Saturday, March 4, 2017
These are our puppet family- mom, dad, children. They act out silly stories. Moses likes to "help".
He understands so many signs and copies them if we sign to him. But he really wants to "talk" with his voice. He's rejected attempts at using any device to speak for him. His favorite toys "talk" to him. He doesn't like adaptive speech devices talking "to him." In time hopefully he'll see he can use an electronic device to talk to us.
He wants to do more than dress himself, set the table and clean up toys.
His brothers and Mercy let him be, they don't join in. He doesn't mind- more for him!
About a month ago I felt a little hand stroke my arm, gently and lovingly. And then a fuzzy little head rubbed my arm. I looked down to see Moses showing me he loved me. My eyes welled with tears, I was so honored that he loves me.
For 3, 5 and 6 years I have tried hard to earn his, Mercy's and his brother's love. I have loved them regardless. They have been wounded deeply by those they first loved.
And then seemingly out of the blue, Moses, the smallest (but not youngest) returns my affections in his own beautiful gesture.
Wow. no words. only emotions.
Praising God that a little boy 12 years old loves me, his Mom. And he really loves me from the depths of his soul. I am blessed!
As usual Moses doesn't like lots of attention for this. I scoop him up with kisses and hugs after he strokes my arm. He's slightly inconvenienced! But not enough that he will stop repeating his loving gestures.
I was incredibly honored that he told me he loved me first. Everyone was slightly jealous when they saw him! Since his orphanage days, women have never been at the top of his list. He loves men- he is a man! LOL! He was overjoyed learning manly things from Dad and Isaiah! We call him "tough guy"!
I am now reminded that by being with my boys and Mercy, they are doing more than just watching! They are thinking, learning every day.
This month Moses has gone on to tell Kitty, Lysa, Faith, Isaiah and Dad with his gestures, that he loves them too.
Our cup overflows! Praise God!
To everyone who helped fund bringing Moses and his brothers home, we never forget. You gave them a life. You gave them hope. You gave us joy! God Bless you always!
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Grandma has patiently waited for photos of the kids.
Much easier said than done! Once a week Isaiah sets out to try to get a nice picture. These are some of the cute ones. All adorable, but...........a "good" one?!
When he doesn't get "his" way he cries. Its almost comical because he uses it to detract us. But we tell him "Your not dying Jakie! It's o.k." He will start getting his PT at the clinic this week instead of at home. We expect lots of tears. Silly boy!
He is a perfectionist with his school work, he gets so tense for fear of doing it wrong. He'd rather not do it than fail. We tell him over and over he did it just right! :o)
This week he went to the dentist with Tom and Noah. As soon as Tom got him out of the van Moses ran to push Noah's wheelchair. Tom stood behind Moses and helped Mosie push his big brother's wheelchair with him.
He is incredibly smart, and is respectfully interested in everything. The other 4 boys are still kind of opportunists, they do what we are doing, or watch us, or wait to see what to do.
But Moses immediately finds things to do anywhere he is. He explores, asks questions, (he is nonverbal but has great body language- facial expressions) points, and runs to get "his" things! We just love his enthusiasm!
Oh what JOY he brings!
This photo of Jacob we'll send to Grandma. :o)
It's always so sweet to see Pauly happy. But sometimes his autism makes him happy in a manic way and we lose touch with him. It is hard to have to ask him to stop laughing. It becomes a cycle.
Moses wearing Isaiah's Bowler. Yesterday Isaiah had a tie on so Mosie wore one clipped to his Tshirt! :o)
Julius can be cocky when you ask him to do anything. He gets bored easily. He has so much potential, but he has so many behaviors that get in the way.
He knows he's cute. He has that Bulgarian confidence we love! He still has PICA. (eating things that are not edible) We have to check his mouth constantly, he's faster than we are.
Sometimes taking a picture with 2 in works better! One will look at the camera!!
Our little man Noah. When he came at 9 1/2 he looked like a baby! What a handsome young man he is and strangers love his smile!
Even if they feel awkward trying to relate to him on his level, they all melt when he smiles at them!!
And they adore him! He shows them what boys like. And they are there for Isaiah when he's overwhelmed by his 3 bossy teenage sister! Noah and Isaiah are both 13 (teens) now. Noah is older ;o)
Pauly too is smaller in stature from his heart condition. The other 4 boys have super healthy hearts!
(Mercy was hiding :o(
Thank You Heavenly Father for these precious Souls. We PRAISE Your Holy Name!
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
While no one was looking, MA scooped the new fleece scarves into her arms and sat in her wheelchair holding them. You see she thought "they" were her Busy Blanket I made her! It was so cute. We had to tell her they weren't hers.
After MA puts her Busy Blanket down to eat, use the bathroom or go to bed, it stays in her living room chair. And every single time she returns to it she asks "What's this?" :o) And she loves it like it's new again!
She is so cute, her heart is so pure (even if a few curse words slip out). Oh how I Love her!
Oh my she makes my heart melt. My beautiful daughter. A Gift from God.
This is how she hides when we are taking pictures. We wish she would like her picture taken..............she doesn't.
We scrambled to stop this quickly. After brainstorming we decided to try wrestler's ear protectors.
(above she's telling Isaiah "no pictures" in her non-verbal way)
Sunday, January 15, 2017
I was intrigued, I was wanting to make her one; but I am so short on time. I felt I just couldn't make one for sweet MA's birthday.
I looked to buy one. Most of the "busy Blankets" on etsy looked cluttered to me. Too much on them. Most were made of cotton quilting fabric. Not very soft. But then I saw the DIY post was using fleece! That would cut my time tremendously! I thought I just had to give it a try. Later the blog owner told me she'd gotten the fleece idea from another DIY blog friend.
If you are interested, I am going to post how I made my "Busy Blanket" on my other blog- Uncontainable Joy. Just click on the photo of the boys at the top of this blog.
MA and I will both be 60. Her 60th was in December, mine is in the Spring. We have loved each other dearly for 30 years. I think of David and Jonathan when I think of our friendship. I love her more than a sister. We are not related by blood. I've shared everything about my life with her these 30 years.
So often she gets easily distracted by a loose thread or a clothing label. So I sprinkled just enough trinkets on the blanket to keep her busy!
Her favorite part is the scalloped edge, of the one unfinished edge! I ran out of pink to go all the way around. I scalloped all the edges with my olfa.
I also put a "tag" on it and wrote my name there so she can see that it's from me. She forgets. :o)
I Thank God for her!