I even have a superstition that has grown on me
as the result of invisible hands
coming all the time..
Namely, that if you follow your bliss
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while,
waiting for you.
And the life that you ought to be living,
is the one you ARE living.
-joseph campbell

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sunday Snapshot

This Sunday Snapshot is a note about Cami. At four and a half, Cami knows many things.
And she is smart enough to ask about what she doesn't know.
She is a thinker.

The other day she asked where ideas come from .
From your brain, her daddy said.
She thought for a moment and replied,
"I think some of my ideas come from my knee"

Cami has the gift of organization.
Already being the mom of a few self confessed messy souls,
I am thrilled to have someone else in the house who loves order.
On Christmas afternoon Cami announced she was going to her room,
to organize her new things.
Earlier that morning she took each item out of her stocking and inspected it.
Then she put everything back in the stocking.
It now sits in her closet, pristine, just as Santa left it.
I bet some rainy day she will love discovering it again.

Maybe because Cami lived in an orphanage for the first two years of her life,
she is aware of some things in a more serious way than other children.
Cami loves to be dressed warmly, in layers, including a sweatshirt or sweater.

Cami is highly aware of food.
She plans her meals and eats all of them.
She has a mature palate for her age.
(especially interesting since she was born with hardly any palate)!!
When we met Cami, she wore Size 24 months.
She has been with us for 2 years and 4 months.
She now wears Size 5.
That is quite a bit of growing!
She is solid and strong.
How I would love to see her biological family!

But most of all, Cami is aware of love.
I remember the first time we saw her laugh,
In the pool at the White Swan Hotel.
It was an odd thing,
as if it was her very first time laughing.
Perhaps it was.....

Cami had to learn what it meant to have a family,
to sleep with a family,
to be held when she cried,
to be pampered and petted.
Cami learned to love us all.

And now she is a big sister,
and she is such a sweet caregiver.
She loves to teach Delilah new things
and to help her get dressed or reach things for her from the shelf.
Cami has lots of great Big Sister ideas
..........but she is right about ideas......
the idea of kicking Delilah when things go wrong
must be coming from her knee!!!! LOL

Civil Affairs Office, Nanchang, Adoption Day, August 2007


  1. I feel this way about several of the children I "know" from the adoption world and Cami is one; their early photos hurt my heart to look at.

    I wonder, too, if the hotel pool was the first laugh. So much seriousness. So much intensity.

    But not anymore. Cami gets to be a baby, a sister, a daughter, a much-loved little person. So happy you and she have one another. :)

  2. Oh, I don't know about that-- I think my urge to kick my brother comes from my head! :) (The top picture is absolutely adorable!)

    By the way, your blog has encouraged me to ask my parents about what my brother and I were like immediately after we were adopted.

  3. Kori! I think that's awesome! I'd love to hear what you learn.

  4. wow sherri...loved this post...reminds me so much of cecelia..she too LOVEs organization...demands to have it...(hard for this mama)...

    we watched videos of cecelia's family day yesterday and her and Cami's "first day" expressions are exactly the same...makes my heart weep for the pain our daughters have experienced...

    also "glad" to hear someone else still resorts to "violence" during times of frustration...cecelia dosn't have "ideas" in her knee that cause her to kick...her ideas must be in her teeth that bite or her little fingernails that scratch...haha...