It is hard to believe it has been a year already since we sat in a Civil Affairs Office in Haikou and signed the papers to make Erin Qinglian our daughter. What she knew when we met her amazed us, and she continues to amaze those she meets. Not until after we adopted Erin did I fully appreciate how much we were indebted to Bethel Foster Home for teaching her English (among other things). It made adjustments so much easier because we were able to communicate the basics with her and she with us. Once home, we were even more grateful because she already knew the English Braille alphabet. There is not a lot of resources out there for teaching blind, English language learners. So much of it is visual, which does her no good. Thankfully, she knew how to read and type simple braille words (in English) already. Her teachers have all bragged on how well she is doing and what a great memory she has. We are blessed to have an assistant assigned just to Erin, who was with her last year and through the rest of this school year, that really cares about Erin and helps her navigate a strange new world. Erin also has a wonderful vision impaired instructor who is excited to teach Erin and help us find all the materials we need to help Erin to succeed in school and in day to day living.
It is rare to see Erin in a bad mood. She is always singing or humming. She's quite the joyful young lady. We are thankful for her!