Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Well, we have our first difficult school assignment as a family of foster care / adoption. Olivia has to do a timeline of her life. She was given a strip of posterboard to attach pictures of her life from babyhood until now. For most, no big deal. Even for Braeden, that will be easy. For Olivia, it's hard. It is bringing and will bring up difficult things for her. We have no pictures of her from "before." Before she came to live with me. From birth until she was 3 1/2. Considering she's 5, that's most of her life.

I gave her a couple suggestions since her teacher didn't include a note to us or suggestions for altering the assignment. We could just place pics from 3 1/2 until now, or we could draw a pic of what she may have looked like as a baby and add other pictures to that. What else could we do??? She didn't like the drawing idea, which is fine by me. So we then role played what she could or would choose to say if kids ask about why she doesn't have baby pictures. That's a lot to have to already explain at 5 years of age. I feel for her. I fear for her. My heart breaks for her. But I know Olivia. I know how strong she is and has already had to be in her life. I know how much she loves us and the fact that she will soon be adopted. I only pray that she doesn't have to stand up to teasing at such a young age.

Suggestions??? The assignment is due next week.


Julie said...

This is a tough one. What about cutting pics out of magazines of "what she might have looked like" Have some fun with it- "a baby bear, no... a baby the truth is I didn't come to live with my mommy until I was 3 1/2 so I don't have pictures of me before that..." OR-- I love the poems about adopted children living in our hearts before they come to live with us so maybe she could have a pic of YOU! Since there are not pics of her- "I lived in a special place inside my mommy's heart until I was 3 1/2"

I hurt for her- I hope she can see the love in this and not the pain at her young age. Praying for ya'll!

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