Thursday, October 23, 2014
Mercy likes to pace, so she's inspecting the area until her dinner is ready! She's a "eat and run" girl!! :o)
We also have a nice big plastic picnic table.
BUT!!! NEWS FLASH!! Jacob took TWO steps walking on his own today!
God is Good!!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
His gifts were given at home early before we left.
He turned 19!
The fire pit is behind him.
This year we'll try glasses again. He hates glasses and adjust them constantly. Eventually refusing to wear them. I'm hoping his new prescription works. He's verbal with few words that can help the eye Dr. He likes to sign but forgets, and forgets how to do some. When he remembers he signs so sloppy I get after him. He thinks it's pretty funny!
But we will be 8 miles away on 19 acres next year, I hope he likes it.
So far he's refused to get out of the van to explore it.
Hopefully he'll like it next summer.
He has fought depression off and on and we've tried medication. We haven't found a med that helps. But fish oil and coconut oil do.
But he tells MA and SP every day that we are going home! And they throw a fit and squabble with him and each other about it. MA says no we are not going home, SP says she doesn't care she's going home, and Samson says we are all going home. We tell him not to say that..........it only lasts maybe 1/2 a day! OY!
He had a Vikings football theme before. He's very hard on his linens, and of course things just aren't made to last anymore. :o( This comforter does not like the washing machine.....sigh.
Samson is still in Homeschool until he turns 22.
We are so proud of his accomplishments! He is a gift from God!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
So we put him in this little grocery cart to help him feel safe.
He was not impressed.
He hated the trailer, the bunk house, he wanted to get back in the van and go home.
We LOVE him to much to let him limit himself this way.
My cup over flows with this boy every single day!
What a blessing he is to us all!
He likes physical guy stuff. Cars, wrestling, standing on furniture!
He couldn't see a reason to be here.
He LOVES his older brothers and sisters.
Just don't call him the baby.
Size does not define the
He's o.k. with strollers, but prefers walking.
We always start the boys playing tetherball in the stroller.
We didn't have to even explain it to Mosie- he figured it out!
It's a ball- balls are guy things!!
He's LOVING this!
Now he wants to play like everyone else- standing!!
Slowing down is not Mosie's style!
Goodness he's so darn cute isn't he??
When Tom picked up tiny little 7 year old Moses to leave Pleven, the staff said "He's a bad boy, he doesn't eat." We realized quickly that Mosie had his own agenda. And we were very blessed to be the ones to help him realize all that he has dreamed of doing. It wasn't that he didn't want to eat or do as they asked. He doesn't like to be talked down to. He's smart! He likes choices. He had ideas. He hears the beat of a different drum.
He doesn't appreciate how cute he is! Guys are just guys, they don't look "cute" they do guy stuff! He likes to push me away if I try to love him up more than he thinks I should!LOL!! He figures things out so quickly and amazes us with what he just seems to just "know". He wants to "talk" now, but not just talk- he wants to have a roaring booming voice! He wants authority! He's humiliated when I pick him up off a foot stool after telling him 20x he's going to hit his head if he keeps standing on top of it! He thinks he's too big to be picked up, that we should not be physically able to lift a boy so HUGE on the inside! That we should have to ask him nicely and maybe then he'll stop these daring feats! LOL! or he'd LOVE it if we wrestled him off!
He gets stronger every day. He takes running leaps at Tom's back as Tom sits on the floor next to Noah. He pulls back on Tom's neck with both arms and can just about pull Tom backwards!
He only does this with Tom because getting Daddy's attention is a reward only an orphan boy could understand!
He's over joyed when Tom shows everyone how strong he is when he "walks" up the front of Tom!
God is Good!
Friday, September 26, 2014
These were taken at bed time. Pauly has such a hard time sleeping. Even with medication. His little bed here is next to me. And he loves it, but sleep does not come easily.
Pauly has Autism, and he worries about everything. Change upsets him. He thrives on knowing what's next! Knowing makes him smile!
When Tom picked him up with Julius 3 years ago, Pauly attacked Julius with finger nails and hair pulling. That was pretty daring! Julius was the stronger/quicker/older boy by 5 months. But Pauly won because Julius was not prepared! And that is so not like Pauly. He's such a gentle soul. And he has never hurt anyone again.
He moans and groans and grunts and licks his lips till he falls asleep around 10 or 11 p.m. Long after the other boys. And then he's up around 3 a.m. fussing again. Six a.m. comes quick, we get up and he's asleep, we have to wake him. He'd sleep all morning if we let him. But he "naps" at noon. Most times just playing in his bed.
The older kids tell him to throw it but Pauly is not a "thrower"
He doesn't want anyone to notice.
He prefers not to have eye contact.
He is our only Bulgarian young man with beautiful blue eyes!
He looks like any American boy!
He's such a beautiful boy, and his Down Syndrome just adds to how handsome he is! :o)
And it's hard. Hard for him to relax. Hard for him to let go.
That's how he tells us that he LOVES us! Laughter! He will just start laughing and we are quite surprised by it but quickly encourage him with hugs and kisses. Then we share in his laughter with him!
We LOVE this boy to pieces!!
When Tom had gone to visit Pauly first visit in Bulgaria, about the 3rd day/visit Pauly started to laugh! The staff at the orphanage were shocked and all felt it was the Holy Spirit because in 3 1/2 years he had shown no emotion! But He knew.........he just knew............that Tom was his new Daddy and he laughed throughout the entire visit! One of the orphanage staff could not resist hugging him as he laughed!
Our Dear Sweet boy!
I mentioned before, we think his heart surgery was such a shock to him......being alone..........and add to that the "orphanage autism" he saw.
His Autism has not resolved itself in any way, as his brothers has. The other 4 boys have relaxed and developed new more social behaviors.
If Pauly holds hands with Moses or Jacob they push his hand away. I encourage them to hold Pauly's hand, because it takes Pauly a good 15 minutes before he reaches over to hold their hand. But Moses and Jacob just say no.
Julius and Pauly are very close since coming home together, so Julius will hold hands with Pauly. He LOVES Pauly Dearly, but he can be mean to him too. We all cry when Pauly is hurt, because he's such a gentle soul. Noah, Moses and Jacob would never think of being mean to Pauly. For the most part Mercy ignores him. So Pauly can be braver around them than he is with new people.
Oddly enough he sometimes goes directly to new people and then lets out all his anguish by huffing and puffing, but he won't leave them! So I get him and he feels he's been rescued! Silly boy!
God has truly blessed us with Pauly! Three years have flown by so fast! I was lost without him! He has saved me from spending way too much time thinking about myself. It's much more fun to think about Pauly! God knew I needed a little boy like Pauly in my life!
Thank You God!! I don't deserve Your Gifts!