Mikisa, an overcomer

one of Mikisa’s favorite songs right now is “overcomer” by Mandisa.  she sings along with great enthusiasm, although she doesn’t understand most of the words.

“You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer”

Mikisa really is an overcomer…she has defied the odds time and time again.  when i took her to the neurologist in Uganda before bringing her home, he told me he thought i was crazy to want to adopt a child who would never walk or talk or do anything.  he said with the amount of brain damage she had, she would always be developmentally like a baby.  he said she would be a burden on me and that it would be better for me if i went and found another child with fewer problems.  crazy talk!  [i didn’t care if she never made progress…adoption is not about whether or not a child will be “successful” anyways] but he was SO wrong about her. now, not only is she walking…she can run, jump, go up and down stairs, and she is always moving!  she never gives up, even when things seem impossible.

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i distinctly remember sitting in physical therapy two and a half years ago wondering if she would ever walk without a walker or cane.  i didn’t believe it was possible because she was already five years old and had no balance or motor planning.  her left leg would collapse with each attempted step. i also remember thinking that if she ever did walk, there was no way she’d be able to go up and down stairs.  the obstacles she had to overcome seemed too great.  and then more recently, when she asked for a hula hoop for her birthday in December, i thought that it would be another toy she would never use because of her physical limitations.  i asked one of her therapists if they thought she could do it and she said probably not…that it would be very difficult for her because she struggles so much with motor planning.  she doesn’t have coordination or balance and she only has one functional hand.  well, her grandma bought her a hula hoop and on her birthday Miki enjoyed watching all of us take turns with it.  and every day she would pick it up and try.  it would fall immediately to the floor while she stood there and grinned.  and she would pick it up and try again.  we cheered and smiled at her but didn’t think she would ever master it.  honestly, it made me sad to see her trying so hard and not getting anywhere.

but Mikisa is determined.  she doesn’t sit around feeling sorry for herself.  she figures out ways to make her body do things despite her limitations.  and a few weeks ago, after several months of working hard at it every.single.day, she mastered the hula hoop!  we are so proud of her:)

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God has put in her a strong spirit and a stubborn will.  He is using her to show us that with Him, all things are possible.  He is holding her and guiding her as she works and works to do things that the rest of us take for granted.  to some, it might seem like these milestones are insignificant.  but to us, they are absolutely miraculous!  we celebrate each new victory with great joy!  seeing how far she has come in such a short time gives us so much hope for her future.  she truly is a gift from God and we are so thankful for his blessings in her life and ours.

below is a video showing her physical progression over the past three years…starting off with scooting ever so slowly (at age 5) and ending up with her doing the hula hoop and running!  please share in our joy at our little miracle girl.

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12 responses to “Mikisa, an overcomer

  1. Oh goodness. I started crying before even seeing the video. I can’t believe she mastered the hula hoop…but of course, I CAN believe it. She’s Mikisa. And you and Troy have done an amazing job facilitating and encouraging all of her strength to get her this far. Can you imagine where she’ll be in another 3 years?!? Thank you for posting this look back! I needed it. 🙂

  2. this is so awesome!!!! i love the video – God is so faithful and she is definitely an overcomer!!!

  3. This story just makes my heart burst with happiness and joy. I am so very happy for you and grateful for all you have done for and with her. Seeing the look back reminds me of why and how much I love working with children with special needs to help them overcome the obstacles in their lives, and the change it can make in all those who they come in contact with. I am so thankful that you have found a wonderful team of therapists for Mikisa, and that she has you to encourage her and love her the entire way! I know God will continue to bless your sweet family, and I love how you always give Him all the praise!! Thanks so much for sharing and for the happy tears 🙂

  4. I So Love This! I remember the first day Mikisa came to the 2 yo nursery. I love seeing her now. This post and video is such a good reminder of all the struggles and victories that have got you all to this point. She truly is an inspiration as are you. She thrives because she is a fighter and because you believe in her! So thankful to be a part of your journey and thank you for sharing.

  5. Wonderful. Parenting is so tough… with any child.. This one child gives such great reward and joy.

  6. Thank you Tina, my Simon was very interested about your girl! Why she was on the street in Africa, where are here parents,… später mehr, Bussi, Esther

  7. This is so touching. Loved watching the video. Made me realize how we take little things for granted. She’s so inspirational and such a little blessing! God bless you guys!

  8. Long time ago i wrote in a comment: “Your love will heal her” and You and Troy have obviously loved her very well. She is a testament to how far someone can get when surrounded and supported by people who LOVE you. Awesome video.
    Thanks

  9. Troy and I had a business lunch today, along with Bill R. and another agent, here on Oahu. Your husband is such a wonderful, caring human being and it is a joy working with him. You can tell that he is so proud of you and his daughters and wanted to share your stories with me on this blog. Both of you are truly blessed to have such a beautiful and loving family and I only wish you the best that heaven and earth can offer.

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