Two years ago as 2016 came to an end none of us were together. Chris had a family emergency out of town, Morgan was with her friends, Graeme was in an orphanage half way around the world and I was at the house with our fur babies. All of us clueless to the beautiful journey 2017 was going to put us on. By New Year’s Eve 2017 we knew 2018 was going to bring forth so many wonderful and scary emotions. All 4 of our lives have forever changes this past year.
When I look at Graeme I often ask myself how. How did we manage to get all the documents together, how did we manage to travel to Ukraine and bring this amazing little boy home? How has he not been here his entire life? My only answer to most of those questions is fierce love and trust. Trust that everything will work out the way it’s supposed it.
In the past 7 months since we walked out the doors of the orphanage Graeme has flourished leaps and bounds. He was on a liquid/purée diet now he eats solid foods like an average 2 year old. He was not able to speak any English now he is putting sentences together. He can count to 13 unassisted. He’s learning the alphabet and he can point out a few colors when asked. He had very low muscle tone now he’s stronger everyday. He can stand for long periods of time wearing his AFOs.
In a few weeks Graeme will be casted for RGOs(reciprocating gait orthotics) then we are going to start walking. We have also started working on potty training.
This past year has taught me so much. I have unfortunately learned there is still an ignorance towards children when others don’t fully understand them. I have also learned there are good genuine people still out there who care.
When we got back from Ukraine I felt like the people around me changed. However I realized it was not the people around me it was me. I can’t explain how or why. Maybe it was from all of our experiences we went through or the experiences we are currently going through. I welcome the change and wouldn’t want it any other way.
This past year has been an incredible blessing that I am so grateful to have gone through.
Our little happy family of 4 welcomes in 2019. We look forward to all the beautiful surprise this coming year is going to bring.
Have a Wonderful and Safe New Year!
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