Happy New Year

Jan 1

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“Happy New Year’s Day!! I brought in the new year with one of my crazy fun pink toga hot tub parties!”
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“After that we packed up and headed over the river and through the woods to Nana and Papa’s house for some pork and sauerkraut! They say it’s good luck to eat sauerkraut on New Year’s Day. I hope milkies counts!!”
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“We love being at Nana and Papa’s!”
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“I just hung out being cute, as usual.”
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“Everyone seems to love me! Nana and Papa sure love me!”
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“And Meemee and Oma love me too!”
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We love because he first loved us.
(1 John 4:19 NIV)

Jan 2

When I look back through the years I marvel at how certain times and events of life are so purposeful for growth. Often times they are interconnected, mysteriously preparing for the future. There are so many little things in my own life, but the big things that come to mind are my experience with adoption, the almost 10 years I spent with a house sparrow, and now Nora.

Starting with adoption — The experience of making an adoption plan for my birth daughter almost 20 years ago gave me the perspective that children are not property. At that time I never bothered to look at it from a faith perspective, but I still hold strong to that belief. Children are not property because they are a gift. They are on loan to us from God. Parting with my birth daughter enabled me to loosen my grip on many things in my life that I would otherwise regard as “MINE”. With my hands open to release, they are also open to receive. I could never have collected this vast array of blessings with “tightly clenched fists”.

One of those many blessings was a tiny naked little bird that ended up in my life. She was rescued from certain death on a hot summer sidewalk by two young boys who brought her to the vet’s office where my sister worked. I lovingly took over the care of this feeble little creature, mixing up a recipe of baby bird food and feeding it to her through a syringe every 20 minutes for 16 hours a day. As a sort of over abundant thank-you, she enormously enriched my life and everyone who knew her over the next 9 years and 7 months.

Given the choice, most people interested in acquiring a pet bird would opt for something colorful or something that sang a beautiful song. Ava was a common house sparrow, regarded by many as a pest, certainly not anything fancy. Despite her dismal reputation, Ava proved herself over and over again that she was anything BUT common. I have cassette recordings around here somewhere of her amazing trills and arias that she would do when she thought no one was listening. I have yet to ever hear a house sparrow in the wild immitate those sounds! Through this experience with Ava I gained an even greater appreciation for all life, especially “the least of these”.

It was 5 years ago today that that sweet, beautiful, treasured little bird traded her drab little house sparrow wings for a set of magnificent angel wings. Minutes before she left for the heavenly realms she chirped to me THREE times. I vowed never to forget those precious “last words” to me. She went so quickly after that, I was amazed that she had been able to muster the energy.

PICTURES OF AVA

I saw this bird “snow angel” the other day. I stopped to consider that it is much like my heart, in that there is evidence that a bird landed there.
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I still miss that little bird terribly, but wouldn’t trade that experience for all the riches in the world!

In this world where a child/person with special needs might be regarded as “less than” or “insignificant”. I have learned that each and every creature, each and every person has a place in the purpose of our Creator. Let go of those assumptions and stereotypes and you just might end up with a beautiful surprise!!

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Nora fell asleep toward the end of her physical therapy session!! It’s exhausting trying to grab at mylar streamers!!
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Sometimes when Nora is in the baffs, she gets a hankering for some milkies. She will then use Mommy’s phone to call downstairs to place a delivery order from the Milkies Cafe. A few minutes later a waitress or delivery man will bring her what she ordered. They’re usually very accommodating!
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Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. (Matthew 10:29 NIV)

4 thoughts on “Happy New Year

  1. I completely agree with you. I feel life is like a puzzle where all the pieces perfectly fit into each other even though we don’t see the whole puzzle until the end. I mean even the most insignificant circumstance has a purpose in God’s mind, but sometimes it will take us years to understand it.
    I also feel every baby is a gift.Even with children that apparently are completely healthy we ‘d be prepared to accept that we don’t know how long we will be entrusted to take care of them. All of us are in God’s hands and we’d live on a day by day basis.
    And regarding less serious things, I love the room service from the Milkies Cafe to the Spa. I still remember the video where Greta was the waitress at the Milkies Cafe and Nornor’s complaining “voice”. That was hilarious!!.
    Keeping all the Yuskos in my prayers as always. I ask God to bless Nornor and all of you every night. Muuuaahh 🙂

  2. I love the Milkies Cafe too! I started laughing wondering how much your water bill has gone up since Nora’s arrival. 🙂 All the pictures of her sleeping are absolutely precious.

  3. Aleisa,
    I seldom find that I allow myself the time to read a book and your blog has been my coveted reading time lately! I love reading it… I find myself so “in tune” with the way you think and feel that my heart smiles each time I read an entry and look at her beautiful face. When you quoted the “least of these” today, it brought to my mind the greater than and less than signs that we use in math. (I’m a teacher- it happens!) and knowing that we would have made the same choice as you and William did had we received the news that YOU did, I will forever think of little Nora as a “greater than” sign! What a true GIFT she is to you and William and to her siblings who have gained such experiences in life, love and faith!

    Irreplaceable Nora>! I love her sweet little face and precious soul!

    Hugs to you all,
    Lisa

  4. YOU HAVE THE BEST “WAITER” AND “WAITRESS” IN THE WORLD. SO CUTE THE WAY GRETA CARRIED NORA’S MILKIES IN FOR HER TO ENJOY IN THE BATH. NORA LOOKS BEAUTIFUL “AS USUAL” IN HER LITTLE DRESS WITH THE PINK ROSE. SUCH BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN YOU AND WILLIAM HAVE. I LOVE YOUR BLOGS. HANGING ON TO THE HOPE THAT SOME DAY YOU WILL WRITE A BOOK. I FOR SURE WILL BE BUYING ONE THE VERY FIRST DAY IT COMES OUT. LOVE TO ALL. GOD BLESS.

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