Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Happy Family Day, Miyah!!

*****November 7, 2004 We hold Miyah for the very first time!*****

******Back at the hotel; bathed and ready to play (12 months)*****

**********************And Miyah today (3 years)**********************

***********Miyah's referral picture (about six months old)**********

It's hard to believe that two years ago today we were standing in that little room in Guangzhou, China holding our daughter for the first time.

An AMAZING moment that I wish everyone could experience.

But, what is even more amazing is every moment since then. We're now blessed to spend every day with her...getting to know her and falling more in love with her each day.

She really has brought so much joy to our home. We didn't think we were missing any joy before she came, but now we can't imagine life without her. She's as sweet, smart, spirited and cute as can be.

I love her imagination and to watch her pretend and learn new things.
I love night time when she gets silly and hyper.
I love that at one moment she's a princess and the next she's a dinosaur.
I love it when she says she needs snuggles.
I love playing the "pretend I'm a pillow" game.
I love when she tells me she loves me soooooooooooooo much.
I love butterfly, eskimo, and fishy kisses.
I love her ballet dancing in her tutu.

We celebrated Family Day yesterday instead of today because Megan was gone to ballet and Pat to ministry school tonight. We went out for Chinese and Miyah got a doll we bought for her in China.

This second year at home I think she began to understand "family". After so many transitions in her first year, I hope she finally understands the permanence of family. She often says, "This is my family right here", pointing to all of us and sometimes adding "always and forever"; and "I like my family". Tonight we were talking about the meaning of adoption and she repeated, "You apdopped...adopped...adopted me?". I told her yes and that adoption meant she was part of our family forever and she said, "I love my family". Even though we talk about adoption fairly often, it was really the first time she mentioned the word.

By the way, November is National Adoption Month! I'm always recommending adoption. There are few things in life more rewarding...I guarantee.

3 incredible comments!:

Jillian said...

Cindy,

Oh, how precious! I'm glad I popped over here today. Miyah is a beautiful little girl and she is so blessed to be a part of your family. I absolutely love the expression on your face as you are reaching for her for the first time!

Awesome. :)

Jill

Anonymous said...

WOW..when I got to her referral photo I remembered it. We were waiting for our 171 for Annslee to come and she was honestly such a beautiful baby (let's face it..some referral pictures aren't that great..but hers was stunning) and what a gorgeous little girl she has become. Congrats on Family Day!

Lisa & Jeff said...

I remember watching your Gotcha video (bawling all the way thru it)when I first started our adoption. I believe I even commented that it was one of the best videos that I have ever seen.....Still is! I noticed how long you have been logged in for #2. Our LID is 3/8!