Friday, November 2, 2012
School Program Part 2
Katya clearly enjoyed this program. And now when we show her the videos at home, she looks very interested and happy. This is a huge contrast to the first number of months when she was home, when she did NOT want anyone showing her photos or videos of herself! She did not want to look in a mirror, or have anyone photograph her. I'm of the opinion that she was reflecting the attitudes of disgust and disdain that she had felt growing up. Now that she is a loved and cared for child, she no longer finds seeing herself something repulsive. Treat a child like garbage, expect them to see themselves as that too. Treat them like the treasure they are, and you will find them reflecting that back as well. In spite of seeing various areas of healing happening for Katya emotionally, she is still suffering with nightmares and what appear to be flash backs at night. She could use on-going prayers about that, as could we. We are, to be blunt, very weary from interrupted sleep and short nights. And as tough as it is on us, I'm sure it's worse on her. We are considering some different sleeping options--including pulling out the trundle bed from Charity's bed that is normally a guest bed, and putting Katya right beside Charity to sleep at night. It seems Katya derives comfort from being closer to Charity, so we hope that might be a good thing to get Katya through this rough patch.