"There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark." - Helen Keller
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me." ~Erma Bombeck
You may never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.- Unknown
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow' ~Helen Keller
Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."- Dr. Seuss
"Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it."
"God doesn't give children with disabilities to strong people: He gives them to ordinary, everyday people, then He helps the parents to grow stronger through the journey. Raising a child with special needs doesn't TAKE a special family, it MAKES a special family."Author Unknown
I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go – Abraham Lincoln
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ~ Benjamin Franklin
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle - Albert Einstein
The journey of a 1000 miles starts with a single step
Sometimes in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives you a fairy tale
Where there is great love, there are always miracles - Willa Cather
The Difficult we can do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness
There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.
Be the change you want to see in the world
Don't tell God how big the storm is, tell the storm how big Your God is..........
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it
Fall down seven times - get up eight - unknown
Despite our differences, we sink or swim together
Life may not be the party we expected, but while we are here, we might as well dance
"The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones." -Confucius
Friday, September 2, 2011
About A Boy
Today it is Cainan's turn.
On August 13th, 2007 - Mat was handed a 14 month old little boy who was full of smiles.
While other new kiddos around Cainan were crying and unsure of these unfamiliar faces - Cainan took to Mat and started to play with the toys Mat brought him.
I met them at the airport on August 23rd, 2007 - and he was wide awake and smiling - even though it was nearly midnight. When we got home, he ate, and played and crawled all over us before settling down to sleep.
He slept through the night from the beginning. Ate like a little piggy right from the very beginning, and fit right into our family like a glove.
He did have a hard first year with us due to 6 major surgeries to fix his cleft lip and palate, and give him ear tubes. We spent many weeks in the hospital and then weeks after our hospital stays with recovery.
But to watch his appearance change was nothing short of amazing. He went from saying nothing but "eh" to speaking in short sentences in less than 3 months.
His very first word was "mama" about 6 hours after his lip was repaired. It was the best to watch him be able to form words with his new mouth. And know he could now drink his precious sippy cup without issues.
And once that palate was fixed - he was a talking maniac. And by the time he was also walking. 18 months old and well on his way. The palate repair was by far the roughest recovery, but he did great.
And here we are - 4 years after his adoption with a bright, funny, little boy who completed our family. He is all boy all the time and full of energy from the minute he gets up until the minute he goes to bed.
If you look to the right - you can click on the link to read the whole adoption story. If you go back to the very beginning dates of this blog, you can see what he looked like in the beginning.
You can read how he has changed, but the one thing that hasn't changed is just how darn happy he is. His smile may have changed some, but he has always been a happy boy.
As we get ready to send him off to Kindergarten, I am excited to see him grow. But I am also a little sad that the little baby who met me in the airport 4 years ago is growing up so fast.
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We are a family of 5 living in Massachussetts. Mat and I have been married for 15 years, and we have three children. Arlington is 9 1/2 years old, and Finley and Cainan are 6 1/2 years old. We adopted Cainan from China when he was 14 months old. He was born with cleft lip and palate level three. This blog started out as our journey to bring him into our family and has turned into our family blog. He and Finley are only 30 days apart!! We love being a blended family, and enjoy sharing about our trials and tribulations through becoming one! Also, our daughter Finley was diagnosed in 2009 with Lebers Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) a rare genetic eye condition that has made her legally blind. Come and read about our proud family! If you want to read Cainan's story, click here: The Pletcher Five Journey Blessings Times Three: Cainan's Story