Oops! I hope I didn't scare anyone!
Nah...this isn't THAT sort of gotcha. No joke on you dear friends, nor on anyone!
This is the day we celebrate our daughter's "Gotcha Day"!
5 years ago today Grace came into our lives to stay.
The 1st photo is the one that accompanied our referral from China. We were already in love with her, without ever seeing her face, but the second I saw this, I burst into tears. I KNEW her face. I KNEW this child. She was my daughter, the one I had waited for for so long. And yes. I had felt the very same way about our Daniel. It is not easily explained but they were each OURS before they were placed in our care.
This photo was the first one we took in China. Her caretakers had just arrived with her, at our hotel in China. She was already in tears. She was exhausted and frightened to death. Can you imagine what a scary moment this was for her? She spoke no English, in fact, she had never seen a Caucasian person!
We tried everything to elicit even a tiny smile. Presents, silly behavior, candy, fruit, you name it. It would be days before we saw the first glimmer of a grin.
Flash forward 5 years and look at her now. That sought after smile almost
never leaves her face. She is feisty and exuberant and in love with life.
Grace with her adored (and adoring) big brother Daniel. With Daddy on the beach at the Gulf Shores. Two *best friends forever* at The Jonas Brothers concert
Grace the cheerleader at this past week's game.
Her transformation from frightened little girl into a fun loving pre-teen has
been a joy to watch, to experience.
But it is she who transformed us. We are now a family of four. We are complete.
My heart never truly rested until the day she came into our lives. With her arrival
we became whole.
Love and Hugs,