“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)
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Another Alli Update
Alli is doing WONDERFULLY! She is embracing school, family, and everything about life. She is making up for LOST TIME! LOL
Her passions are art and animals. Tonight we put out some "Live Animal Traps" for stray cats. She was a little upset that we plan to send the stray cats we catch to animal control, but held it together VERY WELL!
This week, Mike and I had a serious prayer issue and told the girls we would not be eating. I saw Alli's face INSTANTLY turn from happy to fearful.
I went over and asked her, "Are you afraid our prayer issue is about you staying or leaving?" She said, yes. TRAUMA!
That made me so VERY sad! We both hugged her and said, "Sweetie, you are NOT going ANYWHERE! We LOVE YOU! You are here for good! No matter what! :)
She responded VERY well with a trusting heart once again.
That reminded me of just how fragile she still is. :(
The great thing though is that she is responding WELL in general life! I am truly amazed at the hard work she has done, and how GOD has worked in her life.
Mike and I were talking tonight about just that. She has come SO FAR it is amazing!
When we started on this journey, we figured due to her extreme background, we would not see attachment for a LONG time.... But this little girl has exceeded that idea big time!
She is definitely a MINICH through and through. :)
One of the newer things she is doing is going out to seek affection from her daddy. :) His heart just grows 10 sizes when she comes to give him a hug or kiss or just sit with him. I have seen her do this over and over, where before, she wouldn't accept any affection from him.
Today I spoke with our pastor, and in that conversation I told him it is hard to fathom and understand the backgrounds of our girls. They seem so surreal.... But they are VERY REAL.
But the Lord can HEAL HEARTS!
I am so proud of our little girl.