Sarah is so special to me. When I saw her picture, I fell in love. When we committed to her adoption I felt exactly like my biological child had been stolen and was in another country. I stayed up nights doing the paperwork to rush her home.....I couldn't eat, but to wonder if she was hungry.....
That love has only grown and what is so beautiful is to see Sarah respond to our love. Some children with such learning disabilities, then add the blindness and the time in the orphanage and then in the mental institution come out so scarred that the families can only love them without receiving love back. I knew that going in.....but that's NOT our Sarah. Despite it all, she has recovered emotionally in an amazing way! My heart just swells when she reaches for me (which is often! LOL) We are so blessed to be loved back by this darling girl.
The other day at the school conference (at our home) There were about 6 female staffers there. Sarah crawled from a toy to one, who I think she thought was me. Then I called her, she turned, smiled and crawled/hopped (she has a funny way of crawling) right to me, at the far end of the room and sat on my lap for an hour. It just warmed my heart to see her want to be in my lap and not real interested in anyone else in the room (that is a huge developmental step by the way!!!)
She is a gift from God to us in many ways!
So for her birthday we went to her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.