Friday, September 30, 2011

Referral Announcement: 1 Year Later

Last night, David, Eva Monet, and I went out to celebrate.

Thursday, September 29th marked our 1 year anniversary since receiving a phone call that we had been matched with a little girl from Jiangxi Province, China.  Her name?  Bo, Jiawan.   She was 9 1/2  months old.

How surreal it felt to finally hear her name, to learn a few basic facts, and to know that after so many years of waiting, we were finally at this moment!

Love pooled in my heart as if to signal that it was finally safe to swim here.  So many years of wading in the 'shallow end', waiting with great hope that 'Our Time' was coming...

A year ago, we had no idea just how much love would flood our hearts and home.  Who knew all that we would experience since the first time we saw those deep brown eyes and jet black hair. Talk about life changing!  What an amazing year!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sweet Reunion: Atlanta Style

A few weeks ago, David, Eva Monet and I had the opportunity to reconnect with several families who also adopted children from China.  Our daughters began their lives at the same Institute and share a special connection.   It was truly amazing to see how the girls had grown and developed since our Thanksgiving Trip together just last year.  There was no question that the families had all formed strong attachments to one another and the girls were blossoming.  What a joy to see!

Enjoy a few photos from our time in Atlanta.  These first few were taken just outside of the Atlanta Aquarium.   It was our first time visiting and Eva Monet had great fun discovering the many creatures that live in and around the water.   Experiencing life through the eyes of your child is the best!  

Okay...  On three!  One...  Two...
Three!   Say Cheese!

Our Sweetie Pies.

Fun to be together again!


Big Sisters.  Beauty from the inside out.

Fellow Mama's! 

Beluga Whales:  Here they come!   Here they come!

Look, Eva, it's a shark!

 So close, Daddy...   I can almost touch them!

Play time at the Westin.  :)

Look what Daddy built! 
I'll trade you a green for an orange...


Did you see those Beluga Whales, Sophie?  They were thiiiiiiissss BIG!!

Great memories!  We are already making plans for our next get together.  FUN!