Last year, on this day, our beautiful and unexpected baby girl arrived on our doorstep. Forever changing us. In only the best ways possible. I will never forget the feeling in my stomach as we waited for the caseworker to pull into our driveway. I couldn't eat. My stomach was in knots. So excited! And terrified! And then she came through our doorway and straight into our hearts!
I still look at her in wonder. I sometimes forget she didn't grow within my womb. She is so much a part of me! Of us. She has made each of us better people. She is feisty, active, a climber, into everything, keeps me on my toes but fits right into the rest of this crazy crew!
One of my favorite pictures from her birthday. Even though she wasn't feeling well and just wanted to sit and look at her cake everyone else was so excited!
There is this part of her that just oozes sweetness. I can't even explain it. I just hope it always remains. She is noisy and yells a lot! Sometimes I get almost embarrassed when we are in public because she is so loud and disruptive. She is just happy to be living life.
Couldn't resist the cross-eyed picture!
Baby girl, I am forever grateful to your first mother for choosing me to love you and call you my own. What an amazing sacrifice she made! One that seems unfathomable to me. I stare into your dark eyes almost every day and wish she could see how beautiful and fun you are. I almost feel guilty for reveling in the beauty of you when she has to wade through the pain of loving you from a distance. You are a treasure and an unexpected gift from God to our family!