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Monday, June 1, 2009

Coming To America

A little over a year ago she arrived in Denver airport to her new home in America, She was malnourished and naturally looking a little apprehensive. The adoption agency said she was about 2 1/2 years old. She knew only a few words of English.

She has grown four inches in the year since and when I talk to her on the phone, if I didn't know better, you would think she had been speaking English all her life. "Hi grandpa. How you guys doing?" etc. She had several birthday parties this past year as her true age gradually became apparent. Amazingly, the experts and her preschool said she was ready for kindergarten next year.

During our recent visit we got to see her play soccer. Here she is getting some quick sideline pointers from her dad.
This girl can run like the wind. Based on what I saw, and being completely impartial, I am projecting her for the American Women's Olympic soccer team in 2028. Or maybe Miss Congeniality a few years earlier. In any case, welcome to America Tensae. We love you.


Janie said...

She's beautiful and obviously quite talented. Kids are amazingly smart and resilient, when they're only given a chance to succeed. I'm glad she has opportunity now.

bekkieann said...

Grandchildren are always wonderful, but this one is extra special.

Dave Coulter said...

Don't forget the women's pro soccer league :)

Rae said...

Wonderful! I posted comments earlier on your other blog. RAE

Cedar ... said...

wow,... in a little over a year what a change she's undergone! A little beauty for sure!

Montanagirl said...

What a sweetie! How wonderful for her to be with a loving family.

NCmountainwoman said...

How wonderful that she is now a part of your family! Lovely story.

Jan Mader said...

What a beautiful blog and child.

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PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

As an adoptive parent myself, I can relate and applaud you all.