Today was the day after we found out that Alli's adoption was finalized. We received the adoption decree and the certified ones are on their way!
Today, was a great day!
Alli attended her first Vacation Bible School at church and Erika was a helper in her class. She had a really great time.
After VBS, we cleaned a bit and then headed to the Lake for a swim.
On the way home, the girls were all talking about BFF, ( Best friends forever) BFFL (best friends for life) and who their friends were.
Alli said, "I used to have a best friend. I left her in Oklahoma. I can't remember her name though." She then very matter of factly said, "I'm kind of afraid to make a new best friend, because what if I have to move."
I thought she was very insightful to recognize that she was holding back because of being afraid of the pain of losing a friend. This really made my heart happy to know she is recognizing this.
I told her that while my childhood was not the same, I could really understand where she was coming from.
I moved A LOT as a child, and each time we moved, left a broken heart of a relationship developed and then lost. :( It still pains me. Moving around like we did, was not healthy, and there was a time where I thought to myself, "Why bother", I'll just have to move again.
I shared this with Alli, and then I was able to remind her of yesterday. You are not going ANYWHERE! If anybody moves anytime soon, it would be somebody else, not you.
She smiled..... :)
I am so proud of her. She is trying so hard, and she is really trying to communicate better. She is realizing how much of her language deficit she really has. We are painstakingly working on explanation and being patient to work on getting words out.
We haven't read out loud together for a few weeks, and last night during family worship, each of us read 2 verses. I didn't realize how much her reading had improved until last night. She did a great job!
Tonight, blessed my heart as each of the girlies went to bed singing songs to the Lord. I am at peace. :)
“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)