Thursday, November 20, 2008

Happy Gotcha Day---2 years

Two years ago, today, we were sitting in a HOT room in a room in Nanning, Guangxi, China. My stomach was churning, heart was pounding, worried how my little girl would take to her new family. Worried how her big brother would do with a new sister. When we exited off the elevators, there were babies and new mommies and daddies everywhere. Beautiful babies finally being united with their forever families. We walked on to a room and watched several children and their nannies waiting for their turn. Then FINALLY, our group. Group 118b. We went to the receiving room and waited for our children to come in. We were 5th family out of 6th to receive our sweet baby girl. Finally, a little girl from Yulin 1st SWI named Hua Ru Yan was brought in and oh how beautiful she was. Words can never explain the feeling we had that day. All the tears, stress and frustration while waiting to go to China, disappeared. Our family was now complete. Jacob had a little hard time, being he was the only child for 8 years, but quickly fell in love with his little sister. We went to do our paperwork to complete the adoption and then just hung out in the room, bonding. Joleigh had a few rough nights with night terrors, but bonded well. She is such a joy in our lives. She is now full of energy, sassy, spunky, and has a loving, caring heart even at the age of 3. Thank you God for allowing us to be her parents and bringing her into our lives. Thank you for allowing us to visit her Homeland and learn about her culture to keep it apart of her life.
Happy Gotcha Day to the families we traveled with to China. You will always be a part of our family, too. We love and miss you Anna, Jenny, Erin, Rachel and Faith and your families. May your day be blessed, too. Our day will be low key as we are planning to either bake cupcakes, cookies or cake, whatever she chooses. This evening we are going to collect items for the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox and then coming home and just being together and watching her favorite show or movie. We may even catch her in another singing mood (like she was last night) and I can capture it on video to share later. Thank you all! We love you. Off to be with my little baby girl, who is now 3.


Dawn said...

Congratulations on your 2nd family day together!!!

It is amazing how fast time flies THIS side of the wait and how slow it trickles on the other side!

Enjoy your big day!!

Christy said...

Congrats on Gotcha day!! It is such a special day I will always remember like it was yesterday. What a special day. Thanks for letting us relive it with you!!

Happy Gotcha # 2!!!

Christy :)

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

She was so tiny and she's such a pretty young lady now. (yes...she looks so grown up!)

Sherri & Todd said...

Congratulations!! on your 2 year Gotcha Day! I loved your little story and I got goose bumps reading it.

I hope you had a fun family day together?


Nicole said...

Happy Gotcha Day! Wow! Time has flown by!

Doug and Terrye said...

2 years and 8 months ago I was in that same room, feeling those same mass of emotions...isn't the end result incredible!?! :)

Terrye in FL

Julie said...

Oh! I'm so sorry I missed this post! Isn't it just the most wonderful feeling to love that precious and beautiful child?

I know I appreciate it more and more each time I look at Kenzie, and will also be thinking about it every year in November with Jia.

You are one lucky (and obviously happy and proud) mama!

Jen said...

What a beautiful, heartfelt post Mendy - you bring tears to my eyes. Congratulations on your 2 year milestone....may there be many, many, many more wonderful milestones ahead.
Bless you all
Jen & Ebony

Beth said...

She is such a beautiful little girl. Her eyes are captivating...what sparkle in that smile! Congratulations on your 2 years. How the time flies, right? - B

P.S. Don't ya' love it when they sing? :)


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