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Celebrating Lilia!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Today was a very special day for our family. We celebrated "Gotcha Day" with our oldest daughter, Lilia. We brought her home from Guatemala nine years ago and our family has been blessed with much joy and love. Lilia is my hero!

The last two weeks have been extremely difficult for our sweet girl. She entered public schools for the very first time after living in the Philippines for the past 7 years. Not only is she adapting to a new culture, but she is also adjusting to life without her younger sister and all of her friends. Lilia is a special needs child and suffers from separation anxiety. Each morning my heart breaks as we drop her off at school, her little bottom lip quivers and her big eyes fill with tears. Still, she smiles and waves as she is walked into the building. I am not sure who is more excited when 3:30 rolls around, her or me!

As we were celebrating today I thought about how much I have learned from her in the last two weeks as she has overcome the many obstacles and fear. Three things I want to apply to my life when things are tough:
1. Make friends, they make your day more fun!
2. It is okay to cry a little. Your friends will know you are sad and can give you a hug to make you feel better.
3. Just whisper to God and remind him you are a little afraid, He will hold you tighter and then you don't feel so scared.

I hope someday I grow up to be as smart, kind, funny and brave as my daughter. I am a blessed mommy for sure!

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    Oh, Lisa. I, too, am so proud of little Lilia's braveness. She is a blessing. And she is so blessed to have such a warm-hearted mother. emoticon
    1503 days ago
    What a beautiful blog! I hope things are getting a little easier for both of you now! emoticon
    1509 days ago
    What a sweet blog! You have a cute family.

    1517 days ago
  • DTHOR6
    Oh I just loved this. And here I sit bawling like a baby. Way to go Lilia! What a great way to look at things. I use to tell my kids when they were little to try and make 1 new friend today. And usually they did and were so excited to come home and tell me all about it.

    Happy Gotcha day Lilia! Big hugs my dear friend! Love ya! emoticon
    1519 days ago
    Very touching! I hope each day gets a little easier for Lilia and for you too! God Bless you and your family!
    1521 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    I hope school gets easier for her. For you too. I'm so sorry it's such a struggle right now. I know she is here for medical treatment, but I can't help but think that it's good for her to spend some time in the country/culture that her parents came from too. She is an amazing little girl, and we could all learn something from the list of lessons learned from her.
    1521 days ago
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    Awwwww! So sweet! Thank you for sharing! You are both special beyond belief!

    1521 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    You are all blessed to have each other! I think we can all learn from Lilia (such a pretty name) - thank you for sharing the list.

    can I ask you a favour? Gather Lilia in your arms today and hug each other tight. xo
    1521 days ago
    1521 days ago
    Love your list. Love the joy in your blog.
    1521 days ago
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