Award of Courage
Today is the last day of first grade for Jian. I cannot believe an entire school year has come and gone. I will never forget the first day I took her to school and how frail and terrified she was. Looking at her today, she does not seem like the same person. The past week or two have been especially stressful with managing her behavior and coaching her through difficulties. I’m sure a lot of it has to do with anxiety related to change and this school year coming to an end. Every time it feels like I am facing all that I can bear, a new light shines and reminds me that I can do this.
The reassurance this week came when Jian was presented with the Richardson Award of Courage at her school. It is given to one student every year who exhibits outstanding character, determination, and bravery in light of a serious challenge. It is given in honor of a little girl who attended Jian’s school a few years ago who eventually passed away with childhood cancer. A plaque hanging in the office of her school will have Jian’s name and the year engraved on it. How humbling to see where God has brought her from 9 years ago as an infant with an unknown name.
She was also voted to receive the Outstanding Character Award for her grade this week. One of the characters noted is honesty. Yes, we can all agree that Jian has no problem being brutally honest! Jian will begin 3 weeks of intensive physical therapy next week. We need everyone’s prayers that this is a success. She moved her left ankle this week for the first time, which was something that I thought was scientifically impossible for her to ever be able to do. She has huge potential, but her determination and strong will can be very challenging to channel so that they are assets for her progress rather than barriers. I know she will do great, and I will try to keep everyone posted as she does more new and wonderful things!