And we did find them. And what joy it has brought us - though that isn't to say it was or is easy all of the time. But since when was a good life easy?
|Family Pictures - Summer of 2014|
|Such smart girls!|
The children are comfortable enough to fight, to play, to laugh, and even sometimes to hug. The girls are trusting and becoming more and more vulnerable to me - letting me be their mother. I knew I would need to teach them English and about our culture but I have come to realize how much I also need to teach them about what love feels like, what a mother/daughter relationship can be, and how to be a friend. (The girls differ somewhat in the learning curve on this because of the difference in their situations in China.)
|Esther and her Dad.|
|Riding the bus through Seattle.|
|I love finding selfies like this on my phone.|
Pearl lived the first 3-4 years of her life with her biological family. After that she was in an orphanage filled with loving women. She was ready to belong to our family the day she came home but we have seen lately now that time has passed and she feels even safer here that she is starting to let out the hurt and anguish of abandonment she suffered when she was younger. My heart aches for her.
Pearl loves all things Princess - but with a sword in hand. She'd feisty and funny but I think she hasn't completely let herself bloom here yet. I know with time I'll be able to coax her fiery spirit out to light up wherever she goes.
|I love how open the girls are to try new foods!|
We were grateful to have the amazing public school we did this last year and for the ladies who taught and loved our children. We finally feel ready now to homeschool everyone again and we are excited to get back to the rhythm of that!
This summer we had more time to play together and I completely believe in the value of family recreation! We created so many memories that enabled us all to continue to bond and grow closer.
|Hiking on Mt. Spokane|
|Happy at the Washington Coast|
|Riding the Hiawatha Trail 2014|
The journey isn't even close to being over but it DOES get easier for all of us everyday. When I think of how easy it would have been not to find my girls it steals my breath away for a moment in fear. I am so so so thankful that we found each other and so thankful for the whisperings of the Spirit of God to teach me how to help them be whole again.
And in case you were wondering....Adoption works. Adopting older children works. Adopting out of birth order works. Adopting special needs children works. Do it. But don't do it alone - do it with God at your side!