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Dear Diane...
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Tuesday, August 10, 2004

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Louisiana, already busy trying to catch up on her mail, writes yet another letter to a woman in Texas after the woman writes to her.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004~

Dear Diane:

Thank you for writing; it is nice to hear from you!

Thank you for telling me about your seeing the article way down there in Del Rio, Texas! I am glad you enjoyed it, but I wasn't aware of it. You will have to send me a copy of it. Thank you for telling me about your family; your kids sound like real winners! But compared to my village, your family has NOTHING on mine! LOL

I have been adopting kids since 1993, when our first adopted kids, Johnny and Ronee' (both will be 12 years old in late December; we first got them when they were all but a few months old), and it just sort of snowballed from there. Once we started adopting, it seemed that once we began, we couldn't stop; and we haven't stopped until now! Our brood now numbers 50, and I am sure that we are done adopting for good (but you never know....) We adopted kids nobody else would even CONSIDER adopting (special needs, racially mixed, older kids, etc.), and we have NOT been sorry! We have had many bumps along our journey, but it is a journey we wouldn't trade for all the money or gold in the world, and it is now to the point to where we can't imagine our family without any of the children!

Some of our children (Johnny, Ronee', Richard, Deborah, etc., as several examples) have endured unbelievable horror or sickness in their young lives; but they have triumphed over incredible odds, and they still continue to do so to this day. As an example, our one son, Johnny, wasn't expected to live past the age of five because of muscular dystrophy. He will be 12 come December, and even though he still isn't expected to live long (doctors think he will be gone by the time he reaches the age of 13), he refuses to let it get to him, and he strives to live life to the very fullest! Johnny is a winner in every way, and he has taught people what it means to live courageously and to not give up, even when life treats you badly!

Ronee', our other soon to be 12-year-old, was born premature (she is a twin), and she had many health problems with her breathing, and there were many times where she would literally scare the living hell out of us with her crises; but as she grows older, her breathing has improved markedly (she has had only one hospitalization this year due to a beesting; this happened back in June, as she is highly allergic to beestings). She also has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), and last summer, she had her first joint replacement surgery, and now we can't seem to keep up with her! She is so quick on her crutches, and she has such a happy, carefree attitude about life! She loves life, and life most definitely loves her back! She also is a talented young country music vocalist and has wowed many people with her talents!

We have had many Miracle stories too, in our family. Besides the two Miracles mentioned above, another Miracle we have had the pleasure of adding to our Rainbow Family is none other than our youngest daughter, Enriquesa, who will be seven in December. (Her birthday is the day before Ronee' 's, and two days before Johnny's! LOL) Enri was born an achondroplasic dwarf (normal-sized trunk, shortened arms and legs, and enlarged head), but she was also born with one partial arm and no legs. Her feet came out where her legs should have been; and she wasn't expected to live; but the fiesty little pinata fought to stay alive, and she is now walking on her own (by way of a wheeled walker or crutches, depending on her mood), and can dress herself, feed herself, write, and manipulate objects better than people born with two hands! She is absolutely incredible, and she is another one who lives life to its very fullest!

Some of our other Miracles include Richard (severely abused, left with permanent lung damage, has a permanent trache tube in his throat to breathe, and also has emotional trauma he is still fighting to overcome), Deborah (born with legs, but without arms, was also born with spina bifida that left her lower half paralyzed, also has severe breathing problems and is dependent on oxygen), Kwame' (born with significant heart problems that threatened to end his life before the boy turned one; he has had several heart surgeries, and he still faces more in the future; he is now five), Jodie (born with severe spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and brain damage; she just learned to talk last year, and she is adding to her vocabulary daily; she has proven to be a bright and articulate child, much to our surprise and delight!), Todd (like Jodie, he has severe spastic CP and is mentally disabled, but he doesn't talk; still, he is a very loving child who smiles and laughs often; he also has severe respiratory concerns and requires oxygen), Anh Kim (he survived cancer, not once, but twice, and last year, at the age of 16, he experienced a Miracle Healing from God; he is now free of cancer, PRAISE GOD!), and Lightning (like Jodie and Todd, she has CP, but she doesn't have mental disabilities; and she just recently gave birth to twins, both boys, on July 4, 2004, making me a grandma five times now! She has three other kids besides the twins!).

Our non-disabled kids are Miracles too; they are our disabled kids' biggest advocates, and they know more about life and growing up than most kids their age; and they have proved to be compassionate, caring, and loving kids who make us proud to be parents!

We adopted kids such as these because we lost our own three biological children. They would have been teenagers now had they lived; but they are now safe in Jesus' Strong Arms, and we can't wait until that happy day, when we are reunited! We still miss our L'Acadia, Pierre, and Aron terribly, and we shall never forget them as long as we live and breathe! But we know that they are in a MUCH better Place, and we know that they are with our Loving Lord and Saviour, and we know that we WILL see them again when Jesus calls us back Home! Oh, what a happy and beautiful day THAT will be!

I have some sisters who live in Texas. One lives in Fort Worth, and the other one lives just 12 miles south in a little town called Burleson. I also have another sister who lives in southeast Texas, around Houston. I also have a fourth sister, but she lives here in Nashville, TN., not far from me. I had no brothers. My parents live with me, too, and they are in (relatively) good health, but like a lot of seniors, they do have their health problems. My daddy nearly died last year after open heart surgery, but he is now doing much better, but he is still weakened, and he lost a lot of weight. He looks like a completely different person altogether, but he IS on the mend, and that is what is most important, non?

Well, Diane, I have bent your ear for far too long, so I will let you go now, so you can get back to your beautiful children. Thank you for telling me about Humberto, Chico, Rico, Rosita, Negra, and Magdelina! They sound like such sweet children; you will have to send me pictures, so I can see what they look like!

I will write again soon; thank you for taking the time to write to me. It was nice to hear from you! Until then, God bless, and take care!

~Love, a new Tennessee friend, Louisiana Sandusky in Nashville.

P.S.: I have a daughter, Dianna. She is 21. Her name is very similar to yours; thought you would be interested in knowing this!

~Love, Louie.

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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/11/2004
Excellent Karen!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Sarah Tagert 8/11/2004
great write!
Reviewed by Amira van Kerk 8/11/2004
What a story / letter!
Adopting 50 kids? Would you ever get around with taking care of them, yet get out of the kitchen? I don't even manage with mine.
Excellent and enjoyable story.
Reviewed by George Carroll 8/10/2004
Wow some story
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/10/2004

between 50 kids, working, housework and sleep, when does louisiana find the time to write? LOL she must sleep one hour a night LOL

i've figured out louisiana is superwoman in human form! LOL

seriously, this is a great series--i really love your writes. well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :) *who is NOT superwoman* i'm more like 'underdog' *here she comes to save the daaaaaaaaaaay* LOL

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