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.