Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hope Always Amazes Us

(You really should click on the song at the right below and listen while you read this post)

Thank you everyone who has been praying with us.  Once again our Heavenly Father has heard and answered our prayers.

 

She did it!  Hope started school yesterday and it was amazing.  We planned earlier after much discussion that I should NOT be the one to take her to school on that first day. Carmen and Sunnie came over and Hope rode to school with them.  Hope has never stayed with anyone else but me, Ronnie, Misty, Carmen, Bethany, and Grandma (just a couple of times while Ronnie went out to the barn).  It is not that we have tried to shelter her or limit her potential but we all just felt right about not leaving her.  I believe that her experiences at Church helped so very much.  I used to go to Sunday School and sit in her class with her but we felt she was ready to go alone and just told her she could either go to her class or she could go with me to my class where she would be sitting quietly and listening.  She chose to go to her class and I secretly knew she would.  Miss Kathy her teacher is wonderful and always walks Hope over to my class.   Small steps and helping her build confidence in lots of other ways helped to make yesterday’s big event in a little girl’s life go so smoothly.  I’m sure there are other adoptive parents who would think that we should have put her in day care or some other program to help her with her separation anxiety but you know we did what we felt was best for our Hope with her unique personality.  It worked…She loves school.IMG_1389Ready to go! SMILING IMG_1391A little bit nervous as she was heading to the car. IMG_1392 She decided again to be very Brave!IMG_1399 Lunch was a success!

Hope is so blessed to have Carmen working at the school she attends and her very best friend  in the world her niece Sunnie Kay as a mentor.  Hope Frist Day of School 001

Ms Sherry and Ms J.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!  THIS IS HOW SHE LOOKED AT THE END OF THE DAY!Hope Frist Day of School 008Bethany brought cupcakes to celebrate the big dayHope Frist Day of School 006The whole family came over for supper..Hope Frist Day of School 019   And she topped off the day with a swim with BFF Sunnie Kay.

We love you Hopie Marie and are so very very proud of you.

Mom

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