April 2, 2011
"Gratitude is the fairest blossom that springs from the
heart" - Henry Ward Beecher
It has been
just under a year since we first received the email from
our agency, late one evening, subject line
"Congratulations - it's a girl!" As anyone who has
seen their precious child's sweet face for the first time
via a computer screen will tell you, it is an amazing,
out-of-body, surreal experience. I get teary-eyed
just thinking about it.
amazing, of course, is the moment that child goes from
being a series of photographs to the real thing . . .
being handed Anna Kathryn was absolutely one of the
highlights of my life (our lives) and I've been living in
a state of gratitude ever since. She's everything we'd
dreamed of, and more.
The past three months since our last update have passed quickly, and we've
watched Anna Kathryn slowly transition from baby to
toddler. She'll soon be two! She continues to add words to
her vocabulary and loves to practice them in a loud voice
. . . "BOW! . . . FEET! . . . ELLA!" She really
loves her books and we look through them several times a
day. The mild winter and spring have allowed us to be
outside quite a bit and she is proving to be an outdoors
girl, which is wonderful! She is content to wonder around
our yard, picking up sticks, looking at birds and just
How blessed we are by her personality . . . she is funny,
engaging, silly, loving, strong-willed and entertaining.
I've said it before, but I'll say it again . . . she is
busy! And there have been some humbling moments; for
example, a recent fit that was thrown in Target. This is
uncharted territory for us! Truly, though, she's making real strides . . .
we recently took her to our favorite Chinese restaurant
and she sat and ate like a big girl the whole time - - we were so proud
Not much has
changed in the sleep department . . . she still sleeps on
a mattress next to our bed and wakes a few times every
night, crying. Thankfully she is easy to sooth back to
sleep. As her second birthday approaches, I do think it is
soon time to transition her to her own room. Wish us luck
on that endeavor! : )
family news . . . In January our family welcomed another
beautiful baby girl! Cousins Libby and Annie are the proud
sisters of Zoe Jane! That brings us to a grand total of 8
cousins on one side of the family, and three on the other.
How blessed our girls are to have cousins who are also
their closest friends.
much ahead that we are looking forward to . . . for Joe,
the start of baseball season; summer vacations with our
families; time at the lake; and most of all, just enjoying
our first full summer as a family of four.
many thanks for reading our update and following our lives
with these two precious daughters from China!
A myadoptionwebsite note:
I apologize for being so terribly behind on the
fundraiser. I will have information posted by tomorrow so
that we can get started on another fun and hopefully
successful project together!
Looking sweet in her room
We started a new hobby this winter - birding!
This is where you'll often find the girls, watching the birds on