Abby is 6 1/2 months old, she weighs 15 lbs and 3 oz., she is growing right before our eyes. I tried to explain how I felt to some good friends of ours, and it’s really hard to put into words. It feels like we have had her forever and then sometimes I look at Abby and it’s so surreal. So unbelievable that we have our little pumpkin in our house everyday, to never be without us again.
It is definitely an adjustment and everything is going so well. This past week has been real difficult for Abby and me, teething. Teething is horrible for such a little babe, I totally forgot all those sleepless nights, with the girls when they were babies. It’s so worth it , even though Abby woke me up almost every two hours last night and stayed up for two hours each time. By 4am I had only slept about 3 hours and was exhausted but I just rocked her and cuddled her and enjoyed the quiet in the house.
At the same time, this week I found out about this precious little boy, 4 yrs old who was brutally beaten up and killed. Abby will never be abused in any form or way, from sexual, physical or emotional abuse. She has been saved from a life of neglect and poverty, all around us daily, we see the economy continuing to plummet. When Michael and I hold, and love on Abby, none of this really matters. We see a miracle everyday and I am so honored to be her mother.
A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
Almost five children die everyday as a result of child abuse. More than three out of four are under the age of 4.
Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way; 68% are abused by family members.
Needless to say the statistics go on and on and are horrible. Makes you really wonder where humanity is.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.He makes me to lie down in green pastures;He leads me beside the still waters.He restores my soul;He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil;For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23: 1-4
Pic taken by Lizzy Tacoma
More to come later!