Kendi, about one year later. Happy, healthy, and adjusted!
Hard to believe it's already been a year since "Lil' Bit" came home for good. It was one year ago today that we were in Chicago, picking Kendi up from her escort (the Amazing Susan PD from AAI!). Here's the welcoming committee, very early morning waiting at Tulsa International Airport for take off!
Kendi slept it off in a BIG way! She really did not want to open her eyes. That was (and still is) her way of coping with overwhelming things. Sleep. If she slept she could still be in Ghana where everything was "normal."
First family picture is below. Lots of emotions going on in those six bodies!
That Kendi--the one that was here the first day in America--is long gone. Now we only see the "real" Kendi--the one that blossomed in care in Ghana, and has continued to show us her beauty for the past year in America.
She has grown so many ways. Physically, she's about 6 inches taller. Only a few pounds heavier (currently 23 pounds). She came to our home knowing a few words in English, but now amazes us daily with her 6 and 7 word sentences. She is one smart cookie. She has grown emotionally, from a child who had no clue what "mommy" and "daddy" meant, to a child who now understands the special bond that is supposed to exist between one male and one female caregiver. She is a sister and friend that we thank the Lord for each day.
We "Gotcha!" Kendi Mae! And we'll never let you go!!!!