Daria and Alexander saw the eye doctor today for the first time since we adopted them last November. Each time we've adopted trios of kids from Russia, this is the last of the health care checkups that we do. It's just so much easier once the kids are conversational in English. Having gained a good handle on their new language prevents fear since the procedures can be explained to them. In addition, they can tell the eye doctor how well they're seeing the letters or pictures he uses.
Even though this is the third time we've adopted children from Russia, the speed with which our adoptees pick up their new language still floors me. Today I was amazed by how readily our 12-year-old and 16-year-old could name letters during the exam in an alphabet they've only known for 10 months. I just can't imagine being able to do the same thing with Cyrillic letters with less than a year's exposure. What a good God we have that He built children to be able to adjust to new environments and new mental challenges with stunning speed!
Daria and Alexander finished the eye doctor visit with seriously dilated pupils, a new understanding of how the eye works, and the great news that neither of them need glasses or contacts. Thank You, Lord!