Thursday, December 8, 2011

Dreaded assignment

I honestly believe I have dreaded this school assignment 
since I saw Jorja's sweet face!

The first photo that we fell in love with!

The day we knew that we would adopt an "older child".

The day when I knew I would have no baby photos of her.
The day I grieved that I had missed the appearance of her first tooth,
her first smile,
and her first steps. 
But today,
I'm gonna tell y'all how proud I am of my daughter!


We discussed this assignment,
we openly discussed how it is okay that we don't
have any baby pictures,
but that doesn't make Jorja any less important 
then anyone else in her classroom.

Jorja worked hard,
and beamed with pride 
as she worked on her
personal timeline for school.

We began her story with a map of China,
her referral photo,
a photo of her when we were at the White Swan in China,

and a photo of her home with Jailyn
(they are BFF's ya know').

The line for the Time Line we made a red ribbon -
to represent the Chinese proverb:
"An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, 
despite the time, the place,
and despite the circumstances.
The thread can be tightened 
or tangles,
but will never be broken."

We then continued with a photo from each birthday 
and then a first from that year,
her first pony ride,
her first soccer game,
her first day of school. 

She had a great time decorating her poster!

She came home and told me that her teacher 
was very proud of her,
and that she loved that it was creative 
and a beautiful story of "Jorja". 

Ohhhh thank you Jesus! 
Though I dreaded this assignment -
again you have brought beauty from ashes! 
Thank you for healing my little girl one step at a time!

Sunday Snapshot


Cupcakes and Hairbows said...

Glad she is proud of her poster! I'm sure it will be perfect!

Kim said...

This made me cry! So glad you all were able to make a poster she liked and her teacher liked as well. What beauty you found as you tackled this project. Love it....

Kim K. said...

I'm sure her poster was absolutely perfect. What a little sweetheart.

Hannah said...

This post brought tears to my eyes! I am so happy to hear that she had so much fun working on this project and it turned out to be a blessing and not a sad moment.

Adrienne said...

What a gift you are giving to this beautiful child! I adore this quote and how it spoke to what she was pulling together for her poster. Compelled to follow your blog and your story ~ God bless!

tiarastantrums said...

looks like what is most important is already there!

Merrill said...

What a great way to handle that assignment! So glad it went well!

Brendan and Melissa said...

Love what you did with this assignment! Great ideas!!! I was beaming with pride for your little girl by the end of the post!

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Venus Layugan said...

the both of you did a good job!


Amy said...

Awesome! So happy it turned out well. She is adorable!

Gillian said...

Such cute photos, an a really great story! She should be proud.

Chris said...

How wonderful for your daughter! Sounds like she has a very encouraging and supportive teacher.

Alyson, the 3 P's Mama said...
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Alyson, the 3 P's Mama said...

Let's try this again.

Oh Jodi...bless her little heart. I dread the day we have an assignment like that. Every year, at the beginning of the school year, I tell Piper and Paige's teachers that they are adopted. Brett never understands why. I tell them to let them know that if they have an assignment that is something like "Where did you come from?" my sweet girls will have a different answer than the average child, especially Paige.

Sounds like y'all did a fabulous job on such a big (gulp) assignment.:)


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