Needless to say the adoption of Lila and Easton brought with it a significant language barrier. But these kids, they pick up quickly.
And I'm not just talking about English.
Long before taking the 5 Love Languages Quiz I knew that words of affirmation were important to me. The quiz confirmed it.
And now I have a child who freely expresses it...
I can't tell you the number of times I hear "I love you, Mommy, " during the course of a day. It's to the point that I have to be aware of taking opportunities to "say it first."
And not only that, but the compliments just roll in. I have to chuckle at a few.
"I love your shirt." (Just a plain white tee.)
"I love your shoes." (Those same old Nikes.)
"I love your phone." (Seriously outdated with a black cover.)
Then some others leave me speechless. Like today when I heard, "Thank you for vacuuming, Mommy," when Lila got home from school. What four year old says that?
Sometimes I get a little suspicious, but for the most part I consider it a huge blessing to be on the receiving end of this kind of affection. Especially from the girl I met in that civil affairs office in China all those months ago.
And Easton, well, if imitation is the truest form of flattery, then this is just one more facet of his charming personality. Because rest assured, no matter what Lila says, Easton repeats the same thing about five seconds later.
Nobody's getting a leg up on this boy...
Regardless of the motive; genuine love, the hope of ice cream at dinner, or something in between, these little nuggets often come at just the right time.
Heaven sent? I'd say so.