For one, she is very tall and looks much older than she really is. Do you look at these pictures and see a 5-year old?! I have often noticed when we are out with her, with other kids and their parents, that some grown-ups we come across have quite grand expectations of her. I've always loved being short, because it's quite the opposite - I could get away with anything, by flashing a cute, cheeky grin! It must be hard work, being tall and looking older than you are. Ivwa is confident, graceful and copes with this with a maturity way beyond her years.
Her maturity may also come from helping her mom and dad look after her gorgeous baby brother, who was born with constant, frightening seizures and many other problems. At 2 years old, he is a handsome kiddo and is growing fast, but needs constant attention and frequent hospital visits to aid his development. He is slowly making progress, but his parents work so hard for his milestones - a recent one being rolling over for the first time, a few months ago! Yay!
While our family complains about getting woken up during the night by our boisterous kiddies, our patient friends stay up late every night and get up early every morning, to meet the needs of their children. Every time I see them, I marvel at how incredibly strong they are and I feel blessed that we have them as our friends.
I would like to help give Ivwa a boost in her young life - something to make her feel extra special! If it works out, it might just lift her spirits and let her know that beyond the constant love she gets from her parents, there are lots of other people out there who care about her too and wish her well in life.
♥ Thank you ♥ so much!
And here's what I was listening to, while editing these pictures! Music and lyrics by Brits in the USA, just like me! I don't know why, but it brings tears to my eyes. Maybe I relate to some of the wonder and awe in the lyrics and a feeling of being in a strange land, far from home. Some music just touches my heart! ♥