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

Thursday, August 20, 2009

How much can you handle?

'Cause there is a whole lota cuteness uploaded here!

Scroll down to the bottom there,
and mute that music because you will want to hear,
as well as see the miracle that is Claire.

A year ago, this child was still up to her thighs in hot pink casts, courtesy of Dr. Dobbs and the Shrinners Hospital of St. Louis. In October, having never taken an independent step in her almost three years of life, she put her first, "corrected foot" forward with the help of a two foot high walker......and there has been no stopping her since!

Today, 10 months and hours of hard work later, she leaves her walker behind!

Upon meeting our "Determinator", her therapist declared, "one day she will just let go and take off" and she did!

There is a doctor in Guangzhou, China. If you go there for a Visa medical, you may run into him. He may even look at your child, as he did at ours, and question if you are sure you want that child..... especially if your child has "deformed" go with the 6 inch scar across her back....that clearly indicates, if only to him, that she will not walk. "Do you know your child's feet are deformed?" the translator asked us as the doctor looks to us for confirmation that we understand. "Yes." we say. "You understand that she can not walk?" We nod. We understand what you think. We know what our God can do though!

And just to take it over the top for you, have a conversation with Miss Sassafras....because she is ALL that and a bag of chips!


Annie said...

Oh my gosh, Chelsea!!! Claire is just amazing. Her determination and courage remind me so much of Lizzie. Your boys also remind me of our boys and the way they love and take care of their sisters! You all are truly blessed and little Claire IS all that and a bag of chips!!! Is Dr. Hooker in awe???

Sally- That Girl! said...

Okay, she is the sweetest thing ever!!!! I can't get enough of her!!! What a precious child. You are so blessed to have her.

I know the exact dr you are talking about. When he noticed Bryson's hands, I thought he wasn't going to let us adopt him. He brought us into a room with other doctors and they all starting talking about his hands. I was so nervous. I kept telling them they were perfect. I kissed his sweet hands in front of them so they would know they are perfect just the way they are.

LIttle do they know how blessed our lives are because of these kiddos!!!

Mama S said...

These are absolutely the greatest videos I've seen of Claire since she came to us. What great progress!

Brenda said...

Claire has a certain magic built right into her. She cracked me up when she said, "No I did not!!" What a determined little kid. Watch out world, she's gonna be a pistol for sure!

Chris and Tammy Stubblefield said...

Reading your post about Claire brought needed smiles to our faces this morning as we sit at St Louis Childrens Hospital. We know without the shadow of a doubt that God is going to use Ava and Claire in amazing ways.

Bobby and Regina said...

Your daughter is beautiful and amazing! She is doing so well! We will pray her progress continues, and of course, all things are possible to those who believe in HIM!!! Blessings, Regina

The Raudenbush Family said...

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