1 year

Where has the time gone?! It seems like yesterday this scared baby girl was being placed in our arms. But it is amazing to see how far she has come! I often go back to this “gotcha day” video and marvel at what the Lord has done.

This baby girl that couldn’t hold her own head up is crawling, running in her walker, talking in sentences (except when we turn the camera on, ha!), and eating (almost) anything we put in front of her.

She is no longer scared, no longer malnourished, and no longer an orphan! She is incredibly loved! We are so proud of the little person she is becoming. One year as a Shradar! Oh, our God is so good!

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6 months!

file_000-3It is impossible to believe this little girl has been a Shradar for 6 months! And on the other hand… has it only been 6 months?!

I have spent a lot of time recently reflecting on how far Adia has come. She truly amazes me. Here are a few things that leave me in awe of God and what he has done for this baby girl. In six months Adia has grown an inch and gained more than 4 pounds! She has gone from an emaciated tall baby to a healthy taller baby. Even her hair has grown into a cute almost pixie-like do.

Six months ago Adia could barely hold her head up. She could sometimes sit by herself and she would roll over if she really wanted something. Today she crawls, runs in her walker and would spend all day on her feet if she had the ankle strength to balance.

She came to us eating only 3 infant formula bottles a day. She was literally starving. Today she eats almost anything we put in front of her. She has learned to chew and swallow solid foods, and she very proficiently uses a spoon and fork.

Adia has always been a good communicator. If nothing else she’d give us a look that told us exactly what she was thinking. But now, beyond the looks, she uses several signs and says about 15-20 words without prompting. She says things like help, up, night-night, outside, Jones (the dog’s name), George (for Curious George), hurt, bear (her favorite stuffie), water, shoe, shirt, sock, diaper, all done, and of course “no”. And just yesterday she said “help you” (she meant “help me”), but it was her first sentence. This girl truly blows me away!

One of the biggest fears for adopting parents is that their child won’t bond well with them. That was a concern of ours too but, by the grace of God, Adia has done so well! She seems to be very well adjusted, prefers her mama and acts like a 2 year old (its not often I would consider that a good thing, ha!). Every once in a while she shows us we still have a bit of work to do but on the whole we are thanking the Lord for they ways He has drawn us together.

And then there are some things about this girl that haven’t changed from day one… That captivating smile, her fierce determination, her ability to melt your heart (or put you in your place) with a look, and her love for life that astounds us all.

Adopting this little girl was the best things we have ever done. All of our children are an incredible gift from God. Adia is no exception. The past six months have been an amazing adventure. We cannot imagine life without our Adia Grace!

If you haven’t see her in her element you should watch this!

 

A little love makes all the difference

I have no doubt that Adia was as cared for as she could be before we got our hands on her. I can understand why her care takers were so worried about her. She was failing to thrive on all levels. But now… 5 months later… she is THRIVING. It is amazing what love and attention can do. 5 months ago this little girl was starving on only 3 infant bottles a day. She could barely hold her head up and worked very hard to scoot on her back to get what she wanted a few feet away. 5 months ago we wondered if she would make it.

Today we wonder just how far this spunky girl can go. She has overcome so much. She is walking with her walker (& there is nothing to suggest she won’t be running free some day). She is eating almost anything we put in front of her. She is starting to talk. And (maybe most importantly) she is bonding extremely well. This girl has come so far and she is not even close to being done. God is so good! I marvel at what He has done with that scared baby girl and I can’t wait to see where her full potential leads her.

This week Adia got her new walker and is running all over the back yard with it. We aren’t supposed to let her stand too much until she gets braces for her legs, but you tell me how I’m supposed to keep that 2 year old down! She was fitted for the braces, so now we have to go through insurance approval and have them made, which will be a month at least.

She also had an MRI done on her brain and spine. The results for her spine are very promising. She only has a slight curve that will need to be monitored. This was one of the biggest concerns when we got her so this is amazing news. Her brain shows damage to both sides, but predominantly the right side, which is all very consistent with the weak left side. And the results suggest maybe she was a preemie, though we will never know for sure. The MRI doesn’t change anything, but it does give us a little clearer picture of what’s going on.

With all Adia’s therapies, specialists, community programs… we have appointments most days of the week. This is our new normal… this is our new life and we love it… we all love her. Adia Grace was aptly named… She truly is a Gracious Gift from God.

Gotcha!

I spent many hours thinking about what gotcha day would be like. I didn’t imagine she would come to us laughing and singing. How terrifying would it be to be placed in the arms of perfect strangers and taken away from the only life you’ve ever known?! No, I didn’t expect it to be easy but I knew it would be precious. So thankful Jonathan was able to capture a piece of that experience.

Almost There!

Today our Article 5 was picked up!!!! Very few people will know what that means. I don’t really know what that means, but I know it means we will have our travel approval in a matter of days!!! We should be on an airplane in less than 3 weeks!!! Can you believe it?!?!

We are done with new fundraisers, but we have one fundraiser still open. There are still some puzzle pieces that need sponsors! The only thing left to cover is Adia’s plane tickets (1 flight in country then home!). That’s just under $1500. I cannot believe it! We are so close! Let me know if you want to help us literally get our girl home!