Friday, February 18, 2011

THINGS I'VE LEARNED....







Laurel has been here almost a year and a half and I thought I'd give a bit of an update on her progress. We we first felt the Lord telling us to adopt this little deaf orphan girl in a very far away place we were excited but as you can expect we were EXTREMELY nervous. Would she ever be able to hear, how would we communicate with her, what is her mental capacity, are there any more significant medical issues, will she get along with Noah and a whole host of other question ran through our minds. We truly believed that the Lord would honor our obedience to this call and work these issues out. Well I'd like use my little blog as a place of public praise to my Great God for the work that he has done in this little girl.
Here's where she is right now.
**She's gone only being able to eat mush to: Eating whatever you put in her path (especially Candy!!!)
**She's gone from having NO words or gestures (only screams): To speaking in 3-6 word sentences!!
**She has gained 11 lbs and 12 inches in a year (from 18 month clothes to 4T's).
**She LOVES her brother. Did I mention she LOVES him? She likes to dress him and has been known to try and wipe him when he needs help on the potty (and he's 4) :) Ah, boys!
**She went from not knowing what a Mama & Daddy are to: Saying "I love you" and giving hugs and kisses freely
**She went from NEVER laughing: To giggling uncontrollably
**She went from Rocking herself to sleep up on her knees: To, a pacifier and now mostly pacifier free!
** Oh and she's now 95% potty trained.
This little girl is bright, has a great sense of humor and loves her new life. We can't imagine life without her.
BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD.



Wednesday, February 9, 2011

RECAP

Michelle - Needs a family
Wendy- Needs a family






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YES YES I know. It has been WAY too long since I've updated this thing. I love my blog, I really do but these days I find myself falling into bed around 8:30 right after my babies. Anyway, I thought I'd offer a recap of what's been going on around the Little Red House.

My wonderful husband surprised me for Christmas and bought me tickets to see the Ice Skating Championships last weekend. Yes, he went with me (because he's the best husband in the world) and we had so much fun on our whole day date! We ate lots of junk food, laughed a lot and watched the Couples skate and Ice dancing. It was amazing!

Noah is still quite enthused with Monster Trucks.. his newest love. However, I'm not sure if we'll be watching Monster Jam on TV anytime soon because tonight he saw one that looked like a dragon and apparently breathed fire. End of that. He almost had a stroke. He also is into the Lone Ranger. Years ago when children weren't in the picture I bought a few episodes at the Dollar Store and this boy loves them. He now dresses up and has the whole strut down and everything. Funny little boy. He is my sunshine.

Now as to what Ms. Priss has been up to. She is talking up a storm I tell you!! She has finally figured out sentences and so she's using 3-5 word sentences! All I can say is PRAISE GOD! When we committed to her we fully expected to have her be completely deaf and sign to her. We prayed for different for her however. God has been so good to us and she is responding so well to her therapies and all but one of her therapists! (Articulation in still hard for her so she doesn't do as well there). However, at her latest Audiogram yesterday, it showed her ear drums are not moving at all and she has fluid behind both ears. Her tubes(which lasted about 6 months) fell out in November and we were hoping to avoid them again but there is no way around it. She's gonna need new tubes. I can definately tell she's not hearing out of the left ear. Anyway, we'll do that in 2 weeks.

As to other things..... I am really advocating for little Michelle (6) who is on ReecesRainbow.org. She was in Laurel's orphanage and we just found out she was transferred to an institution! Very Sad :( about that. She will have no kind of life there and due to the fact that she has CP and is mostly blind she will probably be bedridden for her little life. If you feel the Lord leading you, PLEASE consider making a tax deductable donation to her grant fund for someone to go get her out of her prison! Or... better yet, someone go get her. She has $650 right now in her account (up from $150)!!. I'd love to see her get the full grant of $24,000 for a family to rescue her. Also, our wonderful faciliator Tatyiana went to Kharkiv to inquire about Michelle and so she took pictures of another precious baby who WAS IN LAUREL'S GROUPA!!! Her name is Wendy (6). Wendy is4 1/2 and in immediate danger of getting transferred. We saw sweet Wendy daily. She also has CP (seems more severe than Michelle) and is blind. Please someone consider saving Wendy as well. Laurel's orphanage was very well kept and the workers really seemed to care about the kids.

Anyway, All is well here. Hoping for some pretty snow tonight! I'll be helping my Great Aunt this weekend again so Mike will have the babies all to himself! ;)