Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Very Happy Birthday to Cora

Cora had a Very Happy Birthday Indeed. So glad to have her home and safe and be able to celebrate the beautiful life God gave her. We talked of China and Birthdays. She has told us China doesn't do them for them, and she doesn't even know how old she is. I understand this, and all the children that are in the orphanages, but a mama's heart broke. These children need to know they are Loved first by their creator, and others that will answer the call to adopt or help these precious babes.
Birthday festivities in our home consist of a special date with Papaw Wow Wow and Mimi. My parents take the kids to lunch and shopping for their present each year. A special time for them to get some one on one with the kids. But this year since Cora is still fairly new home, and gets a bit over stimulated with all the birthday and Christmas talk, Mommy and Mia tagged along for the ride. Cora wanted Chinese food for lunch and a Doll. So we headed to the American Girl store to let her pick out a her very own special doll. The order from our girl was she wanted her to have long yellow hair (LOL). So her doll of choice was a traditional doll from the 1800's Caroline. She is smitten by her. Thank you Papaw Wow Wow and Mimi!!!!!
On her birthday we let her open her present from us. Her very own doll stroller to push Caroline in. This sweet girl Loves her Doll and stroller. She loves taking care of her, and it is sweet to watch.
We had a little family birthday party with grandparents, and Uncles and Aunts and our sweet little nephew Oliver. Cora wanted a Minnie Mouse Party so that is what she got. Daddy was the cake decorator, and she was very happy to get to have her party. It made this mam a bit teary to think of all the years she lived without a forever family. Very Thankful.
I wanted to talk a bit about where we are with Sweet Cora.
What she likes: Cora loves her DOLL, she loves the girl Legos, Crafting, Doing School with Mommy, Riding her scooter and playing outside.
How She has Grown in the past six months: Her English has exploded and she is speaking so well, She is learning how to Love and be in a family, She is pretty Joyful and Happy, She loves being here with us, She makes her bed, Loves to help me clean and bake.
Things we are still working on: We are still working on some things like sharing. She has had to fight tooth and nail for everything and gets possessive with things, although she is learning how to share slowly. We know it will come. She lies still which was also learned as survival in the orphanage. We are working on being truthful and why we need to be truthful. Honestly at times this can feel exhausting for me and frustrating for the other Leggio Loves. But we know God is redemptive in this also and she will see the Joy in Truth, and that she is in a safe place to be truthful. And lastly she is extremely independent, again still things we are trying to undo. Independence isn't a bad thing when it is used right and within the scripture of God's word. Her independence is usually telling me NO or Why, or throwing a tantrum to get her way. She is going through all the emotions right now as she learns to function in a family. God id growing all of us for the best. We are learning to die to self, serve, love like Jesus. All great qualities I can't wait to see the fruit of.
We are very, very thankful that we did not walk in fear with our sweet girl. God is good and redemptive. Watching her blossom and learn and experience all things is amazing. So glad we have a front seat to watch God work.
At the entrance to the AG store. Some Happy girl with their Mimi.

Papaw Wow Wow and the girls

Caroline her new Doll

Opening her Present from Daddy and Mommy and Siblings

A Doll Stroller for Caroline

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl

Cora and Mommy

Daddy and Cora

So Thankful to Celebrate Cora

1 comment:

Shay Ankerich said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful Cora~ Loved seeing that sweet smile. SO happy!!! XOXO