Another milestone! Karis celebrated her second Fourth of July! This is worth noting, because last summer, everything was so new to her, it was difficult for her to just "live" and "enjoy". In fact, there were times that she acted as if she had to move so fast, eat so fast, shop so fast... all because in her mind, there was the possibility she would be sent back to Russia.
After a year's worth of routine, stability, and love, the very normal teenager slept in on the 4th, then, helped make holiday treats which included red, white, and blue fruit kabobs and an American flag cake. Then, it was time to head to our friends' pool party which has become an annual tradition. For each of these activities just mentioned, Karis knew what to expect, so the day was enjoyable for her.
We have made big strides in a year's time. This summer has been wonderful compared to last, not that last summer was bad, it was just a time of adjustment for all of us, not to mention, I was still slightly traumatized from being held in Russia 21 days. I whole-heartedly believe God is rewarding us this summer, by allowing us to just enjoy our time... and each other!
Happy Birthday, America... THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!