We sat down last night and watched some of our video from our time in Russia and it blew my mind as of to how much they have grown and changed. Noah was pretty much non-verbal when we brought him home. We immediately got him speech therapy and after only 8 sessions he has been discharged. This child is speaking full sentences. He was truly a grumpy little fella when we first met him but he is the sweetest and most loving little thing now. He keeps us laughing.
Daniel was considered severly speech delayed when we brought him home, not he speaks full English (he does still have an adorable accent) but his speech has been amazing. He was such a sad, solemn little boy when we first met him. Now he is full of personality. He is a very considerate and loving child who wants to please you constantly. He has become an amazing big brother. These boys are our hearts. We love them more than words can everdescribe.
I have to think back to when we first recieved our referral on them. There were some pretty major concerns medically and developmentally. We had doctors here in the states tell us that they thought that both had multiple sclerosis and that we should seriously reconsider accepting them. I remeber looking at Benji and saying....I don't care what is wrong with them. Those are our children and we have to get them home. He whole heartedly agreed and four months later...they became our sons.
Here are a few pictures of where they were when we first got back to them and some now.
No more leggings and flowered sandals!
No more looking at the world from an orhanage window
No more visiting room in an orphanage
God's grace is AMAZING!