Leza and Nico are growing and learning by leaps and bounds. Nico is signing up a storm and doing his best to verbalize. He does say "Momma" quite often which just blesses my heart! Leza can eat and walk, even up stairs, like a pro! Emily knocks the socks of anyone who encounters here with her gifted intelligence and super strength. Misha is an amazing little trooper having just gone through major surgery on his feet, six weeks of casting and now two more (yes, the doc said two instead of four!), and he's done it (mostly) with a smile and his usual animated self! Flora has become a precious little lady who is loving and kind and gentle and ever willing to be the big sister helping Mommy and Daddy with "the babies". Gavin has grown to the size of a 7/8 year old. Sometimes I have to remind myself he's just five! Ian, what can I say, he's precious and loving and just warms my heart every time he says "Mommy, I love you." <sigh> And then there's Lyra . . .
Lyra came home with some behaviors that broke our hearts. When one lives in an orphanage for fifteen years, one learns things that are not appropriate amongst civilized folks. We've had to regroup on many of the things we initially thought would be good for her and go in the complete opposite direction. Like putting her in the room with her sisters and putting her in public school. Both were a disaster. She now has a room completely away from the kids, closest to our room so we can be more aware of her whereabouts. She is also being homeschooled because her extreme attention getting behaviors and being easily distracted kept her from learning. Since being homeschooled, which stated about two weeks ago, she is beginning to read! Something the school did not think she was ready to do. She is isolated from the triplets (Ian, Misha and Emily) during the day, left alone with her lessons which are mostly online or videoed, but monitored to keep her on task, and she's doing well. She has learned many new, more appropriate behaviors, like how to hold an eating utensil, how to use proper table manners, how to be completely independent with her personal hygiene, how to pick out clothing that matches, and how to appropriately interact with an acquaintance or stranger. That last one was HUGE especially since she is a pretty, friendly smiley girl. She's in counseling to help heal her traumatic past so that it will not continue to try to repeat itself. It's gonna take awhile, but it took awhile for all this to come about too. She's learning what unconditional love is and how to really love in return. She's learning that next to God, family is MOST important and one should be loyal to their family. Keeping her home is emphasizing where that love, direction, and training should come from first. Like I said, it's not been easy, but we are seeing progress.
I felt like I needed to updated my kids' fans, you know who you are, and let you know how they are doing. We really are doing fine, and with much prayer for wisdom we are making steps to do what's best for all of the kids. We love our life and as we go through everything we have to, we grow together and become a much tighter knit family.
Thank you all for your continued prayers! We really appreciate them.
Jode, Kelley and kids