The New Stacie

On : 28 December, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

I have been trying to take time out of every day to be still and quiet and to reflect and listen.  I feel that it is very important to stay grounded because it is so easy to race from one activity to the next, only to slam my head against the pillow in exhaustion every evening, and then do it […]

“You’re Too Big, and You Make Me Walk”

On : 22 December, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

It seems like just in the past couple of weeks, Jian has really grown up.  She weighs 40 pounds now, and I haven’t measured her height, but I’m pretty sure she is taller.  Her hair is getting so long and beautiful.  She is so much more talkative and confident.  She has been really excited about […]


On : 18 November, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

Praise God, through whom all blessings flow!  This lyric is singing in my head right now.  Today I brought Jian home from school.  When we pulled into the garage, I had my hands full and told her to hold her cane and come upstairs with me.  She tried to pout and say she wanted me […]

She is starting to read!

On : 4 November, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

After being in school for 2 months and practicing most evenings after school, Jian is starting to read English already!  She has been working hard on matching upper case and lower case letters, learning letter sounds, and memorizing sight words.  She has started becoming very interested in books and reading.  Now when we read short books, I will […]

It has been 4 months

On : 19 October, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

This week marked 4 months since the day we met Jian.  Four months.  That sounds like such a short time, but feels like she has been home for years.  With all of the goals we are working toward and things she wants to accomplish with her mobility, it is easy to forget about all of […]

She’s walking a marathon!

On : 8 October, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

I could not be more proud right now!  Jian is starting to really see progress with her walking and leg strength, so she is very motivated to come home from school every afternoon and do therapy with me.  Today, she put on her brace and walked about 25 feet without holding onto a cane or the […]

First Beach Trip!

On : 30 September, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

Jian and I have been planning to take Daniel to the beach for his birthday weekend for about a month, and she has been very excited.  When she first saw a picture of the beach, she said, “Big yo yong!”  (Yo yong means swim.)  She is not a very good secret-keeper, though.  I explained to […]

Fascinated with Christmas

On : 19 September, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

The new thing that has come about this past week is that Jian is completely obsessed with Christmas.  She has been asking a million questions about Christmas and Santa Claus.  She does not know his name, so she refers to him as “Red.”  As usual, she has thought out every detail.  She asked if he […]

She caught me off guard

On : 19 September, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

I was not prepared for the question that came to me last night.  In my mind, months ago, I knew these questions would begin.  But it is so easy to let your guard down when things appear to be going well, and forget to keep yourself in her shoes, looking through her eyes at all […]

She’s a trooper!

On : 5 September, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

We are slowly making progress with Jian being comfortable wearing the brace on her foot.  She keeps saying that she is scared that people will laugh at her.  The brace is very small, and her sock covers it up, but we are trying not to downplay her anxieties about it.  Any time she will put it […]