I am so thankful. The number of friends who are praying for our family is amazing to me. I am just so grateful for everyone who is thinking of us and praying for us.
I am thankful for my family. My wonderful, loving, exhausting family!
I am thankful for the knowledge that God has a plan. Thad and I have faced many hardships in our marriage. Things haven't always been easy but God has always guided and taken care of us.
I am thankful for the fact we adopted Ariya.
I am way past due for an update on how she is doing.
She is amazing. She is challenging. She is loving. She is one of the family. Ariya is worth all of the effort she requires! She loves us and she loves her siblings. She loves animals and to be outside. She has many issues that come with being institutionalized for such a long time but the fact that she can even give and accept love it amazing. The fact that she has joy inside shocks me.
Ariya and I had the opportunity to go on the Buddy Cruise. What a great experience it was to meet so many other families touched by someone with Down Syndrome. I met amazing people. I highly recommend this!
While we were gone we were able to meet up with another family who adopted using Reece's Rainbow. They adopted a little boy that was in the same orphanage with Ariya before she was transferred. I did not tell her who we were going to be seeing. I wanted a genuine reaction - after all, it had been at least a year since she's seen him. Maybe she wouldn't remember. Maybe she wouldn't care. Maybe she would react badly. THIS is their initial reaction.
Not only did she remember him but she clearly cares very deeply for him. Don't let anyone tell you that individuals with down syndrome don't have feelings. Orphanage life is tough. The loss these kids feel is real and deep.
I am so thankful that my eyes have been opened to both the world of special needs as well as adoption.
One more video of my little dancing queen! She is crazy!
Thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers during this journey we are on. They are felt and appreciated.