Galatians 6:9

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9

Colossians 1:10

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:10

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We're in the business of raising autonomous adults NOT children here!


Monday, December 12, 2016

My oldest is a decade

I can't believe my oldest is a decade old. She is 10. years. old. What? I am old enough to have a 10 year old?! The past decade she has taught me a lot. A lot about myself. A lot about love. A lot about compassion. A lot about giving.
My little Spy Girl isn't so little any more. She is able to stay home and watch her siblings while I run to the store, or to take them to the park. She is able to fly through a Warriors book in a few hours time, or any other thick chapter book she finds interesting. She creates unique food dishes and loves to serve them to me. She isn't very adventurous in the sense of jumping off a cliff or zip lining, but she braved attending an elementary school in South Korea with no other foreigners, and having very little understanding of the Korean language. I'd say that was adventurous! She picked up quite a bit of Korean during that year, and before we left Korea, she had recruited some friends to take her torch and attend the school like she had.
 This past year we've learned how to deal with epilepsy. We're well versed in how to handle a seizure, even her 6 year old sister knows to roll her on her side and soothe her (and come get me if I'm not there). We've learned that she can hear us (most of the time) when she's having a seizure, but she just can't respond. That has taught me to check my emotions and not freak out. It taught me to stroke her head/arm/side and just tell her repeatedly, "I love you," and to reassure her that it's okay. After having several episodes that were greater than 2 minutes long, and she had cyanosis occurring, we elected to start her on some medication. We view medication as a last resort. I mean, I don't like taking Tylenol unless I'm to the point where I can barely get up because of the pain. So, we went a year without medicating our sweet precious girl. But it got to the point that the risk of not medicating seemed to outweigh the risks of medicating. So now we're 2.5 months into a 24 month trial, and we've been seizure free for this time, praise YHWH! In the beginning she battled massive headaches and frequent dizziness, but thankfully they have both subsided.
These past 10 years she has lived in 10 different homes, 4 different states (AL, NY, AZ, MN) and 3 different countries (US, South Korea, Turkey). She has had to communicate in 3 different languages (English, Korean, Turkish), and learned to decode some Spanish too when wanting to eavesdrop on mine and her daddy's conversations that we were trying to keep encoded from the kids. 

Throughout her life she has visited Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, Japan, and Iceland.
She has traveled to all of the states except Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, New Jersey, Michigan, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Alaska, Oregon, Washington (13 states). In her short little 10 years of living she has visited 37 states! And I'm not talking about seeing it from the airport. She has spent time seeing what each state is like. Her favorite state was NY because it had A.BUNCH.OF.SNOW!

She has learned to snowboard, play soccer, ride a bike 1 handed very well, play the piano very well, sew, do cartwheels, dance, rock climb, swim, tread water like a pro, and stand up paddle board.

My Spy Girl is full of spunk. She's beginning to figure out what she does and doesn't like- moving out of the little kid stage and into becoming a preteen. She has decided that she doesn't really like dresses: they don't allow her to run, jump and climb with the freedom she'd prefer. She loves maps, but hates it when I give her geography work to do. 

She is full of life. She is tenderhearted, but can be quite stubborn in withholding affection when she is mad at you. She is shy about making friends, but is a loyal friend to have. The past year, with moving away from her friends and bouncing around between homes, has been rough. She misses her friends dearly. Being on opposite timezones has made staying connected hard, timing....and then remembering to make them half way through our day....the Skype/Facetime calls is a challenge. But we take what we can get. So, we try to make friends wherever we are, but it's hard. I can see she wants friends, but she doesn't like to go initiate the process, especially when she can see everyone else seems to already know each other. I struggle with letter her figure it out, and sticking my momma self up in her business and helping her make the connection. Such a fine line we walk as parents! I can see she wants stability. She wants 1 place to call home. She wants her family to all be together. She wants to make friends and stick around to play with them. Hopefully she'll get that before she doesn't care about it anymore. All of the struggles and change isn't all negative. It has, and is, teaching her to be resilient. It highlights the fact that this world is not our home; we were created with eternity in mind. It points to Christ as being the constant. It teaches her to have compassion for all people. My heart breaks a little for her, in figuring out who she is, and her place in humanity. I wonder what her future brings. I hope it is greatness for the cause of Christ. I hope it is glory to YHWH!


  1. Amanda, that was one of the most amazing descriptions of Yahaira (or anyone) I have ever read, thank you! I cannot wait to see you all in January. I love you all and Happy Birthday Yahaira!!


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