It has been 6 months since Kaden and Bethany came home!
I was surprised when I heard that it has been 6 months already - time sure does fly.
And so much has happened in those 6 months. So, so much.
Our family has changed, and grown.
Kaden has grown so much, physically and mentally.
He talks in English pretty much all the time and understands nearly everything.
He has been going to a half-day preschool at our church for the past couple of weeks and has really enjoyed that. He was excited that he could go to his "school class" just like we go to homeschool
co-ops once a week.
We measured him recently, and he has grown about 2 inches in the past 3 months!
He is a bundle of energy and is always on the go. Such a contrast to when he first came home. He was always so tired then, and didn't really have the energy to run around.
Now, though, we can hardly get him to stand still.
We have also discovered how social he is! When we are out somewhere, like at a store or something, he will point to people and ask "You name?" "Woppee you name?" (what is your name?)
He makes us laugh so much.
Bethany, too has grown - a lot!
She is crawling all over the place and loves that she can get to where she wants.
We haven't started finger foods yet, but we did try puffs, which she likes.
It will be her 1st birthday soon...
Looking back at this time last year I have mixed feelings.
We had lost our first referrals, Chance and Benjamin, and we were in the mist of what was probably the hardest part of our adoption journey.
I wondered why we had to go through the process of getting their referral, seeing their pictures and loving them.
We started to buy clothes and toys, we talked about who would sleep with who, and we discussed names. We loved them and thought of them as ours.
But God had a different plan.
I can see now how He was working everything out.
Bethany had to be born, the new orphanage had to open so that Kaden could go to it, and so many things had to fall into place for us to find Kaden and Bethany, who God planned for us.
Still it was hard.
But this year I am so, so thankful that we did go through that hard time, because we wouldn't be where we are now if we hadn't.
We wouldn't be a strong as a family,
and we probably wouldn't have Bethany and Kaden.
"And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love God, and those who are called according to his purpose!"