People ask me all the time how do you do it with all these kids and a full time job. Well, I don't do it alone I have my sweet husband, but more importantly I have God. Without my great and wonderful father above I can do nothing right for very long.
I am so excited to have this next week off because I can devote time to getting our fund raisers in order for Karina. Speaking of which my friend D just came back from Karina's orphanage and she brought us a picture of her. This was such a gift and she is just as beautiful as ever. She told us that Karina so badly wants us to come and get her. She said she loves us deeply and she doesn't even think Karina would go with another family because she is so bonded to us. To be honest we don't know what to do, there is a part of us that wants to tell her she needs to go with another family if presented the opportunity because what if we can't raise the money we need to go get her. In her loyalty to us if she passed up an opportunity and loses the chance to get out of there and have a great future that would be horrible. Then again at 15 the chance of another family wanting to adopt her is very remote. Please pray for wise decision making on everyones part. This is a silly little thing but you know how you sometimes get glimpses of things for the future. I just have this one little picture that keeps popping up in my head, and it is of me adjusting her wedding veil when she gets married. I haven't had that particular vision for any of my others, just her, isn't that strange? D my friend said she is extremely attached to me and I am to her as well. The first time I ever saw her it was instant bonding and Mark felt the same way.
Kyle is feeling much better thanks for your prayers. He still has to have a test done, and for the life of me I can't think of the name of it right, now but it is basically a brain scan. He also goes back in two weeks to get his blood levels checked again. He has gotten so thin even his brothers were commenting on it and they usually don't notice anything. His appetite has picked back up, so hopefully he will put some weight back on.
Julia announced to me about two weeks ago that she wanted to try out for cheering. I cringed because we are in a big school district where competition is high for a few slots. These children start practicing for cheering by starting gymnastics and cheer camps at about the age of 4 around here. Julia was so far behind I didn't know how to tell her what her odds were. So being very honest I explained the situation. She said she didn't care she was determined to at least try out. She asked me if she could take a class for a week at a local gymnastics center. I didn't want to get her hopes up, but I thought well she will see we are supporting her even though we knew what her odds were of making the squad. The last two weeks I have seen the inner determination of this girl. The whole family and many of her teachers were cheering her on, but I was still planning how I was going to talk to her when she received her rejection letter. We prayed before she went before the NCA judges last night, "dear God be in every movement Julia makes on the floor." She told us she messed up the cart wheel she had just learned while other girls were doing double back flips, but I truly believe the judges saw her heart last night. The policy here is that the girls can't open their letters until they get in the car. We pulled up and she got in with her letter and the cheer sponsors from our school were anxiously waiting to find out if she made it. She had so many people pulling for her. She opened the letter and said, oh my gosh I made it! I took it thinking I hope she didn't read that wrong. Oh me of little faith, when the determination of a young girl and the power of God in even the smallest details of our lives comes together not even the lack of years of training in a gym stopped our Julia from being selected last night to be on next years cheering squad.
I can't help at these moments to think of her stories of her past life that break our hearts. The day she was picked up from her grandmothers house at the age of 6 and put in the man's car from the orphanage and not one person said good bye to her. She looked out the window as they pulled away and she was so sad and scared. At that moment she felt like no one in the world cared about her. Little did she know that a great God had a plan for her life that would take her on a journey to our hearts and our home.
Alesa is running track and has come in last place most of the time, but she stuck with it and she placed second this week. She was so proud of the medal that was hanging around her neck. She worked hard for it.
Lena had a good week too. She had a choir music recital and she is gaining so much confidence. She also made a friend this week at school. Her English is coming very slowly, but she has enough now to make some conversation. We had a meeting with an evaluation team at school. We believe she has some learning disablities. She is on a 1st grade Math level and has not improved much since the beginning of the year. She has problems with short term memory. We are going to take her to get a neurological evaluation done to see if the electrocution she received as a child may have caused some of the learning issues. We also want to have her scarring looked at to see if there is anything that can be done to remove some of the scar tissue on her fingers. She has a huge scar on abdomen that is larger than a dinner plate and the Ukrainian and American doctors can't figure out what may have caused it. Maybe the exit point of the electricity since she has almost no muscle tone in that area. We didn't get all this done when she first got her because we figured we would give her 6 months or so to adjust before we started the intensive physical evaluations.
The kids are all home from school for break, and oh how we love a house full. They even brought their dogs with them, and one of them is a puppy he is so cute. We laugh as we see Brett cleaning up after his "child" he says he has an appreciation for parenting now:) Little does he know!
It is Spring and beautiful outside, my family is home and life is good. Thank you God for new beginnings. Everyday as we see the healing and the happiness of our adopted babies we thank you for giving them new beginnings and for giving us yet another life to nuture and bloom.