Dayu (Wren) and Shi Toa (Ella) were in many pictures together at the orphanage. We all wondered how this unlikely pair communicated...Wren is totally deaf, and Ella is visually impaired, but not totally blind.
Ella has been asking her mom and dad repeatedly to see Dayu. They said she is the only child from China that she asks to see or talks about. Ella's family made a special trip to spend about 24 hours with us. We waited anxiously for their arrival with MUCH anticipation! Wondering what their reaction to each other would be? I got out the photo albums, and brought up the pictures of them on the computer and explained to Wren that her friend was coming to see her! Coming to HER house. She seemed to understand. Her squeal of delight was so fun to hear:)
Thanks Mike and Margaret for making that huge effort to make this happen. Iley is already asking if you guys can come back next week.
Getting to know each other again and checking out all the toys:)
Wren copying the hand signs on Mike's t-shirt. She would notice:)
Our 3 Zhongshan babies:)
This little doll baby is Grace, she is Ella's younger sister, she is 5. Her and Iley hit it off and talked about being the mei mei's....Little sisters. Iley would lead her around, and Grace trustingly let her! Grace is completely blind, only seeing light, and maybe some shapes. So sweet! We were constantly amazed at their bravery, and trusting, and resilience. What two special, amazing little girls!
Look at our net full of beauties:) I'd call that a Great Catch!
Grace and Wren.
We all headed down to Castle rock to show them a little more of Kansas. It was beautiful and green.....good thing they weren't here in August.....then it's dusty and brown...and HOT.
The girls all wanted to hike a bit. We were greeted by a large friendly pup....two of the girls immediately climbed the nearest person!
These girls were amazing! It was such a treat to "see" hiking by description. On your left is a big wall...we are going up a steep hill, feel the rocks under your feet....Mommy how high up are we.....if you take two steps to the left you would fall a looong looong way......we are going in a tunnel now, feel with both hands along the walls.......lifting them up, setting them down..........such total amazing trust! If we trusted our heavenly father like this.........we would be free indeed.
Climbing and feeling......collecting rocks "to remember my trip to Kansas" say's Grace:)
through the tunnel, calling out to see if it echos
"This is MY daddy."
Sad goodbyes:( with promises to meet again, Lord Willing:)
Thanks again Mike and Margaret, Ella and Grace for some awesome memories! God be with you till we meet again!