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.
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:)
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.