Hebrews 10:23- "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful."

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

My birthday...

So today is my birthday.  After Olivia's therapy, which again her therapist was pretty impressed with how well she does walking(!), we went to get some yummy Chinese food in Chinatown. :-). We were going to get some cake and try a moon pie at the pastry shop after lunch, but I didn't have any cash (many places here don't take cards, which I never can remember), so we went to Target instead.:-). I must admit I have felt a little lonely today not being surrounded by the rest of my favorite people.  I did talk with them numerous times today, so that was nice and it warmed my heart when the kids sang Happy Birthday to me over the phone.:-) Don't get me wrong this is a special time for Olivia and I, and I am very thankful to have this time with her, but I can still miss the others.  

As I was feeling a little homesick this evening I saw this video on Facebook....
And then this one.....

Oh how my heart breaks for these kids, for all of the children in this world who have no family.  God was reminding me of what I have and miss, yes.  But He also is reminding me that His heart breaks for them as well.  He loves these children more than I could ever imagine and he wants us, ALL of us, to do something to help these kids.  In his name we have to fight for them.  I just can't imagine the feeling of complete despair that so many children live with every day. 
I pray....God, PLEASE help me help them.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Physical therapy......

Olivia and I came up to Philly yesterday for a week of physical therapy.  Originally, the plan was to see the dr yesterday (Monday) and have PT all week then go home Friday.  Well, the dr ended up being out of town this week so they said I could still come up and do PT all week, stay through the weekend, and see the dr on the following Monday, or we could reschedule for October.  Since I had already gotten off work and planned for this week, not to mention the fact that I had already pushed this week back about a month more than when the dr wanted us to come, I decided it probably wouldn't be best to wait any longer.  So we're here, and I must admit I have somewhat dreaded this trip, Philly is not my favorite city.  However, we got into the Ronald McDonald House that I prefer, only because its closest to Shriners and has a tv in the rooms.  There's something about being in a strange place and no tv that makes me on edge, I like the noise at night.  What can I say, I'm use to a lot of noise....LOL.  Olivia has met another little girl with AMC here who is also 3, adopted, and just adorable.  They have had so much fun playing together. tonight after dinner Olivia said "Mommy, my friend" and pointed to the little girl as they were playing together.  So sweet!!! 

We had her first PT session today, they really just assessed her and got a baseline for her ROM, they seemed pretty pleased with most, she isn't able to flex her feet so that will be something we will have to work on, or she will have a hard time walking one day without braces.  Olivia did great, much better than I expected.  When we drove into the parking garage she turned her lip down and started whining.  I said "we're not getting casts, you're going to walk" and she said "Walk? No casts?" With a big smile......after that she was happy as can be.  Talking and singing during therapy, being cute, like always! 
Speaking of happy, over the past few days she will say "Mommy, I happy". It just melts my heart, I'll say "I'm so happy you're happy" and she just smiles the biggest smile!  
Tonight she was laying in bed and I leaned in to kiss her forehead and laid my hand on her chest, hugging my hand she said "My mommy." I know I've told many of you how she says "mine" for everything lately.  However most of the time when she says "my mommy" it's more of a question or a game she's playing with others (including her siblings) rather than a statement.  Tonight it was nothing but an assuring, absolute, this is "my Mommy."  Oh how thankful I am to have another daughter.  I get to love on her the rest of my life and will always be HER mommy! 

The beach!

We took the kids on a surprise trip to Florida over Labor Day weekend.  We stayed in Orlando and drove to Cocoa Beach and treasure island every day.  It was so nice to have a week of just the 6 of us.  We had a great time!  This was Olivia's first time at the beach.  She was not too sure of the waves. She liked sitting at the edge of the water and letting the water come to her, but didn't like it if Mike or I held her and took her out where the waves were big and crashing.  She also wasn't too crazy about the sand on her hands, she would play with the toys on the beach, being very careful not to get her hands dirty.:-) 
We had a great surprise while we were there, friends that we traveled with in China, who adopted a little boy were at Disney World.  They live in OK, so we have not seen them since China.  We met for lunch our last day at Downtown Disney, it was so nice seeing hem again. Olivia was a little hesitant at first, but soon warmed up to Jayden and they were soon playing together.  I hope we will be able to meet up with them again one day!

             Swimming with sea rays!

              Diving into the sand....