For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope.....

...for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. Romans 8:24-25
While most people start a blog at the beginning of their adoption journey I find myself putting together one at the end. Why? It can be answered by the first question they ask you when you start to put together the blog..."Title for your blog?" That was enough to stop me. Something so personal...what should my blog say? I knew it should express HOPE. Knowing there is hope in every situation, at every place in your life and that hope can never run out. We're adding to our family again: a little girl named Amisha. She will have spent her first three years in an orphanage this coming October 10th. I wonder if she held on to hope... she has a condition called schizencephaly. Her time here on earth will be determined by complications as time passes. For now we will bring her home, love her and hope....

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Happy 1st "Gotcha Day"!!!

Exactly 1 year ago today we were picking up our beautiful daughter from ISRC in Kolkata India. She had spent over three years waiting for a family and we arrived today. She was frightened beyond belief and sooo sad to leave her only home that she knew. It was a change for our family that couldn't be predicted or explained. How can someone else that has nothing give you more than you give them when you have everything? She is a little miracle.
Here is a small update for all who prayed for her to find a family and knew of her medical needs. Her left side weakness has improved and she has great flexibility on that side. She is still testing comparable with her peers. Her only deficiency is no speech. Schizencephaly is considered a terminal condition because the seizures will eventually become uncontrollable and they will take their life-guess what? Not one seizure. Praise God!!

Bringing her in the office to meet us....she was a frightened little girl.
After screaming uncontrollably (her, not me-even though I was close to it) on the way to get our visa we are calmed walking to the embassy because we think there is a chance of us returning home. Not home-so we cried so hard at the embassy they asked us to wait outside. :)

Now were home. Posing on our front step this fall.

Jumping in the jumpy with the boys.

Swimming in the back yard with her adoring brother. She finally warmed up to the cold water, at first swimming was not an option. Too Cold!!!

Waiting to walk Jonathan down to the bus stop early one sunny morning.

Loving one of her many "babies"


~Kathie~ said...

Wow- one year ago!!!

Congratulations on your family's very special day!!!

theheartofachild said...

Just looking at the picture of her one year ago to now is amazing. What a difference a family makes! We will continue to pray for her total healing...HERE ON EARTH as it is in heaven...just as the Lord taught us to pray!
Bless you!

Judy said...

What a blessing! She is an amazing little girl.
What a difference one year with you guys has made. I am sure she will continue to make great strides and I have great faith that God will give her the gift of speech.


Grandma Judy

Shad and Maggie Alsworth said...

I can't believe that it's been a year already!!! It's amazing how God leads us and fills our hearts!


Cindy said...

I was one that was praying for Amisha to find a family!! I saw her picture (they sent us a picture of Luke and she was in it). I called Tami and said who is this little girl? She is beautiful. I started praying right then and there for her to find her forever family. Aren't these kids just great big blessings to your family?

Jennifer Marie Photography said...

I am researching an adoption of a little girl in Korea with schizencephaly. I came across you blog. The google searches are a bit scary to read.I would love to hear your whole story on your daughters adoption. How you found her and decided to go forward with it after reading about this condition. Can you post something?

Four..and ONE from India said...

Oh how beautiful she is and it is amazing that she is doing so well. God can do the amazing! Happy First Gotcha Day!!

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Peter and Nancy said...

Congratulations on celebrating your first year together! It's so poignant to remember how frightened our children were in those early days -- and so rewarding to hear how well Amisha is doing! Thanking God along with you,
Nancy (and Anya Rashi)