It is hard to believe we have been home over a week now. It some ways it seems like we've been home forever, and in others, it feels as if we just got back. The girls are adjusting well. Xiaoyun has started doing some online English practice and she knows more English than I first thought. We don't pull the translator out nearly as often as when we first met. She's been reading the English/Mandarin Bible I bought while in China. She went to church Sunday with Virgil and he said she held his hand almost the entire service - so sweet!
Enya found one of Elli's birthday cards from last year - the type that plays a song when opened - and listened to 'Happy Birthday To You' about a million times (only a slight exaggeration!). She now does a pretty good job singing it. Tonight, for the first time, she said amen when I finished saying prayers with her. I'm pretty sure that, except when she is asleep, she does not stop going. There is way too much for her to see and do and she doesn't want to miss a thing.
Elli is struggling with our 'new normal', and though we know she and Enya will eventually work out their positions as sisters, it is difficult to see her feeling insecure. I suppose that has been the hardest thing for me since we got home - trying to make sure that each child feels loved and important. It is especially challenging when both 7 year olds are clamoring for your attention and neither wants to share it.
Enya believes in getting up sometime between 6 and 7 am. I had the bright idea to have Emily pick up some black out curtains for their bedroom and eagerly anticipated the girls all waking up around 9:30 (in my dreams!!!). Enya was up before 7:00 yet again this morning. I might have to give up the idea of ever having any quiet time for the next 5- 10 years!
I am continually grateful for all the prayers that are prayed on our behalf and ask that you please continue to do so.