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Derek & Renee Loux Family Adoption Update
By Marci Lewellen on April 2nd, 2009
Group photo of all the Loux kids

Group photo of all the Loux kids

As many of you know, two months ago, Derek and Renee’ Loux recently adopted three special need’s boys from Ukraine and added another daughter from the Marshall Islands as well. There is so much that has transpired in these precious one’s lives and we wanted to give you an update of God’s goodness!

Ethan is 5 years old and also has down syndrome. Although he is 5, his body is the size of a 1 year old. He has struggled with major failure to thrive issues and has much to overcome.  When Derek and Renee’ first met Ethan in the orphanage, they were shocked at his condition. His breathing was very labored and he had a horrible upper respiratory infection/pneumonia and chicken pox! He would also grind his teeth because of the stress he was under.

Ethan and Keyolla

Ethan and Keyolla

Ethan weighed 11 pounds at 5 years old when the Loux’s flew him to his new home. He was a very sick little boy who had been severely neglected. He had never once stood on his legs, and if his legs touched the floor while someone was holding him, he would literally draw them up.  He had no life in him.  He just stared straight ahead and showed no emotion.

Ethan

Ethan

Now, Ethan weighs 23 pounds and is 2 inches taller!  He does not grind his teeth.  The pneumonia that caused him such labored breathing is now gone.  Ethan is getting physical and occupational therapy and is able to stand on his own for up to 20 minutes at a time, while leaning his hands and head on a chair. The changes are miraculous and we know the Lord has touched his little body in an amazing way!

Leeann, the Loux’s new 14 year old daughter, is so precious, with such a tender spirit. She is such a delight to the entire family. Her laugher and love bring so much joy to all who meet her.  It’s wonderful to see the Lord healing her of wounds that she has suffered.  The Lord is so faithful and He will finish the work he’s begun!

6 year old Sasha and the Loux's newest daughter Leeann, who is 14

6 year old Sasha and the Loux's newest daughter Leeann, who is 14

Sasha is 6 years old and has spina bifida and hydrocephalus.  He is also paralyzed from the waist down.  When the Loux’s first met Sasha, he quickly bonded with them. He called them “Mama” and “Papa” right away.  Sasha is an overcomer for sure!  He was the oldest child at the orphanage which meant he had never been around any children older than his adopted brother Ethan. He was very malnourished at the orphanage. Although Sasha can’t walk, he army crawls everywhere. Sasha also would grind his teeth because of the stress he was under at the orphanage. When the Loux’s first brought Sasha home, he would cry out in fits of terror and would scratch, bite and pinch them, pulling their hair and crying out.  He was terrified of the dark. Much has changed since he first arrived to his new home!  Sasha doesn’t “act out” in anyway now, other than occasionally crying when he’s confused about something. That quickly changes when he’s held and rocked.  Sasha is a brilliant little boy who loves to learn new things.  He’s like a sponge, soaking up everything that’s taught to him. He is learning English very quickly and loves to learn about the creation of the world.  He loves to say, “And God said, let there be light!”  He’s at peace and he’s learning about the Lord’s awesome love for him!

Silas and Keyolla

Silas and Keyolla

Silas, who is 2 years old, has down syndrome.  When the Loux’s met him at the orphanage, he had a badly infected nose and struggled with his breathing.  He was a very restless little boy who would grind his teeth and rock his body (even while he was sleeping) to stimulate himself. Now, Silas’ nose infection has cleared up and his breathing isn’t labored.  He doesn’t grind his teeth anymore.  Although he still rocks his body a little, it’s more to rock along with his favorite song!

The Loux’s would like to thank all of you who have prayed and helped financially to bring their new children home!  The changes in the minds and bodies of their children are a true testament of God’s faithfulness and we are all rejoicing together at the great things God has done!

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