Everything about this adoption journey has been simply incredible and today was no different. I never dreamed fifteen months ago, when I was handed a frail, fifteen pound 26 month old so locked into herself, that she would ever be at the place she is now. I can't even begin to explain the miracle of the person that she is becoming in light of where she started just over a year ago. MIRACLE!
Look at this smile. She let out a squeal when we pulled into the school parking lot. We visited several times last year and I am sure that she knew where we were. She walked right into Mrs. F's classroom just like last year when I visited with her and sat in the same chair that she did last year when I fed her breakfast there. There were some signs that she was battling anxiety and fear, but she was able to survive quite nicely while I stayed with her. During the speech lesson, I left her in the room-on the rug with the other six children-and waited in the parent's room. I was told that she even interacted a bit when they sang The Wheels on the Bus during the lesson. After about an hour away from me, Jillian walked into the room where I waited holding Mrs. F's hand. She is such a big girl. She is so brave and so strong in spirit! I am so grateful to God for making her mine!