Monday, September 09, 2013

Gotcha Day!

Today is Mia Jade's first Gotcha Day anniversary!  So many major changes and milestone have occurred since one year ago.  My baby girl's life changed in every way, turned upside down - the people she knew and loved, the language she understood, where she lived, the foods she ate, the places she was use to, smells, sights and sounds, her routine, everything.  She did it like a trooper and usually with a smile on her face.  She is flourishing....and her hair is growing!  A bit about her:
  • Just within the last month she has started putting two words together which is very exciting.  And she knows it's good and a new skill because she is so happy when she accomplishes saying two meaningful words together.  
  • She is such a girl.  She loves shoes, purses, her earrings and pretending to talk on her toy cell phone.  She dotes on her dolls, pushes them around in doll strollers, and loves to see babies...and dogs.
  • Few things upset her, like if I don't understand what she is trying to say.  That frustrates her and I feel so badly.  
  • She is a bit of a daredevil but doesn't like the swing.  
  • She is a great imitator, especially of her brother.  She will do anything that he does.  
I can't put in words the joy she brings to me everyday.  She is such sunshine.  She is so happy, sometimes she laughs just to laugh.  And there is no way I can imagine my life without her.  
I love her so much, I am so thankful that she is happy and that I can give her a life with a family that will love her forever.  "It was worth the wait" is so cliche but it is so true.  She was worth every tear, every painful day that we waited.  I tell Zane that he is my dream come true and I tell Mia Jade she is the answer to my prayers.  I am so blessed.  Happy Gotcha Day my sunshine!  I love you baby girl!

Thursday, September 05, 2013

A year ago today...

A year ago today my mom and I were on a plane to China!  It's so hard to believe.  What an amazing journey we were setting out on.  Of course the focus was to get Mia Jade but the first couple days it was me, Mom and China!  I loved seeing Beijing, standing on the Great Wall, visiting the Forbidden City and taking it all in.  So today I don't reflect on Mia's gotcha just yet, but on the leap of faith at the end of a long journey with my best friend, my mom.  Not a day goes by that I do not think about China - the people, the food, the history, everything.  I loved being in China and I pray I will be able to go back again some day.  I hope it's with mom again.  It will definitely be with Mia Jade.  I want her to love China like I love China.  Thank you Mom for always supporting me and being the best travel partner I could have asked for!  It was an amazing two weeks and a life changing event in many ways!