The last 6 months of our lives have flown by!! The first 4 months of Lukes new life here were miraculous and pretty much picture perfect. The 5 month was pretty darn rough to be honest and certainly had it's share of ups and downs. We are now home 6 months and this last month has been an improvement but has had its share of stressing moments for sure. When I think of the crazy changes Luke has made in 6 months I am really sorta thinking how has it not been more insane and had even more bad moments? The interesting thing about Luke is that at times when I think it is going to be really hard for him and he wont handle things well.... HA he always proves me wrong and handles those situations like a champ!!!!! It is the times when I think things are all good or things seem like "what could possibly go wrong?" that Luke tends to meltdown. When I think of all the changes in this little boys life it is mind blowing for me to wrap my own adult brain around.
Left China and all he knew.... (even though it was a bad situation he was in and he had no language, no education and faced all sorts of abuse and neglect....it was still all he knew for 10 and a half years of his life) Suddenly has parents, 2 brothers, a sister, , A Nan and pop an hour away, Mom-mom 2 miles away, grandparents in Texas, Aunt that lives 2 miles away, Aunts in Florida and Texas and an Uncle that lives a few hours away. All sorts of cousins. He is now a member of a strong church family with a growing Deaf ministry that loves us and Luke very much. Luke has a home, a dog, a room that he shares with a brother. Toys, belongings (these actually bring on a pretty good amount of stress as he doesnt play with his things just hordes them all). Has been in school and now out of school. Has no current placement for school and knows we are fighting tooth and nail to get him in the right placement and has also seen a few placements that scared him and he doesnt want to go to.. thus bringing on more stress. He went to a HUGE Christian music festival for 8 days with us in an RV, went to a camp for Deaf children with his brother and sister for 5 weeks (that was truly a highlight.. but it is now over). Mom was also back in the hospital last Friday with a severe anaphylactic shock reaction that kept me in the hospital for 3 days and definitely not myself yet.
WHEW makes me exhausted just to post all that and trust me it isnt all that has happened in the last 6 months home! SO gee why would a small boy possibly have reason to have some melt downs once in a while??
I have had my adoption agency hook me up with an adoption support group and am going to start meetings there this month. I do believe that will be good for me to do. Luke has been doing very good lately and things have mellowed but one must keep on their toes in this house ha!
I do have amazing news! WE FINALLY GOT LUKES SCHOOL PLACEMENT SETTLED TODAY!!!
We have been fighting since the day Luke came home and we finally got the answer today we have been fighting for. Luke is going to attend the Delaware school for the Deaf and will be transported daily there and be home everyday like he should be! We are so happy and know that this is going to really make a difference in Luke's future! He cried when I told him the news and he is so relieved as he knows we have been fighting like crazy on this. I am so happy Luke is going to be educated in a place where my husband and I felt that he will be given the best options and the best possible education and chance for the most successful future!
Well I have posted alot today and know most people hate reading books so I will try and post another update soon. Sorry it has been so long, life got nuts and my health took a dive!
Luke boating with his daddy! We have done a ton and promise to get some more photos and updates moving! Life is good and Luke is great! God has been so good to us. We cannot imagine our lives without our precious Luke! Thank you Lord for such a blessing!
- My name is Tracy and I am married to an amazing man, his name is Thomas! We are a busy family that is always on the go between church, school, work and sports.... we are not a sitting around kind of family. We have 4 amazing children and are working on bringing home Elias to make 5. My hubby is Deaf and I am a sign language interpreter,we are very involved in the Deaf community and are excited to be adding another Deaf member to our family. Our kids, Aaron-19, Luke-11, Tommy-10 and Paige-5 are anxious for their new brother to be home. This is our second adoption and we are learning more everyday to lean on God, this journey is already strengthening our faith! We are working on learning how to turn everything over to God and know that He has a perfect plan and all will happen in His time! Good things come to those who wait.