Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Happy Birthday, Daddy!
Today is Daddy's birthday (45), and unfortunately, he's away all week on a business trip in Colorado. So, the celebration is on hold.
Being very musical, Maimie is beginning to join in singing more lately. It's so fun to watch her do the motions and try to sing to "Jesus Loves Me", "Deep and Wide", and "Away in a Manger", among others. Of course, she loves to dance around all the while. Steve and the older kids often sing the song from "Pirates of the Caribbean 3" (You know the one that goes "Heave, ho, all together now..."). Maimie belts out the "heave, ho" part at the top of her lungs. It seems a bit odd coming from such a tiny little body.
Maimie also insists on helping herself with dressing and undressing. Often she is seen with her pants on backwards or her shirt inside out and backwards (with the tag sticking out under her chin). It's such a hoot to watch her put her little underpants back on after going potty. Sometimes she comes walking out stiffly with both legs through one leg opening. Of course she isn't really interested in accepting any help either.
Verbally, Maimie's progress is slow, but she continues to participate in speech therapy twice each month. In two weeks, Maimie will be evaluated in the Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate Clinic at Easter Seals. There is still talk that a pharyngeal flap surgery may be necessary at some point in the future in order for her to make consonant sounds.
It is just so apparent to us that God truly chose Maimie for our family. I don't pretend to know or understand the pain and agony that went into her birthparents' decision to bring her to the gate of the welfare institute early on that December morning in 2005. The information we have about how she was found leads me to believe that it was a very difficult and heart-wrenching decision. Their pain and loss has become our joy and gain. But I do believe that God knew and orchestrated the circumstances in two very different countries, for two sets of parents, linking us forever in our love for one amazing child.