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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2nd Gotcha Day Anniversary

Oh Mei Mei!  2 years ago we met you at the Civil Affairs office in Nanning, Guangxi, China.  You were clutching onto a piece of candy the nannies had given you.  It was one of the few things you took with you from your old life into your new life.
You were hesitant to meet us at first, but then you got caught up in everything.  It wasn't until we arrived back at the hotel that you seemed to realize things were drastically different than normal.
By that time the tears came but thankfully your sister jumped in with the great idea to entertain you with a balloon.  After cuddles, reassurance and a little dinner, you were better.  The shock didn't set in until a few days later but we were ready to love on you no matter what.
Fast forward two years and look at you!  Still the same bubbly little personality, eager to give a smile and to laugh.  You bring such joy to everyone who meets you!
Two years!  On the one hand it seems as if you've always been a part of our family.  On the other hand, I can't believe that two years ago you were living in China and had no idea who we were or what life was like in America.  
That's the thing about adoption.  While it is beautiful, it is born out of loss.  Loss of a birthmother/birthfather/birthfamily, loss of a culture and/or country, loss of "what might have been", loss period. That is no small thing to be looked over.  The amazing thing is that God takes the loss and sadness and the ashes and He turns it into something we could never imagine.  Something that is infinitely beyond our wildest dreams.
God's BIG plan for all of our lives was that we'd be a family.  Today is a reason to celebrate and to proclaim that you are our's and we are your's--forever!!

"Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west."--Isaiah 43:5

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