I bet she is.
Her little 5 year old brain works so hard --
Learning about rules, and numbers, and words, and family.
Yesterday at school she spilled syrup on her uniform dress.
The teacher's assistant and teacher got her another dress, got her cleaned up, and got her sticky clothes in a plastic bag.
I'm indebted to people who are so kind to me.
To my family.
The list is long.
Why am I crying?
I "feel" for Mary.
Sometimes I think I'm the ONLY person who could ever truly comprehend how incredibly difficult and challenging their lives are the first year or two they are here in America.
I'm sure I'm the only person.
I'm their mother.
I'm with them ALL the time.
Nanny Carol grasps it all pretty well, too.
So does Marlene.
I'm just a witness to it all 24/7.
--The constant barrage of a foreign language - literally wracking their brains
-- Food that is so different - and foods they'll not have as staples
-- Unfamiliar smells - colognes, soaps, toothpastes, offices, home
-- Strangers galore - who want to know them personally
-- Important people - gone from their lives
-- Daily life - nothing like their norm
I remember crying over Emily - years ago.
How brave she was.
How my heart went out to her.
She left China grieving mightily.
But then...her life took off - grins ever since.
I always said she was like a butterfly set free.
Em won the top honor of her 'graduating' class last year.
The Principal said Emily had triumphed over every obstacle in language and culture to be recognized as the school's model of excellence.
We were humbled by it all.
Truly it's the Lord's work and wonderful in our eyes.
Same with Molly.
She could have landed anywhere on this planet with almost anybody.
Bad or good.
She came smiling and willing to please...
And then grieved from her innermost soul over the life she chose to walk away from.
One day. The grief was over.
She's never looked back.
The Lord sent her to us.
She's a deep well of wisdom and love.
She can discern justice and forgiveness - and communicate both.
Oh how fortunate we are to have her in our family.
I'm amazed at how God joined us and wove our lives together.
And now - Mary.
She says she's tired.
The past 16 weeks of her existence have sent her into newness of life at warp speed.
Sometimes she cries.
Sometimes I cry with her -
Or for her -
And for so many other little children
And like Molly
And like Emily
They've had to be brave
from early on.
I believe that the Lord will use their bravery
And their courage
For His Glory.