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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

September 11, 2005

The orphanage director hands her off to me

Paige took this incredible picture on the bus, just minutes after 'Gotcha' moment

This is what happened whenever we would put her down,

So we held her close, and carried her constantly.

September 2007

Two years ago today, in Nanchang, China, Sophia was placed in our arms. Words cannot express how amazing this experience has been. We are thankful to God for calling us, and for guiding us to our girl. We couldn't love her more.

29 comments:

Beverly said...

Happy anniversary. Such a better anniversary for this day! Boy did she look mad at the world in those pics. Her smile is that much sweeter, huh?

Bev

Brenda G said...

Congratulations on this special day. This is the day your family became complete. Love every moment with all three of your children. So soon they will be not only your children, but your friends. Grow with them and cherish the moments.
Brenda

Nicole said...

Happy Gotcha Day from Gracie and the rest of us! I miss you all and am so glad we got to share this day and the memories with your "gang". Hugs for Sophie!

kerri said...

Happy forever family day, thanks for sharing your beautiful ,intimate family photos.
Very special.

Rina, John & Annalisa said...

Your beautiful daughter reminds me so much of mine. She is so energetic, funny and precious. I love her smile.

Congratulations on your anniversary!

Rina

Abby's Mom said...

Happy forever family day. Sophia and the pictures are beautiful :)

Holly said...

Happy 1 year gotcha day! She is just precious! I love the second picture.

BrendaR said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Sophie! We love you so much! What big changes we've seen. We're very thankful to have you in our family!

Yes, Minister... said...

What a change! She is amazing and I love following her journey to a wonderful family :D

Your blog post today put a smile on my face ~ while so many remember tragedy ~ 9/11 is a day of hope for you and your family. Everyday you bring hope and inspiration to so many through your blog ~ thanks for sharing.

Ladybug hugs,
Debbie

mommy24treasures said...

oh so sweet, I had forgotten how tiny she was. I love pic #4 love it.

redmaryjanes said...

Happy Anniversary. Beautiful photos. My husband actually came over here to look at them : )

Jewels of My Heart said...

So beautiful.... the photographs that touch the deepest recesses of my heart, your precious daughter, the love of a mother for her child, God's faithfulness, and this special day that will forever be celebrated and cherished. Thank You Jesus for bringing Sophia safely home into the arms of her Mama.
Thank you for sharing this most happy memory. It brings hope for a day that is otherwise marked with tragedy. You have stamped it with love.
God Bless You

Chris & Deb said...

Happy gotcha day to you all!! The photos are priceless and that day will forever be etched in your mind! I too feel so blessed that we have had that experience in our lives!

nikki said...

Happy 2 year family day. She was sooo tiny -- isn't it crazy looking back?
She is a beautiful little girl and I love getting to know you all this way!
P.S. I did 'the view from my front porch' for ya...check it out.

Sam said...

Happy Family-versary!!!! Congrats is just not enough.

Beckyb said...

YEAH - a good Sept. 11 story - those are the kind I love to hear!!!

LaLa said...

Happy Family Day!!! Love the pic big sis took : )

Lisa said...

Happy Sophia Day! She was so tiny. I love the photo that Paige took. It is beautiful!

shuey6 said...

Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing your anniversary with us!

Donna Paonessa said...

Our poor kids huh? Imagine how terrifying this whole experience is to them. We forget about that part of it!!

Thanks for sharing and Happy Adoption Day!

i-Con said...

What a wonderful memory on a day fraught with such sad ones.

Lauren and Ed said...

Congrats on your special day! Those tears sure did turn in to smiles. :)

Ms. Dragonfly said...

I felt all warm reading that.
I cant wait.

Sarah said...

What a special day to celebrate on a this day of such significance. What great pictures... love the one on the bus too!

Sarah

Jeff and Valerie said...

Happy (late) Anniversary. She is a beautiful child and I am so glad I get to read about and see cute photos of her all the time!

jiangxigirls said...

Happy Family Day!! Sophia is such a cutie!! Of course I am partial to the name and all girls from Jiangxi.;-)

Hopingforsix said...

Love this post--such great moments you were able to capture.

theghelertertwins.blogspot.com said...

Happy Anniversary! You my dear were not forgotten by me. I warned you the "Nana" would be visiting for a few days. Haven't had a moment to myself. I have missed You!!!

Oh, I can't believe it. I actually got a sneak peek at mommy. Gorgeous profile shot. *wink*. Sophia is the most precious lovable child. She seemed so innocent.

Lucky you...

Hugs. Rony

crazylady said...

I am so glad to hear the world also changed for the better for a few of us that day. We got married that day.
It is hard to celebrate such things while the world mourns (still) ...of course as do we.
I knew there was a reason we connect.