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Born Without Eyes: Biao Lian's Story Of Overcoming The Odds. (Part Four)
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A teenage girl born without eyes continues to lead a full and active life, as related by her mother.

Image of lightning (c) 2011, by Karla Dorman.

June 1, 2011~

Hard to believe that another school year is about to go down the tubes.  Yet that is exactly what has happened.  The last day of school is on Friday.

Aldene Carter here.  Hope this finds you all well and happy.  We, the Carters, are busy: in fact, "Busy" so happens to be our middle name! LOL  Between Tanner and Glen's sports activities and carting Biao Lian, our daughter, to voice lessons or doctor's appointments, or our working all the time (especially Jeff!), there isn't hardly any time to stop and breathe!  We're always on the go, it seems!

We have since added to the family.  We adopted our second child, a little boy from Siberia.  His name is Anatoly; he is six and is as cute as a bug!  Like his sister, Anatoly has special needs.  He has no arms, but don't let THAT stop him: he does everything with his feet; he is absolutely amazing!  The only issue we have with Anatoly is that he doesn't speak English very well; he thinks we should learn Russian, when we don't have a clue what he is saying half of the time: to us it just sounds like gibberish! LOL

At first, there were  problems adjusting between the kids, but they've since learned to accept their newest family member.  They are working hard to get along better with him, but it's hard when there's such a huge language barrier!  We are trying to teach him English, but Anatoly would rather speak his native tongue!

It is already turning hot here in Yuma, Arizona.  Temps soaring well into the 100's with lows in the seventies and eighties, yet it really doesn't bother us: it's a dry heat; we're used to it, as we're native Arizonians.  We suspect another long and hot summer, with afternoon monsoonal rains; that is the norm here.  Sometimes we get late night thunderstorms whcih light up the night sky with an amazing light show; they are really spectacular (although Anatoly doesn't think so: he is stormphobic; storms frighten him!).

Biao Lian doesn't have to worry about the lightning: she doesn't have any eyes.  LOL  She loves the sound of the rain and thunder; to her that is a calming balm.  She could sit and listen to the sounds of Ma Nature for hours; it brings her such peace and joy!

We don't know what we will do for summer, but I am sure the pool will be included.  We have to cool off sometime, you know.  LOL  Maybe we'll take in a few baseball games (Go, Diamondbacks!!) or go to the Grand Canyon over the Fouth of July for camping; I am sure the children will enjoy that.  

Well, it's time to get the kiddies up and get them ready for school.  I will be so glad when Friday rolls around; then that will be the last day where I will have to get up early and all of us can sleep in as late as we want!  That is going to be so nice!!  Until later, take care and God bless; forgive me for the lapse in my writing!

~Aldene.  :)  

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Reviewed by Paul Berube 6/2/2011
Nicely told, Karen.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/1/2011
I've never been to the Grand Canyon ... heck, I've never been to AZ! This write makes me want to go there. Yes, it would be hot, but not much humidity. :) Great story, Karen!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/1/2011
Enjoy that hot Yuma Summer, and I hope you do get out to the Grand Canyon. You've made me yearn to go out there again, right now!

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