"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us" Ephesians 3:20

Sunday, April 28, 2013

:: ONE YEAR ::

     It is truly unbelievable, but Naomi has been home with her forever family for ONE YEAR!  One year ago today we landed in Memphis as a family of SIX :)  Our social worker comes tomorrow to do our one year follow-up.  It is just mind boggling to me that a whole year has gone by already.  It seems like just yesterday in many ways.  It seems as though she's always been with us in other ways.  She has come so incredibly far!  She's still the sassy, strong-willed little girl that we met last year, only now she is so full of love it brings me to tears.  Of course mama is her overall favorite person :), but she sure does love her daddy & brothers too.  She has her best of friends (and if you ask her who- she is sure to tell you!)  She loves her grandparents & cousins and talks about them often when they are not here. Her speech is coming along beautifully. Her English has always amazed us. She has understood us from day one.  She is no longer afraid of animals like she was.  She absolutely LOVES to eat :)  She loves to play outside and ride her bike.  She has had 3 reconstructive surgeries and was put to sleep twice more for stitches removal. She is SUCH A TROOPER!  Honestly, she is the very best patient there could be :)  She has had to get glasses... and she wears them great!  We look at pictures often of our time in China and of Naomi's time at MBHOH.  She always smiles & talks about her Ayis :)  We received a beautiful gift on Naomi's 5th birthday - a scrapbook of her early years at New Hope Foster Home.  What a blessing to have pictures of her as a baby!
     We feel so incredibly blessed with the gift of this precious girl..... And we will forever be grateful to the woman who gave her life.  We pray that God will somehow, someway give her peace that her baby girl is safe, loved, and with her family forever.

A Year In Pictures...

     Gotcha Day 4/16/2012

4th Birthday at Maria's Big House of Hope 4/20/2012

Mother's Day & Church Dedication  5/13/2012

Memorial Day 5/2012

Father's Day 6/2012

Beach trip with family 7/2012

First Day of Pre-School 8/2012

Got glasses 9/2012

Halloween 10/31/2012 ~ Naomi was Dora :)
Thanksgiving with family 11/2012

First Christmas home!! 12/2012

First trip to Disney World 1/2013

Chinese New Year Celebration with friends 2/2013

First Easter home 3/2013

Gotcha Day Surprise Puppy :) 4/16/2013

5th Birthday!! 4/20/13

"Adopting one child won't change the world;
but for that child, the world will change" 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Naomi's Gotcha Day Video

  It's been exactly 10 months since we held Naomi in our arms for the first time.  We thought it was about time that we make her gotcha day video :)  Better late than never.  This brought so many wonderful, painful, grateful memories back. It's hard to believe it's already been almost a year, and at the same time it's hard to remember what life was like without her...  She has brought so much zest into our family.  Everyone that told us girls were different SURE WERE RIGHT :)  She is quite a spunky, strong-willed little thing... but we love her SO...

This video shares some of Naomi's journey to us and some of our journey to Naomi.