Six years ago today Chris and I were sitting in a cold, white, sterile building in the middle of China, during what was one of their worst winters in 20 years. China. We flew half way around the world, took 3 planes, and waited almost 3 years, and in a matter of a few minutes were going to meet our daughter for the first time. In the adoption community this is known as Gotcha Day.
It sounds so celebratory and lively but all I could think about was that this poor little girl was being taken away from the family she knew, the bed she slept in, the familiar faces she smiled at everyday and being thrust into the arms of perfect strangers. My heart ached at the same time it overflowed with love.
She didn’t know that I prayed and waited for her for over 10 years. She didn’t know that I loved her the moment I saw her gummy smile. She didn’t know that every night since seeing her beautiful face that I went to bed thanking the people who cared for her and praying they continued to do so until we could get there and do it ourselves.
Six Years. It seems like a lifetime ago. It feels as if our daughter has been with us forever yet when I look back at the pictures, I see just how much she has grown. Her ability to trust, her ability to love. We’ve all grown. Not just from a family of four to a family of five, but the amount of love we are capable of. She is such a blessing and has changed our family forever.
In honor of National Adoption Day on Saturday, November 21st I’m sharing our adoption journey all week on the blog with the hopes of raising awareness about adoption and to celebrate the amazing gift adoption is for both the adoptee and the adoptive family. Some of you have heard our stories before, but hey, who doesn’t love to hear a great story again, especially one with such a happy ending! So be sure to check back this week for more on adoption and if you have any questions regarding adoption, feel free to leave them in the comment section and I promise to answer.
In the meantime, I leave you with a few pics from the beginning of our adoption journey and the moment we met our daughter for the first time.