a year ago today, I saw your face

Today is such a tremendously special day for our family. It was a year ago today that we saw Little One’s face for the first time. I thought it would be fun to re-post the story of that day…and include those first few photos of her. I didn’t share her ‘referral’ photos a year ago, I am so happy to share them today. It feels like it has been so much longer than a year ago….

About once a month China releases what is called the “shared list” for the SN (special needs) program. There are a few routes you can go with the SN program. We chose to have our agency match us with a child. We had to be “logged in” to be eligible to be matched to a waiting child on the list. We were logged in on 2/15/12, and then got word late last week that the February list would come out on 2.27.12 at night our time. That meant we woke up on 2.27.12 knowing we might ‘meet’ our Little One….this is the story of my day taken with my phone camera.

Dear Little One,

I remember the days I met your older brothers and sister. I don’t remember every little detail, but I do remember the moments leading up to when I saw each of their faces for the first time. I cherish those memories. I will see your face long before you ever see mine. I will never know what you were doing on the day I met you, but I thought someday you might like to know what my day look liked. I woke up early, but couldn’t get out of bed. I laid there staring at the clock and listening to your siblings running through the house. I wanted to go back to sleep and wake up on Tuesday….but I got up eventually. I wasn’t sure how to face the day. I kept going back to 14 years ago in my head. I was 18, sitting on the floor of my bedroom flipping through a magazine. Time froze when I saw a picture of a woman holding a child quite obviously not from her womb. I knew in that moment, my children would not all share my genes. I’ve wondered for 14 years who you are…where are you…how old are you…what is your name. On this day, 14 years of wondering could all of the sudden end.

2.12name-1

Once out of bed…we did breakfast. Nothing fancy because I was basically worthless. You have 3 incredible big brothers. Most of the time they will be good examples for you. However, climbing on the cabinets is not among my favorite habits of theirs. Your big sister is a morning person….just a warning in case you are like me (not a morning person).
2.12name-2

The half of me that didn’t want to stay in bed wanted to head to the gym. I hate running, but running today was kind of nice.
2.12name-3

After wanting to throw up from running and anxiety, we headed to the park to meet a friend. She surprised me with my favorite Sonic drink. All day long I got texts, emails and phone calls from friends knowing how big of day today was for me. I have incredible friends. I want that so badly for you and your siblings. Truly great friends are hard to find and when you do find them, cherish them.
2.12name-4

Before I knew it, lunch time arrived. Lunch over and I did some work on the computer.
2.12name-5

I managed to stay focused long enough to get work done….then I visited some favorite blogs. Your daddy came home with lunch for me. He knew I probably didn’t eat and wanted to take care of me. He does that a lot – take care of me.
2.12name-6

Back outside for more fun to keep me distracted.
2.12name-7

I stayed moving all day until the school pick up line. We sat in the car for 10 minutes…10 long minutes sitting still and wondering if I’d see your face later in the evening.
2.12name-8

I usually drink my coffee first thing in the morning. That didn’t happen until after school today. A quiet, still break with coffee and my Bible. Much needed.
2.12name-9

Banging my head on the concrete table became the only acceptable survival mechanism. Well, that and taking ridiculous pictures with your sister. LONGEST DAY EVER.

2.12name-10

Dinner time finally came. Your daddy surprised me with my favorite cookies. 5:51pm in Oklahoma….7:51am in China. The list would be released very soon.
2.12name-11

Fish tacos for dinner. I didn’t eat. I didn’t eat right before meeting any of your siblings either. Baths & showers, done.

2.12name-12

The ridiculous cycle of hitting “refresh” on my email began. Then yahoo shut down and gave me a short panic attack. It came back quickly.
2.12name-14

Bedtime stories, prayers, lights out.
2.12name-15

And the business of the day was over. No more distractions. Just waiting.

And waiting.

And waiting.

And telling your sister to get back in bed.

And refreshing my email.

And waiting.

And telling your sister to get back in bed.

And refreshing my email.

And your sister not getting back in bed.

And then all of the sudden, with your sister and daddy at my side…an email popped up. It was from our agency and the subject was simply a name. Your name.

I turned to your daddy, “are you ready for this?”

“Yeah.”

“No, are your READY…it’s TIME!”

.

.

.

We skipped the words of the email and went straight on to opening the attached pictures.

and that is the moment we saw your face for the first time. Your sister squealed “Sister in China!” We laughed and cried and did all the things parents do when they catch a glimpse of their child for the first time.

You are quite simply breathtaking. And tiny. And pure awesomeness.

Oh sweet baby girl, you are worth every achingly long moment waiting….now to get you home!

You are our new Song.

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  • Kimberly Troth - WOW! Beautiful in tears all over again!! Can’t believe it’s been a year since you first saw little one. LOVE following your story :) THANKS AGAIN and AGAIN for sharing!

  • Erin - You brought tears to my eyes. Thanks you for sharing this amazing journey with us. Little one is so lucky to have been chosen for you.

  • Jenny @ Words On Wendhurst - Every.Single.Time I read anything about your adoption story, I cry. Every time! I’m not sure exactly what touches me so deeply, but it’s amazing. Love seeing the first pictures of Little One, and the ones of her today. She is blossoming! And that hair is amazing :)

  • Michelle H. - What Kimberly said……….too many tears <3

  • Lynne Malan - everytime one goes back to the first time you saw her photo, it’s like a time machine…flashback…feelings, emotions, thoughts, memories…and then in that instant… the amazing overwhelm of that first sight of YOUR little girl…. her sweetness… taking in every detail… and days later, you are still crying because she needs to be home now… not in a few months.. now.. you have loved her even before you have seen her… and you can feel the connection of mother-daughter in that instant. xx

  • Jenni - Ahh! I remember the day you posted. I remember the day that you told everyone that you were adopting. The one with the Starbucks cups that you were filling out paperwork. I could sob all day looking at that last picture. What a journey. It has been so much fun coming along for the ride:).

  • Martina - Campbell looks good on her! Blessings to your family on this special day.

  • Bonnie - I discovered your blog when you were waiting to get word that you could fly to get Little One. I went back and read all the adoption posts (and most of everything else too) within a couple days. While difficult at times, your family’s journey is so beautiful and I feel so special that I get to follow along. Thank you for opening your heart and your home and sharing these wonderful stories with all of us!

  • Stephanie - I need to stop reading these at work, I cry every time! What an amazing story, thank you so much for sharing it! She is beautiful, fits in perfectly with the rest of the family!

  • Jackie - Such a beautiful story :)

  • Rebecca Alexis - So so wonderful. Makes me all teary happy for you. What a wonderful day of celebration in your heart and in your family. xxoo

  • Sadie - Oh.my.goodness. Tears are here. What a precious, precious blog post. I love how you captured every bit of that day! What a blessing! Thank you, thank you for sharing!

  • Erin - I can’t believe it’s been a year. I’ve been following your blog the whole time and it’s such a beautiful journey. My heart celebrates for your family today- I am so glad she is finally in your arms. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  • Karen - You have done it again, I am crying. I found your blog when you were in China, collecting your new bundle of joy. I have loved every minute of your story and look forward to many more. Thank you

  • Jeannette - Made me cry all over again – praise God for bringing your sweet girl home!!!

  • maggie may - oh my stars. can you believe it? i remember reading this post and crying, and again today…i cried. God formed your family so beautifully.

    and on an unrelated note: i have that same mug! mine is blue and has an m, but you get the idea. ;)

    hey i have a question for yah: can i have your email so i can send you a question a bit more privately? thanks!

    enjoy your anniversary of seeing the cuteness for the first time :)

  • Nina - Ashley
    I read your blog religiously every morning over my morning cup of coffee. I don’t think I have ever commented, because lets be honest you are blogging royalty, so you don’t need to hear my little comment, however I wanted to let you know that I have been following your journey and praying for you and your family every step of the way and today’s had me choked up at “Dear Little One”
    I loved seeing her first pictures!!

    Nina

  • Cheri - Such a sweet story … and sweet family. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. If I were younger, with a young family again, I’d be adopting like you did! I am SO happy your family is all together!

  • Jessica - A year ago today I sat at my desk bawling as I read this. I felt an overwhelming sense of compassion for a family I have never met and probably never will meet. You blessed me by sharing your story and allowing me to pray for you. Today, I sit at my desk, reading it again, and crying all over again. Today, I am able to send praise to Jesus. Thanks for sharing!! I prayer for you today is that you feel an incredible amount of Joy and you end your day watching Little One sleep!

  • danielle - So beautiful! I am so happy for you guys!

  • Julie - Little One will treasure this letter for all her years. You have such an amazing talent to place your feelings into words, that flow just so seamlessly and heartwarming. What a special day for each of you! Many Blessings!

  • Lori - This makes me cry happy tears. So thankful she is with
    her forever family now.

  • Stoich91 - Best. Post. Ever. I love, love, love this and I’m sure Little One will, too when she’s old enough to read!

  • Debbie C - Wow, has it already been a year when we first read this post? She is so beautiful and looks so happy to be with her family now. Such an awesome blessing!

  • Jeny - Even though I have been following along with your adoption story- something about this post made me realize I am meant to be an adoptive mother also. I have no idea where to start (beyond sharing this with my husband) but I am going to bookmark this post as a reminder of the swell I just felt in my heart. You are a terrific momma and I know that I have more love to give. Thanks for sharing such an honest post about the day. It really moved me.

  • Lennie - I read this with tears in my eyes. I remeber it posted the first time around. What an amazing journey! So great that it is all documented for you to go back to and for Little One to have later in life, breathtaking.

  • Kimberly L. - I love how beautifully you express your love for your family and children. So glad for your family. (Thank you for sharing with us too, it make me so happy to know the depths of goodness that can be found in a mother’s (and wife’s) love.) Love to you and your family.

  • Cheryl - I’m so very happy for your family…so very happy.:)

  • Jena - Oh my gosh, I am in TEARS reading this. So, so beautiful.

  • Darcy Higgins - I read this then and reread now…and cried all over again. Thank you for sharing your family, stories and sweet journeys with all of us. Your blog is a bright spot for so many.

  • Flossie - I cried the first time I read this post. Now I’m wiping tears away again. She will be so glad you recorded these thoughts for her someday.

  • Rachel - Look at that beautiful little girl!!! And what a head of hair :) Congratulations on everything thus far. May God keep blessing you!

  • Courtney Connelly - Simply beautiful!

  • jenny - beautiful…every detail, because God is in them all.

  • ranee - even better the second time! have a wonderful day with all five of your lovely kiddos!

  • Dana - Whenever I’m having a low point in my day, I click to your beautiful blog and am reminded of everything I too hold deep in my heart. Thank you for sharing your experience so openly. I shed happy tears reading your words and soaking in the gorgeous images of your life story. With love and heartfelt gratitude, Dana <3

  • Karen - Beautiful! What a special treasure you are giving her to document all of these things. Isn’t it amazing that God was able to pick the perfect daughter for you. It gives me great hope as me and my husband begin the foster-to-adopt process ourselves. Enjoy this truely special day!

  • Monica - Beautiful story! Make me cry every time that I read it. I love it. Touch my heart so deeply! Make me feel so happy for little One to have you and GOD gave her a great family full of love. I can not imagine the happiness that you felt a year ago when you saw her first pictrues. She looks adorable, cute baby girl, so tiny , so perfect. But I think you have so many feelings at the same time, to feel pain in your heart because you could not hug her and kiss her in that moment. But I am so so happy that now both of you are together to never be apart again. Happy for you that you dream came true. Have a happy day with all your family. :)

  • Kenzie A. - Thank you for a good cry today! Such a sweet and special story. I know one day my husband and I will get to have this experience. Such an amazing journey.

  • Alicia Millis - ohhh crying! beautiful post. thank you for sharing this day with us! have a incredible time celebrating this special day with your family :)

  • molly quigley - Love. Could not get enough of this story. i was in a pretty rough mood this morning…having had strep throat the past days and nursing my kiddo from strep before I got sick. This really cheered me up.

    Thanks,
    Molly Q.

  • Ginna - I am crying, just like I did when I read this last year. Thank you for sharing again!

  • Kara M - Oh girl! You’ve got to stop it with the tear wrenching posts…especially for us moms waiting! (JK, keep them coming). Sometimes I dream about the day I will see our lil one’s face for the first time. I have weird moments where it is like I can feel our lil one with us…hope that happens for other people and doesn’t mean I’m going crazy!!

  • Nicole C - This is just a beautiful memory, even for me :) I remember following along with your blog and it made me anxious, so I don’t even think I could handle what you went through. Reading your honest, gorgeous words about the process and what you went through confirmed to me that if I ever decide to have children that it would be via adoption. I suppose I am 18 year old you (+13 years in reality) seeing those photos.

  • Gabriela - Hey, Ashley.
    I don’t remember how I came to your blog for the first time. I think it was about 4 years ago, a bit befor my husband and I got married. Since then, I think I never lost a post… This is new to me (commenting in a blog. I am more of a silent reader).
    I just need to say that everytime that I read your blog it makes me happy and I get the confidence that it is possible to be an awesome mom, be happy, have a nice relationship with husband, family and friends and do things for yourself (I stiil not getting how do you do all of that with 5 kids)!
    I’ve been following Little one’s story (as I did when Firecracker broke her leg) and there is no one single post that did not make me smile or cry! Hope your kids keep being such a joy in your life! Gabi

  • KIMBERLY4472 - So much beauty it this post. What a difference a year can make.

  • the inadvertent farmer - Tears…again! Bless your mama’s heart, you have touched mine, as usual. I am so happy that Little One is home in her family’s arms. Have a fantastic day! Kim

  • christine - oh….i love your little one <3
    i'm following your beautiful blog with love and send you all tha best over the sea ;-) greetings from switzerland, be blessed!
    christine

  • Liz R - What a perfect rendition…..and such a cutie patootie to boot! :) I remember when we saw the first photo of my brother, months before he was brought home from Korea. Those first photos are SO PRECIOUS!!!

  • Stefanie - Loved every word and every picture. Adoption is the most. amazing. thing.
    P.S. does she not look so much like Firecracker in that last picture?

    Happy “First Time I Saw Your Face” Day :)

  • Amy @ Fig Milkshakes - Omigosh I remember this post like it was yesterday has it really been one year?! Thank you for sharing the pictures! I remember aching for you and being curious about her little face. It’s truly EXCELLENT to see your journey and know she is home with her family!

  • Sarah - Crafts from the Cwtch - Oh man! You made me cry. Again! Beautiful words and a beautiful family. *sniff*

  • seriously sassy mama - This picture makes me happy for firecracker. It is so awesome to have a sister.

  • Kaylee Stevie - Even though I read this post a year ago, it made me cry all over again with the pictures of her at the end. She is such a beauty and such a testimony of God’s faithfulness! Her story so blesses me…

  • Lahna - I did read this a while ago, and it made me cry. I guess it was just after you met Little One in person.
    But today, oh today it’s even more emotional. It is so beatiful to know that you are all together and well, and happy and blessed.
    And I’m crying so much more this time. She was so tiny, so adorable in those pictures.
    You already loved her so much without knowing her name, without ever seen her. And there she was, no clue how much love was waiting for her.
    I’m so happy for you. I really think you are so lucky on having Little One in your lives.
    <3

  • Rachel B. - I soooo needed this today! What a joy! Thank you for sharing!
    Our God is an awesome God :-)
    Blessings to you all!

  • Crystal - Beautiful…..so glad she is home!

  • Julia Moore - We were just matched yesterday with our daughter in China! Sent the LOI this morning. A friend of ours moved to TN from OK a few months ago and told me about your blog when I mentioned we were adopting from China. It has been a Godsend – thank you so much for sharing :)

  • Seamingly Sarah - I can’t believe that post made me cry again!

  • Tiah - I live how that day was captured in pictures, so inspiring. Little One looks amazing, you are the best thing that could have happened to her.

  • holly - Beautiful, beautiful baby girl! Your children are so blessed!!!

  • Jennifer - Oh my goodness. Tearing up over here in midtown. What an amazing transformation of happy in these pics. You can definitely see the love and nurturing this little girl has received from your beautiful family. What an amazing year! Congrats mama!

  • Monica - Ashley,

    Reading posts on your blog bring the Spirit into my heart so quickly and I wanted to thank you for being such a wonderful example of being a good mother for the world! There is a quote from a leader in my church that I love that goes…

    “Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling… It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.” -Elder Neil L. Andersen

    You changed your Little One’s life forever and for generations that will come from her as well. I’m so happy for the love that exists in your home! Thank-you for sharing it!

  • Victoria - This is so beautiful. I keep crying every time I read your adoption story! Your little girl is beautiful, as are all your kids. I don’t know you, but I just wanted to say that you’re a very inspiring person. You motivate me to be a good mother and also a good wife and ALSO take time for things for me. Thanks for blogging!

  • Emily - Oh my heart. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators - Look at that wide-eyed baby transformed into this smiling, joyful Little One! I remember that post. Such a beautiful journey.

  • meg duerksen - big tears over here! She was worth the wait! :)

  • Miriam - I came across a photo of your little one on Insragram a couple of months ago. In the first instance, I felt sorry for her and for you. Until I read your story, all on one long Thursday night, until dawn, crying all the way through. Your story touched me so deeply. It changed the way I think of beauty. 2 months passed, and my daughter looks so beautiful and perfect to me, with all the little imperfections she has, the little imperfections that bothered me – silly me – from time to time until then. Thank you so much for inspiring me to look at the world in a more enlighten way.

  • Montse - Dear Ashley,

    I just came to your blog by chance last week but your family and you have touched my heart deeply. Our lifes ar so different (I am from Spain, and just have a 16 months angel that is the center of my world), but at the same time, when I read your blog I find the same feelings that I discovered when my little boy was born.

    You have a precious gift, and I thank you for sharing it with us.

    Lots of love from Barcelona, Spain!

    (Sorry for the mistakes!)

  • Lyn - Crying.

  • Crystal Prychidko - Oh my goodness!!!! I cried like a little girl!!! LOVE THIS POST!!! The first pictures of little one are absolutely adorable!!! Then to see what a beautiful little lady she is becoming!! Love the comparison!!!

    Thanks for sharing!!!

    Our friends are missionaries in Equador and they just were blessed with being able to adopt a beautiful little boy! The parents had abandoned him due to the cleft lip/pallet he has. His story is very heart breaking. But, is having a beautiful beginning with his new parents. I get to visit them in May and I’ve been able to share parts of your story with them. So thank you very much for your blog! Touching so many lives!!!

  • Christie - Tears!! Love this story so much. And I can’t wait for my terrible, excruciating day of waiting as I get to see my girl(s) faces for the first time! Thanks so much for the inspiration of journaling the day with photos. I love this! And the idea of writing a letter from their home country. Love that too! Thanks so much for this!

  • Angie Walsh - Just Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing! xxx

  • Paige Willingham - so beautiful ashley.

  • Shauna - Ashley,
    I have been stalking your blog over the last several months. This post made me tear up. What a beautiful journey. We are in the midst of seeking God’s wisdom to foster/adopt.

    Shauna (Shotton) Wortinger

  • carroll lane - We are DTC as of Monday so reading this (again) is beautiful and exciting! Thank you for sharing!

  • Mel Del - Sweetest post ever! Seven weeks postpartum and it made me bawl. She is so precious!! Warms my heart

  • Kat - This is a great reminder of how each of our children are so important to us. She will cherish this!

  • Kathryn - Breathtaking indeed……it was obviously time for another “make us all cry post” :0 I give thanks with you for what Our Great God has done in perfectly putting your family together. xxx

  • Michelle W - Perfect post

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Thank you. Thank you for sharing your story. It means so much to me! :)

  • Jennifer - Celebrating for you! What sweet tears of joy…God is so good. Thank you for sharing your life…a beautiful example of His amazing love.

  • Katie - Oh, I’ve kind of missed all the tears that come with these posts, but these are more happy tears than sad/waiting tears. Is this also the day you found out your waiting child was a girl, or did you request a girl? Wondering how that works. Such a great story.

  • Kimberly Oyler - the story of little one might just be my favorite story on the interwebs. today is my half birthday, and you met her on my actual birthday. i am truly so happy to share those special days with this sweet girl.

  • Lori - Such a beautiful post. I forwarded it to my husband to read, and thought you might enjoy his response: “Wow. That is such a very sweet post. Since it got your husband choked up, I can only imagine what it did to my wife. You’re just not built to withstand this type of onslaught of sweetness and love and I hope it warmed your heart for the day when you read it. It’s an amazing journal of the day.” It was a great reminder of what is important, and it did warm my heart for the rest of the day.

  • Britney - So sweet. Interestingly enough, although I’ve followed your blog for some time now, haven’t commented too much really. My husband and I are also adopting, although domestically. We are anxiously also awaiting a call this evening to find out if we’ve been matched with a certain child. Thank you for such a great read on a day like today. :)

  • Kelly - Little Song is a wonderful addition to your family.
    Happy Anniversary to all of you!

  • Carla - Beautiful! I cried when I read it a year ago and I cried again this time. Joy, joy, joy!

  • amy jupin - i just cannot deal with the beauty in this post.
    it’s absolute poetry.

  • Di - I’ve been a reader of your blog for years and just loved this post (along with all of your posts). One of my closest friends has adopted 10 children – most from OS and she also has a post on her blog today about getting one of her girls that I thought I would share with you. http://pamhollanddesigns.typepad.com/pam_h/2013/02/its-a-story-with-a-happy-ending.html

  • Kiki - I loved reading this post! So heartfelt, so beautiful, so amazing. Thank you for sharing this! I remember reading and seeing your photos from that day. So honored to have followed along this journey of yours for that long! :)

  • Natalie - Absolutely the most beautifully written post.

  • Sharron - Happy Gotcha Day!! We love Gotcha Day. Our China girl is sitting here with me and wants me to say Happy Gotcha from all of us and she wants to meet you. LOL She’s 7 now, but it seems just like yesterday she was sleeping in the sling while I grocery shopped.

  • Abby - How wonderful to re-read this post a year later! How wonderful to put a beautiful face with your beautiful words. Thank you for sharing your Song with us Ashley!!

  • Lisa - Bawling. Oh my word. What a gift. I have been reading your blog for awhile but I just read this post for the first time the other day. My husband are also adopting a special needs child from China…with Dillon. My heart jumps every time I think of receiving our referral (just finished our home study). Thanks for sharing your beautiful story! She is magnificent!

  • Katie - This is incredible. Little one will cherish this story forever!

  • Brenda - So beautiful and such an amazing day! We share it with you. ;) We received “the call” at near the same time you were receiving your beautiful pictures last year on this day while driving home from work. An expectant mom was making an adoption plan for her baby and chose us to parent her child. Our daughter will turn a year old in 2-weeks. What an amazing year it has been.

  • Jacci in Ohio - I know I keep just saying the same things over & over again, but really! Praise be to God! :) She is HOME! Rejoicing with you!!!!

  • Vanessa - Awwww, tenderness. Thank you for reposting. Your adoption story continues to feed a new and growing desire in my own heart. And your girl has absolutely blossomed :)

  • stephanie - i just love you for doing this. i love you and praise you and i am alway sso inspired by you. i remember this. i remember these photos. i remember this part of the journey. i remember how my heart was breaking and now all i can feel is pure joy. i am so thankful that the world has people as breathtakingly courageous as you, so full of love.

    thank you a million times over

  • Irma Razak - Love this post!

  • Sadee Schilling - Wow, all of you have had quite a year! Little One is SO breathtakingly beautiful. And I think she looks like her sister!

  • Monika Rybak - She’s so cute!!!! I love your pictures ! All the best

  • Taylor - This is such a wonderful and inspiring story or motherhood. How thrilling it must have been.

  • heather g - Your story is so precious and I am grateful that I’ve been able to share your journey via your blog! God has truly blessed you with a a sweet new girl!

  • Nichole Young - All of your children look so happy, what fun it is to be a part of your family. I think your children are the best thing to have happened to Little One, they seem to teach her how to be happy, silly and loved…and of course they learned that all from their Mom and Dad. Your whole story just makes my heart smile….and Poppy in the vents, is making my heart snort-laugh!!

  • Yvette - Happy 1st year since seeing your little one. She is such a wonderful blessing and addition to your wonderful family. God Bless,

    Yvette

  • Rose - Ok…Little one has the SAME nose scrunch as you and Firecracker! Of course she was meant to be with you guys :)

  • elizabeth H - tears.flowing…

    aren’t those delivery days the l.o.n.g.e.s.t.

    so,so,so,so BEAUTIFUL Little One is!!

  • Lori - I love this. Every word. Pure. Honest. Plain. and Fabulous. What a treasure trove of memories and joy abounds now in your hearts and home. I love you all so much. What a sweetie. See, how happy she is???? that is from nothing but your love.

  • Sonya - thank you so much for your loving hearts that have brought this beautiful child into your life. you are one of several people in my life that have adopted and through you and those others I am learning the true pure love of God. i am learning through the practical application of lives like yours what it means to be adopted by God. And as the truth of this sinks into my heart I am moved to tears of joy and love that God would choose me. once again thank you so much for this example because when i see pictures of you and your family loving on little one, it is a picture of God holding me.
    “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”

  • Tracy A - Weeping…literally. Thank you for continually keeping me excited about this journey we are on, especially on days when it seems like nothing is happening to move us forward. So thankful for the way you and Chris have paved…
    I CAN’T WAIT to see the face of our little one. One day…

  • Rhyea - Ok, so can I start over and grow up in your house? I just found your blog and was wowed! I went through months of posts and cried like a baby the whole time. I could feel the love and fun in your home. We moved away from all friends and family about a year ago and have had a tough time making friends here. I’m ashamed to say that I let the isolation get to me. Time to do better and BE better. Thank you for inspiring me to lighten up and make our home a happier place for our little man (3). God bless you all!

  • jules - I LOVE this post. Seriously. I love his post. Your daughter will look back at this story & will be so happy with how excited & nervous you were. Such a beautiful girl. So glad that you kept track of that special day. Love it!

  • Ada - she simply is one of the most beautiful songs ever written….
    and this is my kinda story- thank you for sharing. :)

  • Cookie - Should NOT have read this at work…the MOST beautiful story I have ever read! She’s suck a lucky little girl…to have u!! :) Must go and fins a tissue now! :)

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