Jeana's journey into motherhood was not like most. At her 20 week ultrasound with her first child, after finding out it was a little girl, they were also informed that there were serious complications. Shortly after, they were told their precious little girl, along with a major heart defect would be born with Down Syndrome. The next 12 weeks were a struggle as her little miracle fought to survive. At 32 weeks, Kaelyn Ruth was born via emergency c-section, weighing only 1 pound and 11 oz. Minutes after Kaelyn was born, the NICU nurses dubbed her as "Feisty Kaelyn". Along with her tiny frame came a whole lot of spunk and love. The past nine years raising Kaelyn have been filled with many adventures, two of the most exciting were the birth of her younger sister and best friend Bryn when Kaelyn was two and the adoption of her older sister Jaymi a year later.
When Bryn was two months old she had started sleeping through the night and Jeana felt like a new person! After seeing an ABC news special on her friend's adoption, she had an overwhelming feeling that it was time for her family to look into adopting another child with Down syndrome. Shortly after having Kaelyn she and her husband Wayne both had feelings that one day they would do that. Almost immediately she saw her daughter's picture listed on Reece's Rainbow, a five year old little girl listed as Victoria who lived in a Russian orphanage. After a year long process that ended in an all out battle with the Russian Government who banned American adoptions days before she was to come home, Jaymi Viktoria and Jeana landed in Utah on Valentines Day 2013.
When Jeana is out and about with her three girls, people can't help but comment on how she has her hands full. Her favorite response is, "If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart" Being a mother was what Jeana wanted more than anything in life. In college, when it was time for her to declare her major she remembers talking to her mom on the phone in tears saying, "I don't know, all I know is I want to be a mom". The thought of possibly having children with special needs was something that always scared Jeana. She didn't have any experience with children or people with disabilities growing up. She could have never imagined what a gift her daughters are and how they have blessed not only her life, but many lives near and far. She has learned to love so deeply and unconditionally and is so happy her daughter Bryn gets to learn that love and acceptance at such an early age. As her husband always says, "We are living the dream!"
Pictured: Jeana Bonner and her daughters, Jaymie & Kaelyn
Mom's clothing, hair and makeup provided by: Lulu Bella Boutique
Photographer: Jenny Lyn Photography
Location: White Space Studio
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