I know you all are tired of my being still! I am sorry it has taken me so long to update the blog! Many times during a day, I have a perfect post in my head, but by the time I get a chance to actually post it, I am physically and emotionally too exhausted to put anything sensible on “paper.” There are many things that I want to write about and have started to write about, but I want this post to be a little bit of a summary of the fun things that we have gotten to do in the past few weeks. It is amazing to stand back and see how far we have come! It is also very easy to forget the blessings when there are days that we are overwhelmed with the hardships of this journey. Since pictures are worth way more than a thousand words that I can write, and since my mom is the best photographer in the world and she took many of these pictures and shared them with me, I will try to illustrate in pictures….
Thanks to my awesome sister and my mom, we got to take a trip to the beach. We even got to stay right at the beach, and it was really awesome to wake up to the sound of the ocean and walk out and be right on the beach. Although Eliisa did not enjoy going into the water at first, she really LOVED it once she was in it. She also loved playing in the sand, especially with her little red bucket.
And we got to swim in the pool on the day that we saw some jelly fish in the water. I even caught two, so I could show you.
And I have a few short videos of Eliisa enjoying the water.
And just so you can experience a little bit of ocean yourself, here are a few “beach shots” my mom captured.
As you may have noticed, we also got to donate two more pony tails to Locks of Love. Here are pictures of that event:
And Eliisa got her first pair of glasses. It seems like we just got used to her face only for it to change already. She is not quite sure that she likes them yet.
It goes against my nature to pretend to be someone that I am not or to portray my life as something it is not, and since this blog is a reflection of a small part of my life, what I post here is no different. I do not want you to have a picture that everything is easy when in reality it is not. I am not afraid of those that will read my posts and say, “See, I told you so. This was a bad idea!” (though we stand firm in faith that it was NOT our idea but God’s plan for our life and His plan is always PERFECT!) That is not why I have not posted in a long time. But it is hard to put into words what life is like with a child who has experienced so much hurt, so much suffering, so much pain, and so much neglect. It is also very hard for anyone to understand our trials unless he/she can experience them first hand and understand what Eliisa can be like on any given day. I have been trying to put those things into words to give you a real picture of what trials we are facing every day, so this post is coming very soon. In the meantime, we really do covet your prayers! Eliisa has been going through a VERY rough time the past two weeks and we are not sure if there is a physical reason for it (we already spent a whole day in the emergency room of our Children’s Hospital to try to pinpoint a physical cause) or if it is “simply” emotionally a trying time for her. Please don’t give up on this blog, on our journey, and above all on praying for us and with us to have patience, endurance, wisdom, and strength to make it through the rough times.