Meghan & Wayne Dickinson
Meghan and Wayne love God, each other, and their five children. The couple already had two biological children, Taylor and Tanner, when they felt called to adopt a special-needs child. They did some research and ultimately were introduced to a photo of Marcus online, a sweet boy from the Ukraine who had been born with autism, Down syndrome and epilepsy. When Wayne saw a photo of Marcus for the first time, he said, “He looks like a Dickinson,” and a short time later, that became a reality. Meghan and Wayne, along with their biological children Taylor and Tanner, all traveled to the Ukraine for five weeks to finalize the adoption process and bring Marcus home. While overseas, they also met Macey, another orphan with Down syndrome, and ended up adopting both children on the same trip. A few years later, they were able to fundraise and return to the Ukraine to adopt Mia and complete their family. Having five children, including three with special needs, keeps the couple busy, but they support and rely on each other and say they wouldn’t change a thing. Meghan and Wayne are very active in the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma and also provide support to other adoptive families. They are an inspiration to those around them and anyone who hears their story.
Marriage advice: “We can’t both have a bad day at the same time. I’ll ask him, is it your bad day today, or mine? When one of us is having a tough day, the other had to be strong.”