Monday, June 29, 2009

Little miracles

These photos represent so many miracles to me (not least of which, the fact they were taken indoors, at dusk, on manual setting with no flash....just had to throw that in there).

Anyone who has been reading this blog long enough will surely remember this girl's aversion to touch, her inability to hold an object, her inability to even sit up by herself, hold eye contact. And don't forget my fears that she would never show emotion, love and affection, and that I possibly might not be able to love an adopted child with so many delays as much as "my own".

Not only do these pictures represent so many obstacles that have been overcome, look at what else they show. TRUE love. The most heartfelt affection. The sheer joy of being a "mommy".

Learned from none other than....ME.

(And I just want to point out now how cute I think the two little bald heads look together.)

Oh, my heart.


27 comments:

Marlita said...

Sweet girl. I sure do love her!

Kelsie said...

I agree - she looks so cute with the baby doll! And she's beautiful :)

Amanda said...

I too know this joy!! Congratulations!!!

Kelly said...

She really is beautiful!! I do not think I have commented before, I truly enjoy reading about your family. thank you for sharing!!

Julie said...

God is good! When you've walked through the days of no connection, it makes it all the sweeter to see the true child come out, doesn't it? Wow, what a transformation. She is such a blessing. Thanks for sharing.

Pan Cratius said...

something inside is definitely coming alive.

Lori & Family said...

I know how you feel it is so amazing to see your child do something in the same manor that you do it. All that more amazing when they have the hurdles that Ava has had to jump over. She is so cute and I love that she is looking so healthy and can only wait for the next miricle to join your family.

Carson's Mom said...

What a long way that sweet girl has come! I love the 2 little bald heads too - very cute. She is going to continue to surprize your.

Kayla

Chad and Dana said...

Oh, my heart! That last picture of her smile MELTS ME.

What a lucky you are, Charissa!

Julie said...

How precious!

Cammie Heflin said...

So cute! Addy just throws her babies!

donerleg said...

how is it you always make me cry? :) Charissa! sending love love love your way~~~~~~~ donna

Bethany said...

Miracles is right, only they are large miracles! And WTG on the photography! LOL

Joyful mom said...

Oh my goodness, I have chills. She is just the sweetest, most adorable little sweetie. Perfect!

kirsten said...

tearing up...like always when I think of that miracle girl!

Mary said...

Those are just the sweetest pictures ever. What a beautiful, loving little girl she is.

Oma Roberta said...

Don't we all have this potential inside of each of us? And only when Someone comes along side us, picks us up, gives us His all, can we respond in like manner to Him as well as to others. This child has taught us all so many lessons and reflections. Cant wait to see her response to Yellow Dress!! Please have the camera ready!!

Melissa said...

She makes me want to pick her up and sit in my rocking chair and just rock her. So sweet!

Ashley said...

Not only incredible pictures that capture a moment and a story...look at you indoors with those photog skills!

June Berger said...

She is a true beauty, INSIDE AND out! Praise God, she is so incredibly sweet. She has come so very far!

Anonymous said...

i just met a little guy in the clinic who reminds me of your ava - his adoptive mom's biggest concern is that she has missed their opportunity to be connected, for him to know love - i should send her your way. rachel

Anonymous said...

Sweet sweet sweet.

Jan

Anonymous said...

Oh, what a sweetie! I love to see her and hear about her! AND the other kids, too!

Ssejors said...

What an amazing little girl she is. I adore her smile. Just perfect. You are so lucky in so many ways Charissa! She is loving her baby doll like she has been loved. These changes in her show how much you have done for this little angel. <3

"If I know what love is, it is because of you" -Herman Hesse

Justine said...

Amazing, beautiful, and encouraging! Thank you!

Jaime said...

Good for you, regarding the manuel setting! : ) Did you use a tri-pod or were they hand-held? Inside shots are SO hard.

(It looks like I'm the only one who understand the feat of using the manuel setting! Haha.)

Rita Andrews said...

Oh just priceless! she is beautiful!!!

I am glad she found you all for her forever family....what a long way she has come...

HUGS to your sweet little AVA!