Monday, August 19, 2013

My child at six months

Six months ago today, this little girl was placed in my arms for evah.


And it was a little horrifying. For both of us.

One year ago next month, we received referral photos of a tiny little girl who had no family. She was tiny and her face was covered in molluskum contagiosum. Her big brown eyes looked sad in all the photos we got of her. 





We were told that she was shy, bashful girl, scared of new situations, who had trouble warming up to strangers, and who had to almost be forced to eat.



Recently I was at the social security office (for the third time) and I looked at the photo of Bethie on her immigration papers.



That is not my child. I don't even know that child.


This is my child.



My child is silly and giggly and bright. And cuddly and sweet. And sneaky.



 My child will also throw a tantrum when she doesn't get her way.



She is obsessed with shoes and jewelry and has definite opinions about her wardrobe.


She shakes her booty and makes tooting noises. My child's swim teacher said was the quickest learning two-year-old she'd ever seen. She pulls up a stool to get the chips and salsa down from the counter.


 

My child insisted on having her ears pierced when she saw her sister do it and is now quick to show any stranger her new earrings or painted fingernails.
 



My child sneaks on her mommy's iPhone whenever she can. She loves to tattle on her siblings. My child happily strolls into the church nursery each Sunday without looking back.



My child knows that if she nestles her head just so into her mommy's shoulder will always get an extended snuggle.




This 



is my child.



35 comments:

  1. Transformed by love (and hard work!)...amazing.

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  2. She even smiles like you! :)
    And one of my girls sucks her middle fingers like that... with one of the other ones stuck up her nose! ;)

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  3. cried the whole way through this post....such love.

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  4. Love!! She is such a cutie ... sweet smile.

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  5. This made my heart so happy. What a contrast!

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  6. Just as God had planned! So excited for your family!

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  7. I loved this post! It is such a perfect illustration of redemption! And how we, as God's children, are also not who we are until His love redeems and transforms us! I'm so happy for all of you!

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  8. This was so great for me to see, and perfectly timed! My husband and I were just talking this morning about meeting our two-year-old this fall -- I have to admit that my heart hurts so much for how terrifying we will probably seem to her. What a great thing to wake up to see: the transformation Bethie has been through in only 6 months. Thanks so much for posting this!
    Nancy

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  9. Amazing post! Your family has transformed that scared & lonely baby into an adorable and "typical" toddler! Praise God!

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  10. Tears in my eyes - she is just beautiful! And your family is beautiful!

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  11. I couldn't even read this through the tears! So happy for you and your family. :)

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  12. I couldn't even read this through the tears! So happy for you and your family. :)

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  13. Thank you for the update! Beautiful smiles from a lot of consistent hard work!

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  14. Sigh. Our God is an awesome God. Thank you for this sweet update. Good thing I didn't have any make up on.

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  15. Too much! These kind of posts always get me. What children can become once they have family!! What a little stinker-and I love it!

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  16. The miracle of a family!!! I love it! Congratulations on the 6 month mark -- it's a big one!

    I, too, do NOT recognize the child on my little girl's Ethiopian passport. Although, I've often thought I ought to print those pictures out and hang them somewhere just I'll see them daily to remind me of where she came from. You know, just to keep me in the proper Karyn Purvis mode as I go about daily life with this darling little girl you'd just never guess used to live in an orphanage, until she doesn't get her way or someone else gets more attention than she does, and then I glimpse it and need to remember . . .

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  17. Sweet beyond words! What a difference LOVE makes!!

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  18. This made me tear up a bit. So beautiful! So happy for her and you <3

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  19. Your baby looks so bright and cheerful! I have enjoyed watching your journey with her. Do you mind if I ask what remedy you used to clear up her molluskum? It looks like my little guy has this too.

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  20. Love. this. so. much. Love your heart.

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  21. Glory Glory Hallelujah!!!!! what beauty in this post!!

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  22. Such joy! Such happiness! Such beauty! What a blessed mom you are.

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  23. Oh, praise Him!!! I remember praying with you in the beginning for her transition, of how she wouldn't let go of you. How precious she is!!! So well adjusted and so beautiful! It has been such a joy to "walk along" with y'all on this journey! God bless you all sooooo much!!!

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  24. Oh, my soul. Wow. Thank you for sharing that.

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  25. TEARS!!! Oh my goodness, her transformation after being in her family is such a precious picture of God's love, healing and restoration! I hope and pray that our little one will also transition well into our family. Love all these pictures! She is beautiful!

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  26. Beautiful words about your BEAUTIFUL girl!

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