Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pre-school Graduations

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Oh, my...where does time go? Both of my little ones graduated from Pre-K this week. They are in two different schools and I just loved both of the schools. Each was one just a perfect fit for each child. I watched Ella blossom this past year. She is a worrier and has a fair share of anxiety...especially in new situations. Well, her teachers and her class were just what she needed to help her overcome a lot of that. I have to say that I am also going to miss this class VERY much!! She is SO sad that school is ending. She talks about that every day. Today she made pics for each of her teachers that said "I am going to miss you, but I still love you". awwww!!

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The graduating class of 2023!!
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Special friends
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Dancing and singing to a silly song....Father Abraham
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My sweet little Hunan Princess.....I am so very proud of you!!!! Your strength and courage never cease to amaze me. You have been through a lot in your 5 years of life and even though you think that you are not very brave.....you are the bravest little girl that I know. I love you to the moon and back!!!
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And next.....Sophie and her class. She went to a full day program and it was wonderful for her! They have really prepared her for Kindergarten in ways that I did not think possible. It is a school, through our school district, for kids that need a "little extra help and guidance". When she entered in September, she did not like talking to people and preferred to play alone(since Ella was not with her). Well, now.....as we are ending the year, she is THE social butterfly of her class. They sang many songs at their graduation ceremony and she knew every word and every motion to them all. She hugged and smiled at all of her friends the entire time we were there.
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Crossing the bridge into Kindergarten. Way to go Sophia!!!!!
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The smile says it all. Many of you know just what I mean about that. For those of you that have not had the gift of adoption in your life-can I just say what a miracle it is? There are so many of God's precious children that need the love of a family that they can call their own. Each child is a precious creation of God and every single one of them deserves a family. When we met this little one almost 3 years ago, she was not in a very good way. She had spent the first 2 1/2 years of her life in an institution...where no child should have to live. Everything about her screamed autism at the very least. If you would have told me then that her face would shine like you see in the pictures here....I would not have thought it possible. Don't ever underestimate what the love of a family can do for a child. Thank-you, Jesus!! The gift of this experience is surely to us! Sophie....we are so very proud of how far you have come and we have NO doubts that the sky is the limit for you. Your determination will take you as far as you want to go, sweet girl.
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Okay....since it has been forever since I have updated, I will do an update in pics for those that are interested. : )

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My Princess #1 turned 20 in March.....how did THAT happen?! We went up to her college to celebrate with her. Isn't she beautiful? And she is the bestest big sister around!!!

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My parents with the kids
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Just for fun....... this is how the girls baracade the Crazy Daisy so she can not join in the fun. lol!
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Being Patriotic
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Chels and the girls decorated for my birthday a few weeks ago and made some fun goodies!
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Easter pics
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Fun with friends last week!!!!
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See the cute little guy in the middle of all these beautiful girls? His name is Nicolas and he is such a miracle baby born to our dear friends Maria and Victor....being held by his big sis!
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Ella and her friend went to see the Little Mermaid on stage. Afterwards, they were able to meet and greet the characters and get all of their "autographs". Fun!
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Okay....hope I made up a little for my blog slacking. : )

Be Blessed, my friends.....be blessed!!!!

 

27 comments:

The Princess's Mommy said...

OH those sweet smiles just warm my heart! Glad you gave us an update! Looks like things are going well.

Love you,
Monica

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

Wow...you sure did! Beautiful photos of your beautiful family and puppy too! :)

It's amazing to watch the transformation in Sophie's expression. Praise God!

Ella is such a kind hearted little soul!

Thank you for taking time to update us. I really enjoyed watching how much your family is changing and enjoying life!

Love ya!

Suzy said...

I'm glad my family isn't looking at me! I've had tears squeezing out of my eyes, and I nearly starting bawling with joy!!! I am so happy for you, your family, and Sophie in particular. Your story is such an inspiring one of hope and faith.

my3 kids said...

Hey Michelle..I sure have missed you're updates. Love all the pictures and I am so happy that your sweet Sophia is doing so well. I have often wondered how she was doing. Congrats to both the girls on their preschool graduaction..happy birthday to your oldest daughter..wow 20!! Also Happy Birthday to you too. Love and hugs xoxoxo

Mei Mei Journal said...

Congratulations girls!
I wish our school district had a Pre K program like the one Sophie attended for Paige.
Happy 20th Chelsea! Lindsay will be turning 18 soon. It is so hard for me to believe.
Michelle, you are a wonderful Mom and inspirational woman.

Kim said...

LOVE all the great pictures..
Looks and sounds like you have been busy..
Miss ya my friend..
Love ya BIG .
Hugs.

The Byrd's Nest said...

I am in complete tears....I feel like I have been able to see our little Sopie grow so much. It is exactly the same type of transformation when we meet Jesus for the first time...don't you think? It is sort of like, "Wow...who was that other person we used to know?" I am experiencing this with Emma now after 3 1/2 years so yes......I understand:) I am so happy for her....I have prayed for peace in her little heart for a long time now....I will continue to pray for her and for you.

I love all the pictures and I am thankful you FINALLY blogged!!!! I have missed you blogging!!!!! Although, I understand:)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Ella and Sophie!
You are going to love kindergarten.

It is truly amazing how far they have both come in the past few years.

Praise God and many blessings to you!

Love,
Tammy and the Fam

Colleen said...

Yeah!!!! An update from you!! Finally!!! hee hee You have been missed! LOVE hearing all of the updates. You had me in tears reading about Sophie...what a blessing!!!
I know you have big changes ahead for you with your little ones off to Kindergarten. Bitter sweet I am sure. It will be a great year!
I'm so happy everyone is doing so well!!! Hugs!

Robin said...

What a wonderful update to read, so many triumphs for both of your girls.

I knew the second I saw Sophie's photo that you were going to have great news - look at that beaming smile and wonderful eye contact! I couldn't be more thrilled to hear how she's blossoming right before your very eyes.

As mom to a child who had similar struggles, there's no better feeling in the world than to see them bloom, becoming a real part of the world around them. I still treasure the memory of the day I had to negotiate (for a LONG time) with Maya over not just whether she could have a friend over, but how many at one time, since they wanted to have a "slumber party but without the sleeping over part". I couldn't be happier for both your girls that they're finding their stride and coming into their own.

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OH MY #6 said...

Those girls always have the nicest dresses!

So glad you updated. I have missed your posts.

Lea
xo

Jo in Australia said...

This post was worth the long wait, Michelle. The photos are fantastic and your words that went with them just perfect. I was crying before I got all the way through Sophie's. She has done so well! I hope both girls love going to kindergarten, and learning & growing some more. You are a great mum (and a proud one too)!

redmaryjanes said...

Wonderful photos! You all have been busy!

Jewels of My Heart said...

Ooooooooooh how this post has made my heart smile.... I know you are so proud of all three of your beautiful girls... as you should be.
I am so thankful that Jesus has answered our prayers for your Sophie and that so much healing has taken place... I truly cannot find the words to express my joy and thankfulness to our amazing God....
What a blessing the love of a family is....
God bless you all,
Love,
Daleea

JShannon said...

Michelle, I know how you feel. I cant believe its been almost 3 yrs either AND they are going to start kindergarten! Ella and Sophie both looks so proud, and they should. I love the smile too. Cant wait to see you guys in June!

Carmen said...

Tears of joy here at Sophie's smile and progress. So glad your family persevered through all the trials and are rejoicing in Sophie's successes. Thanks be to God.

Kristin said...

Oh my. What a great update!! Love all the pictures, of course.

But my favorite part is seeing the amazing growth in Sophie. Oh my. I am just astounded and blown away. She has come so far.

Laura L. said...

What a wonderful update. Fun to read about all of the great things happening in your family.
Congratulations to your sweet little girls upon their preschool graduations. It sounds like they are just precious.

delucchi family said...

Hey Michelle, great update!! Congratulations on your little ones graduating from Kindergarden. What a great post with loads of photos! I have also found it hard to update mine regularly with all the happenings in my life. Keep in touch...
Love Jules
xxx

Chasing Dreams Photography said...

Look at all the fun you are having!!!! Happy Graduation and Happy 20th Birthday to your baby girl #1!!!!

Tiffany said...

Thank you for your sweet comment on our blog! I was so happy to stop by here and get caught up on all of your posts!

Oh your girls are just beautiful!!

LOVE all the photos... including the puppy photos!

What a blessing to see Sophie's joy!!!!

Oh I just loved reading about all that you are up to!!!

Love
Tiffany

Jill said...

What a heartwarming post! Congrats Ella and Sophie! Happy 20TH Birthday Chelsea, and apparently Happy Birthday to you too!!!
Love the photos of the girls! I have been MIA in bloggy land lately as we have been so busy, and Facebook has kind of taken over. I miss sweet posts like this!

Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said...

Your girls are beautiful! Congratulations to both of them on their graduations =)

mommy24treasures said...

oh Michelle! Those pics of Sophie shining are a true miracle! WOW! I am so glad all is going well for you all. Love Connie

Football and Fried Rice said...

Wow, girl. I didn't think I ever posted on this post (back in MAY!!) but I really can't believe that the Littles are going to Kindergarten. WHATEVER will you do with yourself in a few weeks!??!?! hahahahaha......

Miss hearing from you guys!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

I loved reading your updates. I'm feverishly trying to update all three blogs and it is so time consuming.

Congratulations to Ella and Sophie on their graduations.

I love the pictures you posted and the heartfelt, filled with emotion, words you wrote.

Beautiful, Michelle--just like you!

Love~
Lisa

Carmen said...

Hi Michelle,

I have been trying to reach you over e-mail but it keeps being rejected saying your mbox is too full.Anyways I was going through our China movies and found one of the orphanage and there is a second or two of Sophie walking with one of the ayis. Write me if you are interested in a copy

Hope all is well,

Carmen

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