so much has happened since gotcha.
more than this little blog can ever say.
there is so much that happens in real life that will never get posted. it just can't be translated.
if you've read this blog for any amount of time, or you know us in real life, you know i've shared a few of the challenges. a lot of those won't ever make the blog either...because they sound crazy. trauma and grief and healing are often unpredictable. how and when they happen can't be predicted and the behavior that results during those moments is unique to each child and family. at times, it's a long road.
but i can't ever describe the joy that this little girl has brought to our family. we marvel at her...at everything about her. the long road doesn't feel long when this little lady is bopping through the house. she dances and sings and mimics everything. she puts on makeup and puts away dishes. she sweeps the floor and organizes family tea parties. she feeds the puppy and soothes her brothers when they get hurt. she draws lovely pictures and carries a purse everywhere she goes. she stands on a stool an helps me make every meal. she has faced enormous challenges but never gives up. i just can't believe i get to be her mom. God created her with such awesomeness in mind.
she is so incredibly smart and kind and thoughtful and silly. strong and feisty and determined. patient and gentle and able to comprehend things that we've never told her. she is remarkable.
in honor of her first year home, i've been collecting a few photos from each month, including the only baby pictures we have. enjoy :)
may 26th, 2010 (her birthday) - july 25th, 2012
HOME!!! August 3, 2011
1st day together at home
learning to sit up
December 28th, 2011: cleft lip and nose reconstruction
these pictures make me all teary. such a bittersweet day.
july 25, 2012: Gotcha Day Anniversary Party!!