From her Fathers blog entry:
"It didn't take long to see that Avery is clearly suffered neglect her entire young life. She's underdeveloped, and has several habits, mannerisms, and an appearance that makes this very obvious. Heartbreaking, and even provokes angry thoughts. Little Averys head is completely flat in the back from being left in her crib for long periods of time, she has the tell-tale habits and mannerisms of a child who has clearly only ever had her very most basic needs met. I'd say her development is about that of a 10 month old (even though she is 2) which in some aspects might be generous. Like Jessica said "we're starting at square one." What's interesting is that you'd think a child who was starved for attention and affection would eat it up - but in fact, they don't - because it's not something they even know how to deal with or think about. It's just a new, and foreign stimulus."
Then this entry:
"When we returned to the hotel room I observed something I find difficult to describe. Let me just say this: I watched a (my Jess) a master at work. Observing Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel may have evoked a similar emotion. Watching her work with this little soul, it's obvious that it's something she's been prepared (and preparing) to do since before she even came to earth. This is a work which will be her finest hour. "
What more can I say?
This Jess and her dear husband, our Carson....are just something else.
How fortunate for us to be able to share with them in this journey.
How are the siblings doing at home you ask?
Well, so excited. Impatient to join in hugging and holding and teaching and sharing.
A little family that will all participate in a Christmas miracle.