It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Update on Nancy

We have 4 girls...I know it seems we only talk about the two oldest so here is an update on Nan. (I mean Nancy.)


This girl is 11 years old and in the 6th grade. How can that possibly be? 


First of all, she is now insisting we call her Nancy and NOT Nan. I love the name Nan. She is a Nan. I still call her Nan by accident all the time. She insists that Nan sounds like "man". She has several other nicknames: squachy badea, Nanny, Nance in the Pants, Fancy Pants, and Nanno. I think of all her nicknames she would prefer Nan! :) 

Her little sister adores her. Wants to be near her. If you ask Jo who her favorite person is she immediately responds, "My sister." Yet, Jo is intentionally out to annoy Nan. Her favorite thing is to pick Nan's lock on her bedroom door. She just unlocks it to unlock it. She won't even open the door...the makes Nan crazy. This makes Jo happy. 




This year has been full of changes for Nan. First of all she has gone from having her own room (the largest in the whole house, I might add) to sharing it with 2 older sisters. She has lost her official place in the birth order. (Although birth order has always been messed up for this poor girl: she was our first born but only until we started fostering when she was a year old. Then she was the youngest..but at one point for about a year was treated like a twin. Then Jo was born and she was the oldest. And now she is a middle!) She would love to come get the girls with us in Eastern Europe. She would be great on the trip and would benefit a lot from letting her older sisters show her their current life, culture, and country. I am so proud of the way she is handling the disappointment of not going with us. (We simply cannot afford to take her and her little sister will need her support while her parents are gone.) 


Nan is getting more and more outgoing. At one point, she would have been to embarrassed to do the Hokey Pokey at the roller rink but now she does it...the whole thing even if most people aren't. She is just willing to try new things and publicly do more things than she used to. Lets reminisce for a moment about a preschool-age Nancy: she refused to use slides. Like scream and panic about slides even just getting near one. That was fun to remember and bring up publicly! 

This year Nan has gotten a lot of practice of doing her school work in unusual places like this: the Secretary of State's Index office. She is also doing her math lesson completely on her own! Occasionally she has a question or asks me to go over it with her. I LOVE that she is able to do this. It really is a life skill to be able to learn something not just be taught. It is also a life skill to concentrate away from a desk. 



Nan received a guitar for Christmas and is getting ready to start lessons. She continues to take piano too. She LOVES music and singing. This is an interest she and her friend, Susie, share. When they get together they are often on one of these instruments and singing. It is so fun to see the girls away from screens and sharing the arts.








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