Hope has had many adventures since our last posting. She had RSV and fluid on her left lung in January but recovered quickly. The five of us went snow skiing in February to Park City, Utah. While Hope was too young for ski school, she enjoyed making her first snow man. She spent a weekend with her Daddy and big brother in March while I chaperoned Beth and some friends for Honor Choir weekend. We purchased our first trampoline which Hope loves to jump on with Beth. In fact, we make sure we have a good block of time when we let Hope jump, because it is so hard to get her off!
In March, Hope also returned to the International Adoption Clinic for a follow-up. She is almost on the growth chart! Spring Break brought our first beach trip with Hope. Even though the weather was cold and windy, Hope enjoyed the sand and waves washing over her feet. She acted as if she had been visiting the beach every day of her life. She reminded us a crab crawling all over the beach. She also went on her first bike ride on the back of Andy’s bike. She did really well on two long bike rides.
Hope’s adoption story was recently published in a Dothan magazine. Our good friend, Christy Colee, wrote the story that ran in February.
In the past couple of months, she has started to say , “I suv you!” with such meaning and emotion.
It is the sweetest sound. On the beach trip, she started saying, “I suv you guys.” Well of course, we all just melt no matter what she was doing two seconds before that. Her most recent words have been the question “what time is it?” Hope continues to bless us in so many ways and we are so grateful to God for allowing her to become part of our family. We suv you too, Hope!