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Coming home to loving arms

Published on Sun, May 15, 2011 by BY PAM STEVENS | MANAGING EDITOR

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 Grace and Mike Silva love children and have always wanted a big family. With seven beautiful children of their own, that wish has come true but Grace knew that she always wanted to adopt another child…some day. That wish is now becoming a reality as well.

The Silvas are on a journey, both figuratively and literally, to bring home Noah, their eighth child, from an orphanage in Eastern Europe.

“I’ve always been particularly interested in adoption and I knew one day we’d adopt but that didn’t seem very likely anytime in the foreseeable future so I would just go to various photo listings, look longingly and pray for the children,” Grace Silva said.
After browsing the internet, Grace found Reece’s Rainbow, an international Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry which helps adoptive families find children and grant money to help in adoption costs.

“Last year I found Reece’s Rainbow and starting reading about what they were doing for children.  So many of the families had stories like ours, not really wealthy, loved children and just really thinking this was where the Lord was leading them,” Grace explained. “I prayed and prayed and finally asked my husband who I knew would say no, but he surprised me by saying yes.”

Three-year-old Noah will bring with him some medical challenges but the Silvas are looking forward to their trip to Eastern Europe where they will get to meet Noah for the first time and bring him home to his new family.

“A lot of what these children need is nothing really special, just some hugs, kisses, snuggles, some healthy food, and somebody to spend time with them playing. Noah will need some extra things too,” she explained. “Because nobody has worked with him he is three-and-a-half and not walking, he will need physical therapy and occupational therapy.  He may also need some feeding therapy because from what I’ve been told they are still bottle-feeding him potato puree and tea.  He will need someone to look at his heart and address the problems that are associated with that.  But mostly, he just needs a family who will love him unconditionally. More than anything we will just love him.  ”

After more than a year of working through the adoption process, Noah will soon be home with his mom and dad and his new siblings, Isaiah 14, Gabriel 13, Elisha 11, Hosanna 6, Elizabeth 5, Jubilee 3 and Titus 20 months.

Their trip is planned for three weeks from now and it will take the Silvas approximately six weeks in that country before they can bring Noah home.

Friends are holding a spaghetti dinner and silent auction, which will help raise funds for the trip and adoption expenses. Rep. Mike Hope will address the crowd that evening.

‘Noodles for Noah’ will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 2111 117th Ave. NE. Everyone is invited to attend.

For more information contact Amy Patterson at or 425-263-1039 or Grace Silva at or 425-903-2980.

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