Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Two years ago today.....

8 months old in The Lily Orphan Care Center

Fuling, China.

Home a couple of weeks with her big sister.

Home 6 months.

This smile melts my heart...


Okay Mom, enough already. LOL.

With noses pressed against the Civil Affairs office picture window in Chongqing, we watched the babies being brought out of a small white van one by one. Almost forgetting to breath, I was counting to see how many were being ushered into the front door. I could see them dressed in little yellow and pink padded outfits, our family was about to change, forever.

Eyes on the door, I nervously watched the babies being brought in and placed on a couch. I couldn't See Wei AI Fu, I couldn't see Jillian!

Then a tiny, screaming little girl, dressed in an over sized pink padded suit came by us in a flash, I couldn't be sure, my eyes followed the gentleman carrying her. He grabbed a bunch of Kleenex and made his way over to the rest of the nannies and babies.

Hubby and I locked eyes , we started to laugh, there was our daughter, screaming at the top of her lungs, funny enough this is just like her big sister came into our lives(Jennifer came in screaming too, lasted for 6 hours!!).

Jillian was placed in my arms, I was overcome with emotion, my family was complete. I held the petite little frame close, whispered into her ear and she started to calm down, the tears stopped, we looked into each others eyes. Within minutes, she was drinking a bottle , smiling and playing with the toys her big sister had picked out for her.

That was 2 years ago. It seems like yesterday.

Today this beautiful, energetic, vivacious , funny little girl fills my heart with so much joy I can't even find the words to describe it. I feel blessed to be her Mom, she is a gift.

I love you Jilly-Bean, happy Forever Family Day. XO


Doris & Dan said...

Your post is making my eyes leak and my heart swell. Happy Forever Family Day!

Keep smilin!

Pug Mama said...

happy 2 years!!
Such a beautiful post!!!!

mommy24treasures said...

happy happy family day....

pushme-pullme said...

she's just beautiful. so cool to see her confidence evolve from picture to picture!

crazylady said...

Hey you Momma,
It's like a flash of lightning that hit us right?
The only way our trip there together would have been better would have been if I could have seen this moment of your union with my own eyes.
I was knee deep in panic by your Family moment LOL.
Thinking of you today, and hoping 2 turns into 22 turns into 222.
Forever in our hearts. Welcome home Sparky. You hit the lottery with that family.

Lots of love
YES. Spring reunion is ON.

Two Kayaks said...

Happy Forever Family Day!!! Those pictures are too cute for words. :)

Diana said...

Happy Forever Family Day! I can see why that smile melts your heart....like an angel she is.
When is your other Forever Family Day???
Gotta love IA ---lots of reasons to celebrate and excuses to eat cake!lol

Headmeister said...

What a beautiful post - I loved reading about that day! Happy forever family day!!!!!

Steffie B. said...

Happy Forever Family Day......I can feel your love! ;)

T & R McGrath said...

HAPPY FAMILY DAY!!! Your family has so much love!


Carol said...

Beautiful! Happy Family Day!

krj said...

The best to all of you on your forever family day, what incredible memories :O) And I just cannot believe how much she has grown, what a beautiful little girl!

Rony said...

Soothing balm for the soul isn't it? Your life is now complete.

Jewels of My Heart said...

It just doesn't get any better than this.... Thank you for sharing your oh, so special day with us...... priceless moments in time are forever etched in our hearts.
God Bless You

nikki said...

Happy family day to you!!!!
Love how both your girls made a grand entrance!

Sam said...

Happy Family-versary! It's amazing how quickly 2 years can fly by! I hope you had a wonderful day!!!

Dolores and Shawn said...

Happy forever family day!

redmaryjanes said...

You are so blessed to be her mother. Look at that beautiful girl. You all are blessed each of you. I can't wait for my little blessing.

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Okay, were you trying to make me cry Kerri????? I love the photos of Jillian. She and Jennifer are such amazing little girls. We are incredibly blessed mommies aren't we? Happy Family day Jillian!!!


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