Sunday, January 16, 2011

Six Weeks




























The pictures on the left were taken while still in the orphanage approximately seven weeks ago. This picture on the right was taken just a couple of days ago, playing with Justus and Daddy - at six weeks home. Six weeks. That's it. A difference already. A big difference for our little Ivanna. Six weeks - and six pounds later, she is thriving. She is learning how to walk in the walker, smile more, touch and actually hold objects/toys and "play" with them, enjoy baths, eat more than just a liquid, hold her own bottle, use her voice ... and cuddle. Six weeks and she is learning how to be a child. Not bound to a crib or banished to one room. Ivanna was five years old and weighed twenty pounds when we brought her home. Today she weighs over twenty-six pounds. Astounding. AMAZING! Praise GOD! There may be some who would wonder what difference one adoption can make, when there is a staggering amount of orphans in the world. For Ivanna - the difference was LIFE! Learning to live is what this little girl is all about right now. However, the learning doesn't just stop there. I am learning right along with her, in new ways and some old - in the form of reminders. Am I busy? Yes. Am I overwhelmed at times? Yes. Would I do it all over again? YES! I am thankful for the blessing of having both Ivanna and Max in our family.


Six weeks. To some, not even a noteworthy amount of time. For Ivanna - it has meant a whole new world.



A difference? Yes ... one child ... one life ... one soul ...

... at a time.


*Please remember the auction to benefit the Burger family who are adopting Brian*
We can help Brian know what it is to have a family too.
~ See post below for details ~

5 comments:

Laurie said...

Praise the LORD!!! What an amazing and touching testimony!!! THANK you for sharing this -- my heart is rejoicing for her and breaking for so many others....
Praying... praying...

The Casaus House said...

Wow. Praise God for the difference He is making through Max and Ivanna's lives through obedient children. Thank you Brownings for sacrificing just a little to transform the lives of those two. You're family sure has been encouraging to ours.

Simpson Family said...

A little love goes along way. Amazing isn't it!!!

Walking With Christ said...

WOW!! Never really noticed a BIG difference until I saw these photos. SUCH a huge difference in just those 6 weeks. And yes mom, a little love goes quite a long way. Please everyone, help bring Brian home. You see the difference in these pictures. Just think.... one more child HOME from an orphanage. CHANGED forever. Rally around the Burger family, Pray for them!

Faith for Hope said...

All I can say is, Praise the Lord!!!! Still praying for your family...and the Burgers with their sweet boy. Can't wait to see him too! Thanks for your encouragement and help .... you have been a huge blessing! ~ Grace

 




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