Well, our homecoming was less than idyllic [thanks to a few pharmacies that don’t carry what Katie has been prescribed, a hungry family and a supper that was two hours late, and a fit of what Joe thinks was jealousy on Verity’s part]…
…our bedroom looks like a somewhat organized tornado went through it [but the rest of the house is clean and peacefully tidy]…
…I have about three dozen emails to answer that stretch back a couple of weeks [I am sorry, my friends! I’m making progress!]…
…and the few photos we’ve gotten are lame, really lame…
Every time Katie awakes and she sees me and her surroundings, a priceless expression of pure delight crosses her face, as if to say, “Ooooh, look! It’s still here! It’s real!”
She hasn’t cried at all since leaving the hospital.
We noticed a few times that she was so absorbed in watching the family that she was forgetting to do her little orphanage behaviors.
She looks and looks and soaks it all in. She loves to watch the activity and doesn’t mind the noise!
Last night during Family Night, she kept drawing our attention with her twinkling and smiling and laughing, basking comfortably and happily in my arms next to Verity [who, by the way, eventually realized that I am the same mama, and that I still love her very much indeed].
We prayed almost every night since we officially committed to Katie near the end of January, “Please prepare Katerina’s heart to bond with us.”
It is so hard to communicate the essence of what is happening now. I wasn’t emotional about bringing her into the States, but bringing her into her new home? This is why we adopted this child–because we loved her so much we longed to give her our home and our family.
We didn’t know that if God answered “Yes,” to our prayer, that we would feel so humbled and honored that this nine-year-old child would love being loved by us! She could have responded in many ways! But she clearly loves being home with us as much as we love having her home with us! It is a wondrous thing to behold!
It almost seems as if she had open receptors for Joe as her Daddy and me as her Mama, this family as her family, this home as her home. She doesn’t know what any of these concepts really mean, but she is clearly communicating that the holes inside her are filling up with what we have to offer. (Joe said she reminds him of the game I used to play when I was a child of her age!)
So yes, it is a challenging transitional time, as it would be for anyone bringing a new little one with special needs home from the hospital, finding our new normal, knowing there are many medical appointments ahead of us, but in the midst of all this, we are watching a miracle happen.
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for the priceless gift of this child’s joy and affection. May we never get over the wonder of what we are witnessing.
Now for the lame photos, and I promise that if you were here, you would tell me to sit back down with the children and not worry about photos and computers~
P. S. I forgot two important facts in the last update. After starting at ten pounds, nine ounces, when she left the hospital, Katie had reached thirteen pounds. (Her goal weight for her current length is eighteen pounds, which is Verity’s exact weight–they are the same length.) Also, she has been consistently sleeping all night from 9 or 9:30 pm until 6:30 am.