Tuesday, May 28, 2013
JEAN IS TELLING US ABOUT KATIE
While we were moving we got a call from Sarah who is also a Foster Parent, she gave a post on Amish Stories. She told us to get to one of the hospitals right away as a little girl was coming up for adoption. When I explained we were moving she said now !! This one is yours !! I was at one house and David at the other so when we finally got together, we got a driver and went to see the child. Sarah met us there and said she could take her, but as soon as she saw her-she knew she was our little girl. When we saw the little girl, we knew Sarah was right.
We welcome Katie, into our home and family. She is a four year little girl, with light brown hair and brown eyes - just like our family. Her Englisher parents were killed in an automobile accident, that we had read about in the paper. Katie had been in the back seat which saved her. Neither of us ever thought that this child would be ours. As we were moving the hospital kept her a few extra days so she could come into a home all ready for her.
Seeing Kevin and Bridget had moved, Martha and Joseph brought over one of their single beds to our house so Katie would have a bed and dresser. The only family she has is her great-grandparents who are unable to care of her for health reasons. I don't think they were happy when they first saw us in our dress. We invited them to our house which they came to see when we had boxes all over. They were happy to see that we have electric, running water and alike. After we got settled we again invited them to our home for dinner and to see Katie. David also took them to the barn to show them the bedroom set he, Edward and Michael are making for her.
At first it was hard on Katie. She would cry for her parents especially at night, and we explained to her that they had gone to heaven. We would sit with her. One night we didn't hear her cry at all and went up to see why. She and Susan were in that single bed together-both sleeping. We moved Susan's bed in there for a week and then moved her back in her room. Katie has rarely cried since.
They are both close to each other. Susan is so happy she has a little sister.
When we got Katie she was wearing Englisher slacks. Now she wears our Old Order Mennonite clothes. She has short hair, but still wears our kapp. Hair will grow. Meetings was hard for her, having to sit still for such a long time, but she is learning. At first, she was afraid of some of the animals like the horses, cows, pigs and chickens. Following Susan and helping her with her chores, took some of the fear out. We also explained our rules around the big animals.
Like with Edward, we are prospective parents for adoption of Katie. We still have to have her with us for a year to make sure she fits in and we fit in. I am so glad we have the new house where it sits back from the road. It gives the children play area away from the road.
Grandfather Albert and Grandmother Olive think she is daring, too. Katie still has to learn that the dawdy is only to be entered after you knock and get permission. Susan has stopped her sometimes and tells her we knock first.
All the family has welcomed her into the family. We had a family meeting before we brought her home and all agreed. Susan says we should still get another girl to even up the number of girls and boys. I told her, I think we will wait a little while.
Be With God,
Kevin, Bridget and two other of Martha's son's left for Oklahoma last Friday. They arrived last Sunday and should have started work yesterday. Hoping to get a post from one of them when they get back. They will be there for two weeks.
Mabel, Vickie's poodle, is having terrible back problems again. She can't walk on her back legs. For those who pray for pets, please remember Mabel in your thoughts and prayers.
Bandit, Pierre's friend, still hasn't been found. We are all still looking for him.