Our sweet Anastasia, her love knows no limits. Her sweet and innocent affection touches each and every person she meets, it is impossible to not smile when she is in the room. We might have given her a home and a family, but she has given us so much more. Her gentleness, her patience, her joy, her hard work, her pride in a job well done--- I never thought a child could be such an example to me.
But she is. And I am blessed.
I noticed that her arm was red and cold long after coming in from outside and so we began a series of tests to see if it was anything serious. After x-rays came back normal, the doctor ordered additional tests. How thankful I am that her blood work for Lupus and Raynaud's disorder came back negative.
Praise the Lord!
Anastasia is no longer speaking Russian... rather she has become a parrot repeating everything I say. It is very cute, and motherly, and I love how her confidence is building. She can read quite well, and is now learning how to write simple sentences. Since we began homeschooling she has learned to tell time, and to recognize the value of money. She is working on concepts such as before, after, more than, less than, altogether, greater than, the sum of, and half past. These are hard concepts for any child to learn let alone a child who is learning English for the first time as a 12 year old.
Anastasia enjoys helping around the kitchen, and absolutely loves being outdoors with Misty and Dolly. She is an extraordinary artist and has finally discovered girly games on the Internet. Anastasia is a homebody-- which is so refreshing!
After nearly six months she finally decided to spend some of her birthday money after much encouragement. She bought gum, a headband, some beaded necklaces, and chapstick. Her excitement in her new found freedom of shopping made me smile from ear to ear. And yet she hasn't asked to spend the rest of her money and actually gave some of it to a sibling for their birthday.