Thursday, February 24, 2011
My hubby and I just spent a couple of days in Fort Worth TX at a seminar specifically for parents adopting older children. Gladney, our wonderful adoption agency has now made it mandatory for anyone adopting a child over the age of 5 to attend this training. The thing I love about our agency is that their #1 concern is the children. The training was AWESOME and I wish I had gone to something like that about 17 years ago! :)
It was all about parenting the heart of your child and connecting with them, and not just focusing on their behaviors. It was based on decades of study done by Dr. Karyn Purvys from Texas Christian University and others. Dr. Purvys wrote a book called The Connected Child that I HIGHLY recommend- whether you are adopting or parenting biological children there is a lot to be learned from her work.
Gladney offers their training free of charge to any parent adopting through them, so if you are adopting through Gladney talk to your case-worker for info on the Pathways training.
The other highlight of our trip was finally meeting Emily and Moody Alexander face to face! They have been an important part of our adoption journey. God used them to bring us to our beautiful daughter.
It felt like we had known them for years! We were all so transparent and authentic with each other. Only mutual love for God and His glory can form bonds and friendships like that! So looking forward to hanging with them this spring in Cali!
P.S. Alexanders- Thanks for the Babes chicken fried steak. I can't stop thinking about it! :)
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Today was update day!
Update day is THE best day of the month! The beginning of each month we get a picture and a brief description of our little girl. I look forward to this day all month long. I read over and over the words, drawing a picture in my mind of what it will be like to have her home. How her unique personality will change our family dynamics.
I stare at the picture, smile and giggle at it. I have even been known to talk to her picture that is the backdrop on our computer. My husband thinks I'm crazy- he's probably right.
I am trying so hard not to wish the days away wanting to get her home so badly. I am trying to be in the present with my family, knowing that very soon everything will change. We will not be the same family. We will not be the same people. God is going to use this little girl to rock our world. I am confident of that!
When I opened her picture today I laughed out loud! This girl is a hoot!
Her hair is fluffed out as she was getting her hair braided by a care worker.
She is staring straight into the camera with these amazing brown eyes.
The look on her face is worth a thousand words. I can see her saying
"are you kidding me right now, you're really gonna take my picture now! Can't a girl finish her braids before you go snapping pictures."
I mean that's what it looks like she's saying in the picture. :)
Oh how I wish you all could see this picture!
The update said she is showing a quieter, cuddly side. And that she doesn't mind sitting still having her hair braided!
I say hallelujah to that!