothing more than trash.
Put In State Care
When the police arrived, they soon discovered he had Down Syndrome. So, they called the local orphanage that takes care of special needs children.
Growing Up Orphan
They named the boy Eddie after the officer who was on the scene to take him to the orphanage. It was hard to imagine that a mother took a look at him with his special needs and just decided to throw him away.
It was a terrible thought that had the carpenter not noticed him, the garbage truck could have come. No one would have known about the precious life that was lying helpless inside.
More Blessings To Come
Growing up in an orphanage was better than not growing up at all. But, life was about to change for Eddie once again.
When They Met
Jim and Rachel Van Eerden from North Carolina took their kids to Ecuador. On their final night there, they decided to visit an orphanage.
In a documentary entitled A Mother’s Love, Rachel recalled meeting Eddie for the first time and how she couldn’t take her eyes off of him. Jim and Rachel knew what they needed to do and there was no questioning it.
A Loving Kiss
Rachel actually had experience with special needs children. Her brother has Down Syndrome and she studied special education in college.
There Was Room For Him
People scratched their heads when they first heard the plan. After all, Jim and Rachel had ten other children already. Plus, what they were going to have to go through to make an adoption legal was going to be tough.
Always With A Smile
It was a major struggle. But, every step of the way was worth it because he already felt like family. They needed to have him in their lives.
While Eddie was growing up in Ecuador, Jim and Rachel were fighting for him. They made trips to Ecuador to battle it out in court and they spent a ridiculous amount of money.
This Is What Awesome Looks Like
The battle took five years and then, Jim and Rachel were finally able to bring Eddie home. For the first time, Eddie got to learn what all the hype was about and he was no longer in the orphanage.
There were many changes that the entire family had to go through to accommodate their new member. For instance, they had to remodel the home to have two separate huge rooms, one for the boys and one for the girls.
One Awesome Kid
That doesn’t matter though because there is nothing but love in the family. “What Eddie pours into each of us far outweighs any sacrifice.”
All Eyes On Him
On the documentary A Mother’s Love, Jim recalled how awesome Eddie is, “We were at church and in a crowd of people he made a beeline to somebody just so that he could hug this person. At the end of that hug, the person started weeping.”
Why Jim felt so strongly about that story was because Eddie had seen something in that person that no one else had time to notice. The person was heartbroken. That’s a gift Eddie has.
A Better Chance At Life
His nickname is “Ambassador of Love.” His smile is infectious and people just respond to the happiness he brings into every situation.
Enjoying His Life
The couple received an Angels in Adoption award. They plan to keep going on mission trips and they have actually said they would adopt again if they felt moved like they did when they met Eddie.