So now on to the pictures. I have a friend whom I have known literally since birth. We are two months apart and our moms were best friends then. We don't see each other often but have kept in touch off and on over the years. We have daughters that are 3 weeks apart (my first, her fourth) so that is fun too. Well, it just so happens that she babysits a little boy with Ds who is exactly one week older than Ella. Last week, we met at Chuck E. Cheese to get the kids together since it was suppose to be a rainy day. I was only able to get one picture of the kids together. I was blown away by two things...this little guy just sat on her lap and ate bite after bite of food off a spoon. And then to top it off, he did not even consider touching all of the containers of food that were sitting literally inches away from him. Ella would have had EVERYTHING on the floor within seconds....who says that boys are rougher!!!
The next couple of pictures are what I found when I walked in to the living room. Ella had picked up the Wii microphone and was singing away!! She even tried to get mommy to sing along with her :)
Does this child not look like a teenager!! She is only 10 going on 11 and she wants to sit up on our hill and write in her journal......and yes, we realize that the hill needs some weeding done!!!
Here is Ella watching her Signing Times video. She will literally sit there for an hour watching it. It is so cute to see her copying what they do. I was only able to catch her doing the "more" sign but she will do a lot more of them while she is watching.
This next picture is a bittersweet moment for me. This is Dasha from Reece's Rainbow. She is the little girl that I have been in love with since day one. I immediately noticed both her and Sofia because they were so close in age to Ella. But Dasha has always been the one that I truly hoped could someday join our family. Thankfully, Sofia recently found her forever family. Last night, I was on Reece's Rainbow as I am every night and realized that Dasha's picture was gone. Then I found her under the "my forever family found me" list. This knocked me right to my knees. I feel like I lost her even though I never had her. The reason I say this is bittersweet is because I think I knew that realistically we wouldn't be able to adopt her as we have some financial issues to sort out before my husband would ever even consider bringing another child in to our home. By the time we actually got our act together, it may have been too late for her anyway. So obviously, I am thrilled that she has found a family but I had always hoped it would be our family she would join. Now, I am just praying that this family will have a blog that I can follow as I hope to be able to contribute to their journey to bring her home and I want to see her grow up!! So, yes, even through my sense of loss...I am beyond thrilled for her to have a family. I literally could not stand the thought of her being in that orphanage any longer!!