I wanted to pop in and give you an update on Miss Sania Louise!
How did we ever live without her?!
She has been home with us for 9 months now. Can you believe that?
She continually amazes us, and we are thanking God for the way she is adjusting and thriving.
She started school back in February. We started her only half a day because we were not sure she could handle a whole day with her Sensory Processing Disorder and being at a new school and all. I assumed it would stay that way the rest of the school year, but I was wrong.
Sania Louise has done wonderfully at school! She absolutely loves going to school and loves her teachers. They are soooo good to her. She spends most of her half day in the special “resource room” getting the extra help she needs. Her teachers are AMAZING in that room, and she has felt safe and gained confidence in herself.
They have a behavior chart in that room where she is constantly “moving her clip up” for good behavior. She gets SO excited about moving her clip up, and it makes me so happy to see her having success in school for the very first time.
On Friday, I had another meeting with her teachers and other staff members to discuss Sania Louise staying in school ALL DAY! Her behavior has been so good that we all feel that she is ready to stay the whole day. And Sania Louise is super excited about it!! She will be spending more time in the regular classroom, but they will be giving her work that is on her level.
She just started trying to learn to read English when we brought her home in July, and she is already beginning to read on a 2nd grade level. We are so proud of her!!
And as successful as she has been at school, what I am most happy about is something she said at church two Sundays ago.
I shared the story on Instagram, but I wanted to share it with you on the blog in case you missed it.
The Sunday before last, I went to Sunday School with Sania and Eli. Cy and I are usually in the worship service during this time, but this Sunday was a special time for parents to join their kiddos in their Sunday School groups. During that hour, we were all in one large room, but the kids were sitting with their Sunday School classes in small groups. I sat with Sania’s class, and Cy hung out with Eli’s class.
One of the questions that the teachers asked the small groups, as kind of a conversation starter for the lesson that day, was “Tell us of a time when you have been lost.”
Some of the girls in Sania’s class raised their hands and began sharing stories of times that they were lost. They shared of getting lost at the mall or the zoo, or stories like that, and I began to think in my head if Sania had ever been lost from us since she came home with us in July?
Since she is rarely more than 10 feet from any of us at any time, I couldn’t think of a time that she had been lost. I could tell that she was thinking about it and waiting for her time to share. I thought maybe she was going to share a time that she had gotten lost when she was living in Latvia?
When it was her turn, the teacher asked, “Sania, is there a time that you have ever been lost?
(Here is where I wish I could insert her sweet little Latvian accent and expressive personality.). :)
“Oh yes!” she said. ” When I was in Latvia, I was lost. I didn’t have family. Now I not lost. I have family.”
Most of the little girls didn’t even hear what Sania had just said because there was a lot of movement and noise in the room. But I heard it loud and clear.
And my heart stopped.
My little girl knows what it means to be truly lost. It’s a feeling that most of us will never fully know or understand.
But the good news is….she also knows what it means to be found. She is not lost anymore. She belongs. What an amazing feeling that must be!
And it is not a coincidence that I heard her utter those beautiful words as we sat in God’s house. And it did not pass me by that I was truly lost at one time too. Until I found Jesus, and He welcomed me into His forever family. I am so grateful for this reminder. I feel it every day when I look into my daughter’s eyes and realize that I have loved her since before she was born. She is as much mine as my boys are. And I think, “God, is this how you feel about me?”
Many people tell us that we have done such a wonderful thing by adopting Sania, but she has done more for us than we have ever done for her. She has opened our hearts in ways that we didn’t even know existed. She has reminded us of what is most important in life….faith and family. And she has been a daily example of the miracles that God can do in a person’s life.
Thank you for your continued prayers for Sania Louise and our family. I don’t want to present our adoption as if it is all “pie in the sky,” because it is certainly not. We still have difficult days too, but they are fewer and fewer as God continues to work in all of our lives. We are certainly celebrating all that God is doing each day in our daughter’s life. To God alone be the Glory.