Only God can take a hesitant, unsure (albeit beautiful) smile such as this:
- Learned to ride a bike. Mastered riding a bike.
- Learned to swim. Is confident enough in the water to venture into the deep end of the pool.
- Her English is improving rapidly. She reads and does schoolwork for a few hours each day. Most nights, I have to turn off her bedroom light so that she stops reading and goes to sleep.
- She is assimilating well into our family and culture. She picks up on social cues and responds accordingly. Please and thank you and excuse me are spoken easily and with confidence.
- We have had one tooth pulled, one cavity filled and sealed, and spaces put in to allow for braces to be put on.
- We are caught up on all vaccines and are “paper ready” for school. We are registered to begin classes in the Fall.
- We have completed Grades 1, 2, and 3 summer course work for math (and some English) and hope to complete Grade 4 in August.
- She has bonded with all members of our family and Sporty has taken her under his wing to include her in all neighborhood social activities.
- She has made American friends and Ethiopian-American friends. She loves being social.
- She is engaged in her Sunday School class and has attended VBS willingly and happily.
- She trusts me to comfort and reassure her. She allows me to mother and nurture her.
- She has a good relationship with her father.
- She is an amazing big sister to all of the Littles. She is loving and kind and nurturing.
- She jumps right in with household duties without being asked.
- She has been a special gift to our family each and every day!
In short, things are moving along quite nicely. We have grief and a hurt past to contend with, but I feel God moving us all forward to bigger and better plans. We have been so blessed by her presence in our home that it is nearly impossible for me to remember what life was like before she arrived.