Our sweet Hannah Charlesetta turned 10 last month!
An amazing milestone for my precious one, who without the opportunity of adoption would have become another African statistic. Did you know her birth country is ranked in the top 5 for infant mortality? One in 15 children never reach their 5th birthday. Hannah most likely would have been one of them.
Through God's wonderful mercy, our treasure came home very ill and malnourished at 2 3/4 weighing a mere 21 pounds with little energy but lots of determination.
As many know our Hannah "Belle", as we call her, suffers from a variety of developmental delays due to her rough start. Did we know when we adopted her? No, but it has no bearing on the fact that God wonderfully chose her for us!!! We have learned so much about ourselves and the grace and mercy of God through the blessing of parenting a child with developmental challenges. I am so thankful we did not miss it!
Up to this point in Hannah's life she has seemed fairly content with not having lots of friends. She has always preferred playing alone, or in one on one situations, or with younger children. Her speech delays have made groups intimidating so she stayed on the edges of them.
Well this year before her birthday as we were talking about what to do, instead of naming all the kids she wanted to come, she started naming all the kids who don't talk to her. I was shocked and in such pain for my precious treasure. Her innocence is lost. She knows she is different. It hurts. We cried. Talked. Comforted.
And made special plans with her best friend, Bethany. I call her "Hannah's special gift" the friend who accepts and loves Hannah for who she is.
A few days before her birthday Hannah had her first ever breakdown with anger. If you know Hannah, you know anger is not a part of who she is. But we have seen it a couple of times now. As we work through the anger it is stemming from not being accepted. She feels alone. It breaks a mom's heart.
We are working diligently with her speech therapist is social communication right now and she is making great progress. We are also working with some things from the therapist and from big sister Erinn on understanding our feelings and finding proper outlet, and not letting it build up. She is doing great and I am so thankful for all the amazing resources to help our little one find her voice.
The fear of rejection for her is still a very big thing, so her steps can be tentative or on the other side awkward. We are praying for some little hearts that are willing to hear her call for friendship. For growth on her parts. And for wisdom for this Mama who wants to help her little treasure blossom into all God is calling her to be. Thank you God for my Precious Hannah, my gift from You!