"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters
compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Conquering the Couch

We used to be able to plop Victoria down and we could be sure she'd stay in the same place. Not anymore! The girl has even figured out how to get down off the couch. But first she has an important phone call to make. (This phone is really great, she can hear herself!)

Well, now she's bored with the phone,so....

just a little flip to the side when she thinks no one is watching......

Almost there.....

Drat! Caught in the act!

If only I could get my darn legs to bend!

Ta-da!!! I did it!!!

We'd better watch out. Tomorrow she's going to defeat the stairs!


  1. Yay Victoria! You did it! Great job! You can do whatever you put your mind to!

  2. Once her feet touch down does she stand there holding on or plop on the floor? Isn't it amazing that she wants to go and explore? That she doesn't feel like she has to wait for anybody!

    1. She can stand up as long as she has something to hold onto. She can even just be holding on with one hand!

  3. She's doing great!! I know I've said it before, but I can't believe this is the same girl you brought home some months ago!!

  4. I feel sad for all the orphans, esp. those are abused in orphanages. Unfortunately, Chinese orphanages are one of the most dangerous places for orphans.

    A book about Chinese orphanages.

    Book Description:
    "An eye-opening account of life in China’s orphanages. Kay Bratt vividly details the conditions and realities faced by Chinese orphans in an easy-to-read manner that draws the reader in to the heart-wrenching moments she has experienced in her work to bring hope to these children.”—Dan Cruver, cofounder and director of Together for Adoption

    When her family relocated to rural China in 2003, Kay Bratt was thrust into a new world, one where boys were considered more valuable than girls and poverty and the one-child policy had created an epidemic of abandoned infants. As a volunteer at a local orphanage, Bratt witnessed conditions that were unfathomable to a middle-class mother of two from South Carolina.

    Based on Bratt’s diary of her four years working at the orphanage, Silent Tears offers a searing account of young lives rendered disposable. In the face of an implacable system, Bratt found ways to work within (and around) the rules to make a better future for the children, whom she came to love. Her story balances the sadness and struggles of life in the orphanage with moments of joy, optimism, faith, and victory. It is the story of hundreds of children—and one woman who never planned on becoming a hero but became one anyway."


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