Just when we began to enjoy a break from the adoption paperwork, the time to file our first post-adoption report has already arrived!
Each country has different requirements regarding these reports, but since we adopted from Ethiopia, we’ll need to provide annual updates until Evangelle is 18 years old with the addition of a few extra during this first year.
The post-adoption report will include a questionnaire on Evangelle’s progress and development, a variety of photos, and a visit at our home from a social worker. Not too bad, really, when you consider how great a blessing it is for us to have Evangelle as our daughter.
As I read through the questions about her adjustment and development, I was reminded again how gracious God has been to us as a family. Evangelle has been home for just over 10 weeks now, and Joseph and I continue to be amazed by how well she is doing.
Here are a few of the milestones regarding her growth and development that we were able to share with our agency…
- Transitioned from crawling “Army style” to crawling on hands and knees
- Able to pull up to standing position with the help of furniture
- Says “dadada” and “mamama”
- Understands and responds to phrases like “Wave hello,” “Blow kisses,” and “Clap your hands”
- Mimics faces really well!
- Gained over 3 lbs.
- Two bottom teeth
And to help you better visualize it…
We definitely should have added comedic skills to the list of her strengths. =)
I just want to say again how thankful I am to each one of you who has kept our family in your prayers over the past several months.
The only explanation I can give for why Evangelle has done so well thus far is that God has obviously been hearing and answering prayer!