More Independent Walking!

On : 17 February, 2014 | Category : Mobility Progress Logs

Last week was a weird week here.  We had threats of inclement weather and finally did get some snow Wednesday night.  As a result, Jian was out of school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  When I went to pick her up on Monday, she came to the car about 10 minutes later than usual.  Her […]

Jian’s First Marathon

On : 17 February, 2014 | Category : 2014

I had written several months ago about Jian bringing home information about doing a kids’ marathon.  Since October, we have logged how far she has walked every day, which had to add up to at least 25.1 miles.  Last Saturday, all of the kids gathered at a large park in downtown Birmingham to finish walking […]


On : 2 February, 2014 | Category : 2014

Well, Jian got her wish.  When we brought her home, she began talking about winter and Christmas and how fun it is to play in the snow.  We explained that we really don’t get any snow in Birmingham.  She has been very disappointed about this.  For months, she has been pleading with God to make it snow.  She […]

New Hurdle Conquered

On : 27 January, 2014 | Category : Mobility Progress Logs

I have been waiting for this day.  The day that Jian would feel confident enough to practice in public the things she has been practicing in our home.  Tonight after CrossFit, everyone was just kind of doing their own thing.  Jian and I were across the room and needed to go over and get our […]

Jian’s First Christmas

On : 24 January, 2014 | Category : 2014

Until this year, Jian had never experienced the Christmas season.  Needless to say, she was so excited she could hardly contain herself.  She loved putting up the Christmas tree and hanging up the “socks.”  She knew that we were supposed to make a snack for Santa.  I reminded her after working all week that we […]

Jian’s Claim to Fame

On : 24 January, 2014 | Category : 2014

We take Jian with us when we do CrossFit on a regular basis.  Actually, the day after we came home, she wanted to go to the gym with us.  When she watches everyone working out, she lets it all sink in, and then she wants to try.  She had already taught herself to walk on […]

“Ya Ya is Coming Home!”

On : 24 January, 2014 | Category : 2014

When we brought Jian home, she left behind the only family she had ever known.  Several children around the same age had all grown up at the orphanage and lived together as “siblings.”  Her very best friend, whom Jian calls Ya Ya, was so sad when we left.  Jian has been grieving for her “sister” to come home.  Last […]

HUGE progress!

On : 14 January, 2014 | Category : Mobility Progress Logs

Tonight we got home and pulled into our basement garage.  Jian got out of the car.  I told her to practice walking all by herself through the garage and basement and to the stairs.  She did it.  Then she held the handrail and walked up the entire flight of stairs.  Then she walked through the […]

Independent Walking in the Classroom

On : 11 January, 2014 | Category : Mobility Progress Logs

Jian’s number one goal is to walk independently without using a cane or wearing her leg brace.  So this is what we practice at home.  Every.  Single.  Day.  My hope has been that she will become so confident with her ability that she will start to do it on her own within her classroom at […]

More Confident

On : 28 December, 2013 | Category : Mobility Progress Logs

Yesterday, we were getting ready to go somewhere, and Jian went to the front door, used the handrails to walk down the steps and started walking independently toward the car.  I wasn’t even outside yet.  She has NEVER attempted anything like this before.  She fell after a few steps, and I rushed over and picked […]

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