Well, I wrote an entire LONG post about my sweet girl, and guess what?!! I lost it. Don’t know how, but I lost it. It was there, and then all of a sudden my blog did something weird, and BOOM….GONE! ugh.
And now I am not feeling the desire to re-write that long post. haha!
But I still want to give you a quick update about Sania Louise!
Y’all, this girl has my heart.
The road we have been on with her has been very difficult at times, but has been the most beautiful thing the Lord has done in our lives. She is thriving in all areas of her life.
Now I don’t want you to think it has been all roses. Actually, this summer we experienced two of the most difficult weeks we have ever experienced with her. We were working with her doctors to change her medication, and it had a major impact on her behavior. I went into more detail in my first post, but to sum it up, we have found a good combination of medicine that works perfectly for her now. Praise the Lord!
She is doing soooooo well in school. Not necessarily academically, but socially and behaviorally, which honestly is what we are concerned with more right now. :)
In Latvia, she was kicked out of a couple boarding schools because of her bad behavior. She struggled in all areas of school. She was not on any type of medication to help her, and the teachers did not work to meet her special needs.
But here in America, the teachers at her school are AMAZING!! They are so loving and patient with Sania. They use lots of positive reinforcement, which she THRIVES on! Here teacher has emailed me a couple of messages that just makes my heart burst with pride!
“I wanted to let you know that Sania is doing so wonderfully at school. She is at the top of the behavior chart almost every day and she cares so much to do her best. I truly love having her! 😊”
“She is really doing a remarkable job in class. I would actually say she is starting to be a role model for behavior. She is almost ALWAYS on task and reminding others to stay quiet. I am super proud of her!! I love having her smiling face and kind heart in my class:). “
What the what?! Can y’all believe it?!
(first day of school)
Her behavior in school was one of the main things I was worried about when we first brought her home. To see her doing so well in school just blesses my heart! Sometimes when she comes home from school she “loses it,” because she has had to work so hard all day to be good at school. But that is OKAY! She can let lose at home if she needs to. Don’t we all? :)
But even in the evenings and weekends, I am seeing my sweet girl mature and let her feelings show even more. She is becoming more patient, forgiving, and obedient. She strives to do her best, and she is able to change her behavior more quickly and make better decisions.
And guess what? She’s been asking me a lot about Jesus and what is means to be a Christian. :)
We talked about it a lot last night, and there is a lot that she knows and understands about Jesus and why He died on the cross for our sins. And yet there is a lot that I know she doesn’t fully understand. But last night, when I tucked her in bed and prayed with her, she asked if she could pray after me. Her prayer was short, but she said, “Jesus, please come into my heart. Help me to be like you. Help me sleep good tonight. Amen.”
Then she looked at me with a big smile and said, “Mommy, you think Jesus is happy I said that?”
Oh yes, He is baby!
That’s what it is all about. Like I said, I know that Sania Louise has a lot more to learn about what it means to be a Christian, but she’s getting it. And it is a beautiful thing to see.
This morning, we were having another conversation as she was getting ready for school, and I said that we are part of God’s family, and He is our Heavenly Father. She said, “Father?!…. Can I just call him Daddy?”
Yep. You’ve got it girl! He is our Abba Father. God is more than just a Father. He is our daddy. Isn’t that so much more of an endearing name?
In Scripture there are many different names used to describe God. While all the names of God are important in many ways, the name “Abba Father” is one of the most significant names of God in understanding how He relates to people. The word Abba is an Aramaic word that would most closely be translated as “Daddy.” It was a common term that young children would use to address their fathers. It signifies the close, intimate relationship of a father to his child, as well as the childlike trust that a young child puts in his “daddy.” -source
God is constantly reminding me of His great love for His children through my daughter’s sweet smile. I am forever grateful for this journey He is taking our family on.
To God be the Glory!