Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What Two And A Half Years of a Family Can Do

As I've gone to FOUR different back-to-school nights this past week, I've had the pleasure of running into many friends and the number one question from everyone is how my youngest is doing in kindergarten!

I laugh because everyone knows my Little Girl because she has such a big personality and a gift of connecting with people, so her fan club wants to know how she's doing with this big new milestone.  I also laugh because I think many of us (me being at the top of the list) wondered how kindergarten would go for my spunky, loud, outgoing, active Little Girl!

But, truly, kindergarten is going GREAT for Little Girl.  Her teacher just told me so again today!  Really, I think I'm a little more surprised than I should be as I question the teacher about her behavior during the school day, but this teacher I know well (she taught my 3 older kids kindergarten, too) and she really, truly thinks Little Girl is doing great at school!

Hallelujah!  I am praying it continues because I have certainly sweated out this milestone since we brought Little Girl home from Ethiopia two and a half years ago.

I think so many of my friends asking about my Little Girl and kindergarten is also a testament to her story.  These are friends that watched it all unfold from us waiting to bring Little Girl home to those crazy early days of me arriving at elementary school pick-up for my older kids with this 3 year old from Ethiopia who didn't speak English and thought it was hilarious to run away from me every chance she got!

Our kindergarten teacher said today how amazing she thinks Little Girl is knowing her now while also knowing her background.

And I have to agree, she is amazing.  But, God is the really amazing one!  His power to  transformation a life is so evident when I look at my little girl

This is her from December 2010 as a 3 year old in an orphanage in Ethiopia.  Malnourished, suffering from various skin conditions like ringworm, an orphan with no family:

And this is her two and a half years later at age 5 and a half in America, the picture of health, with a loving forever family:

God placed her in our family and He has helped her to thrive!

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