In case you are a newcomer, Jonathan and his brother Josiah came home from China in April 2011. They both have made amazing progress in different areas. Jonathan's are the most noticeable and observable.
When he first came to us almost 16 months ago, Jonathan had significant delays. Way more than I was expecting. It was a little shocking at first. . .and a little scary. But it was not more than God was expecting. There will be so much more to Jonathan's story in years to come, but I feel it necessary to share and celebrate the Lord's goodness in his progress!
In April 2011, Jonathan could do very little for himself. He was 4 years old and could not dress or undress himself. He wasn't even holding his own sippy cup. In his native language, he was only saying a few simple words. We noticed he would say the same word over and over, and we learned it was the Chinese word for "this." So he would sit and babble the word "this" over and over.
Once in our family, we didn't know what else to do but encourage him, talk to him, sing to him, and keep him with us all the time. While he certainly wasn't learning English as fast as Josiah was, he began learning. What is amazing is he was learning language! And finally making great progress in his second language! It was so funny when the specialists would say things like, "Just keep getting him the early intervention he is receiving and he should continue making good progress!" You see, he didn't start any therapies until he had been home for 9 months. We were just loving him, setting reasonable goals, and treating him like the rest of our children. And Jonathan flourished!
He had a knee disarticulation in October and received his prosthetic leg in December. Some of the doctors were hesitant about how well he would do since he has cognitive delays (due to schizencephaly and a rare syndrome), but he surprised everyone by walking on it without the walker within 18 hours. A whole new world then opened up to Jonathan as he was able to get around like everyone else!
So how is he doing now?
Jonathan can dress and undress himself,
wash his hands, do a fair job brushing his teeth, clean up toys, take his dishes to the sink, fetch the baby's diapers, count past 10, sing most of the ABC's, recognize most colors and some shapes, follow most directions, play very well with his brothers,
ride his scooter,
whisk eggs, throw and kick a ball, use spontaneous language in sentences of up to 8 words,
work hard at his 2 daily chores,
sing many songs, and pray the sweetest prayers for his baby brother!
He has even begun putting his prosthetic leg on and off by himself!
And the list could go on and on. . . . . .
Yes, we are so amazed at how far Jesus has brought our precious Jonathan.
What if we would have missed out on this amazing gift? For most of my life, I have been uncomfortable around people with special needs. Oh, how the Lord likes to take us out of our comfort zone.
And I am so glad He does!