We just celebrated seven years postadoption eight years that our granddaughter has lived with us. The first few years were so challenging, as it was a car crash that killed her sister and hospitalized our granddaughter. That crash is when our granddaughter had brought her into our care, and we were required each month to travel to Idaho so she could visit with her mom.
Her mom, my biological daughter passed away nearly 2 years ago from a drug overdose, and that was an additional trauma for our granddaughter. But she is an amazing child. She is successful in relationships and problem-solving. She is full of hope, and she demonstrates that every day when she gets up and gets out of bed and goes to play soccer or competes in a dog competition with 4H or goes to her church Bible study group, or dresses up for homecoming dance or goes to work where often it can be very challenging and she stays calm and works through and communicates effectively and efficiently with the people that own the store that she works in.
She is loved by her teachers and a leader, typically complimented for her maturity. She definitely has ups and downs, and we continue to support her in every way that we can. She has so many friends at school. She has a dog that is so well trained that everybody that meets him compliments him on his good behavior. And she’s an amazing cousin, sister, and member of our community. She’s a big-hearted, thoughtful member of our family. And we are so very grateful for the support we have received from our friends, family, and community.