The first girl to start the birthday parade was Elizabeth. She turned 15 years old this year. Her whole miracle life has been amazing to me. She has been one of the hardest children I have ever had in our home. Raising her has been a challenge at every turn, almost daily. Over the last few years, she has slowly been improving. Giving me hope that she will be able to live on her own one day, have a normal life with normal relationships. I must say, that over the last six weeks, she has made a very positive and amazing transformation. The biggest change I have seen in her yet. We have been talking together, about her adult future and goals. I shared with her what I was doing at her age and where she is and why there is such a huge difference. We have talked about, that no one can totally change without God helping them daily. She is really trying. She is really putting forth effort now. All of these years, she has been set on rebellion at all things placed before her, just to defy. Just to prove that no one can make her do anything in life...from schooling to chores. She would behave to get what she wanted or to get to go somewhere and then act up as soon as she got what she wanted. Raw... I know..but the honest truth. I am amazed at her new found restraint in her temper. No tantrums in weeks. Very little slamming things and throwing things...a reminder or talk can defuse things. Wow... She is praying and listening to our devotions much more intently and participating in asking questions and taking in the answers. She is working hard at her schoolwork with out being monitored or asked. Sometimes six days a week. She is being much more respectful not just to authority but to her siblings.
|Holding her very sick sister at the doctors office.|
Elizabeth and Carolyn used to play with dolls a lot as children. With the new trend in reborn dolls sweeping the nation, in young children, teens and adults, collecting them...my girls have started to collect life like dolls. Many grown women have whole nurseries set up with clothing for them and take them out in public! Anyways, to me, it is good role playing for my young ladies, to help them be good moms someday and better people. Elizabeth wanted a doll from Paradise Gallery for her birthday this year. So we got her that and a Joovy car seat. She was beyond happy.
For about 10 days in the year, my middles are all a year numerically apart. This year it was Elizabeth 15 at her recent birthday, Zeke 16 and Carolyn 17 but...then my dear sweet daughter Carolyn has a birthday and this year she turned 18!!! I know. I can't believe it either! I remember the day she was placed in my arms for the first time. I remember her adoption day. Time has just flown by.
|This is Carolyn with one of her very old dolls Daisy.|
She asked her aunt to make her a chocolate cake with Joy on it, from one of the kids movies she has seen. She loved it! Thank you again aunt "S" for blessing the children with your talent.
May the Lord God above hold you in the palm of His mighty hand all the days of your life. May He help you be all you can be as you live and grow in Him!!
Glory to God! The miracles I have had the privilege to witness in my life, in these children, has been nothing short of amazing!
1 Chronicles 16:24 Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.
Love, Dad, mom, Stephen, Antonio, William, Zeke, Billy, Timothy, Kinsley and Anna-Kate!