Friday, August 22, 2008

Future Explorer???

I was/am so proud of Olivia today. Olivia - my girl who came to me at 3 1/2 and had to be TAUGHT by my mom and I how to draw a shape of a person (stick person of course) :), taught by me how to hold scissors, taught how to live in a family. Olivia who was diagnosed with a seizure disorder last winter. Olivia who has some processing issues which I'm pretty sure was caused by her HIV not being well managed when she was little. Olivia who has just been through, and goes through, so very much. Olivia.

Olivia - who was presented with a letter "To the Parents of Olivia ***". A letter letting me know that she is a candidate for our district's Learning Explorer's program. Our district's GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM! It's possible she won't make it all the way, they still have to do IQ testing, but she is part way there. And whether or not she "makes it," I am so proud of her! Way to go honey!!!


That's so awesome. Kids are so amazing especially when they are loved and appreciated for who they are.


Torina said...

That is great! Woo hoo, Olivia!!

Kathrin said...

Way to go, girl!!


Shea said...

This is such great news!!!!

Melinda said...

Way to go Olivia! You have your self a little smarty pants. :)

Julie said...

I LOVE IT!! That is fabulous!!! YEA Olivia!!! Way to go!!! Again- goes to nurture over nature. I am so happy for you both!!!

Runergirl said...

That a girl!!!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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