One year ago today, Katya and I arrived at Dulles Airport. My heart is full as I consider what the Lord has done to bring this precious lamb home. Last night, Katya read to me from her journal.
“God, I love you. You are such an awesome person. I want you to know when I go up to heaven it will be so much fun. I wonder how did you make me as your so awesome person? God, will you forgive me for doing bad? I wish I had not done that. I had a fun day and I am so excited for the Thanksgiving. Do you know why? Because I love how I am going to get the hamster. (We are keeping the classroom hamster over Thanksgiving Break.) And God, I love to talk to you and sometimes I am sad when I talk to you. I feel so sorry for my Grandmother. I miss her so much. God, I wonder if she will be a Grandmother when she goes up to the heaven. And I am so happy that I kept my bed dry because I love to keep my bed dry. It’s more comfortable. It’s so fun. But not everything is fun … like math. And God, I love how I have lots of sisters and everyone is cute and I love my Mom and Dad. She is a nice person and I hope that all the children at school stop saying bad words and God I hope I can stop saying bad words too. I love having yummy food and I hope in the heaven Piper would have chickens and horses. I know how Piper loves animals and I hope she has a farm there and she won’t have a hard time doing her math and God I am so excited for Christmas too. And God I am having some trouble to find presents for them and God I love how Piper and Cameron gave me presents and the others too. I am so happy that I have sisters and brothers. It’s so much fun to play with them and on the swing especially Josiah because he pulls me all over the place.”
Doesn’t that make you smile? Every Friday she brings home from school her “FMJ.” The acronym escapes me now, but it is basically a letter she writes to Bill and me each week and then we write a letter back to her. I am so happy when she reads her entries to me. She is boldly writing in English, but it still takes a bit of translation work. In case you’d like to decipher a bit, here is her journal entry from above, as written.
“God, I love you. You pr so osem porsen. I want you to now when I go up the heven et wel bi so muh fun. I wander haw did you med me as yor so osem porsen. God well you forgeve my fo dowing bad. I weh I hanet hav dan that. I had a fan day and I em so exsaded for the thenksgeveng do you now wae. Becace I love haw I em gowing to ge tha hamster. And God I love to toke to you and alsad wen I tok to you I felt so sore for my Grenmome. I mes hor so muh. God I wander ef she wel be a grenmome wen he gos up he heven. And God I em so happe hat I kept my bed dray bekas I love to kp my bed draw. Ets mo camftodd. It es so fen. But no evrithing es fan lak mat. And God, I love haw I have lots ove sestors and everwan es cute and I love my Mom and Dad . He es a nas porsen. And I hap that ol ovei the chedren at skol stop seng bad wors and god I hap I ken stop seng bad words too. I love haveng ame food and I hap ap on the heven Piper wod have chikense and horseses. I kno ha Piper love anemols and I hap he has a farm dey and he wont have a hard time dowing hor math and God I em so eksaded for Krismas too and God I em haveng some trhrabot to fand prisents for ham and, god, I love haw Piper and Cemoren geve my presents and o the oahors too. I em so happe hat I have sestors and brihors. Ets so math fan to ple wih tham and on the swing espahale Josaiea. Becke he poh my ol over he ples.”