The first time I saw Jolene was when I went to Adopt Us Kids.
When I saw her face I knew I LOVED her. I got my husband and boys to
come see and they thought she was adorable. We made contact with her
Worker and it seemed like a lifetime before we finally got the call
that we had been the Family Chosen to Adopt Jolene. It took almost 3
yrs from the first contact to getting her home with us.
When I saw her picture I thought she had Down syndrome, but after
reading about her and seeing she had Aperts (Jolene also has Shaken
Baby Syndrome) I began to search the Internet for information. This
is when I found Teeters Page. What wonderful information we found.
We made plans to go see Jolene as she lived in AZ and we were in
Missouri. We made our flight plans and hotel plans to go make our
1st visit in August 2005. We got to our hotel and we meet up with
her Casa Worker Paul, he took us over to Momma Mary’s house to visit
We made plans to come back to visit and play with Jolene while
Mary went out for a little bit. She loved to pick up blocks and
stack them. She and Mike had a blast. We took her out to Breakfast,
and she had many stares. We didn't care as she was so happy. We were
there about 5 days but we didn't make a decision to adopt her until
we knew we had all her Resources available where we lived. We were
sure that there were no children in Kansas City who had Aperts but
then we found that in AZ the Drs. had only seen Jolene. She was the
only case they had. SURPRISE!
I called Children’s Mercy and they told me that they had several
children with Aperts. I was so relieved. I called our School to see
if all her needs could be met, and yes they could, they could
provide her with Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy while
she attends School. I called the Hosp. to see about having Physical
Therapy, Occupational Therapy done for Jolene over the summer. What
was so great not only the Therapist at the Hosp worked there but
also at the school she would attend. Jolene not only has Aperts but
she has Shaken Baby Syndrome she had a stroke that has caused
problems with walking. She is drawn up on the right side but she
does use her right arm and hand more. Jolene also has a shunt. After
the research I felt we had all we needed and contacted some friends
and family and talked about our decision. We knew that this little
girl would need a lot of support.
What a blessing for us. We drove out to get Jolene the end of
Nov. 2005 and on the 2nd of December we got her home and put her in
her new bed. God was so good to us. We stayed in 3 hotels and she
slept through the night without a problem. When we got her home she
went right to sleep. We had taken our 13 yr old son with us to go
get her, we had our pickup full and the U-Haul full as well. Thank
goodness for the extended cab. The two of them played and Stephen
fed her food. She played with his feet and hair. Giggled and
laughed. She never cried for being homesick. God was with us all the
way. Jolene has never shown any kind of Separation Anxiety at all
since we took her to bring her home.
Momma Mary had Jolene since she was 3 1/2 months old and had seen
some of the worst surgeries for Jolene. We feel that Jolene’s
personality came from Mary. Because of Momma Mary, Jolene has turned
out to be the most beautiful little girl, with such happiness, and
personality and strength. We all love MOMMA MARY. She has become a
second family to us; we always call and send Pics to each other.
Jolene is now 6 yrs old. She attends kindergarten and the
children are wonderful to her. Jolene does have an IEP she attends
regular class part of the day and she has Special Education part of
the day, she has Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech
Therapy several times a week. Jolene loves to be in the school plays
and has so much fun. The Christmas play this past year Jolene did
not have to have a para stand with her or hold her, she stood on her
own. It was awesome, the happiness shown on her face as she sang the
songs all the other children sang.
Jolene attends Church she goes to her Worship Class and her Sunday
school Class. She enjoys it so much. She has become pretty famous at
our big church, I cannot believe the people who will come up to her
and say, "Well theres Jolene, how are you? She will say "fine". (her
Para has been working on this for awhile and shes doing very will
with the word "fine" tho Daddy would like her to say "Groovy". I am
trying to discourage that for now.) When we watch Church on tv she
will put her hands in the air and praise as well. Its so touching to
see her do this.
She loves to go shopping. This girl is a girl for sure. Jolene is
our only girl. We have 3 sons, 26, 21 and 16. I have 2 sisters and
they all have boys. This is the 1st Granddaughter on my side. My Mom
is 82 and she adores Jolene.
Sometimes I wish we could have gotten Jolene when she was that
little 1yr old I saw in Adopt Us Kids but I am so thankful that we
finally did get her. It has turned out to be a wonderful Journey
with her. She keeps us busy, she keeps us laughing. She shows so
much love to us and to others. Jolene has learned to keep her tongue
in her mouth to give kisses sometimes Dad has to remind her and her
tongue goes in and lips are closed and she gives BIG KISSES. Jolene
has learned to say I LOVE YOU! sometimes its hard to understand but
we know what she is saying. She still gives those great Hugs but
most of the time they come with several tight hugs and pats on the
back. We do so enjoy this from our girl.
God Bless you all. We hope to hear from you soon.
Michael & Paula Flores
Daddy & Mommy
Our little Angel
This page was updated March 18, 2009