Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Life with Faith

So, while I was at a Mom's event this weekend, someone asked, "Do you blog about your life with Faith?"  I remembered I used to while I waited, and when I was getting her, but that I hadn't in a very long time.  Why? Because life with Faith, is busy!!!  My hands, these days, are busy signing away, picking up barbie shoes, or giving baths, to be whirring away on a keyboard.   However, inspired by that day, and this amazing story, that God has allowed to continue I will post a quick update.

Faith is doing amazing, I know cliche - but its all I got.  When I look at this little girl, who came to us barely a size 2T (at age 3.9 months), and is now almost at 5T (at 5.3 months), I am amazed.  When I think about this girl who could only give a thumbs up to express joy, and a very nasty scowl to express dislike, can now ask me where everyone in the family is when I go into her room in the middle of the night when she's woken up screaming, is astonishing!   It occurred to me the other night, after such an episode, that this ability to communicate had brought to her more than just words, but the ability to relieve her fears and anxieties.  As I answered that Daddy was sleeping, AJ was sleeping, Ian was in his room playing video games, and that Mommy was in the livingroom on the computer, and watched her face just melt into peace, that these things must have been weighing on her all this time, but she had no way of asking  -- it wells my eyes with tears now to think about it.  

We have struggles, its not all smooth sailing -- she still closes her eyes, and even sometimes starts to hit me if I am trying to sign to her at Mass.  She still thinks its ok to TOUCH ever single thing she comes in contact with, even after being told several times NOT to touch it.  She still tries to open every door we encounter, which after she let herself OUT at my sister's house has been a real fear for me, and a forbidden behavior for her! She still loves bedtime some nights, and ABHORS it others -- when it is NOT her plan to go to bed, she can be a mighty big stinker!  Refusing to cooperate with even the simpliest of bedtime routines, getting limp like a noodle, and obstinate like a bull!!   Like all 5 year olds, she likes this her way or the highway, and is constantly trying to assert her independence, find her way, and push all boundaries. but boy do we love the SNOT OUT of her!!!

Faith has the cutest little face, that gets cuter with pigtails, those crazy purple glasses, and goofy grinded down straight tooth grin!!  She cracks herself up, laughs ridiculously loud , that contagiously brings laughter from all those around her.  She is a huge helper, the first to grab the other end of the laundry basket, push the 'start' button on the dishwasher, or lend a hand with the vacuum cleaner.  She hugs like a bear, cuddles like a kitten, and steals our hearts like a fox!!!  We can't believe that God would love us so much to allow us to be her parents, and continue to pray for the GRACE to do the best by her that we can.  We look at our children, and praise God for His goodness, especially that I am able to be home to school them , providing us even more blessings and opportunities that would not exist if they were in school.   She learns as much for her 2 big brothers as she does from me!! 

So that's what Life with Faith is like these days ... who could ask for anything more!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

China's Lost Girls

This show was amazing, what a flood of memories and emotions it brought back!

Here is one China Girl who isn't lost anymore!

This is a picture of Ian and Faith at the swim up bar in Jamaica!  Uncle Joe and Aunt Cheryl took us there for a week.  What an awesome time we had, the weather was great, the people there at the Iberostar hotel were awesome!  Faith, Ian and Adam had a wonderful time as did Allison and I.