August 22, 2013

Abiella Riding a Horse!

This week I had the unbelievable honor of watching Abiella ride a HORSE!!! Yep, she did it and she L-O-V-E-D it. Like mama like daughter! I grew up riding horses so to see my daughter on one for the first time was especially emotional- but even more than that was the huge wave of reality that came over me while I was standing there cheering her on.  Just 10 months ago Abiella was confined to a crib in a large government orphanage. There were so many children in there and such low funding. When I inquired about her cough during our first visit, the orphanage nurse told me point blank: "These babies are on their back 22 hours a day, they're going to develop a cough." To remember the child I first held, who appeared partially blind, almost completely deaf, and little to no movement in her limbs... To the child I see today... kicking, laughing, SEEING, HEARING, communicating in her own way, and now RIDING A HORSE. It is a miracle.


It was truly one of those incredible "I can't believe what I'm seeing" hit-you-in-your-chest, REAL, life moments. My cheeks are still sore from smiling :) She will be riding once a week and I can't wait until next time!

Happy Thursday from one grateful mama!
mae mae

11 comments:

Pleas(e) and Carrots said...

This is AWESOME! Yay for Abiella!

Kaity said...

Just reading this made my heart happy :)

Sara said...

So so awesome!! I actually miss horseback riding. Totally wanting to do it again. :D

Vanessa {vanessa-reed.com} said...

Aw! I love this photo! She's so adorable!

Abbey said...

So so exciting for Abi! Also, I just noticed how beautiful you both look in your "meet mae" picture. <3

Ash said...

Is that at saddle up? I love this strory-she's come so far!

Jessica said...

YAY!! This picture makes me smile! I saw it on instagram and loved it!!

Emily said...

What a beautiful smile!

Laura Darling said...

This is so amazing!!!! I love that you captured it in a photo too! :) So special!

Missy said...

It is such a joy to share in each thrill and victory of your family's life. I'm blessed to know you all.

Vicki Garrett said...

I absolutely LOVE the smile on her face!! :)