In all the adoption-related preparations, it would be easy to miss out on the joys of parenting my already-here child, except that she is so wonderfully amazing that there’s pretty much no way that could actually happen 🙂
A little over a week ago we had a family date night and went to a Mizzou gymnastics meet, which we all enjoyed.
And because adoption does figure prominently in the activities of our household these days, she has her own little narrative about adopting Madeleine CaiQun, which goes something like this:
“Cai Qun didn’t have a family, so we asked China if we could be her family, and they said yes. She is in an orphanage, and it is not good to be in an orphanage, so we need to go and get her. Mommy will be her mommy, and Daddy will be her Daddy, and Miranda Grace will be the big sister. She will probably be scared of us when she sees us, so we will have to comfort her.”
(Except that sometimes she substitutes an “I” for the “we” in that last clause and insists that she and only she will comfort Cai Qun. While I appreciate that she is already protective of her little sister, we’re working on correcting that idea :)).
She also occasionally randomly remarks, “I’m thinking about my adoption process.” It’s pretty entertaining. I guess she’s a pretty accurate reflection of what I’m often working on!
She has recently started singing songs more on her own. We still listen to “the by and by song” as many times a day as I can stand it, and she frequently sings its chorus, but she’s also happy to regale me with her singing of the ABC song (sung through correctly on her own for the first time on our way to Wisconsin for our Christmas visit!) and various other tunes. Often as Matt and I listen to her monitor after she’s tucked into bed for the night, we hear her singing to herself – the other night it was “woah He loves us,” which she apparently believes to be the chorus from David Crowder Band’s “How He Loves Us.” Tonight it was “E-I-E-I-O.” We love it!
The best, though, was the other day when she was in the bathroom, and we heard her reading to herself from the book Mama, Do You Love Me?. I didn’t capture the beginning, in which she repeatedly asks, “Mama, do you love me?” and responds, “Yes, I do, dear one,” but I managed to record her reading most of the book to herself (until right at the very end, when she notices Matt and me standing outside the door listening to her!). If you’d like to hear her, click here (and turn up your volume all the way)! Then try to tell me it’s not the cutest thing you’ve ever heard! I can’t stop smiling when I listen to it.
I am ever so thankful for my little Miranda Grace. Thank you, God, for this beautiful little girl of mine.