Beautiful Life





Hey child up and go; A big world is out there waiting for us to live in every day. Outside you will find, there is love all around you; Takes you, makes you wanna' say; That it's a beautiful life and it's a beautiful world and it's a beautiful time to be here, to be here, to be here. -Fisher

Friday, May 22, 2009

Almost There!

When we went to China to adopt Claire, we had no preconceived ideas about what life with her might be like. We were as informed as we could have been about her condition. Doctors had made it clear that she probably would not walk unassisted.....if at all. And, I'm sure you've read the posts recounting the many other life-long health issues we were "warned" about by all our medical sources. We went anyway....'cause that's what you do when God tells you to. Why? Because it has been my experience that He knows what He's doing! Well, it didn't take us long to realize that we might as well throw out all the doctor's "warnings" with the bath water, because Claire has other ideas. Now we take our cues from her instead. If you've read this blog at all, you know one thing Claire is determined to do is walk. On her own. And she works hard.

On the anniversary of the day she became a citizen of this country and met the rest of her family for the first time, enjoy this video. It will give you some idea of the progress she's made, from barely standing while holding on......she's almost there!






video

12 comments:

Hezra said...

oh, I have happy Tears!! YAY Claire and Oh Chelsea, know that a fellow mommy is sending you happy hugs now!

Jerry and Christy said...

I am so blessed to see how God has worked in Claire's life. I have followed your blog while waiting for our daughter and still now since she has been home. Thank you for sharing your journey and allowing others to watch God's work.
Christy

The Source said...

Oh Claire!! We're so so proud of you!! Keep working, girl!! You're going to do anything you want!

Annabanana said...

Amen to the happy tears! GOOOOOOOOOO Claire! How blessed are y'all that God picked you to be her parents!? Oh wow, oh wow. To think back to Guangzhou, to remember those little pink casts when y'all came thru in June-and there she is!

Shout it from the mountain.

The Gulke Family said...

YEAH! That-a-girl. I am so happy and excited and sitting here with happy tears running down my face. Oh how far they have come! Give her a big hug from us.

Darling Daughter. said...

CLAIRE!! God is good. Claire has progressed tremendously since her 3rd birthday. WAY TO GO CLAIRE!

Marcie said...

Yay Claire! My heart nearly leapt out of my chest when I watched the video! What a precious, beautiful child. You are so blessed!

The Sharp Family said...

AMAZING!!!!!!! I am so proud of her! Crying tears of joy at work tonight :)

Sally said...

There is something so special and magical about this little girl. She has a special spirit and nothing on EARTH will get this child down. She will walk on her own to get her high school diploma, her college diploma and down the aisle with her daddy on her arm. Plus she is exquisite - so gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

That was so great, Chelsea!!! I loved the year in review!! You go Claire!!!!

Ann (Lizzie's Momma)

shilo said...

almost there...almost there...there, I am officially weeping with joy. She is the most amazing little girl on the planet.

Yvette said...

I've got tears, too! That is such a beautiful sight! Thank you for sharing; it's made my day!