Wednesday, December 12, 2012

5 years together

You weren't too sure about us . . .
You fell asleep in the taxi on the way to the hotel.

Beautiful smiles on our 2nd day together!

Poor baby -- you were so shell-shocked and afraid that first day.

Our first morning together -- you've found your smile again.

Auntie Alicia reads you a book at the hotel.

In the garden outside our hotel.

Home, sweet home -- with your big brothers.
I can't believe it's been five years since we first met you, Anya Rashi.  You've grown and changed so much . . . and you've changed our lives forever.  You add so much curiosity and laughter to our family, and it is one of the greatest gifts of my life to be your mother.

You are a joy, and I wish we could somehow let your birth family know that you're thriving and well.  We think of them and pray for them often, and wonder what their circumstances are now. 

And now our lives are about to change again, as another sister joins our family.  I can't wait to see you as a big sister!  You have so much enthusiasm for life, and I know you are going to be K's teacher and friend.  You are irreplaceable in our hearts, and we are so, so grateful to God for weaving our lives together.


No Greater Love said...

ahhh...I just realized I left a big old comment, but I didn't sign myself into Google. Okay...take two.

I am soooo happy for you. I can't believe FIVE YEARS. How awesome. I cannot wait until K's in the picture with all of you.... What a beautiful family you have!!!!!

Auburn said...

Oh my goodness! I love seeing these pictures. What a beautiful smile she has.

Sarah said...

What a wonderful five years with your precious girl! Can't wait until K. joins you, as well.

Julie & Patrick said...

It is hard to believe that it has been 5 wonderful years since you first met.

Beautiful words!


The Labontes said...

Well said. Still feels like a time warp with these kids. Like they have been with us forever, but it just happened yesterday. She is growing to be a beautiful young lady.

Mummy J said...

Beautiful post. Enjoyed seeing the pics of those early "firsts". She did find her smile fast, didn't she! What a beautiful note for your sweet daughter.