Sometimes I'd like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine and injustice when He could do something about it. But I'm afraid God might ask me the same question.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


One year ago today..

We finally held you in our arms, you were scared and solemn. We expected no less.
My heart was nearly ripped out watching your pain, I wish I could take it all on for you.
We had stared at your referral and update photos for months, we had only seen your solemn face and we were fully prepared for a long grieving and healing process.
That little pouty lip... it get's me every time.
You took to your Papa right away.


Especially when he brought out the Cheeri@s
I thank God for Cheeri@s on this very day.

They were salve to your broken heart.
We never expected this...that within hours,, you would start smiling and giggling and quite literally never stop.

Papa and I eyed each other in amazement all evening... we were completely unprepared for the joy that exuded from you.
And today, one year later. You are still the most JOYful little girl we have ever seen.
You are such a blessing our little Miss Finnley JOY Xiaoqiao



86 comments:

fullertribe said...

Oh my stinking word! I LOVE the last picture that right there is what melts my heart. I'm sure it's not always like that but I know it' taken sometime to get to that point. We miss you all so much.

chksngr said...

Oh, Amy!! It takes my BREATH AWAY to see that picture progression!!! Love her dimples...and that last shot is PRICELESS!!!

A Cup of Cold Water said...

how sweet, amy!!! what a special day to celebrate!

Jaclyn said...

I love that Finley Joy! She is so precious! So glad I've gotten to be part of her life! And yours :)

monica said...

You're just killing me with those pictures. What a beautiful, divine gift that precious child is.

Angie said...

Ah, sweet Finn! She was such a JOY to meet and hang out with in China and you guys too! It is still hard to imagine it has been that long ago already since we met and formed a lifelong friendship! I will never forget taking the cab to the Pearl Market with you guys and getting "in trouble" with Simon for not being in the room waiting for his phone call :)
Good times, good times!

Sarabeth Hudson said...

Has it really been a year?! WOW! I have no words, but a peaceful and happy feeling in my heart thinking of your family and it's story <3

Afamily4Him said...

I am SO HAPPY for you all!! Happy Happy day!

Anonymous said...

Hope your little miss had a very special day. We just got home tonight from celebrating Maylie's gotcha day anniversary with her family! A special day for both your families... and I'm so glad you met because it led us to our son! :) Blessings to you~ Sarah H.

Duchess of Lanier said...

Happy Anniversary! We were just home, and through the jetlag, I watched you and Erin hug and enjoy your first weeks together. happy happy memories of this first year!

Gretchen said...

One year already!? Time goes by way too fast!

Enjoy your beautiful little girl today! She is such a cutie pie!

Vicki said...

Happy Forever Family Day! It's so hard to believe that it has already been a year since that incredible day in Guangzhou. Finn is still as darling today as she was then.

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Those pictures are so special...they say so much! Congratulations on having your precious little Finley Joy home with you for a year! God has really blessed you all!

Blessings,
Tammy

rgshrs said...

Oh what a JOY she is! Happy Family day to you all. The pictures say it all Amy. She truly bubbles over with Joy and it is amazing to see.:)

The Raudenbush Family said...

Great story in pictures. A day to celebrate indeed!
Kelly

Mollie B said...

WOW I remember how slow time seemed to pass when you were waiting for all the paper work to get through and now it has been a year. I totally love you family's story!!!

Hebnix said...

After reading along for so long, I think that it's so hard to believe that a year has gone by and I haven't even thought of the look of oure saddness that she had on her face... It's nothing but happiness in her eyes and cheeks now though!
Congratulations on 1 year down. Many more to come!

Amy said...

Y'all are just awesome... thanks for all your support. I love you all :)

Michelle said...

Wow!!! Can't believe it has been a year already. I can't believe how much Finn has grown and changed since I have seen her. We need to get together real soon.

Mommy said...

I remember that day too. Racing to my computer to see her in your arms. The same room I met my daughter in a few months later. I can't believe it's been a whole year yet I can't remember the Amy days without her. She is simply beautiful. I look forward to the day I can see those sweet dimples for myself (and give you a huge hug too). XOXO

Truly Blessed said...

Beautiful! Congratulations on your first year together.

Look how long Miss Finn's hair is... So cute!

Hey, how's your oldest doing in China? Is he still enjoying it? We found out on Sunday that two of our sons are headed back to China this summer for a 2 week language program. I'm so happy for them to have such a great opportunity and immediately thought of you and wanted to ask for any advice or suggestions you can give me. I know two weeks is nothing compared to 6 months, but still....

Sharing Life and Love said...

Oh precious one. Finn is like a living doll...so adorable and squeezable.

What a year, huh?

Love to you all.
XO

Anonymous said...

xxoo's

beth

Colin and Jill Canada said...

Aww, that's beautiful. She's beautiful.

Happy day!
Jill

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