Wednesday, September 2, 2009

J's Back in All Her Glory







Oh! How happy I am that J is back. Joyful and fun. Light and happy. After the discovery (on the other blog) she is back in full force.






Chrissi is visiting from Germany and cannot believe the changes in J. She does not even resemble the same child she was a year ago when Chrissi left us to go home. Chrissi didn't believe me until she saw it with her own eyes. It is something to behold.






Sunday J was able to go tubing with the big kids (11 y/o's). We were sitting out on the porch we heard a boat pulling up down at the dock and a girl saying, "stop, we've got to go get J so she can go tubing." Sweetest words this mom has ever heard. J has never been able to go tubing without screaming bloody murder in total fear. This year she aced it and had a great time. Then the other girls asked her to go with them over to G's sister's lakehouse and jump off the top of the boathouse. She had a blast. After coming back to the lakehouse she started swimming without holding her nose and jumping in without holding her nose. Monumental stuff!
Today we cooked Chrissi's famous soljanka soup. We put up a lot before she left last year and I rationed it as long as I could but we still ran out. Our freezer will be freshly stocked now since we cooked 3 stock pots full. One of the pots inadvertently received an extra dose of peppers and it will set you on fire. That's coming from someone that loves REALLY hot things. Oooooo baby! We'll be adding sour cream to that batch. ;-) J had the best time cutting and chopping the ingredients and was a huge help.
After a full morning of cooking, Chrissi took family photos while the soup simmered. My little girl is turning into such a little lady. We were all looking through the pictures together and it made my heart so happy to tell J that now she's as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.

11 comments:

Priscilla said...

So happy to see J interacting with other kids!!!! How wonderful.

Tiruba said...

SO glad things are going better with your big cutie! That soup sounds DELICIOUS (I googled a recipe).

Jo said...

She has come a LONG way since I started reading your blog! You have given her a safe enough place she can come out of hiding. I am all tears.

Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

I know just what you mean about hanging with other girls, just being kids. I worry so much about how other kids will react to Genea, and a friend of mine just mentioned the other day that Genea did not stand out at all from other kids at the park that day. Woo Hoo!

Little Wonder said...

So happy for you! I know just how you feel -- B was in a funk for a while and just spiraling downward--figured out the trigger and I have my happy baby boy back! ok, he's not a baby, but he's my baby!

BT said...

Such wonderful news all around: the return of J, the invitation from friends, the swimming developments, Chrissie's observations of change in J (I love when people who haven't seen our kids in awhile are able to see changes!), and the new supply of soup. Bravo!

obladi oblada said...

Glad things are going well! That soup sounds good...now Im hungry.

Ryansmom said...

Yay!! You know sometimes it's the little things like our kid's social activities and friendships other moms take for granted that we get to CELEBRATE!! While the positive changes slowly creep up for us moment by moment, people that haven't seen our children in a year or longer are our best gauge of how far the children have really come. The time and distance gives a more stark contrast to them. Nothing makes me happier than to have a friend or relative say..."Wow! What a difference since last year!" and really mean it.;-)

The pictures are fabulous!

marythemom said...

It's amazing when we stop and look back at how far we've come. Even now in the middle of all the drama at my house, I think what it would have been like a year or two ago.

Thank you! For everything you do for J and all the inspiration that brings to all of us. You are a fantastic mom and it's great that J is giving you your reward!

Love,
Mary in TX

ldw said...

awesome! awesome! awesome! J is so beautiful and looks so peaceful and happy. She sounds to be doing wonderful and please never forget, it is because of you!

Jeri said...

Lisa, it is so wonderful to read about J's progress. Happy, happy, happy for you guys.