Sunday, July 24, 2011

Five Years Ago Today

In the city of Nanning, China,
this little girl entered our lives.

 She was so brave and trusting 
and decided immediately 
that we were for her and she was for us.

She loved each member of the family, but she adored her Dad.

And still does.

Believe it or not, we can still get her into her Gotcha' Day Outfit.  Five years ago
the "shorts" fit her as pants, and the tank top was tied in big knots at the shoulders.

I think the outfit could probably live to see at least one more Gotcha' Day Anniversary.

We had our two biggest kids with us in China and they were enthralled with their new sister.

In five years, they've grown up a bit too, but still adore their Jin Qiu Ju.

For five years, her smile has brightened our lives
and her sweet and feisty spirit has won our hearts completely.

Thank you, China for this most precious daughter.


Vicky said...

Happy Gotcha Day anniversary to your daughter and family. Just loved the way you showed the then and now photos. What a wonderful blessing from God to have been select to be her parents. She's beautiful!

Amy said...

Happy Gotcha Day Anniversary to all of your family, Eileen! What a beautiful start to your lifetime together, 5 years ago...the pictures of the day are so moving...and to see your baby girl today...God truly blessed each one of you bringing you together as family. Many many happy returns of the day!

Kelly said...

Happy Anniversary. Luckily Hello Kitty never goes out of style : )

Bed and Breakfast Brugge said...

Good Family ! Beautiful all pics and cute baby. lovely posting

Ellen said...

I have to ask. I cam upon your blog from No Hands But Ours. It seems that in early 2009 all your kids names changed???