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|