Thursday, June 3, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Iris @ Grace Alone is hosting Thankful Thursday today :)
No more braces!
How merciful is the Creator of this child. She NEVER had one issue in the entire time!
Her smile is so bright now.
So amazing the ease of it, and yesterday we took her to have her teeth cleaned too...
NO CAVITIES! after 18 months of braces!
It is a wonderful wonderful thing to behold. It was like the first day of kindergarten I cried.
What an honor and privilege to be able to give this to her.
Thankful? Oh so very! She did so well yesterday. Growing up the 13th birthday only a month away.
She has on a home made night gown that I made at least 15 years ago.
OH a daughter. The days are so sweet seeing her grow. 
She has been grounded every since the last day of school and she is doing well with it.

Last night we all had a fun time at the kitchen table. Dash had a Lego man and somehow we all started up a impromptu game of "flick the Lego" across the table like table top football.
It was a blast! When it was my first turn some how I flicked that little thing dead center of Doves forehead. I laughed so hard my ribs hurt. Started me when they did. It was so good to laugh!
I really really hit a funny bone. Just could not hold it back. We all laughed they were laughing at me laugh. Then I looked over at my sweet son and he was crying. He was in pain. Three cavities filled and a swollen lip too. Sweet baby slept on the sofa. He is still there now.

Around the time Dash was born, before I even knew he could be my son there was a choice. We had started and stopped his adoption. The process caught us right in the middle of mass lay offs at Daddy mans employ. After working at the same company for over 25 years we faced unemployment for the first time in his life. 
I was at the dentist where she was telling me I needed to pull two teeth and get braces for my bottom teeth. They were sliding forward as well as the top teeth. I thought it over and refused because I had a son in my heart. Soon after we reopened the process to get our boy . We were matched and soon (well it was really months and months later) we were on the way to Russia to get him.
Now this day, today I wept with joy and gratitude as we were able to see the fruit of all of the mercy and ability...
My girl has the most beautiful teeth.
She had surgery for a supper numerary tooth. It was an adult size tooth that grew in her upper palate right toward the front teeth. She also had a second surgery to remove 4 teeth to fix the damage.

Now she will have the most wonderful grin. Even these years later Daddy Man misses her toothy grin.
Dove is so beautiful and NO CAVITIES!
Oh the hours Daddy Man spent with her at night tending to her teeth while I tended to dinner dishes and chores. WOW!
We just paid them off in full last month.
I am in a depth of gratitude that HE made us able to do this for her.

Ears of corn-on-the-cob... complete with corn shaped plates and 
corn cob holders.
Oh yes we had corn on the cob.
We stopped and got her a pack of Gum (sugar free of course)


JUST A MOM said...

she is growing up so fast and BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!! I will set aside seme time when I am off and visit PROMISE!

Debbie said...

Oh Donetta, what a grateful heart you have. Those two children were definitely meant for you. I love your heart of a mama as you forsook getting your own needs met so you could get your son.

BTW, your daughter does have a beautiful smile! I know what it is to have braces as I had them as an adult but it's worth it after they are gone.

Blessings and hugs to you,

Susie said...

Great to be grateful:-)

Denise said...

She is so precious, and her teeth look so awesome. I am so happy for her. Glad you are enjoying time with your children. I love you.

LisaShaw said...


Great photos of the kids and I'm rejoicing with you and your family. What a great smile!!!

Annette said...

Miss. Dove is a very beautiful young lady, but God doesnt create ugly, all things he creates are beautiful!!
Your children are so very lucky to have you and our husband for parents, God picked the 2 of you for their parents before the 2 of you even knew you'd be adopting!!

and hugs to all as well~

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