Well it’s about time for another Lola update. Things are really going well! I adore having four children. (What is it about 4 kids and family pictures, it just looks so symmetrical!) Gosh, I just love love Miss Lola. When I tuck her into bed at night I like to tell her “I’m your mommy, you are my daughter.” I feel at times that I’m willing those words to sink into her brain. I want her to understand that this is all real, this family thing? It’s permanent. Love? That’s permanent too. I think she’s starting to understand, and I’m pretty sure she’s okay with the fact that we were all placed together.

Lola is saying many English phrases now. Her most recent phrase is “can I help you?” She utilized this one today while she helped Liam down the stairs. Melt. She even counted the stairs for him, the way we used to when she was still learning our house.

We have another big appointment at Vanderbilt Eye Institute on Monday. This is when we will make a surgery plan with the cornea specialist. I am strangely excited about this… probably because I fully believe we will all be witness to a miracle in a few months.

In other news. I’m really tired. 🙂 Emotions are so out of whack when you are in the attachment phase with a newly adopted child. I think a mental vacation from any real world issues might be good. And for heavens sakes, people, stop posting Beach pictures on Facebook. I don’t think I can take it anymore. (still love you all though) Here are some pictures of the last week or so. Can’t you just feel the joy?

Trying out walking canes, Miss Anita brought one for everyone!

Trying out walking canes, Miss Anita brought one for everyone!

IMG_1271 IMG_1279 IMG_1291-Full van, Full heart right? IMG_1300-Getting ready for Charlotte’s Recital IMG_1307 IMG_1317 IMG_1321 IMG_1336 IMG_1338-Liam not getting his way… but still cute

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Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.


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  • Thank-yo u for sharing Lola and the rest of the gang too.  It brings smiles to my face every time I see pictures of her smiling face and all the kids getting along so well.

  • From the stories I’m hearing, Lola was in Charlotte’s class at church yesterday. My little girl Lily is in there and she loved meeting Lola! I have talked about your blog at dinner with my family (because we are getting ready to start the adoption process) and I think Lily thought she was meeting someone famous 🙂 She talked about her all afternoon. It was adorable. Love your beautiful family and the updates! Thanks so much for sharing.

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