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.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Three years...

I can't believe it has been three years since this epically life changing day...We walked into the civil affairs office in Hunan China filled with angst and excitement.  Our sweet Mina was understandably scared and traumatized.  We became a family this day and I am forever grateful. 
I know it is a bit cliche to say, "she was born in my heart"  but I feel it...just like I felt it this day, and the first day I saw her photo... I knew that face, I knew she was my daughter that I had dreamed about since I was a teenager.    I tell her all the time that she is my "dream", since she surely is my dream come true.
She was the tiniest, sweetest, timid,  most fragile little thing.  But it didn't take her long to open her heart to us.
She has a giggle that can warm the coldest heart.
 And those eyes, holy cow.  Beauty

We rocked her world a bit when we brought Finn home 14 months later but she has grown into being a wonderful big sister.

Life has been going a mile a minute around here and I got very emotional looking for the photos for this post.  She has grown so much in three years.  I feel like sometimes I miss the small moments in the chaos.  I vow once again to simplify and soak it all in. 

Because this is what I am most proud of.  This is what I could never accomplish on my "to do" list.
Mina, My dear sweet girl, my dream, my love, 
I am so honored to be your Mama.  I am so proud of you, and amazed by you.
Sometimes I look at you and see a teenager, you are so wise and insightful. 
But you will always be my baby.   You are treasured and loved.  You have changed my life and soul for the better.   I know you will accomplish great things.    You have blessed our lives, and we over the top love you!
Here is her gotcha day video.  Which we will surely be watching tonight.  I will need a box of tissues for sure.  I am so thankful for this day.


Bailey said...

Wow, her eyes! Congratulations on being together for three years. She really is your dream come true. I can completely imagine how great she is at being a big sister. Smiles all around!

Myra said...

beautiful as always Amy....sniff, sniff

Sharing Life and Love said...

OK...How much more gorgeous can Mina get?

I feel for you...brace yourself.

Thankfully, she has Three BIG Brothers.

Nancy said...

I don't cry often these days. I did this morning.
thank you for sharing!
Nancy-of the crazy 8

Hebnix said...

Three years! Congratulations. Again another beautiful post! Simply love reading your adventures, you inspire me!

Kristi said...

"born in my heart"
It's not cliche. I get it...

Kathleen said...

I can't belive it's been 3 years...and yes, Lord HELP you, woman - that child is as beautiful as she is spirited! I will never forget, amid all your packing, prepping, emotional craziness that was going on as you were about to fly out to China to meet your beloved daughter, you still carved out time to come to my house and hug me when you learned my Dad had died, even apologizing for not being able to make his funeral, because you would still be in China. I lost my father, and you gained your daughter - the circle of life - and Mina is a constant reminder to me to always celebrate and cherish family. Love you!