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New Glasses

I’m not a ‘things’ snob.  I enjoy small things, but I enjoy the bigger things in life, too.

Something about adoption is that there are a whole lot of little things floating around our life here that we mostly don’t take note of.  Maybe they are small things, but not to everyone.

Last year, the first time we gave Maria glasses, she looked at us in wide eyed wonder, quietly, “I can see…”

She got fitted for her first pair of frames, a very strong prescription, and loved them, cherished them.  Since coming home, she has grown rapidly–all catching up–and now it was time for some new glasses.

We headed to the store, and the boys did their best to pitch in on the decision making. 

And if you look in the background of the picture, you will see Maria’s response when we told her she could have pink frames.   

Is this an enjoying the small things moment?  A child ecstatic about the ability to have good vision, about glasses in her favorite color, or a big thing?  Throughout my days, I feel I am in a constant shifting from one to another, swelling and streaming from one to the next, pooling into big and small, growth and contentment.

Their joy an instrument of instruction to my life.

Learning what in fact is a big thing, cloaked as a small, from my children.

Today we picked them up, and she asked us about 800 times how much we loved them.

Each time we told her, ‘a whole lot!’

Cause new glasses, is a big thing!

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  • godhasnoproblems.com October 14, 2013, 7:20 am

    Oh my gosh she is just too sweet for her own good!

    I can’t believe you caught that reaction shot behind the boys! (Totally cute picture of them, too! But that little snippet of Maria you caught behind them is priceless!)

    I got purple-pinkish glasses not long ago too…coastal.com and their nifty free for your first pair deal (only pay shipping) made me decided I needed a “fun” pair along with my real ones!

    Your blog always makes me grin or get welly eyes – or both! Love it! And it’s fun because I can ‘put’ her voice with the times you quote her, though I’m sure she’s lost some of her cute accent since our little rainy park meet up!

    Continuing to pray for you guys, though I’m not very good about commenting these days!


    • The Tiny Team October 17, 2013, 2:12 pm

      Awww, good to hear from you friend! I hope you are doing well! Thanks for the glasses tip, we will check it out!

  • votemom October 14, 2013, 11:13 am

    i totally get this post. 2 of my kids were born in russia. i have older bio kids, all adults now. raising my daughters witha completely new perspective and soooo enjoying all the “little” stuff.

  • Crystal Kupper October 14, 2013, 8:38 pm

    Hi there, my husband and I are 28 and considering adopting an older child through RR. Our children are almost 6, almost 3 and 6 months. And we’d love to know about family dynamics, challenges, joys, etc. of adopting a child so much older than your biological oldest. Your children are beautiful, and so are you!

  • Erin Butson October 15, 2013, 1:35 am

    So stinkin cute.