This year has been riddled with miracles, joyful moments, grieving, and lots of humility. Naso came from a life with many disruptions, deep loss, and desperate circumstances as well as a wake of people who rescued and saved and loved him before we were able to include him in our family. He is a super hero. I often tell him that he is the bravest person I know. He is teaching me about love and compassion and patience. He is changing us and making us better.
Naso is thriving in school, finally. It’s amazing what happens when some of the stress melts off this kid and he starts to feel secure. It took us the entire year to get through the 1st Set of Bob Books, but he is already finished the 2nd set within a month. He and I work with math manipulatives, using the Saxon Math homeschool program and he is progressing far quicker than we thought possible – he understands numbers, months and days and weeks, and he is even learning time. These are huge leaps forward.
Hey Caleb, we have the same shirt (pointing to the Champion logo on his sweatshirt)
Yup – it’s a good brand.
Wow! It’s almost like . . . . . . . . we’re brothers
Uh, we are, Naso.
Really?! That’s so cool!
(Can you see the resemblance?)
One year ago, we drove up to Mother of Peace and saw, for the first time, a small little boy sitting on a stoop anxiously waiting with bags packed. He grabbed my hand immediately, called us Mom and Dad from the beginning and got in that big white van with a bunch of unfamiliar people and never looked back. He is the bravest boy I know.
We celebrated with a hike and McDonalds. When we all went around the table and said something we love about him, he said, “Oh, thank you ________, I love you too.” We are a very lucky family.