Monday, July 28, 2008

1 yr!!!!





July 29, 2007, was a Sunday morning we had just landed in Hong Kong the night before then got up early to catch our flight to Fujian. One would have thought we would have been exhausted but we were too excited to think about being tired. I remember Jeff saying the first time he really "felt" like he was in China was when we landed in Fujian where outside the door the Chinese flag was flying. We got checked in then Jeff and Nick headed down to the market with our guide to get some things we might need. While during the waiting Jeff had a vivid dream of a long walk coming up to a small waterfall, wouldn't you know the almost exact same waterfall was at our Lake Side hotel in Fuzhou??? We soon headed downstairs to meet with our guides then shortly heading back up to the 3rd floor to meet our girls. I have never passed out in my life or became light headed, but I tell you have have NEVER been so nervous in my life. I can remember being light headed and my legs shaking so bad I thought for sure I was going to drop. Once we sat down my legs were shaking uncontrolably. Then enters a middle aged woman carrying a child, I wasn't sure, was it Lily??? They brought her in and took some photos of her and the lady, I sat there thinking how adorable she was!!! After a small mishap Lily was handed to us and immediately started screaming. All the photos show a little one very upset who was very attached to her Foster Mom, for that we are grateful. It was a rough first few hours, Lily finally fell asleep from exhaustion, but suprisingly the next morning she seems a little more relaxed, with Nick and daddy that is, and within time warmed up to me too:)

I cannot tell you what a blessing she has been to our family. She just fits in so perfectly, she can be rough and wild with the boys, cuddle with her daddy, twirl around when she has a new dress waiting for compliments, then wants lipstick on like mommy. Everything we ever could have wanted, thanks to God's timing and his perfect will. We are truly Blessed!!!!!

18 comments:

Becky said...

Happy Anniversary! When you think about this anniversary, it is amazing how your memories just fly back to that time. I know it is freeze framed in my mind, and the wonderful feelings just rush back! Hard to believe it has been a year, isn't it? She is just gorgeous, as always, and looks like such a little ham!

Michelle said...

Happy Forever Family Day! Lily has really grown in this past year! She is so adorable...I really enjoyed reading your gotcha story.

You were in China the same time as us! Our gotcha for Sophie was Aug. 1st. We were in GZ the entire time for that trip, though.

Briana's Mom said...

Happy Lily Day! Our one year is tomorrow!

Gina (Caleeo) said...

Happy Lily Day! :) One year ago today, our lives were forever linked as Lily was placed in your arms then Olivia arrived and was placed in mine. How blessed we are to have such delightful children, and how blessed I am to be able to call you my friend.

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

Happy Lily Day!!! What a great memory.

The Princess's Mommy said...

Oh look at her! She had grown so much and is just adorable! Happy One Year Family Day!
Love,
Monica

The Wrights said...

I cannot believe that it has been a year already! Wow does time fly fast!
Hope you had a great year and there are MANY more to come!!!!!

Duncan Family said...

Happy 1-year! You're now at that point where she's been with her forever family longer, right? How exciting and what a year of milestones. Thanks for leaving your comments; it's wonderful to meet you! And it's precious seeing all these cuties!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Happy One Year!!!

What a special day it must have been....one I have been dreaming about for years now!

She is so adorable and my has she grown!!!

Lisa

Beverly said...

happy family day!!

Shawnstribe said...

oh how precious!!!
Happy aniversary, i got goosebups just by reeding about it!!!
so many memories , a moment , a life changed forever,
\ours and theirs enterwined to become one.....
how does it happen? a miracle for sure : )
xxx
s

Mama Darling said...

Thanks so much for your comments on my blog. I finally got a chance to come over and visit yours. I have really enjoyed reading back through your posts, especially the one about God still speaking to us. YOu have a lovely family. Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary. We buy a special charm for our daughters in rememberance of this day each year. DB's will be coming up on Aug. 20.

Maddys Mom said...

Happy 1 year to your family!!!

Steve and Alese said...

Happy Anniversary! Lily is a beautiful girl. They truly grow up fast. We all are blessed.

Amy said...

Amy, isn't it amazing to you still that we are HERE with our girls. God heard and answers our prayers with these precious children. Congrats on a year already coma and gone with your sweet Lily!

Louanne said...

Sorry this is late, but Happy Anniversary! Isn't it amazing how fast the time has flown by?

God is so good to us!

Julie said...

One year????? No way!! That doesn't seem possible!

Congratulations though! I just can't believe it's been one year!

KC said...

Lily looks so happy as does the rest of your family! What an amazing journey and it continues as our girls grow up! I love your blog. Happy 1 Year!