Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Nine Years Ago

Dear Maddy: 
Wow -- it's been nine years since we met you in a warm, humid and
noisy room at the Civil Affairs Office in Guangzhou, China. 
 You were so very brave -- you didn't even cry. 
 It was one of the happiest days of our lives, but I am sure it was a very confusing
 and hard day for you.
  You sucked furiously on your little fingers and put your head down
to escape the noise of the room.  You were so tired from the long bus ride and cried all night long. 
Everyone scared you so much, you tried to hide behind your sweet little hands.  

Daddy and I rocked you, played with you and kept you close so you would know that
we loved you and could be trusted to take care of you forever. 
You started to trust us fairly quickly, but strangers worried you for months.

It's been nine wonderful years watching you grow -- each one better than the last -- if that is even possible!  You're such a beautiful and sweet girl -- always thinking of others. 

Your tender heart and sweet nature make me smile every single day. 
 When you first came home, you ate ramen noodles every day and they are still a favorite!

Happy Family Day sweetie -- love you forever and ever.


18 months old  - July 2003


Kim K. said...

Such a sweet little girl and now a beautiful young lady. Happy 9 years!

Laurie said...

What a wonderful day indeed!! Love the recent picture and love the baby picture. She is just precious, then and now! Hope you have a great time celebrating Maddy!!:)

Lisa said...

*crying* I love "Gotcha Days"

paige said...

i have loved getting to know your sweet maddy through your blog over the last couple years. you can just sense the love & joy in her spirit in each post.
happy 9 years janet & maddy & family!!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

beautiful, lovely, loving, post.


Ps. I don't think I know your adoption story. I would love to hear it.

Jodee said...

Wow! I can't believe it has been nine years! I love Maddy's sweet demeanor and big heart. You are so blessed to be her mom! Happy Gotcha Day Anniversary!

Kristin said...

How sweet! What a lovely memory of your family day. :-)

Football and Fried Rice said...

I could just eat that baby girl up!!!! 9 years! Happy Family Day!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Happy Nine Years to you and your beautiful girl!! What a very sweet post Janet....... those very first moments with our precious girls will always be permanently etched in our minds....and our hearts.

Sorry I am late.... but I hope you had a fantastic day~