Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Running Around in my Dreams

A little over a year ago I wrote a post, The Way She Laughs, about my dreams for Dasha (who we then knew as Bethany).

As I reread this post today, I am overwhelmed with joy because Dasha and her sister Leana are home with their forever family, and so many of these dreams of have come true.

I wrote in that post:

"I can see her running through the park, giggling as the kite chasing behind her soars through the air."


"I can see her playing hopscotch and jumping rope, doing cartwheels and learning to rollerskate."

When I wrote The Way She Laughs, I knew from Dasha's profile that she had delays in physical and psychomotor development. What I didn't know at the time is that this girl, who had been running around in my dreams, has cerebral palsy and has never even walked.

I am happy I didn't know that then, because if I did maybe I would not have been so bold to have dreamed these dreams for her. But I did, and now more than ever, I believe that dreams come true.

I have heard the way she laughs.

Today, as I write this post, Dasha has just had her last set of casts taken off of her legs. Mamma and the doctor have put on her socks, her leg braces, and her tennis shoes, and are anxiously waiting to see if  Dasha will take her first step.

Today, at six years old, Dasha begins a new journey in life: Learning to walk.

I hope you will continue to join me praying for Dasha, dreaming big dreams for her life, and celebrating with me as these dreams come true.


Lisa said...

Rebecca, I too have loved this girl for a long time. I saw her when she was still in her orphanage, sitting in a chair on the sidelines while the other kids ran around the music room chasing balloons. My heart broke for her then but it rejoices for her now! She and her family have a special place in my heart :)

Rebecca said...

Lisa, I remember when Joanna sent me one of the videos you had taken and I watched it and just cried, partly out of joy of seeing their faces, partly out of sadness as I saw Dasha so badly want to jump in and dance! These kids are so amazing, and I feel so honored to be just a small part of their journey. Now I am blessed to follow your family's journey, and I am sure I will cry the same happy tears for "Isabella" as I did for these girls when she is finally home with her family :)

Kayla said...

Wow. Learning to walk. It's just amazing. I juts know that she will be walking and running someday and I am so excited to hear about that day!

Rebecca said...

Me too, Kayla!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful, Rebecca! I love these updates. Cann't wait to see what else happens for those sweet girls!

Jill Foley said...

Yes...praying. Thank you for the updates.