We witness a miracle each time a child enters a life. But those who must make their journey home across time and miles, growing in the hearts of those waiting to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny. And placed among us by God's own hands.

Monday, June 6, 2011

First Weeks in the US

Vanessa is a amazing little girl. It has been fascinating watching her open up to us over the last two weeks. She started off not speaking at all to us, then grunting, and now she is speaking in full English sentences to all of us in the family. She even asked someone for directions today when we were on a walk and took a wrong turn to show her the Poudre River in Fort Collins. We are also starting to see her full personality as she has started to test the limits a bit. She is a fairly opinionated little girl who is rather head strong in deed. I don't so much mind because I know this strength is what has helped her to survive what she has. She also balances her strong will with a great sense of humor, playfulness, and intelligence. This is not to say that she is not a sensitive girl on the inside. We have definitely seen a little girl who is struggling to understand all the new things in her world amidst a uncertainty as to what is going to happen when her one year parole runs out.

In the meantime we wanted to give her the chance to be a "normal" kid in the US prior to her surgery, which will leave her in full leg casts for two months. So we have been rather busy! We went to the park (several times because she pouted when we would not stop at each one she saw), went swimming at the pool, swimming in the hot tub, went to the lake beach, ate out at Mc Donald's and Olive Garden, celebrated dad's birthday, made it to church the last two weekends, and today visited a farm where she got to ride a horse. Surgery is tomorrow afternoon, so please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. I will post a update as soon as I am able.

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