|May 26, 2013|
|May 24, 2015|
We have just celebrated our last two Gotcha Days of this past month. Nini was adopted May 20 and Ximi was adopted May 26, 2013. As usual, we sat down both days to watch videos of our first few days and weeks together. As usual, emotions flood through me. What precious gifts each of our children are!!
Nini went through a disruption before we became her parents. A woman came to adopt her, and saw signs of CP and decided that that was more of a need than she could handle. Less than a day after meeting Nini she decided not to continue with the adoption. Nini does indeed have CP, along with a variety of other health issues, but they do not define her. They have served only to show how resilient a child she is and how God is in the miracle business. Her MRI shows a child who should not be able to walk or communicate much at all. The hydrocephalus was never treated and did a great deal of damage. When the neurosurgeon looked at the images of her brain, he wanted to know what she was even capable of doing. Yes, Nini is delayed, but she is capable of learning and thriving. To be able to speak English alone is an incredible thing! She has some short term memory issues, but it doesn't slow her down. She does learn slower than other kids her age, and that is ok. She is a 'Barnabas' (in the New Testament Barnabas was known as the Encourager). She is quick to compliment and cheer others on. Never in my life have I been told I am beautiful so many times. She is ever grateful for all that she receives. I am grateful that we didn't know her diagnosis before she came home. It would have scared me. But we fell in love with a little girl, who just happens to also have some medical things to deal with. There are days that we struggle, and that's ok because she is worth it. She is truly a gift!!
I'll never forget our first moments with Ximi. We had been told she was losing her vision, and when she was brought into the room, one look at her eyes made us think she was already blind. However, it took about a second after they put her down on the floor before we realized she could indeed see and that she was fearless! She immediately began scoping out the room and checking out everything she came into contact with. From the beginning we have seen her inquisitive nature. She loves to explore and learn. Her ability to hear a song and start humming it instantly is something to behold. She is a bundle of joyful energy, who is smiling when she gets up in the morning until she goes to sleep at night. She is the best little snuggle bunny you would ever meet. She has asked about her eyes, and I have told her God made her with special 'dancing eyes'. I think she feels sorry for the rest of us because our eyes don't dance :-) . Her nystagmus is pretty severe, as is her corneal scarring, but she compensates in amazing ways. She and Nini share a special bond, which is fitting for two beautiful girls who came into our family just a few days apart.
Happy 2nd Gotcha Day Nini and Ximi!!!