Her blood work got to the lab too late to be ran today but we should have the results of it tomorrow also, regarding the inflammation level. Right now we know things are being done correctly and we can tell from how well she is doing. When we started the fish oil in NY, there was overnight improvement as far as no storming and a calmness/alertness. It seems to be like that again.
Tonight I realized that today is Shad's "GOTCHA DAY" Today marks 7 years, right about this time that I met my little guy! (it was 9 am China time which is 12 hours ahead of EST- so actually I met him on the 8th in China but it was the 7 th here!)
I went to China alone. Sam was not yet 2 yrs old and got so sick so easily we were afraid for him to go and we were afraid to leave him and go by ourselves. Right at the end I almost took Steve but the swine flu was really bad that year and we just felt like it was the safest thing for me to go by myself. It made a woman out of me LOL! There was another couple there, the wife had her husband, her mom and her teenage son and she cried everyday...I thought I was going to have to slap her...for real!!!
It was a lonely time for me but an amazing one... walking into that cold Chinese orphanage and walking out with this funny little boy who'd stolen our hearts.....what an amazing day! I will never forget that day! I realized in just about 3 seconds that...
A. Shad wasn't completely blind
B. He probably wasn't mentally delayed either !!! (as he tried to take the lamp apart)
C. He liked to EAT!!!!
Shad's first American word was MORE as in "more food" he ate grown men under the table. He was the hit of the adoption group (as he always is the hit of any group) and the men liked to see how much he'd eat....Me....well I was changing the diapers (with WORMS in them) after all the eating...I QUIT eating LOLOL (for real~ saltines were it for me for about 2 weeks!)
Shad has been a blessing to our family. It's hard for me to remember he was actually adopted, it doesn't seem possible this kid,, that is so like his dad, came from the literal other side of the world! Chengdu China is almost exactly on the other side of the world from Florida! He is the life of any party and he has never met a stranger. Shad (short for Shadrach) has an incredible self confidence, he just walks up to people and starts conversations. He finds himself interesting and is sure that others do too! He has an unique ability to be himself and not feel under pressure to be any other way...I adore that about him! Shad has a way of dealing with life, that goes far beyond his 9 yrs. He is an "old soul" We've had some deep conversations about how he came to be adopted into our family. The first conversation came at just 4 yrs old...I wasn't ready.... but he has dealt with questions. I think of his birth parents and who they missed out on knowing...just because he was not "perfect" But we have been blessed to know and love him for these past 7 years. We're so glad he came into our lives.....we are the family that we are, because he is a part of it!
Shad had some gift cards to spend so we went Toys R Us and he bought himself some more Nerf Guns. He has quite the arsenal going!! Steve gave him a gift card of his and he was also able to get a Xbox Lego Game Batman 2 DC (has all the comic heroes in it) He is a happy boy tonight:) I also told him today was Christmas Day for Ukraine so he said he was helping them to celebrate:)
Today is also our 7th year anniversary of Jon pastoring GRACE CHURCH! Yes his first Sunday was actually the day ( Monday in China) I picked up Shad from the orphanage...Big day for the Clanton family!!!!!!
So tonight I am a thankful woman! Selah is doing much better and this is a great day to celebrate 7 yrs of Shad being our son!!!