Adopted Domestically at Birth
Sophia at 5 1/2 years old
Our precious Sophia entered our lives through adoption. We only knew of her twenty days before her birth and I must say that it was not an easy decision for us to make. Adopting a baby domestically through a kinship adoption was unfamiliar territory for us, but it was our children (many of which were teens and young adults) who opened our eyes to realizing that even though she was not born into the best of circumstances that she was already part of our family. Adopting Sophia is a decision that we have never regretted and we love her dearly. She has been a blessing in our lives!
Sophia had a rough start and was allergic to milk based formula. Even after we changed her to soy formula, she was fussy and didn’t sleep well at night. It didn’t take long to realize she was a tough little cookie with a strong will. As she grew over her first two years, she began to soften and is now a joy. Gabriella and Sophia are very close to each other and they play well together. Sophia loves animals and has a special place in her heart for puppies and cats. This has been very surprising to us being that most of our other kids have been more drawn to large animals. Sophia likes riding horses and showing cattle in the pee-wee classes, but she especially loves her puppies.
Sophia is an active little girl with a hit of mischief on her mind all the time. Sophia loves anything artsy, and this has led to her finding herself in a little trouble occasionally! She has painted and colored all kinds of things in our house and has even painted herself a few times! When she was a toddler, she would always paint or color her lips and we joked that it was the "signature" for her artwork. Sophia is very creative and talented. She is counting down the days until her sixth birthday so she start art lessons. Sophia loves to give hugs and kisses and has a contagious smile.
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
----- Proverbs 16:9