Monday, September 12, 2011
Volleyball and Victory!
Saturday was Karis' first-ever volleyball game, and this mom and dad are so proud of her! She played well, but more than anything, her courage is what impressed us most. She went out onto unfamiliar territory (away game), not always knowing the rules of the game nor what all of the volleyball terminology meant. Regardless, she tried, and she succeeded... huge milestone!
Karis has an inner "drive" that is inspiring, even to me, her 37-year-old mother. When people tell us what a blessing we are to Karis for adopting her (an older child), I have to laugh- they have no idea how she blesses us. Karis is a... joy, and I cannot imagine life without her now. That's the funny thing about life, we become comfortable with the "norm"... which is the normal we create for ourselves. Then, throw in an adoption curve ball, whoa, your life, and your family's life acquires a... "new norm". That's what we spent the summer working through... adjusting (fairly easily) to the "new norm". Now, however, it feels as if Karis has been in our family forever. It's all very normal. Not only is Karis reaching milestones, now that she's in a functioning family, but her mom and dad are, too! We now understand that curve balls, a "new norm", and adaptability are all actually very good things... all designed for our personal growth.
Just as Karis was courageous getting out on the volleyball court Saturday, I'm so very thankful God allowed Kevin and I to be courageous growing our family. I look forward to many more milestones... amongst us all.