Thursday, October 6, 2011

She's in love....

It's no big secret that Lilly loves animals. All animals. Dogs, cats, even pigs. But she loves horses. Loves them. So today I surprised her with a riding lesson. I found out about a little farm tucked away in our community, and the owner gives lessons. How fun! Right down my girls alley!

Miss Lisa taught her how to brush the horse and put on the saddle.

Then she got to ride and showed her how to guide the horse. They even did some tricks.

The horse was so sweet. His name was Moonshine and he had pink shoes.

Link had fun watching. He wasn't sure about the horses. Or the dogs.

But Lilly sure had fun. She did not want to leave. I am sure we will be back. She is already asking about next time.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First day, first grade.

We are still jet lagged, and tired, but started school this morning anyway. I'm new to the homeschooling thing, but have been so blessed ton have so many great friends that homeschool to help me out. I'm so excited to have Lilly out of the classroom! I'm very lucky that she loves to learn, and we had a great first day. We learned about the angel Gabriel, did phonics, language arts, math, sight words, and more bible study. This afternoon we have some more things planned. It was so much fun! Link even had fun coloring while we worked. Day one so far so good.
Thank you all who followed us on Lincoln's blog to china. We were so blessed by your sweet words and comments.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Staking my claim.....

I know I have been absent. I have thought of writing this post 100 times, and yet I haven't. Until today. Today is the day that I am claiming it.

Over the past year and half, I have felt like a snowball rolling down hill. Picking up crud along the way. I've been rolling FAST, too fast. I haven't been able to enjoy the ride very much for worrying about getting THERE.

You see since we have adopted Lilly, I have been playing catch up. Catch up on attachment, catch up on socialization, catch up on education, catch up in language development, catch up on speech, catch up on cleft surgeries, catch up on immunizations, catch up on bonding. CATCH UP, quick, we have to CATCH UP. Are you overwhelmed yet? Because I am.

I haven't posted much about Lilly's last surgery. The bone graft. Third surgery in a year. Just about everything that could have went wrong did. Even requiring a second surgery (which is the 4th surgery) in a year to fix a freak occurrence from the 3rd surgery. Its A LOT.

Then there is school. She does okay.....but we aren't caught up. We are working on that. Attachment. Its always been difficult. Just when I think I have it all figured out, some new things come rearing their ugly heads. And speech. She has made so much progress, but still lacks in areas.

On top of all the catch up I have been dealing with.....the death of my precious grandmother (who died unexpectedly on the day Lilly had the 3rd surgery), my oldest going to college, my middle going to high school, another adoption, etc. I could go on but I think you get the point. Not fun stuff.

Through all this, it finally occurred to me. LET IT GO. I don't HAVE to play catch up anymore. EVERYTHING is not important right now. Right now, I need to love this girl where she is and stop trying to change her to fit the mold that I think she should fit. There is no way that I can catch up for 5 years of lost time over night. Why did I not realize that before? I only have to do what I HAVE to do. The rest will come in time.

"Time opens every door."

I'm staking my claim. I will not worry anymore about getting this child ahead. I will love her where she is planted, and watch her bloom. I will love her the same if she NEVER gets caught up. I want to enjoy more and worry less. It feels good actually, like I just shed a very heavy coat. I will prioritize and we will have small nibbles at life, in manageable pieces, not trying to eat the whole pie at one time.

I just have to love her where she is. Thats all. Its that simple.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. . .And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-13