Thursday, February 18, 2010

Two and a Half Years

When the experts say that a child needs to be with their forever family equivalent or equal to

the amount of time they lived in an institution....boy, are they right on! This month marks 2 1/2

years that Sophie came home to us at the age of.... 2 1/2 and let me just say- we are now moving

forward! Can I hear an Amen?! And in celebration, below is one of my favorite poems. I had this from when my big kids were younger and found it the other day in a drawer. Enjoy! P2133460

When you thought I wasn't looking, you hung my first painting on the refrigerator and I wanted to paint another When you thought I wasn't looking you fed a stray cat, and I thought it was good to be kind to animals. When you thought I wasn't looking you baked a birthday cake just for me, and I knew that little things were special things. When you thought I wasn't looking you said a prayer, and I believed there was a God that I could always talk to. When you thought I wasn't looking you kissed me good-night, and I felt loved. When you thought I wasn't looking I saw tears come from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things hurt-but that it's okay to cry. When you thought I wasn't looking you smiled, and it make me want to look that pretty, too. When you thought I wasn't looking you cared, and I wanted to be everything I could be. When you thought I wasn't looking-I looked.... and wanted to say thanks for all those things you did when you thought I wasn't looking. ~Mary Rita Schilke Korzan



Kristin said...

Beautiful post......and so glad to hear Miss Sophie is moving forward!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

so sweet. I just love this post.


The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh Michelle...I knew it....I just felt it lately when I prayed for our little Sophie. I could see it in her sweet expressions...she looks more relaxed ....Praise the Lord she is moving forward...Praising Him for working in her little heart. Love you friend.

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

I'm bawling... that poem is beautiful! I will praise God with you my friend!! I would also like to give you a BIG HUG and thank you for not giving up on Sophie. Its been a long 2 1/2 years but your faithfulness is being blessed. Thank you for being an inspiration to me and for letting me bend your ear last night. :)

I will be printing this out and posting it on the fridge as a reminder to keep persevering.

Love you friend!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Sooo happy for you .
Love the poem..

Michelle said...

Amen, Amen, Amen!!! Oh happy day, for you and your sweet Sophie!! And that is one lovely poem.

Sending a big happy hug to you!

JShannon said...

AMEN !!! I'm soooo happy to hear that Sophie is doing well. I kind of got the feeling that things were going a lot better just by the expression on her face. I know its been a long 2 1/2 years but you knew it would be worth it and thank god for that.

Jewels of My Heart said...

Oh, Thank You Jesus!
Oh, Michelle, I truly cannot find the words..... Sophie has had my heart from the first moment I found your family through your blog. I have literally cried out to Jesus for your precious daughter to find peace and healing through the loving touch of her family and from the healing touch of our Lord.
Thank you for being her Mommy.... for loving her and for not giving up. Thank you for pressing on and for having faith in God even when the enemy most certainly had to do everything in his power to make you doubt it would get better...
The poem is beautiful and touched my heart........ we are oh, so blessed.
Your family and your Sophie will be in my prayers....
God's peace little one.... He will give you beauty for ashes.... it's ok now... you are home........
and you are loved... oh, how you are loved.... Shine bright sweet Sophie....

Sherri said...


I am so happy that you are moving forward! I could tell in recent photos that there was a change in Sophie. I just knew it.

Your perseverance has paid off!

love you


Barbie said...

Wow! What a beautiful poem. I am going to have to use that. I had never heard about the transition home being the same as length of how long they were in the orphanage. But I sure have seen it. It is good information to know. Glad Sophie is doing so well.

Robin said...


Mei Mei Journal said...

So happy for sweet Sophie and her loving family. Thanks for sharing the poem.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

AMEN is right!! So happy to hear that Sophie is moving forward...that is sweet music to my ears:)

Adorable photo...and beautiful poem!!

Enjoy your weekend Michelle!



Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...


delucchi family said...

Yay for you all!!
Lots of Love

covnitkepr1 said...

Beautiful family. It's so easy to see that love lives here. I have signed up for future post. Keep growing in Him.

hollym. said...

Sophie looks wonderful, Michelle!! Very happy for your family that trust and love has won over fear and mistrust!!
May God continue to Bless your family as you all move forward. Enjoy!!!
love, hollym.

Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

So happy for you and Sophie, we have almost reach that point too!!

I love that poem it has been awhile since I have heard it.

Tiffany said...

I love that poem!!! Beautiful!!!!

Praise God!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful smile on Sophie's face and what a special sister embrace that Sophie and Ella are sharing! I am so happy for your precious daughter. I have loved Sophie so very, very much right from the start, right from the day you showed me her picture on your computer when she was still in China and when we met her, I could tell just how wonderfully special she is and always will be! Love and Hugs, Maria XO

Shawnstribe said...

i so so my heart i always hoped that my babe would turn arond sooner than 27months, the age that she came....nope....these things take time :)
you are such an inspiration tome, ilearn alot from you Dear Friend

Suzy said...

Amen, indeed! This is so encouraging to me. I've had a heavy heart today, but it's so much lighter now. May every day bring you even more progress!!! Bless you and your family.

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