Today was a wonderful day for all of us.
Maria was so happy this morning--full of smiles and laughter. I attend her Sunday School class with her, so that she will learn to sit and "listen" and play with the other children. She sat at the table and played with Play-Doh.
Side note to understand the blessing: Her therapists have been trying to get her to place items into a container, but they have not been successful. She dumps things out of the container or holds them in her hands, but will not release them into a container when they request her to. Anyway, I used a "cookie cutter" to make a whole bunch of little stars in Maria's play doh. She picked up the play doh container to drink from it, so I signed "no" and then she put it down and started putting the stars in. She filled the cup with stars and then dumped them. Then she looked at me and watched me drop the stars in and she did it again! She did it over and over again and smiled at the same time. She finally enjoyed putting something in a container! I know it seems like a small thing to some of you, but when you've been waiting months to get something to "click" it is very exciting when it finally does.
Then Maria sat in her little chair for the Bible story. Her teacher has been wonderful using some sign language and teaching some signs to the other children as well. Maria sat for the entire story without crying or trying to climb all over me! She even watched as her teacher moved the figures of Mary, Joseph, and the donkey. Again, it was just a thrill to see her participate and actually attend to her teacher and the story. She obviously did not understand it, but this is just the beginning of more wonderful things to come! I'm so much anticipating the joy of reading the Christmas story to her after December 16th.
After church we all did our normal "get ready for the week stuff", but then Macella, Kirstie, and I played clarinet together. It was the first time we all played together. Kirstie has been practicing, so that she would be good enough to play with us. Our church announced this morning that anyone who plays an instrument is welcome to join in a practice for Christmas. Kirstie was thrilled to hear that she would be able to join. She was nervous, but I told her if the music was too hard that I would write out a part that she would be able to play. After the evening service we went to the practice. It was so fun as a mom to be able to play with both the girls. To be able to play for the Lord on Christmas Sunday with my two oldest girls is already a blessing. What a joy! And to think that Maria will be able to hear it makes it even more special!