Tuesday, November 07, 2006

On October 24th we celebrated our one year Gotcha Day anniversary. Gotcha Day is a term that refers to the day that Emma was placed in our arms for the very first time. Others call it Forever Family Day. Whatever you choose to call it, it was a day that forever changed our lives (FOR THE BETTER!) She was so tiny - only about 13 pounds at 10 months old but she was well taken care of and knew how to be loved. We thank the ChongYang SWI for this precious gift that we can never repay. Her caregiver placed a red dot on her forehead, signifying beauty and good luck in her new life. They kept calling her "lovely" and she is indeed. From the moment they placed her in my arms, she knew I was her mommy. I can't explain it but looking back in the pictures and video, it is so obvious. She hugged me and loved me the same way she does today, patting me and rubbing my shoulder. She was so trusting and so ready to love and be loved. What an amazing creature. She traveled halfway across the world to a new bed, home, family, food, smell, faces without ever missing a beat. She is a fabulous edition to our family, and we cannot imagine how we were before she came into our lives. For this special anniversary we went to Chin Chin Chinese Restaurant, the same place we celebrated on the night we received the referral for Chong SiYue, now our Emma Grace SiYue. We gave her a silk blanket that we bought for her in Guangzhou, the last city we visited on our amazing journey in china. We bought it at Jennifer's Place across and down the street from our hotel, The Victory. What wonderful memories this brings back and all of the excitement that leads us toward our journey to our son, Sam. Please enjoy our before and after pictures of our dearest Emma.


At 12:13 AM , Blogger Sam said...

I can't believe its been a year!!! Congrats to your family!!!


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