Trip to Fish Land

Last weekend, my younger brother and his wife made the 1.5 hour trip from their house to ours to meet Shanti for the first time. It was a wonderful day! Our main activity was a trip to the Newport Aquarium. If you live in the Cincinnati area and have never been to the aquarium, you really need to go! It was a huge hit with all of us, not just with Shanti. Arturo and I were aquarium members several years ago, but we’d let our membership lapse. Visiting again reminded us why we loved it so much, so we decided to sign up for a family membership this time. :)

Father & Daughter

Father & Daughter

 

This is SO COOL!

This is SO COOL!

 

Shanti, Arturo, Britney, and Jason (in the background) examining a fish

Shanti, Arturo, Britney, and Jason (in the background) examining a fish

 

This fish was one of Shanti's favorites!

This fish was one of Shanti’s favorites!

 

Photographing the shark tank

Photographing the shark tank

 

Before the shark show. Sorry for the blue faces -- the lights in this room are all blue, and I couldn't find ANY camera setting that would work!

Before the shark show. Sorry for the blue faces — the lights in this room are all blue, and I couldn’t find ANY camera setting that would work!

 

Peering into an alligator enclosure

Peering into an alligator enclosure

With Uncle Jason and Aunt Britney

With Uncle Jason and Aunt Britney

It's a shark!

It’s a shark!

Shanti and I have already made a daytime trip to the aquarium as part of our homeschooling. The sharks, the jellyfish, and the octopus are probably her favorites. I myself love the penguins. :)

My favorite! :)

My favorite! :)

This Saturday, spent with family and including a joyous trip to the aquarium, was one of the best days we’ve had so far with Shanti. A few weeks ago, we seemed to turn a corner in our relationship with her, and the beautiful incredible can’t-believe-we’re-this blessed days are coming more and more frequently. It’s amazing to see her so happy. She is such a joy. I love this daughter of ours so very much.

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God, I will freely admit you knew exactly what you were doing when you sent us on this journey! Thanks for changing our stubborn hearts and encouraging us to ignore reason and take the leap. I’m so glad we did.

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3 comments

  1. Sam Binkley says:

    Araya family is looking wonderful. So happy to read your former post about so many kids having forever families coming to get them. So happy that Shanti is both full of joy and a joy to you. Be blessed above measure!!!!

  2. Ann Morgan says:

    Dear Jennifer and Arturo,
    Is it possible to have your email address – I (and a grouop of praying girls behind me) would like to send you a personal email with the story of God’s answer to prayers.

    Thank you :-)

  3. Phyllis Brown says:

    We’re so very glad you did also. We love her tremendously already, and we can’t wait til our next visit together. We are so very, very proud of you and Arturo.
    Love, Mom

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