Successfully Completed 1st Grade!

t d zooWe are proud to announce that Dorina and Tibi Rosetta successfully completed their first year in School!!  They both completed 1st grade with all As and Bs for the entire school year!  They both made the A/B Honor Roll for the year.  Dorina also received a certificate for the Most Improved Student!  We are so proud of our precious ones!

This has been an exciting and amazing year!  We have watched the children grow in so many ways!  We thank God daily for the wonderful and amazing things He has done in our children and in our family.  They have improved in all of their education skills as well as their social skills.  They write amazing sentences and have vocabulary that is amazing!  No one can believe that they have only been speaking English for about a year and a half.  They are so creative and they still love life and are so full of happiness and joy!  They have always been such happy and grateful children!  They love Jesus and worship Him, talk to Him, and walk with Him every day!  Our hearts are full as we begin a wonderful summer together!

d awardDorina started the year with many fears and she struggled with reading – but she has worked hard and grown so much.  At the beginning of the year, someone had to hold the door for her quick escape from the bathroom as she was afraid of the toilet sound.  She was afraid of all things that fly or crawl on the ground (spiders, bugs, etc).  She didn’t want to do her homework or try her best or sit and listen.  Now – I write this with tears of joy and pride – she toddles off to the bathroom all by herself without a care.  She kills her own spiders and bugs!  She is so independant!  She reads 1st grade books all by herself and writes sentences to express her thoughts about the book.  She is amazing!  She had a wonderful teacher who encouraged her progress, guided her, and helped her express her creativity.  Her teacher came to me with tears in her eyes to tell me how proud she was of the progress that Dorina made this year!  Dorina’s reading level started at a 0.3 and she progressed two grade levels by the end of the year.

t honorsTibi started the year with a love of reading and a love of being a follower of others.  His teacher helped guide him in his eagerness to learn.  We talked to him and guided him in being a leader and following Jesus and no one else.  Tibi struggled more in Math and we worked with real life objects and examples in the car on the way home each day to help him understand and excel in Math.  He worked on learning to think before he acted and to be an example for others to follow.  Last night, Tibi sat on the bed and read a 2nd grade level Arthur book to us with great expression!  He also wrote a paragraph about the problem, solution, and his favorite part of the book!  I write this with tears of joy in my eyes as I think of his progress this year!  We are so proud!

We are planning a summer full of activities!  We already went to the library and checked out books to read and write about.  We are planning to play store to help practice our counting money skills.  We are practicing our math facts daily.  We each plan to put together a scrapbook of our favorite memories from the last year and write about our experiences.  Yesterday, we played in the water in the yard and Dorina rode her bike without training wheels!  We are so thankful for each moment that God has given us as a Forever Family!

This year has been full of fun and adventure.  Daddy is still working hard at our wonderful restaurant, Tib-A-Dor’s Station.  You can check out our website tibador’s station.com or our facebook page or our Google+ page.  The kids have been helping Daddy at Tib-A-Dor’s Station and will be helping some this summer.  They love to go with Daddy and work!  We are so blessed!  We thank God for the wonderful things that he keeps doing every day in our lives!  Thank you Jesus!

 

First Days of School

schoolSchool has begun!  Wow!  This has been quite a year already!  I started teaching 2nd grade again after 7 years as a 3rd grade teacher.  And for the first time – we are parents of 1st graders!  What a wonderful change!  We always dreamed of this and are so grateful every day for our amazing children!

We were just thinking yesterday about the first week that we met our children – they didn’t know any English, they could only write a few letters in their names, they ran around and pouted like toddlers.  Today, they walk triumphantly to their places in the hallway for 1st grade every day.  This week, they both completed math fact work, spelling work, reading passages, and writing all by themselves.  We are so proud of them and we stand in awe of God every day as we watch how He blesses our children and helps them to grow!

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We have had some wonderful compliments about our children this week.  Someone said they are the happiest children in school!  They love school and they get excited about every aspect of it!  They try very hard and are truly grateful to go to school and to learn.  They love their teachers and look forward to school each day.  Dorina hops out of bed every morning and can’t wait to get to school.  Their teachers have told us that they are working very hard and are learning very quickly.  Their English vocabulary is amazing!  The adjustments that they have made in the last few months are astounding.  They are polite and helpful at school too.  We couldn’t be more proud of our precious children.  We have had a wonderful first two weeks of school!

It is a new experience for us to get up so early and travel to school together each morning – but what a joy to go to school all together.  Daddy packs our lunches, fixes our breakfast, and has dinner ready for us when we get home!  Daddy is amazing!  Thank you Daddy for taking such good care of us!  The kids are great little helpers when I get to school in the morning and after school.  They help Mommy get her classroom ready for the next day.  We work on homework and study sight words and spelling.  It is a very busy day and sometimes long but we enjoy being a family.

We can hardly believe that just 7 months ago – we met the children for the first time.  It feels like we have always been a family.  There is so much love and joy in our home!  Our children are so helpful and kind.  We love to read God’s word together and pray together as a family after dinner.  Our children are praying for all of the children who are in the process of being adopted or who need a family to love them.  Our children pray for those who have been adopted as they transition.  Our children are grateful for all that God has given to them.  We thank God for the love and joy that we feel every day.  Thank you God for a great start to a great year!