"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Seeing and Doing

Last night Charity and Kristina laid out the blocks Charity purchased a couple of Mother-Daughter trips ago to make herself a quilt. The pattern is called, "Little Apples" and is by MODA.

When they were almost done, they called me to give my opinion on a few thorny areas. As I sat on the top step talking with them,  and helping move the last few blocks around, Katya sat, all clean and fresh from her bath, and snuggled with me.

I soon tucked her into bed since Paul was at a meeting, and then Charity gathered up her blocks after snapping a few photos.

This morning Charity and I got up early and left the house by 7:30 AM to get her to her violin lessson. When we arrived back home a little after 10:00 AM, what did we spy pasted to the door of the fridge with magnets?

The scanned in version chopped off the top, but she had carefully written "Duecks" and then some other letters.

Paul said that when he got up this morning Katya had come down a few minutes before he got up and was standing at the kitchen table quietly drawing and coloring.

Now, I always knew that there was a whole lot more to our little gal that the casual observer would likely miss. I think this is pretty good proof.

If you study the drawing, you can see how she drew in the edges of the room, even showing some parallel perspective. If you study the photo carefully, you can see the base that holds our fish tank on the right hand side of the photo. If you look at Katya's drawing, you can see her attempt at drawing the base of the fish tank in the left hand corner. Look at the right hand of Katya's drawing and notice what appears to be her attempt at drawing the base of Charity's music stand, which you can see in the photograph in the upper left hand corner.

This is the little gal that less than two years ago didn't even know how to hold a pen, pencil or crayon. She had clearly never drawn, scribbled, colored or anything else that a typical and normal child would have done by the age of 6.5 years. She also has TWO permanently dislocated elbows, evidently due to abuse before she came into our life, which limits her abilities. Even so, this is what my kiddo did--from memory, after a night's sleep.

Does she rock, or what?!


Charity was able to sew the blocks together today in strips, and hopefully soon she will have a lovely twin sized quilt done for her bed.

We are thinking of running a white strip between each row of blocks to make the quilt a little larger, so we don't need to do as wide of a border to get it to twin bed size. Time will tell though how we actually end up doing it. This is Charity's first quilt so this is exciting.

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