Seven Months With Bella and Sophia

Bella and Sophia have been home with us for a little over seven months now. I keep thinking I will do an update on each one and how they are doing, but just don’t seem to get around to it. But, I do have some pictures of them to share.
Bella is usually smiling at something and has bonded to us very well. She is an unusually easy child — easy to entertain and plays very well by herself. She loves books and will listen to ANY book — even an adult book.
I was cleaning my room and Emily found this scarf I had bought for the kids to use for dress up and she put it on Bella. I think she looks pretty cute. 
It is almost impossible to get Sophia to look at you for more than a second. She still makes almost no eye contact. She sees well as we have taken her to the eye doctor and he said her eyes were fine, and she does look at moving objects and a few toys  — just not people. 

The one thing that seems to make Sophia come alive is water. She loves the pool and will go from staring at the floor and ignoring all of us when in the house to splashing and laughing in the little pool on our deck.  She doesn’t even care if the kids splash water in her face. She will miss this pool when autumn finally arrives. So many pool pics posted as this is what she loves. 










As usual, Bella is happy and smiley.

This time last year I was hoping and praying they would be here for Christmas — which they weren’t. Now it is rather exciting for us to think of them here for their first pumpkin carving, apple picking, Thanksgiving and, of course, finally Christmas with a family. Adoption is a wonderful thing! 


  1. I love the pictures-they are doing so well 🙂 Bella sure looks like she has quite the personality-those last two pictures! What a sweet little smile on Sophia in the pool, I am glad she has something that she loves. Adoption is definitely a wonderful thing!

  2. Too beautiful for words…all of the girls! I love the picture of Claire giving Bella a kiss…precious! Glad to hear the new girls are doing well…I can't believe it's been 7 months. It's flown by.

  3. I always love your updates. The love of your family comes through in every picture. The girls are so lucky to have you as parents and all the new siblings. I can't wait to see all the holiday photos.

    Sue H.

  4. Thanks so much, Sue. I love this time of year and especially love taking holiday pictures — pumpkin carving, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It will be so nice this year with both girls home and experiencing Christmas with a family for the first time.

  5. What a wonderful update! The one with your daughter guiding Sophie's hands in the water is particularly sweet.

  6. Thanks, Maureen. Bethany does love to play with Sophia and Sophia seems to enjoy it.

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