I wish you could have seen the smile to go along with that 100%. It was worth all of the worry and aggravation I have had the last 18 months with her.
You see, there have been times and there still are times when I wonder if Lily will ever catch up. For those of you who do not know, Lily was adopted as a healthy 6 year old. Healthy yes, but so much catching up to do after living in an orphanage for six years. The best we can tell is that there were no toys, no books, no school. What did she do all day? We think she played outside and watched TV. We don't even think she was given chores. She had no critical thinking skills, no problem solving, she was living a "ground-hog day" existence. Each day ran into the other without much change. She did not have choices. She just did what they told her to do. They told her when to eat, when to go to bed, etc. She had never left the walls of the orphanage according to her.
The one thing she did have was survival skills. She knew how to get her fair share, and she knew if she did not get it. Still to this day she watches me very carefully give out the food at dinner. She may not be able to do some math skills, but she can tell if someone has two more grains of rice than she has.
She also has great organizational skills. She can put things away and packaged as if new. What little she did get she must have had to put away securely.
So getting her to think for herself and think in a logical manner is taking a lot of practice.
When I think back to those first months when it took so long to learn her colors and I wondered if there was a learning disability. I went over and over colors with her. She eventually got them but it took so much repetition. As I worked with her I found out that everything we did took so much repetition.
To think that she is now reading, yes at a very early level, but she is reading is almost a miracle to me. At times I would get very angry with her, but to see now the fruits of that work is amazing. A part of me wants to continue the homeschooling, because now I can finally see some of the results. I don't know what God has in store for Lily. Adopting older has had its challenges.
But what we are seeing is a little girl who loves life, loves people, and loves God. She has the opportunity at a future that has no limits.