I miss you guys! I have not been posting much the past three weeks, but I am sure you can totally understand why! To say it has been a little crazy around here since we got back from Latvia would be an understatement.
It has been a major adjustment having another kiddo in the house. Totally different than just having one of the cousins over. ha! We have a girl! A sweet girl who is in need of a lot of attention. A sweet girl who doesn’t know what it is like to have siblings, and crazy ones at that! A sweet girl who has special needs when it comes to her behavior and diet (no gluten.)
She can be quite the handful. I’m not gonna sugarcoat it, y’all. :) This mama has shed quite a few tears over the past three weeks. Some tears have flowed because I feel totally inadequate to handle all of Sania Louise’s needs. And sometimes, the tears have come from complete exhaustion.
I share that because sometimes adoption can look so perfect and dreamy online. I’ve seen the videos and posts online. I get all teary-eyed and emotional whenever I read about another precious child being brought into a forever family.
But adoption is not always easy, especially when you adopt an older orphan who has had a very rough start in life. Adoption can be really, really, hard sometimes. And on the whole family.
But it is soooooo worth it.
When I feel overwhelmed and under-equipped, I look at this sweet face and melt. This sweet girl is safe. She is no longer living in fear. She has a family, a warm bed to sleep in, lots of hugs and kisses, hope in Christ…
Every day we see improvement in her behavior. Everyday we see even more glimpses of the little girl God created her to be. We know that it will be a long road, but that God will restore her and heal her.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Ps. 147:3
She has many broken pieces in her heart and mind. She has seen and experienced things that a child should never have to experience. Some of the stories she shares with us is beyond our comprehension. It hurts.
We have a lot of doctor visits ahead of us…geneticist, endocrinologist, psychiatrist, behavior therapist…..
It feels overwhelming at times. So we are just focusing on one day at a time.
And we are enjoying being a family.
Speaking of family…Sania Louise is starting to figure out she has quite a LARGE one. We do family big here. Lots of cousins, 2nd cousins, 3rd cousins, Aunts, and Great Aunts, Papas and Memaws….
She has had a blast hanging out with them all….especially at my Aunt Tassie’s VBS this past week. It was so wonderful to see Sania Louise around so many children her age in such a sweet, encouraging environment.
She especially loved hanging out with my cousin, Whitney’s daughter, Elizabeth. I can tell that Sania Louise doesn’t know what to do with children who are kind to her.
And this coming week, she gets to head down to Georgia to spend time with Cy’s side of the family!! They are anxiously awaiting her arrival, and I can’t wait for them to love on her as well. They have prayed many prayers for her over the past year. Love of a family is something Sania Louise will NEVER lack. :)
THANK YOU for all of your emails and comments of encouragement. Seriously, y’all! You are the best! Thank you for walking this journey with our family. Thank you for loving on our girl from afar. Thank you for your prayers. We are forever grateful.
P.S. Here is Sania Louise trying to say the Fruits of the Spirit (Galations 5:22) to my Aunt Tassie to earn a cowboy hat at VBS…