I know it’s been a long time since our last post but a lot has happened since then. Let’s start off with….Can you Believe that Julie Grace has been home almost 8 months?!?! It blows my mind when I think about it but when I hear her speak or see how comfortable she is I realize she has been home for a while. :)
Andy recently came down on orders from the Army for us to move back to TX. We were really worried how our girl would adjust seeing as how she just moved here from another country. We did a lot of explaining and she was excited because we would be closer to family and she would finally get to meet them all. The kids and I hit the road Sept. 2 and started our journey down to TX from NY however I had a lesson in store for Miss Julie. A week before we left she was upset because she thought she would never get to see her friends again. I explained to her that we would make an effort to keep in touch and visit. I also reminded her that she never thought she would see her friend Marni again but she got to see her on several occasions. One of Julie’s friends from Ukraine was adopted a year before her and lives about 5 hours from NY so I made it a point to stop so Julie could see her again after a year and a half. It was a very nice surprise and we all had a blast! I loved seeing Julie and Avonlea playing and speaking in Russian with each other. Julie speaks a lot of English but we keep the Russian as fresh as we can at home. The next leg of our trip led us down to TN so we could catch up with two of the boys friends. It was a rough drive but the kids did amazing! The next day we headed to Memphis to visit family and spend a few days to rest. Julie enjoyed getting to meet family and she loves all of them. I think it’s safe to say they love her just as much. Our last 2 days would be to and through Tx. Our first day in TX we were able to have dinner with a very sweet friend who is like a second mom to me. It was so great to see her and for the kids to meet their grandma Lali. Later that evening the kids got to swim and hang out in the hot tub. I’m sure that was the highlight of their day. ;) The next day I had made plans with another family, who adopted another one of Julie’s friends, to meet for lunch. This was a surprise for both of the girls. Julie was very excited to get to surprise her friend Anna at school in the same way she surprised Avonlea. After all the fun with our new friends we headed the rest of the way to my mom’s house. We definitely had a long, tiring road trip but what a blessing it was to be able to show our daughter that she will never have to leave her friends with the fear of never getting see them again.
We are now settled in our amazing new home and the kids have already started school. We are so happy with the school the kids are going to and with all of the eagerness the school has for trying to help Julie. All three of our kiddos are very happy at their school and with their new teachers. I knew I missed being home in TX but I didn’t realize how much until we got here. It’s amazing what God will do in your life if you just stop trying to run your own life and start living your life for Him.