Adopting Children of Different Abilities — 054

Apr 16

Today’s guest, Heather Avis, is an advocate for the inclusion of all people. Inspired by her adopted children, Heather wrote the book, The Lucky Few: Finding God’s Best in the Most Unlikely Places, to celebrate her children with Down Syndrome and to educate others about the beauty and joy of the lucky few.

Heather always desired to be a mom. When she was unable to have children naturally, she and her husband decided to embark on the emotional process of adoption after deeply considering IVF. The couple now has three adopted children, two who have Down Syndrome. Heather shares her emotional motherhood journey, how she raises children with different abilities and what it feels like to receive three miracles.

Heather was so completely vulnerable in this conversation and will make you think deeply about your own experience of motherhood, how to step outside of your comfort zone, and how to support families around you that look different than your own.

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In This Episode:

  • Why she decided to adopt over the IVF process

  • The checklist of what prospective adoptive parents are willing to accept

  • The decision to adopt a baby with multiple health conditions, including Down Syndrome

  • How love was the most powerful tool she had to heal her baby

  • How her deep desire to be a mom was fulfilled

  • How she accepted the option of raising a baby outside of her own race

  • How her special education background assisted her in raising babies with Down Syndrome

  • How terminology should be dictated by those who have different abilities

  • The opportunity to write a book on a subject she is passionate about

  • How she advocates for inclusion for all people

  • How to get a free one-month trial of guided meditations through Expectful


Show Notes:

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Heather Avis Website

The Lucky Few Blog

The Lucky Few Podcast

The Lucky Few Podcast on Facebook

Macy Makes My Day on Instagram




About Our Guest:

Heather Avis is wife to her handsome and hardworking man Josh, and mother to the adorable Macyn, Truly and August and Author of “The Lucky Few” (available everywhere books are sold). After working as an Education Specialist she found herself as a full-time stay at home mom when she and her husband adopted their first daughter, Macyn, in 2008. Shortly thereafter, in 2011, they adopted their second daughter, Truly. And in 2013, their son August was born and came home to be theirs. Heather currently resides in Southern California where between oatmeal making, diaper changing and dance parties she shares her heart by putting words on paper and using her hit Instagram account @macymakesmyday, to share the awesomeness of all things Down syndrome and adoption. She cares fiercely for the underdog and believes God’s goodness and beauty are found in the most seemingly uncomfortable places.


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