Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sweet, Sweet Soph

On finding joy:

This weekend when Jenny was in town, she gave Sophi a couple of dollars.  Today Sophi holds these up and says to me, "I got my moneys back.  Jenny gave them to me.  Now I can be happy!"

On herself:

Me: "Soph, I love you.  You're so special!"
Sohpi:  "I know.  That's why Jesus made me this."
Me: "Made you what?"
Soph:  "SOPHI!"...pause..."Dad, you're just kidding."

On gender:
Me:  "How was school today."
Sophi:  "I cried."
Me:  "Why?"
Sophi:  "Kevin wasn't my bus driver."
Me:  "Who was it?"
Sophi:  "It was a girl!  That's so silly!!!"

On Love (and self-confidence):
Usually when we ask Sophi who loves her, she says "Mommy!"  Then we ask, "who else."  She'll name another family member, we'll ask "who else" again and this goes on and on.  Today Christi asked Sophi, "Who loves you?"  Sophi replied:  "Grandma and Grandpa and Mom and Taylor and Lexi and Dad and Graci and Parker and Elli and Jesi and Xander and Grandma Rose and Grandpa Green and Jenny and Debbie and Yoshi..."




  1. I love that even Yoshi made the list! She is so fun!

  2. How can you not love that girl? Extremely sweet bro - extremely!

    love you guy s- hugs - aus and co.

  3. Hi there! I have never commented before and I don't even remember how I found your blog to begin with. I live all the way across the country in Maryland and love reading your blog and what you do for these children! Anyway, I saw this article and thought I'd share. This teacher has no arms, just like Sophie AND she was adopted...how great! Enjoy :)


    1. Dear Laura: Thank you so much for taking the time to send this link. It's been a really rough few days, and reading about this successful young lady gave me the boost of strength I needed to keep going today. It helped me in two ways. First, it helped put my own challenges into perspective. If she can do what she does given her physical challenges, surely I can do the things that are asked of me. Secondly, it was a beautiful reminder of how worthwhile our efforts will be for our sweet Sophi as she grows up. This beautiful girl started out in an orphanage in a less-developed country, just like Soph. But the blessings of a family and life in the United States have given her the opportunity to thrive and bless the lives of others. Again, thanks so much. -Jeremy

    2. You're so very welcome. Your family is such an inspiration and all of your children are incredibly blessed. I thought the story would be uplifiting and encouraging, as I'm sure Sophie has some discouraging times...it really does put things in perspective, but the sky is the limit for her (and the rest of your kids)!! When I showed my husband your "Meet Conner and Cali" video, we both had tears in our eyes. We have limited funds and aren't rich by any means, however, we are saving and are going to buy a piece of your "puzzle" to help with your new home. - - Jason & Laura


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