Dear Cynthia, Deanna, Raymona and everyone at A Child Waits Foundation,
Since Pauli and I arrived home from Bulgaria on February 11, we've been very busy! She is adjusting well and doing great. She has LOTS of friends and is doing wonderfully in school.
This new job called “Mom” can be truly challenging but a commitment I'm so happy I've made for the rest of my life. I love this little girl with every fiber of my being and after searching and waiting for her for over 8 years, I still find myself staring at her in sheer amazement that she’s actually mine.... and you helped me bring her home!
She is a "delight" and those who have spent time with her (including neighbors and teachers) seem to use that word unsparingly.
Her English improves daily and she uses complete sentences now instead of single words or phrases. When she can’t figure out how to say what she's thinking, she says, “Wait!” or Listen!” until she can find the words which eventually pour out of her repetitively as if she never wants to forget how to say what she's finally discovered!
Her vocabulary is astounding and she has a voracious appetite for learning (i.e. her favorite question being "Why? Why? Why?") She wants me to read to her every night and will ask me to turn off a Disney movie halfway through so I can read to her instead. We'll climb into her bed and inevitably, she'll take the book out of my hands in order to read it to me in her own words (which I've termed Moon Language - a cross between Swahili, Bulgarian, Chinese and Spanish!) Eventually it will be my turn to read to her until she finally falls asleep in my arms and I tip toe out of her room.
She's part athlete and part musician. She sings at the top of her lungs every chance she gets, makes up songs on the spot and snaps her fingers on 2 and 4 in perfect time. She can catch and throw a ball like a 10-year-old and runs with the gait of an up and coming marathon runner.
I feel incredibly blessed and grateful to finally have her in my life.
Thank you again for your extremely generous support.
From the bottom of my heart,