May 31st 2012 – A rail thin spunky little, saucer eyed girl, Beatrice needed to be in control. Her face had wrinkles, evidence that she used to have enough chunkiness to fill out her cheeks. She did not like being told what to do. Much less relinquishing control over even the littlest things to her new caregivers. She was quick with a retort or smart remark to follow any question or statement made to her. She sought attention in any way she could get it. But underneath that tough exterior a hurting little heart would steal itself away for a cry, sometimes soft and quiet at other times it wracked her whole frame as she wept for the pieces of her life that stung her the most.
1 yr later – Beatrice is still healing. She misses her biological family, whom has been in contact but not yet come to see her. She is all girl, loves dresses, to have a million ribbons and barrettes adorning her healthy head of long black curls that the ladies tell her is something to be proud of and she smiles, knowing its true. She is still a petite child, though healthy and growing having come to us at a an estimated 8 yrs old and a mere 27lbs/38inches, the average weight of an 18 month old North American child, she has put on 10lbs and grown 4.5 inches. Her permanent front teeth haven’t come in yet, and her count Dracula smile is so endearing. She’s found peace in allowing others in, to love, care, support, encourage, and comfort her. She asks for guidance, and wants help! She’s come so far, and we celebrate her today for the witty, sensitive, helpful, obedient, receptive, ever expressive, mature, strong girl that we are blessed to watch as she finds her way through this thing called life.
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Isaiah 58:8 (NIV)
To be continued…
Posted on Sat, May 18, 2013