This day also marks half a year since Anna Faith was placed in our arms. It is hard to believe since it seems she's always been in our family. In just 6 months she has won so many hearts, encouraged and inspired countless others, and has brought joy to everyone who has opened their heart to let her into their life. She has gone through so much in the last couple weeks: surgery to her head, a spot opening on her forehead a week later, and last night (11 days post-op) a fall from a chair resulting in a second place splitting on her forehead and a black eye. She has been in so much pain and discomfort, yet bounces back and rarely complains.
Sometimes we just gaze into each other's eyes. She can't express how she feels in words, but when those little dark eyes penetrate mine, I feel so trusted and loved. We have truly bonded. Do we look to our Heavenly Father in the same way? Do we constantly look to Him in adoration when we hurt, feel joy, need help, or just want to show our gratitude and appreciation for all He has done for us? I have to admit I don't do it nearly enough. Imagine the joy He feels over those of us who are His adopted children when we do reciprocate the love He pours over us!
Our family has jumped back into living life since surgery #1. We began homeschool again this past week, now with a second grader, a first grader, a preschooler, and a toddler running around. I don't know how we managed, but we met all our learning goals this week, managed to get in all our classes into four hours a day, and I came out with not a single migraine headache or hour of sleep lost!
Surgery #2 is scheduled for November 6. The next section to be worked on will be the large nevus on her right cheek. We've been told it will be very involved with tissue rearrangement so we have to anticipate swelling and pain afterwards. Just going to the pediatrician for a check-up this week made her nervous. She now equates going to a medical facility with discomfort and feeling sick. The 30+ stitches on her head come out on September 3rd at the surgeon's office in Nashville, and we know it will not be a pleasant experience. Pray we will all have peace and show grace to Anna Faith while she is anxious and uncomfortable, and the process will go smoothly.
We also have a minor health issue we're figuring out. Since coming home in March, she has not adjusted to an American diet. After running some tests, everything came out normal, so now we are trying to figure out what part of her diet is giving her problems. It is pointing toward fructose related foods. We are still early in the process, but she may be sensitive to fruit juice and some fruits. We've never had a child with food allergies before, so once again we're in uncharted territory. Pray we may find out the exact cause of her tummy troubles so she can keep gaining weight. She's only at the 5% on her growth chart, the weight our boys were at half her age. Kris jokes and says she'll be a diver one day and just bounce off the water like the female Chinese divers do in the Olympics, ha ha!
Here are a few photos of her 2nd birthday, celebrated at home with our family and Kris' parents. Her birthday reception/Show Hope Fundraiser we held on August 10th is on an earlier post I put up last week. It was an amazing day!
|Family birthday photo|
|Getting her gift from China (we got one for each birthday): an owl backpack|
|Playing with new toys|
|With Grammy while talking on her new phone|
|Happy to be opening pretty presents|
|Blowing out the candle over and over again|