Sunflower celebrates her first year

Down Syndrome baby was adopted by California couple

The following comes from a February 20 Live Action News article by Rebecca Downs.

Last May, Live Action News featured a story on Sunflower Mae and the California couple who adopted her.  Andy and Mercedes Lara adopted Sunflower, who has Down Syndrome, three days after she was born, and chronicled their journey with Sunny on social media and Youtube.

Sunflower and her dad (Live Action News)

Sunflower and her dad (Live Action News)

While the Laras prayed to adopt a child with Down syndrome, tragically 90 percent of preborn children who are given such a diagnosis are aborted. After working with special needs individuals, Mercedes and her husband sought out such a child. The couple documents meeting and adopting Sunny at birth: The couple’s Instagram account, which is devoted to Sunny, also includes a special message to their daughter:

Sunflower, before we knew you, we prayed for you! And I promise to always pray for you.
In a broken world God uses to bring LIGHT! Joy overflows from you and there are no words for how beautiful you truly are!
Always be strong and courageous my darling<3 we love you <3 Mom and Dad

Such a heartfelt message speaks volumes. Sunny is happy and loved. Now, she is a thriving toddler with a new baby brother!

Photo credit: @Hooray4Sunny

Photo credit: @Hooray4Sunny

The Laras are both adoptive and biological parents, but Mercedes and Andy sees the preciousness of each child. Despite their physical abilities, both children are that “LIGHT” in a “broken world.”

Photo credit: @Hooray4Sunny

Photo credit: @Hooray4Sunny

 

 

 

Sunflower Mae has been given the opportunity to bring joy to her parents, her brother, and all others she comes into contact with. And through social media, individuals from all over the world can meet this truly special girl.

Photo credit: @Hooray4Sunny

Photo credit: @Hooray4Sunny

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  1. Just beautiful and pure love.

  2. Abeca Christian says:

    So precious. A beautiful article of love. Thanks CCD for this lovely article.

  3. She’s adorable!

  4. What a cutie! Two cuties! God bless these people for what they are doing and give them everything they need..

  5. St. Christopher says:

    What wonderful parents! This is a family of Catholic family love and commitment.

    Just think of our wonderful society and its courage. Over 90% of Down Syndrome babies are aborted, killed, butchered by loveless, cowardly prospective mothers. And, how many of these murderesses are Catholic? Quite a few.

    At least for “Sunflower” she had a mother with a heart and conscience and love. And what an adoptive mother Sunflower has; and what a blessing she is, and will be, to the Lara family. An object lesson of God’s love.

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