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.
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.
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.
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.