Hello Again!

I want to apologize for the delay in writing in this blog. Things have gotten so busy these days! Hope is doing great! She is growing like a weed, her hair is starting to grow out a bit more, and she is an all around happy gal. She has a great memory too- our 5 year old daughter Hannah has been studying her phonics by watching a dvd that teaches the sounds of each letter. Tonight we were amazed when Hope told us every letter and sound! She memorized them all just from listening to the dvd. The girl is growing by leaps and bounds, and her teachers are all really proud of her. She is starting to talk alot more, although she is still in a parroting phase. Her teachers say it is typical for blind children to go through a stage of repeating everything, vs. conversing. They say she is right on the threshold for beginning to converse, and that is really exciting for us. She is talking, but getting things kind of mixed up. Like instead of asking for a drink, she will say, “Do you want a glass of water, honey?” which means that she wants a glass of water. We are trying to teach her to say, “I want a glass of water” and she is starting to get it. 🙂
I also realized that I hadn’t written a report of our last doctor visit. We had the test at the cellular level back in December. We were really excited and hopeful about it, from the doctors reports of how amazingly her right eye reattached itself. When they went in to her eyes at the cellular level, though, they found that she has no vision. It was extremely dissapointing, after being convinced that she would see normally wtih glasses, and it made us sad. Hope doesnt seem to mind, she is doing well getting around, and really uses her other senses to compensate for her lack of vision. The whole thing has been a roller coaster ride, but we are now settling into a routine, and learning the ins and outs of sight impairment.
In other news, our family bought a house in December. So we are now enjoying life in the city of Riverside. We were able to get much more for the money out here, and for the same price of renting a 1600 square foot house with a patio, we now have a 3300 square foot house on an acre! Woo hoo! We love the beauty of the nature out here, and have been settling in nicely.
I will try to update more often, and post some pictures too…..

7 Responses to “Hello Again!”

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    Judi Says:

    She looks like she has grow so much, she’s beautiful.
    I’m thankful you have a blind school so close. It sounds like she is doing great.
    Life goes by fast – doesn’t it.

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    The Trotters Says:

    So happy to read an update. Our girls are amazing aren’t they? If an adult had to go through even 1/2 of what they had to I don’t know that we would fare so well. We watched our gotch video last night and it is amazing how Laurie Alice has opened up and blossomed.
    I have your phone # around here somewhere so don’t be surprised if I call you one day soon.

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    Auntie Carol Says:

    So happy you posted an update.

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    Auntie Carol Says:

    Hi Guza.
    I just loved your update. So glad Hope is doing so well. She is amazing and so are you.

    I love you.

    God Bless!!
    Auntie Carol

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    Auntie Carol Says:


    Your update is just great. So happy to hear that everything is going well. Hope is awesome, just like her brother and sisters.

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    Complete Stranger UK Says:

    Thank you for writing your story and keeping it up to date. I have only discovered it today but it may have relevence to me and my family in the future. Thank you for giving us HOPE x

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    Kimmie Says:

    Great to hear what you are up to. Yeah on the new house. I think the way she asks for a drink is so adorably fabulous…things will change and you will soon only * remember when,* when you think about her preconversation days.

    May God continue to walk with you and go before you in all things.

    mama to 8
    one homemade and 6 1/2 adopted
    *expecting again…from Ethiopia

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