This day – TBT ~ 2009
This day on January 22nd, 2009 we adopted Soph. Best. Day. Ever.
All our “gotcha” days are special. This one was 18 months in the waiting. And what a blessed relief it was. She was finally totally ours – not going anywhere but back home with us that day in court. The Judge was kind, the birth mother was relieved to be free to carry on as was the birth father. We were over the top happy. Still are.
Our Sophia is a blessing. She is smart, cute, funny, kind, caring, beautiful, spoiled, uniquely herself….she is a smile in the morning, unless you are brushing her hair! She is an insect lover, outdoors gal, game and book loving girl. She is a hug and a nose rub kiss. She keeps me sane. She is the glue that bonds us all – I’ve said this before.
She is also the face of learning disabled. Our 4th child on an IEP.
We, nor the pros, don’t know why things can’t always be retrieved like they should. Some areas she excels in – others just don’t stick. We got the heads up in preschool – that was why we/they had her repeat it – in hopes she’d just mainstream. This year, she continued to grow further and further behind. I’m thankful for her caring teacher that oh so sensitively said it was that time – screen her again. So, they did and she now gets extra help, to help her move forward in that world of school – numbers and letters.
Her helpers, the pros in the education system, are awesome too. Their enthusiasm to meet her challenge head on moved my heart to tears. We are so thankful for these hard working folks – their insight is amazing. To see people using their God given talents is something I truly respect with awe. Her attitude is awesome. One of the best they’ve they say they’ve seen. I hope it stays that way forever! She is young enough, innocent enough, she doesn’t “know” – I pray that teasing won’t happen and she’ll catch it and go.
We don’t have history – just enough to know that from the beginning we watched as she got to where she needed to get, crawling, talking, motor skills….always just a little late and with extra help, but we got there. Back of my mind, I always knew we might hit a road block. We take things one day at a time. No biggie, just give her the best support and tools we know how.
Many parents are “hush, hush” if their child has learning issues. I believe in being open about this. Being hush hush, would only imply I’m embarrassed or don’t want others to know because of labeling…..nope, not this Mom. Share and learn from others….sometimes it might be the smallest thing that someone shares with you that then can make a difference. Open and honest – we are proud of Sophia and how hard she works at things, we are her biggest fans and support.
She will be the last to leave the nest. We’ve years to go. All of these years past have been a blessing, with many ahead we optimistically look at our future with great hope and joy to come.
So, today she requested Hamburger Helper Lasagna for supper, green beans, a jello salad I make she loves (with orange jello, cottage cheese, mandarin oranges, cool whip), a cake - and she wants to eat at Red Lobster on the weekend....she knows what she wants. So we celebrate - in my heart I celebrate daily.
Thank you God for bringing her to us.....you knew we needed this ray of sunshine!