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Friday, September 5, 2008

HOPE


Today I was sitting with Meghan, Kara, and Amanda. I was tickling Amanda, and when she laughed, Kara laughed, and when they were both laughing, Meghan joined in. All four of us were giggling away and I felt so incredibly blessed to be sitting there with them.

Just having Amanda interacting with us and she being happy enough to grab my head a plant a very slobbery kiss on my lips, well, it gives me hope Amanda will be OK. It may be a long road before she comes out of her shell, and perhaps she will always want to retreat into her private world, but today, she wants love and attention.

The past week we have seen more and more life in Amanda’s eyes, and orneriness we find encouraging, no we do not generally want this in our children, but she is displaying a wider range of emotions, and that is good. She gets so happy when we pick her up and kisses us and hugs us, she is less scared of new things. She even had the gumption to sneak out the front door and make her way to the van, we found her there waiting to go bye bye, her favorite thing to do in the world.

The word for today is HOPE.

8 comments:

Collin and Amanda said...

Oh this is so wonderful to read!

Amanda (RR)

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

That is so wonderful Kris. I found myself giggling as I could imagine the images you were describing.
I am so happy that she is showing you more.... May she continue to blossom... just like flowers in a garden.

carol said...

I just cant seem to stop smiling thinking of you 4 playing together. I hope Amanda keeps changing in front of you. She is one lucky little girl to have so many people loving her.
carol n

Alice said...

I would love to hear those giggles. It must have made your day. I love the word hope because it is so tied with faith. It is one of the unseen things that we wish for, one of the desires of our hearts. Do you know the poem by Emily Dickinson? Here is part of it

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul
And sings the song
Without the words,
And never stops, at all.

Here's hoping the best for Amanda!

schoolmother said...

What wonderful post, Kris. I am so glad for hope.
Joy,adopting Roman

WheresMyAngels said...

Great news. I'm glad to hear this.

Have you learned anymore about her skull?

Narcissa said...

I am very glad to read that Amanda is opening up and thank you for letting me continue to read your blog! You have a beautiful family.

Renia

kristynewb said...

This is so wonderful to hear! I'm so glad that you had a good day. That's so cute that she went out to the van! Awww. :)

Kristy

My three little girls

My three little girls
Finally got all three to smile at once