Franklin Five

Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Three Months Ago

It has been three months since we brought Lidiyanna home, and tonight, we met with our social worker, whom I just love, for our first post-placement visit. This was the first out of three meetings to discuss bonding, attachment and the adjustment process. It went really well, and I joked later saying that our social worker said we could keep Lidiyanna.

It's hard to believe our little girl has been with us for three months. The time has gone by so quickly. But, in other ways, it seems like she's always been a part of our family.

The other day I was thinking about how small Lidiyanna's hands are and wondering if she'll always have little hands. I glanced down at my own hands questioning if she got her small hands from me. In that moment, I had completely forgotten that Lidiyanna is not related to me through blood. I smiled and got a little choked up realizing she completely feels like my daughter.
Last year, the boys helped me paint a bird ornament to hang on the tree for Lidiyanna. At that time, we had no idea who God had for our family, but we were hoping and waiting for our sweet daughter. On the back of the ornament, I wrote "waiting for baby girl", and I remember praying that God would bring us our daughter by Christmas time the next year.
Graham found the ornament this year as we were decorating the tree. When he showed it to me and I read the back, I was filled with thankfulness that God had answered our prayers. Immeasurably more.
Ephesians 3:19-21
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever, Amen!


The Thomas Family, Artesia, NM said...

Can you believe it has been three months since we've been home? Sometimes it seems like forever that Ella has been with us and sometimes it doesn't. Lidiyanna looks so happy in her pictures and has grown so much!

Jonathan said...

Aw, you always know how to make me get weepy. Love to Lidiyanna and all of you.


KT said...

she is SO beautiful!!! Just love seeing your family together.
3 months:) so precious! we need to get together! ha!

Christine said...

She is the most beautiful little girl!

Jennie said...

I LOVE the story about you looking at your hands. That is so sweet I can hardly stand it! Blessings to you all.

votemom said...

gorgeous picture! that dress could not more beautiful on her ;o)

i love how "immeasurable" our God is.

Jennifer said...

She is so beautiful!