However, those days are overshadowed by days like this:
More times than not, she is a happy little girl who is so fun to be around.
Since she has been home, she has attached really well to me and the kiddos. This is because we are all together. However, with Jim's new job and our odd situation right now, bonding with dad has been a little tougher. In China, she bonded with him right away, but when he returned to work and she only saw him on the weekends, it became tougher. I think this is tougher on Jim because he loves her so very much.
This weekend Jim was preparing for yet another trip after only having been home for two and a half days. We all said our goodbyes and then Sarah Joy and I stood on the porch to wave as he drove off. At first she was waving fine, then as dad got further out of the driveway, the meltdown began. She cried long and hard for her daddy. This was a first and for us a great sign!!
I stand in awe as I see how God made her just for our family! She is melds in so well with the craziness that is our life. Part of that melding is her love of music. Being that music is Jim's profession and we spend a lot of time in the music world, it is nice to know that she loves it just as much as we do. She has already fallen in love with the guitar and has her own. Evidence of her love of music is how she gazes up at our worship team:
(She stands at the bottom of the stage every week and sways to the music while the guys practice)
Sarah Joy is quite the little character and so full of spunk and life. She really does brighten up our world and I can't wait to see what God has in store for her!