Thursday, September 1, 2011


So far we have no update, which I am choosing to look at as a good thing.  When I called the hospital yesterday they said that they would leave a message with the cardiologist and were unsure whether Emery had been presented for surgery conference last Monday or would be this Tuesday after the Labor Day weekend but not to worry I would be called.  And that is my update.  I am thinking that it is great that she is doing so well that they are not scheduling an emergency surgery and that we can have time together as a family. 

It was FANTASTIC  to start school today.  It felt like heaven on earth to me to be gathered with my kids and their books around the table.  I really can't say how great it felt to not be stressing about anything or checking on paperwork whereabouts or anything like that.   It is so peaceful on this side, even with medical things up in the air.  I think that maybe the adoption prepares you to know that you have to trust in the Lord about your child because above and beyond they are His and He will take care of them. 

I put Emery down for her nap today and then there was a knock on the door.  Flowers from a wonderful adoptive mom who is my friend through this adoption.  With Jeremiah 29:11-13 on the card.  What a gift and a reminder.  Thank you.  I can't wait for it to be your turn!

Emery's English is getting better by the day.  She has unfortunately learned the word 'NO' and uses it indiscriminately.  Do you want to wear this?  No.  Do you want breakfast?  No.  She shakes her head and sometimes says No thank you, but then once you ask again will usually say yes.  It is pretty funny.  She also started her reading program today so we will see how that goes.  We can only do parts of it since somethings just don't translate into English well at this point and some pronunciations are going to be a little bit interesting, but she really liked getting to learn some new sounds and work on writing her name in English.  It is really fun to have two kindergarteners since the older boys pretty much form their own group.

Life is really great right now, and I am loving this lull in the activity.  Emery is not well attached to us at all and it will be a long journey I think.    She is super easy going and loves to be involved in things and will happily adapt to any activity or new person. She enjoys us.  She likes us.  She trusts us. But that applies to pretty much everyone she meets as well which while that might seem like a great thing on some levels, on others is potentially problematic as she grows since she needs those attachments to help her have healthy relationships throughout the rest of her life.  So we are back to trying to really keep her at home.  And the fall rainy season is upon us which helps that cause out. 

Thank you so much for all of your prayers.  We really appreciate and are in awe of the many people who continue to pray for Emery's heart.  She is a really sweet, intelligent, funny, loving little girl who is so much fun to be around.  Her oxygen was lower when we went to Seattle and she is getting a bit stuffy nosed, we all do around the change of the seasons here.  But we are praying for her to stay healthy.  She  still wants to laugh long and hard and enjoy her life even if she has to take a few deep breaths afterward to pay for the moment of joy.  I guess that is a lesson for me.  Live your life and enjoy the beautiful moments even if you have to breathe hard afterwords, how can you enjoy the great if you don't know the opposite.  Living in southeast Alaska we have rain more than 2/3 of the year.  And when their is a sunny day, the whole town enjoys it.  The beaches are packed, the trails crowded and parks full because you don't know when the next beautiful day will come and you don't want to waste it. 

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