3.14.2014

Forever Family Day...3 years later

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When we met Lily on March 14, 2011 she held an apple tightly in one hand and a sucker in another. They were her sense of security when her world was changing upside down.

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I ran across the sucker recently as I was looking for something in our attic. I was amazed to find it exactly as it was the day we met her. The wrapper slightly torn...half way open...covering the sweet treat hidden inside. An interesting analogy to the gift we were handed that special day. Our little girl...broken yet full of sweet joy beyond measure once we began to unwrap the layers of her personality over time.

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These are the shoes she was wearing...in perfect condition...purchased just for her to wear to meet her forever family. An act of love and thoughtfulness on behalf of those who cared for her.

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It is amazing how time heals and changes our perspective on life. As I reflect on this pivotal day, I am humbled by the beauty that continues to rise out of the brokenness...out of the hard places we have walked. So much joy...so much gratitude...so much hope fills my heart. Our daughter, chosen from the beginning of time, is a beautiful reflection of God's grace.

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I love these words to Steven Curtis Chapman's song "Only One and Only You".  
 Happy forever family day Lily Grace! You are God's masterpiece and such a blessing to our family.


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7 comments:

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

poor thing! Look how sad those eyes are and her cheeks were so red, but look at her now. COngratulations on 3 years!

p selby said...

congratulations! lovely photos of your lovely girl! just found you through lisa's blog. i had to comment as the silk golden dress that lily is wearing in your forever family video button is the exact same dress our girl picked up in her hometown. we selected it from the silk factory in which it was made as we thought it was not only beautiful but unique (we had never seen one similar). any chance you found your's in suzhou as well?

June Caedmon said...

Beautiful! What special memories you have, and its only just beginning - happy anniversary!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your personal journey - love reading about and seeing these personal snippets. And love seeing how your beautiful daughter continues to bllom. Blessings, Cindy

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