My name is Shelly Burman and I am the proud mommy to eight beautiful children. Two came to me through birth, five through international adoption and one special little man through domestic adoption and is now dancing with Jesus in Heaven. I am married to the most amazing husband who goes to work each day not only to protect the citizens of our city but also to provide for his family. I am a former special education teacher who now stays home to manage our home, take care of our children, and home school them as well. We are now preparing for our 3rd adoption journey to another Eastern European country for our two boys.
All of our adopted children have special needs and bless us in special ways. Our first adoption from the country of Ukraine blessed us with the triplets (not biological just same age) Evelyn, Hudson, and Owen. They each have Down syndrome and came home in May of 2010. We thought our family was complete until God showed us He had other plans for us and soon we found ourselves traveling back to Ukraine for 2 little girls: Carrington and Reagan. Reagan was the first child adopted from the institution in her city so we feel that God has used us to create a path for other adopted parents to continue on.
Our sweet Carrington was in very grave condition when we took her out of the orphanage. Upon landing on U.S. soil Carrington was taken immediately to the hospital where she would spend the next 5 weeks just trying to live. She was a 3 1/2 year old weighing only 11 pounds. Watching our daughter triumph over all the wrong that was done to her was the inspiration our family needed to join with Boston and Stephanie to create Project T.L.C. so we can help the 99 Left Behind.
To watch, hear, and feel the cries of precious children only wanting comfort is beyond words. We will always keep our hearts and home open to orphans with special needs. What we are doing is not for the faint of heart but for those God has called upon and He will equip us with all we need to carry out His plan.