In all honesty, I've been struggling lately with what to update and how much to share. I don't want to end the blog now that Sara is home. On the other hand, I want to respect her privacy and not blog about every detail of her life. I'm going to strive to update more in the fall. I just need to figure out how to show the ups and downs of our life without revealing too many intimate details.
I was talking to another mom at the Reece's rainbow reunion this summer about our kids. Both of our kids are doing really well and have adjusted beautifully (with a few bumps of course). However, neither of our kids have mastered basic academic readiness skills yet.
If I'm being honest, I thought Sara would be much farther along academically at this point. I had visions of her being ready for a year of inclusion kindergarten this year. She's not. Every color is purple. Every letter is B. Every number is 4. She won't say her own name. She will sometimes say she is 5 but not always. (She turns 6 in two days so that won't be accurate anymore either.)
Thankfully, my friend reminded me of all the things she has learned. She's learned a new language! A new culture. School rules. Home rules. Church rules. Going to the grocery store rules. (Ok. So she hasn't mastered all the rules but she's learned a lot!) She's met tons of new people. And she's learned what it means to have a mom. A family. To be a daughter. To be a granddaughter, cousin, niece. That's a lot for 18 months! I can't wait to see where she is 18 months from now!